Sunday, 27 April 2014

Lexie's Chain: The Hundred of Seventy First Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to week 171 of #lexieschain. Last week da winner was Indie with Bruce Cockburn and Comets of Kandahar. Let's see wot we gots dis week:

Well done with Bruce Cockburn and the cities link. I thought, who do you travel between cities? You could fly, take a train, or drive. The iconic song (Get your kicks) on Route 66 came to mind! Here is a version by Asleep at the Wheel. (get it, drive, asleep at the wheel. sorry. ducks head).

Luvd da winner. Bruce Cockburn's inspiration made us fink of da film "Good Morning Vietnam" which deals wiv da importance of entertainin troops n dat not evwybody knows how to or even wants to. Dad's Dad was at da British Embassy in Saigon for a year dat included da Tet Offensive, Dad n his Mum wuz about to join im wen da FO restricted it to essential personnel only so he spent a lot of time listenin to American Forces Radio n came ome wiv music n catch phrases dat feature in da film, tho not the title. A moving sequence provides our linky, contrastin beauty, violence n Robin Williams' comedy wiv Louis Armstrong singin What a Wonderful World.

Enjoyed this tune very much @borderpup. As Pup said this tune was written after Bruce Cockburn visited his brother in Afghanistan. Could not get the many young men & women who are serving there out of my mind. My linky this week " Miles From Our Home".

Hi Miss Lexie last week Mr Indie chose a song called Comets of Kandahar……i know that the funny lady Bjork from Iceland also has a song called the Comet Song…but that’s not a very clever link is it…so instead we have chosen her lovely song Venus As A Boy….hurray.

Last week @borderpup won with Bruce Cockburn composition Comets of Kandaha, this theme to a place is great as there are countless songs dedicated to places, so here goes my choice is Chattanooga Choo Choo by the Andrews Sisters. Why Comets of Kandahar was written during The Afghanistan war, my choice was composed during another bloody conflict and the train goes through many places.

So how to find a link from last weeks great suggestion by Border pup. Well the name Cockburn got me thinking that Cockburn is also a famous brand of port here in the UK. That made me wonder about all the songs that are about ports and sailing and the sea. Convoluted I know but opens up a rich seam. One of the most poignant songs about sailing away is Thousands are Sailing by The Pogues which is about Irish immigration to America as a result of the potato famine. The lyrics are very bitter sweet and mix sadness with resilience. have a good week fellow chainees.

Well dun to dat cleva paws Indy fur da winning linky last week Bruce Cockburn's Comets of Kandahar. We been from St Louis to Afghanistan so we thort we be going travelling around da world with all dese toons and any time Mum and her pals talked about traveling dey always yelled 'Road Trip' so dat is our linky dis week Road Tripping by da Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Hmm. Last week da winning linky woz instrumental. Comets are fings wot wizz across da sky up in space. So I finks about a space feem instrumental for my linky n chooses da moosik from 2001: A Space Odyessy wot be The Blue Danube by Strauss.

Bruce Cockburn's wrote this after visiting his bruvver in afghanistan. Over the years his songwriting has become more politicial and he has travelled the world to many countries playing benefit concerts and writing about many subjects includin the war, the IMF and land mines. Made us fink about anti-war songs of which there have been many of the years in the quest to use musical as a way of gaining support for universal peace. Somefink we ope dus appen one day. So, in honour of all anti-war music, here be one of our favourite anti-war songs. John Lennon and Give Peace a Chance.

An da winner ... as chosen by  .... @borderpup ...... dus be ......... @diamondbertie. Yay! So dat meant you dus be choosin next week Bertie!

Ere wot Indie said: Phew, it was difficult to choose! After much cogitation, we decided this week's winner is No. 5 - Chattanooga choo choo. We liked the linky about the two wars and train going to different places. Also it is about someone coming home, so we fink the Andrews Sisters must have cheered the troops up with that thought as well as their performances.

There isn't really an order this week, but if pushed we would complete our top three with 'What a Wonderful World' and 'Miles from our Home'. We enjoyed listening to all the toons, and being introduced to some awesome music. Fanks for playing everywun!

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 4th May 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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