Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Lexie's Chain: The Hundred and Fifty Ninth Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to week 159 of #lexieschain. Last week da winner was Freddie wiv Ce n'est pas bon by Amadou et Mariam.Lets see wot we gots dis week:

Well done Freddie! I am getting an education in world music. My chain is political activist guitarist as exemplified by the recently deceased folk artist Peter Seeger. Pete was very active in humanitarian protests throughout his long life. I have chosen a version of "this land is your land" which would have the pinacle of his life, playing at the Lincoln Memorial on the Mall for President Obama's inaguration, a black president within his lifetime.

Thank you Freddie for introducing us to such wonderful music. Amadou et Mariam are a married couple who preform together. My take from the link this week is couples who performed together. And wouldn't it be a great marriage! David Bowie & Anne Lennox " Under Pressure".

Hi Miss Lexie….Mr Freddie chose a song by the wonderful Amadou and Mariam….they are from Mali and had a wonderful record called Dimanche à Bamako which I think means Sunday in Bamako, the capital city of Mali. That made me think about our own fair capital city…London….but also about the capital city of Jamaica…which is where (Bob) Marley was from ! See what I did there…and his most famous song about Kingston, Jamaica…is called Trenchtown Rock….so that is my link this week….

@freddie_bt won last week with Ce n'est pas bon by Amadou et Mariam, a song with a political message. My choice is Pete Seeger singing Where Have All The Flowers Gone.
This song was inspired by a passage from Mikhail Sholokhov's And Quiet Flows The Don.
In July 1956 Pete Seeger with 9 others were sited for Communist and Un American activities. A demonstration of the power of music to change the world.

Good win for that Freddie again last week. With his choice of Amadou et Mariam. They have been closely associated with that multifaceted chap Damon Albarn and I saw them supporting Blur at Hyde Park a few years ago they were fab so am using that to link to the Blur song that went down a storm on that day and that's Tender a song about break ups. Have a great week everyone.

OWKAY. Last week has a linky wiv two French singers singing in French. So why desert a winnin comynashun for a linky I say ? I gives you “Je T’Aime” by Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg . Pawleaze note dat for those of yoo wiv a sensitive dispozishun I haz given yoo da U rated video vershun and not any of da ones wiv bare bits wot accompany dis song.

I got to say a big well dun to dat Freddie fur his linky. I had neva hurd of Amadou et Mariam or da songy Ce n'est pas Bon.....whosh but we dus think it was a great songy. So whur dus we go wid dis? Well, we thinking da only way we can settle anything is throo peace and a few noms but wot better person dan George Harrison's songy 'Give Me Love - Give Me Peace On Earth' to help us get der!

We've gone with the French link this week and we've chosen Run Boy Run by Woodkid aka Yoann Lemoine from Lyon. Mom is obsessed with this and his other track, Iron. She loves this one in particular as she finds it very motivating to run to. I find a tennis ball very motivating for running. She also loves that his musical genre is described as "Baroque Pop".

The singers of last week's winning linky: Amadou et Mariam came from Mali. The capital of Mali is Timbuctoo so my linky shall be the Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby song as sung by Groucho Marx- Timbuctoo (Lexie Ed: Can't find this anywhere!! So similar one used - sorry!)

So, the last link was "Ce n'est pas bon" by Amadou et Mariam. Amadou & Mariam are a married couple who make music together. There have been a few couples who have done the same - Sonny & Cher, Ike & Tina Turner & more recently Beyonce & her man Jay Z. However one of the longest happy musical partnerships has always tried to downplay the fact that they may also be a couple away from music. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings have been making music together since 1996 - sometimes under Gillian's name & sometimes as part of the Dave Rawlings Machine. Here they are performing the deceptively jolly sounding Caleb Mayer.

Ce n'est pas bon. Well let's see for fun we finked to put it into translater and in english the literal translation is 'this is not good' Owever because da french does reverse fings in their speaks it really means is this not good? Which means it is good! Hahaaa **goes for lie down**. Anyhooooo we decided to stick wiv les francais et la bonne vie. So we goes wivh Edith Piaf and Le vie en rose – life is in the pink!

An da winner ... as chosen by  .... @freddie_bt ...... dus be .............. @WOtterface wiv Run Boy Run from Woodkid! Yay well done ma pal. An one I never eard before too! So dat mean you dus be choosin next week Wyn.

Ere wot Freddie said: So difficult to choose this week, I weally wanted to go for Pete Seeger fer obvious reasons but wiv two linkys fer im I cudn't pick one over da other. I weally liked Linky 6, somewehere we av da 45 of Je T'Aime n duz weally like Serge Gainsbourg. Linky 11 made us larf while addidn to our confusion wiv French. Our winner tho is Linky 8, a new singer fer us n we always likes to hear music we've never heard, gweat video too.
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) 9th 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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