Last week, with a boredom-busting €25 Golden Discs voucher to be won, I asked you to name your favourite music (song or album) to self-isolate to.
You answered in your tens.
But there could only be one winner.
James Stephens – O the Brown and the Yellow Ale
James Stephens, the writer of The Crock of Gold, The Charwoman’s Daughter, The Insurrection in Dublin, and many poems, sings O the Brown and the Yellow Ale, a song about an old man whose young wife is enchanted away from him by a man from another world. Stephens was desolate after The Rising as a result of which one of his closest friends was executed. This song has a spooky and lonely feel that surely expresses his loss. Listen here.
The Lonesome Touch by Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill
Otis Blue writes:
Martin Hayes says it best…’The Lonesome Touch is a phrase used to describe a person’s music. It is the intangible aspect of music that is both elusive and essential. The word ‘Lonesome’ expresses a sadness, a blue note, a sour note. Even though the music bares the trace of struggle and of pain, it is also the means of uplift, transcendence, to joy and celebration’.
Us And Only Us by The Charlatans
Clampers Outside writes:
One of the most underrated albums of rock/indie music there is. From the opening lush swirling sounds and vocals of ‘Forever’ you know you are in for a rhythmic ride. A ride that takes you with it with the most amazing ease through love songs ‘Impossible’ and ‘I Don’t Care Where You Live’ to tracks that’d put a stride on your strut like ‘A House Is Not A Home’ to my own bluesy favourite (if I have to pick just one) ‘Watching You’.It’s an album you can stick on from the start and let run to the end without ever jumping ahead.
Last week, with a desirable €25 Golden Disc Valentine’s Day voucher on offer, I asked you to name your favourite love song.
You answered in your dozens.
But there could be only one winner
I Will by The Beatles
Rosette of Sirius writes:
A sweet lovely little melody from Paul McCartney and was meant just as that. A lovely little love song. Lyrics are perfect and not complicated as love can indeed be. Or get. So for the day that’s in it, have a listen and enjoy!
Easy Living by Billie Holiday
Barry The Hatchet writes:
When we first started going out, the car only had an aul tape-deck and we only had one tape. The Best of Billie Holiday came with us everywhere. Times have moved on, the tape-deck is long gone, the tape is lost. But this is still our song <3
Dance Me To The End Of Love by Leonard Cohen
Millie Vanilly Strikes Again writes:
Dedicated to the husband, who can’t dance, but will still twirl me round the living room to this later. For all the he comes home with no flowers, chocolates or card for me, but always with a something special for our little lady.
Glenda Gilson wearing Kangoo jumpers at the official launch of Thrive Festival 2020
The votes are in.
Last week, with a pair of tickets to give away to both the Saturday and Sunday of this year’s Thrive Festival in Dublin’s Convention Centre on February 29 and March 1 on offer, I asked you to name your favourite song about food or which mentions a particular food.
You answered in your dozens.
I am giving the tickets to two different winners: a pair of tickets for Saturday and another for Sunday in an effort to get four people fitter rather than the previously advertised two.
I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll by Leon Redbone.
Onions, burgers, cheese and onion crisps – what’s not to love? For the truly committed, or those who need to be committed, there’s a dance version…Kiltimagh gets namechecked and the whole oeuvre is redolent of a vanished Ireland – buíochas le Dia