Song Lyric Sunday: Burn/Fire/Flame – ‘Box Of Rain’

You could say that Jim at New Epic Author has turned up the heat for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Although I’d rather you didn’t. The chosen theme is ‘Burn/Fire/Flame’. The Grateful Dead have got this covered with one of their most popular songs, originally released on the seminal ‘American Beauty’ album in 1970. Look…

Song Lyric Sunday: River – ‘Black Muddy River’

It had to be this one. Jim at newepicauthor has set the theme of ‘River’ for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday challenge. So here we have the ultimate elegy for Jerry Garcia: the last song he sang with the Grateful Dead at their last show in July 1995. Three weeks later and he was gone.…

30-Day Song Challenge: Days 19-24

Here is the fourth instalment of my contribution to the 30-Day Song Challenge currently running. 19 A song that makes you think about life: ‘Five Years’ “My brain hurts a lot” So, what would you do if you definitively knew the date of your own demise (and, more particularly, that it was not that far…

Song Lyric Sunday: Season – ‘Weather Report Suite’

Helen’s theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday is ‘Season’. Why settle for just one when the Grateful Dead will give you all four in this epic. Winter rain, now tell me why, Summers fade, and roses die. The answer came; the wind and rain. Golden hills, now veiled in grey, Summer leaves have blown…

30-Day Song Challenge: Days 7-12

Right then, here is the second instalment of my contribution to the current 30-Day Song Challenge.7. A song to drive to: ‘Born To Be Wild’ “Get your motor running” Never having driven myself, I couldn’t say for certain what would be suitable for this category. However, this one needs no introduction and always reminds me…

30-Day Song Challenge: Days 1-6

Late to the party (as usual), but I’ve only just found out about the 30-Day Song Challenge that seems to be doing the rounds on WordPress in December. For the life of me I can’t trace its originator, but it’s my sort of thing so I thought I’d play along. This is the full programme…

Song Lyric Sunday: Listen – ‘The Music Never Stopped’

For Helen’s theme this week of ‘Listen’, you could do a whole lot worse than ‘See Me, Feel Me’, the seismic climax of The Who’s ‘Tommy’. Unfortunately, I used it in August last year when the theme was ‘heat’. So, back to the drawing board and the default option: the Grateful Dead, of course. This song may…

Song Lyric Sunday: Taking – ‘Comes A Time’

After last week’s theme of ‘giving’, I suppose I should have had at least an inkling that the theme for Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday this time would be ‘taking’. Unfortunately, though, I’m not that quick on the uptake. No matter. This is a comparatively obscure Grateful Dead song, with words by Robert Hunter and music…

21 Music Questions Answered

A few weeks ago (what can I tell you? I’ve been busy), the prolific Fandango posted his answers to 21 questions about musical tastes, set by another blogger. This gave me the idea of doing something similar, if only to relieve the thin and no doubt tedious diet of ‘One-Liner Wednesdays’ and ‘Song Lyric Sundays’…

One-Liner Wednesday: Days Between

“Magic is what we do, music is how we do it”  – Jerry Garcia (born 1 August 1942)  – – – – – – – Okay, I freely admit to having lifted this from the official Grateful Dead website, but hey. One-Liner Wednesday 1 August 2018