Being Boy the Younger’s birthday, it has been a hectic and fun-filled day. I finally sat down just before 11pm and was flicking about the channels for something cheerful and mindless to watch while I had a final cup of coffee.
I clicked on to a programme on BBC4 called Songwriters’ Circle, because it had the promising line up of Fran Healy out of Travis, Graham Gouldman out of 10cc and Ron Sexsmith, a Canadian of not nearly enough repute. All three are singer songwriters, all three write beautiful music and there was a tremendous rapport and a welcome generosity between them, which really showed as I was watching them listening to and enjoying each other’s music.
Ron Sexsmith is a massively under-rated musician. His songs are lyrical and intelligent and he strikes me as being a very charismatic bloke. He seems to be lauded by other musicians but has so far failed to really break through in the wider market. There was a documentary about him before this programme which I missed, but you can find it on iPlayer and extracts on Youtube. Have a listen and tell me what you think.
There were some great songs sung, established hits and new stuff, and I enjoyed hearing them done acoustically. Apparently this has been part of a series about songwriters but I’ve missed all the others. Have a listen to the programme on BBC iPlayer HERE – I don’t know how long it will be on. It was one of those programmes which makes you smile all the way through so don’t miss it. I took the photographs off the telly so you can put faces to names; I’m sure this is not legal but as I’m promoting their programme, I hope they’ll let me off.
I seemed to be being drawn to 10cc at the moment. I bought a Greatest Hits type cd the other day charting the history of 10cc, there was then an interview with Graham Gouldman on the the radio and tonight, there he was again with the other two. Sister the Second has invited me darn sarf to see them in April. Do you think I should go?