Sally Croft joined me this evening. She has started getting to know the churches in Ingatestone, Fryerning, Margaretting, Mountnessing and Buttsbury and will be ordained deacon on 12th of September in Chelmsford Cathedral. Sally told us that she had been kayaking on the River Stour today. Her route into ministry began growing up and being part of a Baptist church in Theyden Bois. After being married she moved to Toppesfield in north Essex. Here there was only the C. of E. church and she wanted her children to have her experience of being part of a church. She joined the church and was very soon running children’s activities. She worked as a hairdresser. In more recent times she has been involved with youth and school’s work in the Braintree area. She continued working full-time whilst training three years for the ordained ministry. This was with the East Anglian Ministerial Training College. Here she met a wide diversity of people that God is calling into the ministry, including ordinands from the Diocese of Europe who flew in for weekend events. She is very much looking forward to being involved with the local churches and schools. She also talked about her lockdown experience of working in the local community shop in Toppesfield. This small village lost its shop and pub. Through community effort, both the shop and pub were re-opened, together with a micro-brewery being started. The experience in the shop helped her realise how much some people are dependant on others.
Bon Jovi – Do what you can – from their album 2020 to be released in October.
Elvis Presley – Wooden heart – from the soundtrack of the fil G.I. Blues from 1960. Requested by Phyl in north London.
Wham – Young guns go for it – chosen by Sally and a reminder of dancing at school in the 1980s.
Elvis Presley – How great thou art – Sally said this hymn was very important to her and had been sung at a number of significant occasions, including her wedding.
Stormzy – Blinded by your grace – Sally chose this track because she said it showed how relevant Christianity was to the world today.
Neil Diamond – Something blue – from his 2014 album Melody Road. Requested by Patrick in Ingatestone.
Birthdays this week.
Kenny Margolis – formerly on keyboards with the band Mink Deville. We heard their track ‘Spanish stroll’. Kenny, who now plays in clubs in NYC and also has been part of a number of touring bands with significant artists, was sixty six years old.
Roger Taylor – drummer, singer and lyricist with Queen celebrated his 71st birthday this week. We listened to the track ‘Its a kind of magic’. Written by Roger, this track featured in the 1986 film ‘Highlander’.
Mick Jagger was 77 years old this week. We listened to his duet with David Bowie of ‘Dancing in the street’.
Wanya Morris is one of the vocalists in Boys 11 Men. Recently in the USA he has featured in Dancing with the stars. He was 47 years old this week. We listened to the track Song for Mama, a USA No1 in 1992.
Patrick won our competition, getting closest to the age of the artist with three out of four. His imaginary prize was a trip to the Isle of Man.
Stevie Wonder – Blowin in the wind
Chart this week in 1970.
No 1. Elvis Presley – The wonder of you. This track, recorded live in Las Vegas in February 1970, was the UK song of the summer. It topped the charts for six weeks, selling over 800,000 45 rpms.
No 7. The Four Tops – Its all in the game
No 17 – Joni Mitchel – Big yellow taxi
ECHO – Something inside so strong. Don’t forget to check out the interview with their keyboard player Ollie Lincoln that I did a few weeks ago.
Sophie Griffiths – What would I do without you.
Will Hoge – Strong – thanks to Kirsten in Nashville who introduced me to Will’s music. This track dates from 2013.
Ward Thomas – Cartwheels – played for Dave Chitty, who followed the show at 10 p.m. He is fan of Ward Thomas.
Lauren Diagle – Close – the most successful gospel track in the USA for many years.
Join me next week for another two hours of great music, live from Brentwood to wherever you happen to be listening.