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[MUSIC] Five music links: Tom Lehrer, Toronto hip-hop, TTC music, Ladytron, Eurythmics

  • This Nature feature on the musics of the brilliant satirist Tom Lehrer is a must-read.
  • Lidia Abraha argues at NOW Toronto that more investment needs to be directed towards the burgeoning hip-hop talent of the city.
  • Transit Toronto notes that auditions for the next crop of musicians licensed for TTC stations are now ongoing.
  • Ladytron is back, Noisey notes, with a new video for their new single “The Animals”.
  • This article in The Independent interviewing Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox about their joint musical achievements in the Eurythmics, as their albums are set to be reissued on vinyl, makes me want to buy a record player.
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Written by Randy McDonald

April 12, 2018 at 10:30 pm

[NEWS] Five music links: Annie Lennox, Stevie Nicks, Solange, Kate Bush, iPod

  • Raju Mudhar and Ben Rayner share their list of the top 100 songs related to Toronto, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Charlotte Gush at VICE shares her insightful interview with Annie Lennox. I did not know that she had been recommended to become a teacher, for instance. More here.
  • Drew Rowsome engages with the new autobiography of Stevie Nicks, Gold Dust Woman.
  • Kristin Curry links to a profoundly interesting interview with Solange about her art and her identity, over at VICE.
  • I rather like this Emma Madden guide at VICE to the music of Kate Bush, guiding listeners through her various moods and themes and styles.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 15, 2018 at 11:35 pm

[MUSIC] Annie Lennox, Diva

A Eurythmics fan group on Facebook just reminded me that today, the 6th of April, is the 25th anniversary of the release of Annie Lennox’s solo debut, Diva.

Wow.

Much of the video album, directed by long-time collaborator Sophie Muller who was also responsible for the exquisite 1986 Savage video album, is viewable here. I blogged about one track from Diva, “Little Bird”, back in 2008. A lot of the tracks–“Why?”, “Walking on Broken Glass”, “Legend in my Living Room”, all of them really–deserve extended commentaries of their own.

What can I say about Diva but that this album is one of the highlights of the career of an artist who has been hugely influential in my life? Without seeing “No More I Love Yous” on MuchMusic back in 1995, I can imagine that I might have gone into the sciences rather than the arts. Lennox’s music has been a constant throughout my life, with its art and its poise and its personality. My life is much the better for having had it.

Thanks, Annie.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 6, 2017 at 10:57 pm

[MUSIC] Annie Lennox, “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”

This Thursday, a [MUSIC] day, also happens to be World AIDS Day. My song choice was inevitable.

I blogged Annie Lennox’s cover of the Cole Porter song “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” back in January 2009. This cover, taken from the 1990 AIDS fundraising album Red Hot + Blue, is perhaps her most beautiful song. The sound of her full voice against the sparse piano and Paris cafe accordion sends chills down my spine. She evokes love and loss–of the epidemic, of the human condition in general–so superbly here she could make me cry.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 1, 2016 at 10:59 pm

[MUSIC] Eurythmics, “Julia”

The song “Julia”, coming off of the Eurythmics’ soundtrack album 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother), is a song of chill poetic majesty.

When the leaves turn from green to brown
And autumn shades come tumbling down
(Julia)
To leave a carpet on the ground
Where we have laid

(Julia)
When winter leaves her branches bare
And icy breezes chill the air
(Oh Julia)
The freezing snow lies everywhere
My darling, will we still be there?
(Oh Julia)

Written by Randy McDonald

September 4, 2015 at 3:59 am

[MUSIC] “Annie Lennox says her songwriting days are over”

The Scotsman‘s Brian Ferguson reports.

Thank you, Annie, for the music you wrote.

Annie Lennox, one of Scotland’s most ground-breaking musicians, has revealed that her songwriting days are over.

The Aberdeen-born singer, who has sold more than 80 million albums since her breakthrough with Eurythmics more than 30 years ago, has called time just months after being honoured by her industry peers.

Lennox, whose last album of original material was released eight years ago, said she now regarded her songwriting as being “in the past tense”.

She has spoken of the pressures involved in retaining a passion for the music industry, saying: “I need to feel I have a purpose in life that’s more than just having a job.”

[. . .]

She said: “Songwriting has been a deep, deep passion for me. I needed it because I was tuned into it. I was deeply committed to that whole way of life.

“But there’s a lot of sacrifice in it, as a woman specifically. It’s a hardcore lifestyle and it’s not for everybody.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 25, 2015 at 10:28 pm

[MUSIC] Annie Lennox and The Blue Nile, “The Downtown Lights”

I mentioned The Blue Nile’s 1989 song “The Downtown Lights”, off of the group’s lauded 1989 Hats, back in August of 2008. I’d actually first heard the song in 1995, when I bought Annie Lennox’s covers album Medusa.

Medusa is more of an uneven album than I thought on first listen, but Lennox’s version of song definitely holds up on re-listening two decades later. I suspect this might be because Lennox and The Blue Nile’s songwriter Paul Buchanan share the same ethos, of the careful construction of quietly passionate songs. Back in 2008, I was struck by this lyric:

Tonight and every night
Let’s go walking down this empty street
Let’s walk in the cool evening light
Wrong or right
Be at my side
The downtown lights

I was in love, then.

Now, it’s the final monologue, about the dead ends of city life and hopes dashed, that gets me.

The neon’s and the cigarettes
Rented rooms and rented cars
The crowded streets, the empty bars
Chimney tops and trumpets

The golden lights, the loving prayers
The colored shoes, the empty trains
I’m tired of crying on the stairs
The downtown lights
Yeah, yeah
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Written by Randy McDonald

July 24, 2015 at 1:56 am