Martha Tilston – “Songs That Make Sophie Fizz”.

Hi people! 🙂

Today, I’m going to share with you a song by Martha Tilston – who belongs to my most favourite English folk singers. She is really talented and expressive, and I like her light and airy voice a lot. I also love her finger style guitar play very much! She has a lot of connections to people who make folk music, coming from a very folk-oriented family. Her father is the singer Steve Tilston, and her stepmother is Maggie Boyle, who is also a well-known folk singer and musician, hailing from Ireland. So a lot of family friends are folk musicians, or somehow related to folk music scene as well. But Martha’s music is quite a lot different from what her father or stepmother does. She’s been leaning more towards alternative scene, especially at the beginning of her career, and I like that!

I just have some nice associations with the song I’m going to share with you. It reminds me very much of my own sis Sophie, who perhaps is not a big fan of this song, but a lot of things definitely make her fizz, and music does the most. She loves to dance, and rollerskate as well. To make it more funny, the Sophie i the song is indeed Martha’s “big sis”. So it makes her another artist on my blog who has a sister called Sophie (or some variation of this name) and who wrote a song about/for her. The other one is Ji Nilsson, whose sister is Sofi. Isn’t that so very cool?! I guess Sophies make the best sisters!

 

Eleanor MCEvoy – Sophie.

Hi guys. 🙂

I’ve known this song for years. I guess since my early teens, when I was exploring Celtic, and also Irish music in general and started listening to Eleanor MCEvoy among others. But at that point my ENglish was a bit lame and I couldn’t quite get what it’s on about. I just liked the song, it sounded cool, and you know, Sophie. 😀 Enough to like it for me,  it was just cool and sounded interesting.

And then I sort forgot about it for years, until last year when I decided to come back to it, and then I fully realised what it is about. It was striking.

Because as you’ll hear “Sophie” tells the story of a girl struggling with an eating disorder. And it is pretty powerful, even for me, even though I’ve never struggled with any eating disorder myself.

I also read recently that “Sophie” is a rediscovered song. It was released in 1999 but didn’t get much attention, until recently, in the era of Internet, and Youtube, and all. Apparently many girls and women with eating disorders are being inspired with “Sophie”, having it as their personal anthem. I’ve heard there are lots of videos on Youtube relating to anorexia, or personal videos of women struggling with this disorder where they tell their stories, where “Sophie” is used as a music background. I myself haven’t seen any but I think it’s a great idea because “Sophie” in my opinion is really simple and powerful, and definitely fits as a music background for such things.

If you are here, and have an eating disorder, or a relative/friend struggling with it, and you don’t know “Sophie” yet, then I particularly dedicate it to you. And I hope it will speak to you, and maybe help you in some way, as it helped many others.

Let me know what you think about it guys, I’m curious. 🙂