Sunday, 26 January 2014

Lexie's Chain: The Hundred and Fifty Eighth Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to week 158 of #lexieschain. Last week da winner was Bear wot was Ray Charles n Stevie Wonder an Living For The City. Let's see wot we got this week:

I liked the linky Bear! We keepin it simple and goin wiv  blind artists. Showin that it doesn't matta what music you are into, there is no stopping youif you want to succeed. So, we go wiv Andrea Bocelli and Time to Say Goodbye wot he performed wiv Sarah Brightman, which became the all time best selling single in Germany and topped da charts all ova Europe.

Da winnin linky last week woz a songy wiv Ray Charles n Stevie Wonder called “Living For The City” . So for my linky I goes for another songy collaboration - Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney wiv “Ebony and Ivory” Dis be a live vershun at a concert in 2010 Casa Bianca.

Well dun to dat Bear again for da winning linky last week wid Stevie Wonder's 'Living for The City' wot is a rilly sad song full of anger so wot dus we do wid dis and whur dus it takes us? Is simple is cos all we can do to get on is thru love pals. So dis means we going wid one of our favourite songs by Stevie Wonder on one of our favourite albums 'Songs in the key of life and it's da songy Love is in need of love today. Dis vershun, however, dus be sung by George Michael.... 'Love is in need of love today'. Why you says? Well, just listen to dem lyrics and you knows why we chose it..... 

Hello Miss Lexie…last week mr Teddy chose “Living for the City” by Stevie
Wonder….we love that song…..Mr Wonder sings about growing up in “hard time
Mississippi” and that made us think about a very famous film about those times
called “Burning Mississippi” so our link this week is a song from that movie called
“Precious Lord Take My Hand” sung by Mahalia Jackson.

Well done Bear for last weeks win. I used Ray Charles as my way to find a link this week. One of the artists that Ray was associated with at different parts of his career was that famous curmudgeon Van Morrison they performed together at various times. So which Van Morrison song to choose as there are so many great ones. I have gone for one of his later songs from The Hymns to the Silence album I'm Carrying a Torch so passionate I love it. have good weeks everyone.

Two blind musicians singing together, our thoughts turned immediately to Amadou et Mariam the husband and wife from Mali who met when they both studied at Bamako's Institute for the Blind. Mali has a rich cultural heritage thankfully saved, for the moment at least, from destruction by religion. Western "popular" music would be very different if it wasn't for Africa so it is essential to preserve this heritage. Anyway to our linky, even Dad's failing schoolboy French is good enough to hear the political message in this song, Ce n'est pas Bon from Amadou et Mariam.

Another Big Congrats to Bear! Great link. Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles have many things in common. The least of which is their shared disability. Both men overcame their blindness to become powerhouses in the music world. Jeff Healey was born with a rare form of cancer that eventually took his life at 41. He lost both his eyes before he was 1. He was 'discovered" at the Toronto blues spot by Albert Colllins & Stevie Ray Vaughn , who  invited him onstage to play with them.

Living for the City by Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles was the winning choice of @thisbear. Keeping to the theme of cities my choice is Down Town sung by Petula Clark.

Moving on from Stevie and Ray, we really struggled with this one. So, we went with a bit of a silly link. Ray and Stevie both are famous for wearing sunglasses so we link to  another famous sunglasses wearer - Bono from U2. However, we didn't want to pick a U2 song and the video for the song we have picked was 'inspired' by a U2 video (aka cheekily stolen) We've gone for Royal Republic and "Tommy Gun".

Congrats Teddy with the Ray Charles/Stevie Wonder link. Ray Charles was the idol of many musicians including Van Morrison (insert Mom swoon here). Van asked Ray to   record "Crazy Love", and it is truly wonderful. I am giving the link because it brings tears to your eyes. My choice is also looking towards Valentines day, the heart rendering "Moondance". Mom says she had an October Moondance once, and I told her I didn't want to know!

The wonderful "Crazy Love" (not my choice): 

This is my choice for the chain: Moondance (with a number of incredible
musicians!) (sorry MAggie I can't get this to work so please click on da linky to hear it pals!) 

And da winner ... as chosen by  .... Bear ...... dus be .............. Freddie wiv Ce n'est pas Bon from Amadou et Mariam! Yay well done ma pal. So dat mean you dus be choosin again ma pal next week.

Ere wot Bear said bowty it: Very hard choice again. Had to listen a few times & have a dance but finally decided to go with Linky No. 6 "Ce n'est pas bon" by Amadou et Mariam. Had heard of them but not actually heard them before. Don't know French but it was still a good sound to bounce around to. *salutes*.

So 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) 2nd February 2014 (gets 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 and dussnt forget to send a linky to da video from You Tube!

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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