Monday, 22 April 2013

Lexie's Chain: The Hundred and Eighteenth Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to week 118 of #lexieschain. Last week the winner was Briar wiv Send in the Clowns. So lets see wot we got dis week.

Briar won with a very clever linky and arrived at “Send in the clowns” by Judy Collins. Another well known Judy was Judy Garland. I chose “Over The Rainbow” as my linky.

Last da winning linky woz Judi Collins wiv “Send in da Clowns”. Clowns are usually at a circus. So for my linky I chooses “Circus” by Britney Spears.

Hmm, send in the clowns you say? Well, we all know what happens when you send the clowns into the Big Top don't we? They play "Entrance of the Gladiators" as composed by Julius Fučík. Not really a "pop" tune but a very well known piece of music and one guaranteed to bring a smile to your chops. 

Dis week it be hard i fought and fought as much as me little brain would werk. I was not eatin as well as normal cause i was finking so much and i not like dat situation! I try's to fink of all angles den I finks who bee da mostest famous clown I noes......but nuffing comes two mind den BINGO, Pa do sumfing silly and Ma says "You're such a clown sumtimes". I don't fink it was two complementary towardes Pa!

It gave me da start and frum dere it waz easy. Ma's kennel name bee Carol, I dunt understood why she still live wif Pa he alwayes acting da fool. Derefore my #lexieschain entrie dis week be "Oh Carol" by Neil Sedaka cause I now be finking, Oh Carol why did youz marry him!

Well dun to da Briar fur dat Linky last week wot is Send in Da Clowns! Our linky, as usoooal is rilly simples. Why? Cause we says clowns dus be good for making us larf so we goin fur a songy in one of my favurite moovies 'Singing In Da Rain' and da particuular songy wot be called 'Make Em Laugh!' Hit it pals.... deee daa doo Caus if short peeples have long faces and Tall peeeples have short faces you gots to larf. Anyway, enjoy da linky and we hopes it makes you larf too..... 

Right, we needs to find a linky from Send in the Clowns, hmmm ... Well, this song was written by Stephen Sondheim for his moosical 'A Little Night Music', and he parrently did write it speshully for the actress Glynis Johns who played the role off Desiree in the Broadway vershun. In the US tour of the moosical, the role was played by Jean Simmons, who in turn was later replaced by Virginia McKenna. Ms McKenna later famusly played the part of Joy Adamson in the fillum 'Born Free', which did have an Oscar winning feem toon sung by Matt Monro, so dat is ma linky: 

Here is my entry for this week, my first reaction for Andrea Bocelli singing Pagliacci a very sad song sung by a clown a lament for lost love which had to follow on from Judy Collins singing Send in the Clowns where the singer is so sand and angry. 

Congrats to Briar! As we know Briar did win wif da bery clever linky “Send In the Clowns” by Judy Collins. Once again dere was lots ob possibilities from dere, but me hab chosen dis one. Stephen Sondheim did write dat song and it be from da musical “A Little Night Music”. He say dat da clowns is not circus clowns, but instead refers to “fools”. The song was specifically written for da actress Glynis Johns who created da character ob Desiree on Broadway. She was not a powerful singer able to sustain notes so dat why he wrote it da way he did in short phrases. Judi Dench did play dis role in London. Judi Dench is famous as stage actress more dan fur mobies, though she is not known so much as a singer. Early in his career when he was still pretty unknown Stephen Sondheim did also write da lyrics for “Gypsy”. Dis part was created by da bery famous and talented stage actress and singer, Ethel Merman. So me does choose da wonderful “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from “Gypsy” performed by the late great Ethel Merman! Now she is a singer!

Well done Briar on your win last week. The Brotherhood of Man (keep a straight face!) also sang the beautiful 'Send in the Clowns'. They also sang a song called 'Angelo'. As we all know, even though she didn't want us to, that Adele's son is called Angelo. Adele is a female singer along with Duffy, Amy Whinehouse and Birdy. This week my chainy is 'Shelter' by Birdy. 

Hello Miss Lexie. I saw that last week Lady Briar won with "Send in the Clowns" a song by Stephen Sondheim from the 1973 musical A Little Night Music. That made us think about music about the night….and of course the only link from thinking along that road is "In the Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett….


Hi all another week another chain. Winner last week was Send in the Clowns. As ever I am so predictable I am using a word in the title to connect to one of my favourite songs which as you will be seeing are mainly of the indie variety even though I am far too old to carry on in this vein. This week I am using the word Send as my link. My link is to We Can Send Letters by Aztec Camera if you have never heard it its well worth a listen. good luck everyone.

Last week the chain was won with " Send In The Clowns " (Congrats Briar! ) written by Stephen Sondheim. In an interview Sondheim explained that he did not mean circus clowns but fools. Heroes are the anything but fools. In light of the events in Boston this week my link celebrates the everyday people becoming heroes and anything but fools. Meat Loaf with Brian May " A Time For Heroes " 

Dad had lots of ideas fe da train linky last week but missed da boat. He stwuggled wiv clown n Sondheim links so he's focussed on Judy Collins. As wuz pointed out Judy Collins wuz girlfriend of Stephen Stills n also pwomoted work of young songwriters includin Joni Mitchell. Joni Mitchell wuz girlfriend of Graham Nash so Dad apologises coz he's makin link dat takes us stwaight back into the post-Byrds David Crosby world of late 60s California. Anyways Dad's choice is a song that Judy Collins recorded and popularised but Dad has chosen Joni Mitchell singing and playing her own composition da beautiful "Both Sides Now. Is dere a more perfect metaphor than "ice cream castles in the air" 

Hmm right-o clowns, clowns ok. Right so … Send In The Clowns is not about the circus or anyfink you will be surprised to hear. It's actually refers to how when a show (or your life) is going badly, send in the clowns or have a joke around, have a laugh. Well clowns are quite funny tho aint they so I spose that is where the idea comes from. I will tell you one clown wot isn't very funny and is quite sad really is Pierrot. So ma linky dus be pierrot and who better to tell about that than the wonderful Leo Sayer, dressed as Pierrot singing The Show Must Go On. 

And ............. da winner dis week .... as chosen by ma Briar dus be ................ @kelsoterrier. Well dun again ma pal! Woofhoo!

Ere be wot Briar said bowt fings:

The winner is linky no 3 for the originality factor. A very close second was linky no. 5 as my humum is so often a short person with a long face, but that song turned her frown upside down. Highly commended sausages to linkys no 6, 8 & 13. Although anyone could have been a winner.

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 Kelloggs!!

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 28 April 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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