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Day 447: Alabama, Neil Young

So this is one of Neil’s protest songs against the USA southern state racism. This song would lead Lynyrd Skynyrd to decry Young name in his most famous song Sweet Home Alabama (see tomorrow’s post).

Day 414: Heart of Gold, Neil Young

To open week 60, I shall start with probably one of the most famous Neil Young songs of his very large repertoire which is Heart of Gold. This concert was recorded for the BBC all the way back in 1971... View Article

Day 363: Travelin’ Prayer, Billy Joel

Countdown to the year anniversary of Covid Island Discs T -4 The opening song on Billy Joel’s Piano Man album was called Travelin’ Prayer. This is a particularly interesting song musically because it begins with a snare drum and piano... View Article

Day 337: Sylvia’s Mother, Dr Hook

So last week I shared a classic hit from the 70s from the US band Dr Hook. This is another one of their not so well known song that tells an interesting story about a guy who has lost the... View Article

Day 254: Rocket Man, Elton John

Another song from the piano man, Rocket Man. This is such a great version of this wonderful song when the young Elton John still had his voice. The piano in this video is also just wonderful.

Day 140: Old Man, Neil Young

Love playing this song on my guitar. Remember first seeing this clip back in ’93 when I was sharing a flat in Manchester with a group of university students. Those were the days of video recorders so I recorded the... View Article

Day 99: American Pie, Don Mclean

I spent some time learning every verse to this song. Again brings back very pleasant memories of lovely holidays at Barrington Guest house (see Covid Island Discs Day 2). This song was now written a long, long time ago.