Tag Archives: Music

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Mahmut Orhan

 even after the darkest night there can still be a beautiful morning

Today I’m in a place called Oludeniz in Turkey.  Allegedly this artist, song , and video are pretty big here.  The boat is called a gulet, and I have sailed on one of those things.  It was a pretty nice vacation, but there was nonbody on that boat quite as good looking as the women in this video.

As it goes the Aegean is that precise brilliant blue, and some Turkish women really are blonde and beautiful.

I still can’t abide any octopus any place, any time, in any way.

Please listen enviously.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Turkish excursion boat

Songs on Sunday ~ Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren

they wouldn’t be bangers if mash wasn’t involved

Sunday ~ and as I’m going to Turkey tomorrow, today I want some Proper British Fare for lunch.  And what could be more British than bangers and mash served with red onion gravy?

Perhaps the most unlikely vocal duo ever.

Please listen without getting hungry.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

sausage, potato, and green beans in foil

less British than bangers and mash

but more to American tastes

Songs on Saturday ~ Sting

a lost man, in a lost world, on an endless quest for faith and truth

This song is for a friend of mine, who oft gives me the faith and strength to carry on when all seems lost.  When I’m down and troubled she lends a helping hand, she helps me to get up again, and strive once more to be a really great guy, living a very cool life.

A bit of Shakespeare, some Thomas Malory, and a reference to Alfred, Lord Tennyson in the video accompanying this song.  Who knew that Sting was educated and well-read?

King Canute’s real name was Cnut.  What a great T-shirt logo, if you were brave enough.

Please listen as you look to see if you have any great literature on your Kindle.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

knighthood’s dauntless deed

beauty’s matchless eye

Tunes on Tuesday ~ The Who

and, oh yes, here comes another expert who says the sky is falling

The hysteria surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic grows apace.  Here in Blighty the government is saying that when the schools reopen in September all the pubs and bars will have to shut.  In the Australian state of Victoria the authorities will impose fines of up to US $15,000 on anyone breaking lockdown.  President Trump says lockdown doesn’t work, (and he’s correct).  And, back here in England the government is considering quarantining London from the M25 orbital ring road inwards, and making all the over 50’s go into permanent self-isolation at home.

Thankfully, most of my generation do not give a flying fuck about what governments and their experts think, say, advise, recommend ~ nor the regulations they impose.  Although swinging fines are another matter.

As Caesar said; ‘Semper In Excretia Sumus, Solim Profundum Variat’.

But his legions said; ‘Noli Illigitimi Carborundum Est’.

Keep calm and carry on.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Tunes on Tuesday ~ The Italian Job

you’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off

Matt Monroe sings On Days Like These which was the main theme from the 1969 classic heist / chase movie, The Italian Job.  This song doesn’t really fit the movie, other than it’s a Lamborghini Miura on a fabulous mountain road.  I’ve driven the Great St. Bernard Pass, but in a Triumph TR6, not a V12 Italian Supercar.

Please listen thinking about vacations in the Italian Sunshine.

Or a Mini Cooper.

Or Sophia Loren.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

You’ve Got A Friend

true friends are never far apart, no matter the distance between them

Woke up this morning at 03:30 with this song playing in my head.  It makes me realise just how much friendship means to me, and how lucky I am to have a very special, very close friend.

If a friend is ever down and troubled, if my friend ever needs me, then indeed I will be there.

Please listen with a warm and fuzzy feeling.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

even Marmaduke is troubled sometimes

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Zulus to the Southwest ~ thousands of ’em

In all the turbulent history of the Natal in Southern Africa, one thing stands out, the respect the British have for the wider Zulu nation.  I think this is a fabulous track.  Tremendous bass baritones.

The town of Ladysmith on the Klip River in Natal also has a special place in British history.

The Ladysmith Black Mambazo featured prominently on the Paul Simon Album ‘Graceland’.

Please listen with respect.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Zulu singers at Drakensberg Mountains

 

Songs on Saturday ~ Lies

the most dangerous liars are those who think they are telling the truth

The lies, misdirections, obfustications, manipulated statistics, and scare stories surrounding COVID-19 continue.  This time it’s from Professor Robin Shattock at Imperial College, (that high-profile home of liars and adulterers), who says that we will all need an annual booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccination, (when there is one), along with our annual booster shot of the flu vaccination.  This guy should learn a better delivery when it comes to cautionary tales.  It might be helpful if these academics actually knew the difference between vaccination and inoculation.

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Do they seriously believe that anyone with a mind of their own is going to submit themselves to an annual inoculation to supposedly protect themselves against a relatively harmless virus?  Probably they do.  BIG Pharma rolls on and on towards…..  mind control, a totally obedient global population, or just untold billions of dollars?  Strange how there is now an ongoing news story that smokers are less likely to die from COVID-19 than are non-smokers…..  I bet the big tobacco companies like that one.

You know something?  The coronavirus pandemic, in real terms, it’s all lies.  But nobody believes the plain and simple evidence of their own eyes any more.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

we must all carry a big stick to scare away non-existent dragons

Songs on Saturday ~ Annie Lennox

walking through rainstorms to be with the one you love

Summer in England 2020; doom, gloom, and rain.  Would I walk five-thousand-miles through pouring rain and high winds to be on a lonely island with the one I love?  Hell Yes!  The one you love should be your precious angel and worth everything ~ else it isn’t really love at all.

Back in the day I learned a harsh lesson ~ you can’t beat City Hall.   Right now there are some things I can’t do, and some things The Man is making me do that I’d rather not.

Some say we should always be the best person we can possibly be.  And that the one you care for deserves the best of you, no matter what.

All I know is that I’ll make the best of things, and right now that means staying fit, strong, and healthy.  In a few days I’m heading away from cold and rain to warmer and sunnier climes.  Walking, swimming, yoga, Aegean sunshine, fresh mountain air, healthy food…..  For a while I’ll be spending time working on becoming a physically better man.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

beachcombing at dawn

how to learn who you really are

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Harry Connick jr

how many can truly say; ‘I love you just the way you are’?

A little while ago I bought a Harry Connick jr album ~ A Celebration of Cole Porter.

Makes a change from ol’ Blue Eyes…..  Although Billy Joel also does a great cover of this fabulous song.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

just make certain the one you love has great legs

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