Song Lyric Sunday: Emotions – ‘Black Peter’

There is a whole range of emotions to choose from for Song Lyric Sunday this week. Fortuitously, one of these feelings – more of an emotional response, as Jim points out – is ‘pain’, which allows me to present one of the Grateful Dead’s most consistently played (over 340 times between 1969 and 1995) slow…

Song Lyric Sunday: Musical Instruments – ‘Johnny B Goode’

Entries for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday should make reference to musical instruments. Right then, here is Chuck Berry’s seminal rock ‘n roll classic – the tale of a young guitar prodigy. You may have heard it before…. Deep down in Louisiana close to New OrleansWay back up in the woods among the evergreensThere stood…

This will come as no surprise….

Bloganuary Day 28: much more music.. What is on your music playlist right now? Over the course of this seemingly interminable January, there seem to have been a fair few prompts relating to music. Or perhaps I’ve just taken a ‘neutral’ theme and put a music twist on it. This time, WordPress has done it…

Song Lyric Sunday: Weaponry – ‘China Doll’

This week’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday is centred around weaponry, with key words including ‘bomb’, ‘gun’ knife’: you know, all that good stuff. I couldn’t come up with a suitable song title containing any of these words, so instead I’ve opted for this gentle Grateful Dead ballad. Apparently, Robert Hunter’s working title for this…

‘I’d like to thank…..’

Bloganuary Day 10: I like a list, but not this kind…. What are five things you’re grateful for today? Now, I like a list as much as the next blogger, but I have to say I’m a bit cautious about this particular prompt. That’s because to my mind these sort of ‘count your blessings’ lists…

Song Lyric Sunday: Housing – ‘Attics Of My Life’

This week the theme for Song Lyric Sunday is houses and rooms in a house. As soon as I saw the word ‘attic’ my thoughts went straight to this simply gorgeous song from the 1970 album ‘American Beauty’. Noting that Jim himself had chosen something else, I had no hesitation in offering up this dreamy,…

Song Lyric Sunday: Alternatives – ‘The Other One’

Suggested by the illustrious Fandango, ‘Choices’ is the over-arching theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week: this, that or the other. Well, if a bit of everything isn’t an option, I guess I’ll settle for a bit of the other. ‘The Other One’ was a staple of Grateful Dead shows and one of the most…

Song Lyric Sunday: Americana – ‘Jack Straw’

On Independence Day, Jim’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is entirely appropriate – any music by an American artiste or artistes. Even from this side of the Atlantic it’s very clear that one of the most influential groups representing American culture (and, indeed, counter-culture) must be the Grateful Dead. Many of their songs…

Song Lyric Sunday: Bridal – ‘Stella Blue’

The traditional trappings of a wedding – ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ constitute Jim’s keywords for Song Lyric Sunday this week. This has nothing to do with nuptials, but ask me what’s my favourite Grateful Dead song and although I would be hard-pressed to make a single choice, this would always be…

Song Lyric Sunday: Somewhere – ‘Days Between’

I usually try to avoid – albeit for no particular reason – featuring the same artistes on consecutive Sundays, but this time is an exception – and it’s for an exceptional song. AnotherĀ  – the final? – Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia collaboration, ‘Days Between’ is a plaintive, elegaic ballad that featured quite frequently in live performance…