Deep Tracks From 1971: „You’ve Got A Friend“ -Carole King. I recall the first time I played Carole King’s Tapestry album- it sounded like every song on the album was a hit single. In reality there were two singles from that album- „It’s Too Late“ went to #1 and „So Far Away“ #14. „You’ve Got […]DEEP TRACKS FROM 1971: “YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND”- CAROLE KING — slicethelife
The Beatles Top 60 Solo Songs: #49: “Give Peace A Chance”- Plastic Ono Band. Written by John Lennon [although credited to Lennon-McCartney in the songwriting credits- The Beatles were still a band and had yet to record one more album- Abbey Road before breaking up and John would later say he felt guilty and gave […]THE BEATLES TOP 60 SOLO SONGS: #49: “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE” -PLASTIC ONO BAND — slicethelife
Every Billboard Hot 100 Single 1970: #584: “ Your Song“- Elton John. November 28, 1970. Single:“ Your Song“- Elton John Record Company- Uni Genre: Pop Rock Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin Time: 3:57 B side:“ Take Me To The Pilot“ Album- Elton John Grade: A+ Peaked at #8 14 weeks in Billboard Hot […]EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #584: “YOUR SONG”- ELTON JOHN — slicethelife
This song, written by guitarist and vocalist Justin Hayward, is from the Moody Blues’ Seventh Sojourn album, released in 1972.
To my mind, this is one of the most beautifully written and produced songs that I know — and so underrated.
What is more, its message is very poignant for our times, a time of change, where new horizons are literally opening up for us, so we can leave all our present nightmares behind. Godspeed to us all.
Copyright Francis 2020
Venus doubles up with Taurus and Libra and puts it out there. A quick look.
There are few more remarkable musicians than Stevie Wonder. A great singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, who infuses his songs with passion and intelligence.
But what might the luminaries say?
Well, to begin, we have a Taurus sun conjunct Mercury closely trine Mars in Virgo. It suggests a very strong singing voice, Taurus, after all, rules the throat and Mars will only add virtuoso power and strength from Virgo.
What is more, here also is a practical (earth), highly dexterous potential, with innate, multi-faceted (Mercury) skills.
There is Libra on the ascendant, like Taurus also ruled by Venus. Amongst other things, Venus is closely associated with music.
Close to the ascending degree we have Neptune. This ‘outer planet’ can provide an air of inspiration, mystique, glamour, attraction when placed so close the the AC, and Libra rising is often noted for its powers of diplomacy and attraction.
The ruling planet, Venus, is in Aries in the 7th house of relationship, the natural house Libra. This combined with an Aries Moon suggests ardent feelings for others – the ‘You’.
Happy Birthday indeed.
I’ve had my Faith Mercury parlour guitar for nearly four years now. I remember that it wasn’t a very easy purchase.
So OK, let me explain. I love electric guitars too; I’d had my American Stratocaster for number of years but it simply wasn’t getting played. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, far from it. I don’t gig so it’s far easier sitting around with an acoustic. I just wanted something smaller, lighter, easier in my lap – a ‘sofa guitar’ you might say.
Look, I’d got other acoustics (I’ll come back to them another time) but not a genuine 12 fret join-at-the-neck acoustic. They are usually called parlour guitars due to the fact that they were originally made in more genteel times for ladies to strum in their parlours. How quaint, I thought. I’ve seen plenty of women who can handle much bigger guitars than this, but again that’s another story.
You actually traded in the Strat?
So, once I’d come to terms with the knowledge that parlour guitars weren’t necessarily the exclusive property of women, I had to make a decision. Yes, I was going to trade in the Strat! What? It was hard to let it go: Heck, even the smell of it was great.
Yet, when I first took hold of that light Faith Mercury parlour it was the perfect fit for noodling, fingerstyle playing which is basically where I’m at these days. You might call it the quintessential songwriters’ guitar and I’ve been known to write a few.
The Faith Mercury is a perfect wee beastie: The simple Faith logo on the headstock, solid woods all round with a spruce top, trembesi back and sides and some beautiful rosewood binding to boot, which I really love. Mine has the glossy top, with matt finish back and sides. The solid trembesi, I am told, sits tonally somewhere between rosewood and mahogany. Sounds great.
Not boxy out of the box
However, perhaps the most surprising thing, considering it’s a parlour guitar, is that it’s not that boxy sounding; in fact there’s a fair amount of bass and thus a fuller, richer sound than I was expecting. It was in tune ‘right out of the box’ as the saying goes, and it’s so easy to play, the action just right for me. And by the way, it wasn’t actually a box but rather a very nice case emblazoned with the Faith logo.
My only ‘quibble’ is the fact that it doesn’t smell like a Martin (Martin owners will know what I mean) – but you can’t have everything, I suppose. Faith make some fantastic, great value guitars and I wouldn’t hesitate buying another. The only problem is making a choice. I’ve always fancied another Faith Mercury with the scoop and pick up. Equally I’d like a Venus, but which one?
Bog oak – is that a thing?
Then there’s the one made with that ancient bog oak, was it? Actually I think they’ve made several by now. One day I will make my mind up. I just hope I don’t have to trade in another to get one.
But get this. About a month ago my wife said, “can you teach me to play guitar?” After getting up off the floor and saying “yes, of course, Darling,” I wondered which of my several acoustics she would prefer to learn on. Absolute no brainer, the Faith Mercury won hands down. “It’s just the right shape for me,” she said, having struggled just a little with the others. Now she’s already trying to pick out the ‘Game of Thrones’ theme tune and I can’t get a look in!
It looks like parlour guitars are indeed very suitable for women and most especially the Faith Mercury. I’ll just have to remind her that it’s actually my guitar!