Christmas in July ’70s festive songs: Paul McCartney, Slade, Wizzard

INTRO “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney No need to introduce Paul McCartney, an artist who has found success in every decade of his artistic working life, not least, of course, with The Beatles. But it’s his Christmas song as part of Wings, “Wonderful Christmastime”, that long captured my festively-inclined heart Continue Reading

Christmas in July … listening to Christmas With Friends by india.arie and Joe Sample

If Christmas ever gave you a great big gorgeous warm and fuzzy chestnuts roasting over an open fire Family all around you hug, it would sound a lot like India Arie’s Christmas album, Christmas With Friends. Released in 2015, this is a lush, masterfully-arranged album thta captures the intangible sound Continue Reading

Songs, songs and more songs #11: Florist, Cross Record, Dominic Fike, Gashi, Slenderbodies

It’s tempting to think of pop music as throwaway music that entertains briefly, shimmers and shines for a moment before ebbing away into nothingness. That’s not true, of course, but nowhere is this better illustrated than in the artistic efforts of the following five artists who blend sparse, elegantly-beautiful melodies Continue Reading


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