My Music Lexicon: Y is for Young (and The Yardbirds)

That would be Neil Young, of course. I used to listen to Neil Young a lot in my youth. I was captivated by the first time I heard his distinctive quavery voice on ‘Helpless’ and I owned a couple of his albums – ‘After The Goldrush’ and ‘Harves’t – as well as the live CSN&Y…

My Music Lexicon: W is for The Who (and Stevie Wonder)

For ‘W’ it could only be The Who. Having, notoriously, slept right through their performance at the Isle of Wight in 1970, I finally got to see them at the opening night of the Rainbow Theatre in November 1971. They tumbled onto the stage at the end of a line of high-kicking chorus girls, Moon…

Song Lyric Sunday: Apology – ‘Jealous Guy’

I’m British and saying ‘Sorry’ is what we do. Besides, experience has taught me that it’s always best to apologise, even if only as a precaution. More seriously, has there ever been a better song about regret for causing unintended pain than this? I was dreaming of the past and my heart was beating fast…

Song Lyric Sunday: Fire – ‘Fire On The Mountain’

There’s almost an embarrassment of riches when it comes to songs about ‘Fire’, the theme set this week for Helen’s ‘Song Lyric Sunday. And not just any old songs about fire – really good ones. I thought about James Taylor’s ‘Fire and Rain’, but after last week’s rather gloomy offering, I finally decided on something…