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[MUSIC] Annie Lennox, Diva

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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] Eurythmics, “English Summer”

This song, the first track on the Eurythmics’ debut album In the Garden, has been rattling around in my head for what I sure are Brexit-related reasons.

Child in the distance
A memory untamed
Family connections
There’s a mess in the kitchen
All messages received
Always a quick reply
The mood the afternoon
Another change of light

There’s nothing like an English summer

The telephone is good
So wonderful and true
We need the time to think
Everyone’s listening
Another change of light
The underlying truth
Request to pack it in
No solutions

What now?

Written by Randy McDonald

June 23, 2016 at 10:43 pm

[META] Blogroll update!

After much too long, I’ve updated my blogroll on Dreamwidth/Livejournal and on WordPress, removing defunct blogs and adding four new ones.

  • Arnold Zwicky’s Blog is the blog of a smart gay linguist. One post I liked was his examination of linguist John Holm, and how his sexuality and his partner were ignored in the Bahamas whose language he had documented.
  • Dangerous Minds is an eclectic examination of different things in pop culture. One thing there I liked was the linkage to a Eurythmics performance in 1983, live at London gay club Heaven.
  • The LRB Blog is the blog of the London Review of Books. Hugh Pennington’s examination of the use of polonium to kill Litvinenko is a recent chilling example of the short scholarship.
  • The NYR Daily is the blog of the New York Review of Books. Garry Wills’s look at the people who want to postpone the appointment of a new justice to the US Supreme Court after Scalia’s death is good.

[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

[PHOTO] Everybody’s looking for something at College Park

Seen downtown, an ad of my youth.  #boom97.3 #toronto #eurythmics #radio #collegepark

The lyric “Everybody’s looking for something”, taken from the Eurythmics’ breakout hit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”, adorned this streetcar shelter ad outside College Park for Boom 97.3, also known as CHBM-FM.

As the station’s website notes, it plays “rock hits mainly from the 1970s, 80s and 90s”. It is an oldies station, in other words. This song of my youth now features prominently in the advertising of an oldies station.

I am trying not to feel old.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 20, 2015 at 6:26 pm

[MUSIC] Eurythmics, “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me”

I had a minute-long snippet> of the Eurythmics’ cover of the Smiths’ song “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” years before it was officially released on CD, an extra on the 2005 reissue of We Too Are One. (Audiogalaxy was superb.)

Morrissey’s lachrymose lyrics fit squarely into his classic mold.

Last night I dreamt
That somebody loved me
No hope, but no harm
Just another false alarm

Last night I felt
Real arms around me
No hope, no harm
Just another false alarm

So, tell me how long
Before the last one?
And tell me how long
Before the right one?

The story is old, I know
But it goes on
The story is old, I know
But it goes on

Oh, goes on
And on
Oh, goes on
Goes on

The below video places the Smiths’ original version against the Eurythmics’ cover, and then against a third cover by Eddi Reader, Clive Gregson and Boo Hewerdine.

I argued back in 2005 that the Eurythmics’ performance was a better version of the song than the original, and I stand by that argument. There’s a sense of urgency, in Lennox’s vocals and the inexorable sweep of the music forward into despair, that just isn’t present in the more languid original.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 27, 2015 at 3:03 am