Post by Sid Nuncius Post by Steve Hague
I've listened to a lot more than I usually do. Am I a sentimental old
fool, or is Sting's "Fields of Gold" one of the finest love songs I've
You are a sentimental old fool. As am I. I love it.
I'm not too fond of his music, but when I've seen him interviewed (which
isn't for some years), I think I like him as a person.
Post by Sid Nuncius
I'm listening to a lot of music, too. I find that I'm much more
susceptible to a slightly cheesy Country song than I was. Emmylou
Harris and Mark Knopfler performing Red Dirt Girl actually made me cry
Can't say I know that one.
I'm very susceptible to music - to an embarrassing (to me anyway)
extent. When I was younger than teens, two that always got me were "If
you go away" by Dusty, and Honey by (IIRR) Bobby Goldsborough. (Both
from my Mum's pop collection, which was eclectic.) For a long time four
Piaf tracks; more recently several Vera Lynn. I don't know why - both
predate me! (Well, I know Dame Vera only recently died, but YKWIM.)
There are a few that make me cry with happiness, which is just as
embarrassing. Either because they're happy tunes, or classics.
Quite a few, just the first few notes set me off - sometimes one note.
On a related note, I presume others share with me the phenomenon of
version specificity: you become familiar with a particular recording of
a song (usually the one you hear first), and any other one isn't _right_
- certainly if it's by someone else (even if it's someone you like, and
it's well done), but even if competently done by the same artist. For
example, there's one that starts "I'm", sung unaccompanied, and both my
brother and I can immediately tell whether it's the "right" one. I
wonder if any UMRAts can identify song and singer. (Sorry if I've
mentioned it before - I probably have.)
Post by Sid Nuncius
the other day. Mind you, so did the Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
speech in last night's Upstart Crow. I've had that by heart for
decades and it's never had that effect on me before. A combination of
becoming a foolish, fond old man and the times we live in, I suspect.
I certainly find I'm retweeting things I would have been embarrassed to
even a year ago - same combination of reasons, I think (though I was in
some ways an old softie even before this); even tending towards cat
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
... the greatest musical festival in the world that doesn't involve mud.
- Eddie Mair, RT 2014/8/16-22