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Carry Fire

 

You probably won’t have heard this one – I only discovered it yesterday – it is off a brand new album released a couple of days ago.

It is by the legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant who has being making great music all his life – he is now 70. If you like music of quality, depth and variety you should listen to his solo work.

“Carry Fire’ is the title track off his latest album. The song (one of longing, pain and perhaps regret) is an intoxicating mix of rock and Middle Eastern influences (which I adore). His extremely talented band – which includes fiddle player extraordinare Seth Lakeman – produce a track of considerable musical beauty and intense, restrained energy.

I am currently playing this on repeat and becoming more intoxicated by its hyponotic power on every listen.

Oh, and the video is a delight too.

(This is another of my irregular posts about songs I like that you might not know)

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‘Carry Fire’ written by © Plant, Adams, Baggot, Fuller, Smith, Tyson and performed by Robert Plant and the Sensational Shape Shifters

This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 

CARRY FIRE

I sit and wait for you
Like so many others do
Just like they do for me
Well so I do for you

I’d carry fire for you
Here in my naked hands
I’d bare my heart to you
If you will understand

I was a stranger there
Inside your promised land
That turned me inside out
And turned me upside down

I’d carry fire for you
Here in my naked hands
I’d bare my heart to you
If you will understand

Just like
Just like
Just like I scarred you
Just like
Just like
Just like I scarred you

I’m reaching out for you
Across the broken gate
I feel the gathering years
Beyond these lonely wastes

I’d carry fire for you
Here in my naked hands
I’d bare my heart to you
If you will understand

Just like
Just like
Just like I scarred you
Just like
Just like
Just like I scarred you

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2017 in Music

 

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Zorbing

 

You will not have heard this one.

It is by a band called Stornoway, named after a town in the Hebrides. They were, however, from Oxford.

They were never hugely successful and I have no idea where I stumbled on this track, which was released in 2009.

There is something about it that always makes me think of Autumn, a new beginning, and a first love affair. It cheers me up if I ever sink low. I sing it loudly in the shower sometimes.

You might have to listen to it a few times to develop a taste for it. A bit like going zorbing perhaps.

The video is dreadful.

(this was another in my occasional ‘songs I like but you might not know’ blog posts)

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Zorbing written by Brian David James Briggs and performed by Stornoway

© this blog by the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 

Zorbing

Conkers shining on the ground,
The air is cooler
And I feel like I just started uni
Walking backwards to my van
You’re at your window,
And I’m tripping every time I think of

Lying in your attic
I can feel the static
The storm has broken, Heavens open

Send my body out to work
But leave my senses
In orbit over south east London
Wind the window down and pinch
Me on the shoulder
Whilst I’ll be off to dream of

Lying in your attic
I can feel the static
The storm has broken, Heavens open
So electrifying, Oh I’m nearly flying
Lost my heart between the sheets of lightening

I’ve been singing you this song,
Inside a bubble,
Been Zorbing through the streets of Cali,
We were always meant to be,
Zorbing together, And i think its high time we started

Lying in your attic
I can feel the static
The storm is breaking, windows shaking
So electrifying, Oh I’m nearly flying
Lost my heart between the sheets of lightening

Lying in your attic
I can feel the static
The storm has broken, Heavens open
So electrifying, Oh I’m nearly flying
Lost my heart between the sheets of lightening

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2017 in Music

 

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She makes my day

 

There are some songs which I just love.

This is one of them. I can’t explain it, can’t define it. I just love it. Perhaps because it is beautifully crafted with a gorgeous lyric. Perhaps because his voice is rich and wonderful. Perhaps because it catches the way one feels when utterly enchanted by someone.

I also guarantee if you listen to it three or four times you just cannot get it out of your head.

It is by the late Robert Palmer (he sadly died young in 2003), an English singer/songwriter. It is from his album Heavy Nova released in 1988. It is a reasonably good album with a couple of other stand out tracks.

Robert Palmer had wide musical tastes and was responsible for the iconic Addicted to Love song/video which Shania Twain later based her Feel Like a woman video.

Anyway. I sing this song when I am happy in a certain way.

 

By the way, this was another of my ‘songs I like but you might not know’ posts.

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Song written, produced and performed by @ Robert Palmer

© this post the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2017 in Music

 

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Call me when you’re sober

Call me when you’re sober.

How many times have you wanted to say that to someone?

This is one of my ‘songs I like, but you might not have heard’.

I could have chosen any Evanescence track. I have enjoyed them since their first album ‘Fallen’ in 2003, though they were formed as far back as 1995. Delightfully gothic, and led by Amy Lee’s powerful and emotional vocals and piano they are one of my bands of choice when all I want to do is put on headphones, turn up the volume, and feel dark.

They are not all driving guitars and pounding rhythm. Tracks like Good Enough are haunting and beautiful.

I have chosen ‘Call me when you’re sober’ (from the album The Open Door) because the sentiment might resonate with some readers. And partly because it is one of their more accessible songs. They are not to everyone’s taste, but I hope you enjoy.

Oh, and play it loud.

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Song written © by Amy Lee and Terry Balsamo, and performed by Evanescence

This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2017 in Music

 

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There’s no leaving now

 

Another of my ‘songs I like but you might not know’ posts.

And actually I know nothing about the artist, apparently Kristian Matsson, who performs as The Tallest Man on Earth. I have never listened to any of his other work. I do not even know how I first heard this song.

All I do know is that is became a soundtrack, briefly but painfully, to my circumstances at the time. And it touches me deeply whenever it comes up in a playlist on one of my rare “I’m going to drink wine and feel sad’ days.

For anyone interested, it was released on an album with the same name in 2012.

No official video I’m afraid.

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Song written and performed by © Kristian Matsson (Tallest Man on Earth)

© this post the author writing as Romantic Dominant

“There’s No Leaving Now”

When there’s no one here in the tryouts
who will live through your first day’s trial
of confusion when your faint and crooked smile
had to leave

And when you’re painted like a warrior
though you know it’s a raining war
when the first who spoke, but wasn’t really sure
was your heart

Your fear of the leading light
if they are with you and your heart won’t fail
To see through a fearless eye
and know that danger finally goes away
still you’re trying
but there’s no leaving now

And with your quiet damn devotion
to be lost like your child again
claim “forever” is a close and honest friend
to your ways

Will there be time to harvest rivers
that for so long refused to grow?
All the little things you need to build a home
for your love

Your fear of the leading light
if they are with you and your heart won’t fail
To see through a fearless eye
and know that danger finally goes away
still you’re trying
but there’s no leaving now.

Your fear of the leading light
if they are with you and your heart won’t fail
To see through a fearless eye
and know that danger finally goes away
still you’re trying
but there’s no leaving now.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2017 in Music

 

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Man of the World

 

Many of my ‘songs I like but you might not have heard’ posts are from fairly recent times.

This one is different. It goes all the way back to 1969. It is Fleetwood Mac in one of its early line ups, long before the ‘Rumours’ Buckingham and Nicks days.

When I came across it for the first time at some point much later, it was like an electric shock. It seemed to have been written about me.

Some days acutely so.

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Song written © Peter Green and performed by Fleetwood Mac

This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 

“Man Of The World”

Shall I tell you about my life
They say I’m a man of the world
I’ve flown across every tide
And I’ve seen lots of pretty girlsI guess I’ve got everything I need
I wouldn’t ask for more
And there’s no one I’d rather be
But I just wish that I’d never been born

And I need a good woman
To make me feel like a good man should
I don’t say I’m a good man
Oh, but I would be if I could

I could tell you about my life
And keep you amused I’m sure
About all the times I’ve cried
And how I don’t want to be sad anymore
And how I wish I was in love

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2017 in Music, Still Life

 

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Everything Now

 

Another of my ‘songs I like but you may not have heard’ posts.  You may well know the band but probably not the track, because it has only just been released.

Arcade Fire are yet another of Canada’s great musical exports. I have been hooked since their first album Funeral in 2004. They are hugely talented multi instrumentalists and have a unique sound and perspective on the world. I saw them a number of years back at the London O2. I have enjoyed many concerts by many different artists but it was one of the most entertaining, exciting and uplifting. When I left with friends at the end of a fantastic evening it was a bitterly cold night but the glow stayed with us way beyond getting home.

This track, co-produced with Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter, is from their new (5th) album (also entitled ‘Everything now’) which is out in July. I heard the song on the radio yesterday, and again today and already it is firmly lodged. Observant social commentary and excellent music. What more can one ask for?

Play it loud and often.

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Everything Now – Music and Video © Arcade Fire

This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

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“Everything Now”

Every inch of sky’s got a star
Every inch of skin’s got a scar
I guess we’ve got everything now

Every inch of space in your head
Is filled up with the things that you read
I guess you’ve got everything now

Everything you’ve ever seen
Fills the spaces up in your dreams
You’ve got everything now

(Everything now)
(Everything now)

Every inch of road’s got a sign
And every boy uses the same line
You’ve just done everything now

Every song that I’ve ever head
Is playing at the same time, it’s absurd
It reminds me, we’ve got everything now

Turn the speakers up till they break
Cos every time you smile it’s a fake!
Stop pretending, you’ve got…

Everything now! (I need it)
Everything now! (I want it)
Everything now! (Can’t live without it)
Everything now!
Everything now!
Everything now!

Every inch of earth’s got a town
Daddy, how come you never come round?
I miss you, like everything now

We won’t need the food in your stove
Leave your car in the middle of the road
Just help your family with everything now

Turn the speakers up till they break
Cos every time you smile it’s a fake!
Stop pretending, you’ve got…

Everything now! (I need it)
Everything now! (I want it)
Everything now! (I can’t live without it)
Everything now!
Everything now!
Everything now!

Everything now! (I need it)
Everything now! (I want it)
Everything now! (I can’t live without it)
Everything now!

La La La La La La La
La La La La La La La

Everything now! (I need it)
Everything now! (I want it)
Everything now! (I can’t live without it)
Everything now!
Everything now!
Everything now!

Can we get back again
Can we get back again
From everything now

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2017 in Music

 

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