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Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris performing live during their tour 'All the roadrunning'.
From the DVD 'Real Live Roadrunning' recorded at Gibson Amphitheatre 2006.



One of my all-time favourite songs, written by Mark Knopfler, and a great version of it.






If you ever had a special time dancing to this one, then I'm sure you will always remember it.

Thanks again, bluesemotion!




I agree with Ray - this is one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

Whatever the (excellent and beautiful) video says, though, this has nothing to do with Art Garfunkel, unless I am much mistaken (not an unheard-of occurrence!). It is all about Paul Simon and Kathy Chitty, and it is Paul who is singing.



[Click the music tag at the top of this post for more of my music favourites...]







A beautiful song from Secret Garden, and an equally beautiful video from Wintermood (Virgil Beceru)

The song is from Secret Garden's album Once In A Red Moon


Running Bear writes:

Secret Garden's music has been described as a tapestry of Norwegian and Celtic elements. There are classical as well as popular influences. There are traditional as well as contemporary colors in it. But most of all their music is an emotional storytelling style of their own, unable to fit into one category. This is why Secret Garden is recognized in classical radio charts as well as play-listed in popular radio programs, crossing over from New Age charts in USA to Pop charts in Asia. The trademark is its simplicity and haunting melodies, sung by the violin of Fionnuala Sherry, all composed and produced from the heart of Rolf Lovland.

Thanks to Neva for introducing me to this beautiful song.

PS: Secret Garden makes a very nice "Radio Station" on Last.fm, if you like melodic and relaxing music that you can listen to free on-line.



A singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer who is worth knowing about...

[Ann Hampton Callaway]



"Escape" by Zach Blume
(inspired by Jan von Holleben's "Dreams of Flying")

It feels like a sunny day!


Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away
If you can use some exotic booze
There's a bar in far Bombay
Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away

Come fly with me, let's float down to Peru
In llama land there's a one-man band
And he'll toot his flute for you
Come fly with me, let's take off in the blue

Once I get you up there,
Where the air is rarified
We'll just glide
Starry-eyed
Once I get you up there
I'll be holding you so near
You will hear angels cheer
Just because we're together

Weather-wise it's such a lovely day
You just say the words and we'll beat the birds
Down to Acapulco Bay
It's perfect for a flying honeymoon, they say
Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away...


Lyrics by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen.

Listen here.





[Another fun way to fly, Snoopy-style]
[More of the bright side of life...]






The Rose

Some say love
It is a river
That drowns the tender reed
Some say love
It is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed
Some say love
It is a hunger
An endless aching need
I say love
It is a flower
And you its only seed

It's the heart
Afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance
It's the dream
Afraid of waking
That never takes the chance
It's the one
Who won't be taken
Who cannot seem to give
And the soul
Afraid of dying
That never learns to live

When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong
Just remember
In the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed
That with the sun's love
In the spring
Becomes the rose


This beautiful song was written by Amanda McBroom, who describes how this song came to be written here.


Click the picture (which I found here) to bring up a selection of Bette Midler's performances of this song, which will open in a separate window.





Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt
(On the side of a hill in the deep forest green)
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
(Tracing a sparrow on snow-crested ground)
Without no seams nor needlework
(Blankets and bedclothes the child of the mountain)
Then she'll be a true love of mine
(Sleeps unaware of the clarion call)

Tell her to find me an acre of land
(On the side of a hill, a sprinkling of leaves)
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
(Washed is the ground with so many tears)
Between the salt water and the sea strand
(A soldier cleans and polishes a gun)
Then she'll be a true love of mine

Tell her to reap it in a sickle of leather
(War bellows, blazing in scarlet battalions)
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
(Generals order their soldiers to kill)
And to gather it all in a bunch of heather
(And to fight for a cause they have long ago forgotten)
Then she'll be a true love of mine

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine


A truly magical intertwining of poetic lyrics and harmony, from a combination of talents the like of which we may never be lucky enough to experience again.

Click the picture to play - it will open in a separate window.




"Fragile" by Sting

If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one
Drying in the colour of the evening sun
Tomorrow's rain will wash the stains away
But something in our minds will always stay
Perhaps this final act was meant
To clinch a lifetime's argument
That nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could
For all those born beneath an angry star
Lest we forget how fragile we are

On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are how fragile we are

On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are how fragile we are
How fragile we are how fragile we are




Karen Carpenter
March 2nd, 1950 - February 4th, 1983

Requiem in Pace




When Karen died in 1983, the world lost both a lovely woman and one of the most beautiful voices on the planet.
Karen lives on in memories and in many wonderful recordings.
The words of this song have always seemed to me to be a fitting epitaph.

A Song For You

I've been so many places in my life and time
I've sung a lot of songs, I've made some bad rhyme
I've acted out my love in stages
With ten thousand people watching
But we're alone now and I'm singing this song for you

I know your image of me is what I hope to be
I've treated you unkindly but darling can't you see
There's no one more important to me
Darling can't you please see through me
'Cos we're alone now and I'm singing this song for you

You taught me precious secrets of the truth witholding nothing
You came out in front and I was hiding
But now I'm so much better and if my words don't come together
Listen to the melody cause my love is in there hiding

I love you in a place where there's no space or time
I love you for in my life you are a friend of mine
And when my life is over
Remember when we were together
We were alone and I was singing this song for you

You taught me precious secrets of the truth witholding nothing
You came out in front and I was hiding
But now I'm so much better and if my words don't come together
Listen to the melody cause my love is in there hiding

I love you in a place where there's no space or time
I love you for in my life you are a friend of mine
And when my life is over
Remember when we were together
We were alone and I was singing this song for you

We were alone and I was singing this song for you.


Click the picture to play the video.


Karen Carpenter (Wikipedia Article)

More on Karen Carpenter's story...




River Man

Betty came by on her way

Said she had a word to say
About things today
And fallen leaves.

Said she hadn't heard the news
Hadn't had the time to choose
A way to lose
But she believes.

Going to see the river man
Going to tell him all I can
About the plan
For lilac time.

If he tells me all he knows
About the way his river flows
And all night shows
In summertime.

Betty said she prayed today
For the sky to blow away
Or maybe stay
She wasn't sure.

For when she thought of summer rain
Calling for her mind again
She lost the pain
And stayed for more.

Going to see the river man
Going to tell him all I can
About the ban
On feeling free.

If he tells me all he knows
About the way his river flows
I don't suppose
It's meant for me.

Oh, how they come and go
Oh, how they come and go.



A haunting, beautiful, autumnal song in 5/4 time by Nick Drake, from the album Five Leaves Left.


Nick died young in 1974; I wish I'd heard his music earlier. More on his story here, and on the song itself here.

The images in the video, I understand, are extracts from a BBC documentary on Nick Drake.


"For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her"




What a dream I had
Pressed in organdie
Clothed in crinoline of smoky burgundy
Softer than the rain
I wandered empty streets down
Passed the shop displays
I heard cathedral bells
Tripping down the alley ways
As I walked on

And when you ran to me
Your cheeks flushed with the night
We walked on frosted fields of juniper and lamp-light
I held your hand
And when I awoke and felt you warm and near
I kissed your honey hair with my grateful tears
Oh I love you girl
Oh I love you


I think that these are some of the most lovely lyrics that Paul Simon ever wrote. Click the picture to listen to the song being performed by a unique combination of talents...