Tag Archives: music: !2017

Mike & The Mechanics – Let Me Fly (15/52)

Love the piano intro to this ballad, the verse and then the soaring chorus and the moment the backing singers come in gives me chills.

Some of my favourite pop/rock songs are those that combine a little bit of a gospel choir in their tunes.  I dare you not to be singing along with this by the time you’re halfway through.

Excellent song from an awesome album.

Jack Savoretti @ Royal Festival Hall, London (29 March 2017)

Jack Savoretti – what a guy. There is nothing he doesn’t do well, whether that be songwriting, singing, whistling, guitar-playing or general performing and that is why I decided to go and see him in concert twice in four months.

The venue was different (November was the gig-friendly Eventim Apollo at Hammersmith whilst this time was in the more traditional all-seated Royal Festival Hall) but the setlist (and all the few “stories” in between songs) was pretty much the same as in November. Hearing the excellent renditions of the same songs again by no means diminished the enjoyment.

It’s so hard to choose highlights as it was true perfection from start to finish.  However, special mention has to go to the solo ‘Soldier’s Eyes’ which was just Jack and his guitar in all his glory, the amazing vocal solo at the start of ‘Breaking The Rules’ during which he was accompanied by his music director on piano and of course the ones that got everyone on their feet singing and dancing like ‘Home’, ‘The Other Side Of Love’ and ‘Start Living In The Moment’.

It was the closing night of the tour and I loved that Joseph J. Jones the support act was invited back on stage (accompanied by a beer in his hand) to sing with Savoretti on’“Knock Knock’ during the encore

As someone whose favourite band is Fleetwood Mac, I am used to going to concerts where I am one of the youngest people in attendance (though I wouldn’t consider myself actually young any more!) but I have to admit that I was surprised at the fact that the grand proportion of the audience was indeed of the slightly maturer generation. I feel sad that youngsters these days have no taste in music and a guy with an excellent voice who plays his own guitar and writes his own songs has no appeal.

Acoustically the Royal Festival Hall was without fault but the ban on photographs was very disappointing and the first time I’d experienced this during a gig. You are never going to get everyone to comply to the rules but watching the numerous venue employees walk around trying to get people to stop taking photos was incredibly distracting. I can understand this rule for plays and musicals where you are relying on people to pay to see the same thing night after night but the people who go and see live concerts probably already have the songs  in their music collection so some photos or videos of the gig floating around the internet are hardly “spoiler alerts”.

Here are a few photos I managed to sneak (and no I wasn’t one of the ones who got told off!).

Lastly I just wish to say Savoretti firmly deserves all the success he has gotten recently and I have never been more glad that he decided not to give up on his music career when the going got tough a few years ago.  As a fan from the beginning, I hope that in the next concert, I will get to hear the song which first introduced me to Savoretti : ‘Blackrain’.

Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl (9/52)

I was not, like everyone else in England seems to be, an Ed Sheeran fan right from the start.

I was put-off from trying him out because I couldn’t understand why a singer-songwriter and ace guitar player would want to insert rap into his songs.  Also, I’m not keen on the constant references to smoking, taking drugs and drinking alcohol in his lyrics.

But as much as I wasn’t won over by +, I was hooked by some catchy songs on X and Divide is more of the same.

Galway Girl is really catchy and I love the Irish fiddle.  I can’t believe Sheeran even had to justify this song to his record company!

Clare Bowen – Love Steps In (3/52)

In July I was lucky enough to see the Nashville Cast in concert in London and hear many of the cast perform their original songs as well as songs from the TV show.

Without a doubt the one song that captured my interest more than any other was Clare Bowen’s ‘Love Steps In’, a song written by her fiancé and friend about her brother’s battle with cancer.  A combination of heartfelt lyrics and a soaring melody really stuck in my head and the first thing I did when I came home was look to see if it was available to download.

It wasn’t then but it certainly is now with all proceeds to go to a charity.

Read an interview with Clare and watch the music video in Rolling Stone here.

And if you’re like me and live in the UK and wondering if it’s available this side of the pond?  I’m really pleased to say it is!