Sunday, 10 February 2013

Lexie's Chain: The Hundred and Eighth Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to week 108 of #lexieschain. Last week the winner wos @baxter_man  and @diamondbertie wiv Sounds of Silence by Simon and Garmfumkle. So lets see wot we got dis week. 

Wow. 2 winners again. Well done, well done. The winner be "sound of Silence" written by Paul Simon. A song described by @diamondbertie as one of longing & loneliness. Simon did graduate from college with a degree in English. As did Roberta Flack who taught English & music in Washing, D.C. for many years. Miss Roberta covered " A Bridge Over Troubled Waters " written by Paul Simon. My link suggestion this week for Lexieschain is "Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack.

Hi Lexie another week gone in a flash. So Clapton chose The Sound of Silence by Paul Simon and there were two worthy winners. My link is based on the word sound and the name Paul. The Jam were one of my fave bands when younger. They were led of course by Paul Weller. The last album they released was Sound Effects. So I have chosen from that album the song That's Entertainment which is what we get from all our Twitter pals. There you go.

Last week's pick was Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. Some have said that Paul Simon wrote that song about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) was written by Bernie Taupin and Elton John as a tribute to John Lennon, who was also assassinated. In addition, when I listen to both songs they seem to have a similar theme of loss, sadness, emptiness.

Last week was sounds of silence. Hmm ok let me fink. In the song we hear the lyrics people talking without speaking, people hearing without listening. So, to me, it means you can say so much without saying anything at all. In fact, you can sometimes enjoy the silence. Oh, what's that? Words are very unnecessary, they can only do harm - enjoy the silence! Why what a great linky - it's Depeche Mode of course and Enjoy The Silence.

The joint winners chose “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel / Paul Simon. This made me think of “Silence is Golden” by The Four Seasons as my linky but I decided to go with the cover version by The Tremeloes instead.

Last week we had an iconic song from the 60's with The Sound of Silence. This week my choice it's another iconic song from the same era. The Sound of Silence is a funny title that makes you think because, of course, silence had no sound. Another song title that makes you think is A Whiter Shade of Pale which, again, you can't really get..can you? See, even I'm confused. So my choice this week is the epic Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum.

So we dus says well dun to da Bax and Bertie on der dual win last week wif da Sound of Silence. We has been trying to think about wot to link and well we just thort we would go wid another of Simon and Garfunkles only cause is fun. So here we goes kookookajoo we says da linky dis week is 'Mrs Robinson' so here's to you toot doo dee doo Mrs Robinson.

Bertie & Baxter bowf chose “Sound of Silence” as their link. I woz desperately trying to fink of a suitable linky to impress dem bowf & wiv all da ideas wizzin round my head ended up in an acute state of mental confushun . I woz sufferin from delirium no less. So my linky for this week be “Silence” by Delerium.

Wow, this is a difficult one! We did read that Mr Bob Dylan did add electric instruments and drums to Sounds of Silence wivout Simon & Garfunkel’s permission and we did wonder wot other songs had been added to like dat. Mum did then have a brainwave – well it would have been one if it had been correct! She always fort that the strings and stuff on True Love Ways by Buddy Holly had been added after he died, but according to the interwebnet fing, he recorded it wiv the orchestra. Ah well, wot can you do! Here it is anyway:

We does hab “Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel to linky. Well, me does say da link dis week be Cathy’s Clown by da Everly Brothers. Simon and Garfunkel did aspire to imitate da harmony ob da Everly Brothers. Paul Simon did write Sounds of Silence and Phil and Don Everly did write Cathy’s Clown. Da Everly Brothers also sang backing vocals on da title track from da Graceland album wif Paul Simon. Dey was also da featured act for Simon & Garfunkle’s Old Friends Reunion Tour. All dese fings is what links dem.

I gonna give da chainy a go this week n I firstly say well done to bofe Baxter @baxter_man n also Bertie @diamondbertie, eggsellent choices pals. I been thinkin that Paul Simon did make da album most brilliant called Graceland. Graceland as we all know is howse dat Elvis da pelvis Presley did live in. Elvis did have first film role in King Creole in 1958, dis was based on Harold Robbins book called..... A stone for Danny Fisher. My linky derefur be Elvis singing title track to album wot accompanied film, King Creole. 

Hello Miss Lexie, last week the very wise judge chose the Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel…..we listened to it closely and we are pretty sure it was not the sound of silence and was actually quite noisy all the way through…so this week our choice is 4'33 by John Cage….its only the sound of silence for 4 minutes and 33 seconds…..

Congratulations to the two Bs: Baxter and Bertie on their lovely song choice Sounds of Silence. My linky shall be The Winner Takes It All by Abba. Why? Well, because Anni-Frid Lyngstad made a cover-version of Sounds of Silence in Swedish before joining Abba. Sounds of Silence was written about the despair people felt after the JFK assassination, The Winner Takes it All also deals with heartache but in the aftermath of a divorce. Different inspirations but both magnificent songs.

Congrats to you two winners, well done. You both choose Paul Simon. Well, he did obviously work with Art Garfunkel. Whenever I do think of that esteemed man it makes me think of his (Garfunkaling) involvement in the Flight Of The Conchords! (if you haven't seen this, is a very funny programme). Therefore my linky is 'Rock The Party' by Flight Of The Conchords. I hopes you enjoys......

Ere wot Baxta did say:

WOWZA Dat be da hardest fing Dat I ever dun and I fink it be da same fer da master judge, da Simon Cowell of anipals, @diamondbertie as well. Der waz sooooo many oarsum entries. We commend all da entrants fer der thought and cleverness. In da end we found a winna and two other awards if Dat ok wif Lexie.

Da fun award bee da "Picking a song fer da Judge" award and Dat goes two, Rock da Party by da Flight of da Conchords. Gud werk having a linky Dat be by a Noo Zeelund group wen me bee frum Noo Zeelund. You might have won if da Bertie bee frum Noo Zeelund as well. Gud try better luck next time.

We gives a Honourable mention award (Dat bee SECUND place) to Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum. It was verry clever and had da judges finking deeply just how white white can bee. Well thunk out. 

And da WINNER........***drum roll please*** be Killing my Softly by Roberta Flack. A well researched chain entry and da unaamouse choice of youz esteemed judging panel. I never new Dat bout eiver of dem. 

On a persunal note I wanna says a huge Fanking you two Lexie fer doin dis it be great fun and I noes we all apawchiate da time she puts in, free cheers fer Lexie!!!

So............. da winner dis week .... as chosen by @baxter_man and @diamondbertie  ......................... dus be ................ @Skye & Dee!! Woohoo!!! A first win! Well done ma pals!

Now is time to get your finkin caps on an send me (find out how on da guidelines page fing) the next link in the chain. Da winner dis week dus be pickin da winner next week and dat means you!

It's over to you! Email me: lexie at toxicpenguin dot com or DM me on twitter (@dogstoyevsky) wiv your link suggestion followin on from dis one! You has until noon (GMT) Sunday 17 February 2013 (gots to get it to me by 2pm UK time if poss). Oh sometimes I dus accidentally delete em! Heehee. So good idea to type DO NOT DELETE in the title!  

Lexie's Chain dus be inspired by da pawsome Radcliffe & Maconie Show wot you can has a listen to on dere website. Follow me @dogstoyevsky or #lexieschain on Twitter to join da fun. Remember anyfink goes! Rock, classical, opera, ballads, punk, reggae - is up to you! Fanx for playin!

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