One Way or Another

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I was in Cork city earlier this month with my two nephews when the shop window you see above and below took my eye. Both windows of the Irish Cancer Society’s facade were full of record covers and a very interesting collection it was too. Unfortunately, a sign amongst the records carried the bad news that the merchandise wouldn’t go on sale for another two weeks. I then realised that I wouldn’t be too far from Cork city that day as I’d be staying at my sister’s place following Bruce Springsteen’s gig at Páirc Úi Chaoimh the night before. So, I took a couple of photos of the windows and resolved to return on the morning of the 19th

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Not Fade Away

Buddy Holly’s music career lasted three years and he only released three albums during that time, but his legacy and influence still lasts to this day. Today is the 75th anniversary of the Texan singer’s birth and a couple of tribute albums have already been released this year to commemorate this event. Listen to Me and Rave on Buddy Holly are the titles of these two compilations and both feature a host of acts that have come along in the five decades since Holly’s death. Zooey Deschanel appears on both albums, singing It’s So Easy on the former and Oh Boy, as part of She & Him, on the latter. Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne and former Beatle Ringo Starr all appear on Listen to Me, while the only other surviving Beatle appears on Rave On Buddy Holly. McCartney also sings It’s So Easy and you can find Patti Smith, Lou Reed and over a dozen more contemporary artists on the album. Of course, many performers have paid tribute to Buddy over the years and today I’ll have a look at some of those

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200 Not Out

You’re probably thinking that my posts are like buses – you wait for ages for one to come along and then a load of them come at once. Well, today’s post is my two hundredth since I began with this one back in March of last year. I reached the century last October and I would have reached this milestone more quickly if it hadn’t been for my extended layoff this summer. To commemorate the double-century, I’ve chosen six songs that are three minutes and twenty seconds long each. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of my regular and not-so-regular readers for dropping in from time to time. But most of all I’d like to thank me for writing all these posts

She Does It Right – Dr Feelgood

Union City Blue – Blondie

Near Wild Heaven – R.E.M.

If I Can’t Change Your Mind – Sugar

Island In The Sun – Weezer

Goin’ Out West – Tom Waits

Image courtesy of Irish Freestyle