Sarah and I have decided that we will do the ‘Film Friday’ alternate weeks now that we are both busy again. So you get something else from me instead this week, whilst Sarah does her Film Friday review.
Since last week I have coincidentally reached both my 1000th follower and the 4th anniversary of this blog.
The follower number seems to be pretty meaningless. If I look in detail I discover that many of the ‘followers’ seem to be fake accounts or bots. Plus I suspect it still includes those who have unfollowed for whatever reason. Certainly likes and comments are in the tens these days (my last post, a week ago, reached the heady heights of 13…) but these folks I regard as friends so I am content with that.
To be fair, the 4th anniversary is misleading too, as my blogging fizzled out after a few weeks in 2016 – I had no clue what I was doing – and was only revived after I had a bit of a breakdown in 2017 – almost exactly a year later in fact. So perhaps this is really my 3rd Birthday?
Congratulations if you got this far! Now to the real purpose of this post; to share things on Youtube etc that provided me with a lot of entertainment over the last few months.
Predictably the crises around the world have prompted a rash of charity singles. These two are actually rather good covers of songs I love anyway. The first was a chart hit here in the UK; a cover of Foo Fighters ‘Times Like These’ produced for BBC Live Lounge and featuring the Foos themselves (or at least singer, songwriter and nicest man in rock Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins playing, it seems, a lava lamp….)
Whilst watching this, however, another treat popped up in my recommendations and is just so gorgeous, a cover of the Cranberries song ‘Dreams’:
Whilst catching up with my favourite band (Low) on Twitter I discovered that their friend and collaborator Gaelynn Lea has been live streaming sessions from her home. On this occasion Alan from Low joins her playing guitar outside her window:
And then this popped up in my recommendations…
Also thanks to Low’s twitter account I found this WP blog which gathers some great music: https://musicophilia.wordpress.com/2020/02/23/pith-and-echo/#comment-19979
A few months back I posted a song by Basia Bulat. Her latest album was released in late March and I love it. It is streamed on Youtube but I bought the physical product too:
For those of a more retro-rock persuasion – I offer The Shivas:
Apart from music there have been a good few laughs too. I discovered this wonderfully funny Canadian lady for example:
And the wonderful Tucker Budzyn is always a giggle: