Category: Music

Musical Monday: Cindie Lauper

This week, it’s the turn of American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist Cyndi Lauper whose career has spanned over 40 years – a bit like mine! Her album She’s So Unusual (1983) was the first debut album by a female artist to achieve four top-five… Continue Reading “Musical Monday: Cindie Lauper”

Musical Monday: INXS

After Basque and chocolate themed music, I’m returning to those artists I’ve seen live more than once. Today’s band are Aussie rockers INXS (pronounced in excess).  Formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales by bassist Gary Beers, main composer… Continue Reading “Musical Monday: INXS”

Musical Monday: Chocolate Voices

In the run up to Easter, I’ve been celebrating all things chocolate! Today, I’m going to be celebrating those artists whose voices have frankly rich, chocolatey tones. In all three cases, I’ve chosen videos from NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concerts, a video series of… Continue Reading “Musical Monday: Chocolate Voices”

Musical Monday: Chocolate Songs

In the run up to Easter, I’m celebrating all things chocolate! Wayne Gerard Trotman a Trinidadian-British author of novels, children’s literature, travel books, cookbooks and screenplays said:  As long as there is chocolate, there will be happiness. That might be a slight oversimplification, but… Continue Reading “Musical Monday: Chocolate Songs”

Musical Monday: Berri Txarrak

This week my spirit is in the Basque Country, following the cycling tour of the same name. I should, of course, be there following the race as I’ve done many times in the past……..maybe, next year! I’ve heard plenty of Basque music on my… Continue Reading “Musical Monday: Berri Txarrak”

Musical Monday: Sade

Again, I’ve seen today’s artist in concert a number of times and, like last week’s Chrissie Hynde, she’s still going strong. I’ve previously featured Sade in Song Lyric Sunday. So I’m going to look at some of her recent work. Sade‘s sixth studio album,… Continue Reading “Musical Monday: Sade”

Musical Monday: Pretenders

Again, I’ve seen today’s band in concert a number of times and they’re still going strong, or at least one of them still is! Pretenders are an English–American rock band formed in March 1978. The original band consisted of founder and main songwriter Chrissie… Continue Reading “Musical Monday: Pretenders”

Musical Monday: Robert Palmer

Again, I’ve seen today’s artist in concert a number of times and I’m sure many of you will remember some of his iconic music videos. Robert Allen Palmer (1949 – 2003) was an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer known for his powerful, distinctive, gritty, soulful voice… Continue Reading “Musical Monday: Robert Palmer”

Musical Monday: UB40

I’ve seen today’s band in concert a number of times but only have their “Greatest Hits” album. Memorably, we saw them perform live in Loerrach where the centre of town was closed off to create the stadium: a warm summer evening, a glass of Sekt… Continue Reading “Musical Monday: UB40”

Musical Monday: Jamiroquai

I’ve seen today’s artists Jamiroquai  a number of times, including outdoors at nearby Golfe Juan in 2005 which was rather magical. Jamiroquai are an English funk and acid jazz band from London. Formed in 1992, they are fronted by vocalist Jay Kay, and were prominent in… Continue Reading “Musical Monday: Jamiroquai”