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Who Gives You Extra?

Ambridge Extra

One of my little joys in life is listening to the Archers. Very Radio 4, I know, but I’ve been tuning in for years, recording the omnibus edition to listen to in the car, first on cassette, then on CD and now as a podcast. Some things change change, but the Archers doesn’t. Or does it?

I’ve only recently noticed that there is now an Ambridge Extra, two 15 minute episodes a week that cover storylines that are only hinted at in the main programme. Read more ›››

Music Bonus

Yesterday was meant to be the last of my festive music postings, but I had to add this one for Christmas Day itself.

It’s adorned the trailers for the food channel and I love it — the 1963 Phil Spector production of Marshmallow World by Darlene Love. Read more ›››

One Little Christmas Tree

The last of my festive music posts and as it is Christmas Eve, I wanted something sentimental and schmaltzy, full of hope and optimism to dislodge that cynical parrot sitting on my shoulder.

This one comes from the album Christmas with Motown that I bought for my sister in the early 1970s. I’ve had the devil’s own job tracking it down, but here is One Little Christmas Tree by Stevie Wonder. Read more ›››

Countdown to Christmas

Although Countdown to Christmas isn’t strictly festive music, this parody of the 12 Days of Christmas always makes me smile!

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It Came Upon The Midnight Clear

I wanted to include this five stanza poem written in 1849 by Unitarian pastor, Edmund Sears, and later set to music as a Christmas Carol, as one of my festive postings.

It has been recorded many, many times, but I’ve opted for this version by Ella Fitzgerald, even if she does miss out verses three and four! Read more ›››

Over Played Song

Day five of my Christmas music theme. Today’s offering is from 2007 when the Black Mountains set-up their Christmas Number Seven project. They figured that they had no chance of selling 250,000 copies of their single to get into the top three, but 45,000 sales might get them to number seven in the charts. Read more ›››

All I Want for Christmas II

After flirting with the contemporary yesterday, today’s festive offering is entirely nostalgic, albeit the track titles are somewhat similar.

The year was 1963 and the country was in the grip of Beatlemania. Jumping on the passing bandwagon was Lancashire lass, Dora Bryan, with All I Want for Christmas is a Beatle. Read more ›››

All I Want for Christmas

I’m getting into this idea of posting Christmas music and I’m finally getting away from the idea that the lyrics should have any other meaning than what they are.

I’ve found a few forgotten or obscure titles and will play one a day up to Christmas Eve, but today I’ve gone all contemporary for a change. Read more ›››