Tim talked about the relevance of the season of Lent in 2023. Lent is a church season of 40 days plus feast days of preparation for Easter, starting with Ash Wednesday. It is a period of self-examination and Tim thought – Stop – Look – Listen – was a good way to think about it in relation to your life. Traditionally this has included fasting, and in modern times this has been seen as giving up an item like chocolate, alcohol, social media, or something similar. However, a self-examination might mean taking something up, like giving more time time to reading, helping other people etc. Tim was going to “tread lightly”. This was literally in the way he walks, but also in wider aspects of life. He included within this not interrupting others when they were speaking and also matters in relation to the environment. He said many churches ran special courses during Lent. There is also many resources available through https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org under the theme –Travelling well together.
Coldplay – Adventure of a lifetime – 2015 lead single from the album – A head full of dreams. Single UK no 7, USA no 13, No 1 in four countries, Top 20 in 23 more countries.
Album sold over 5 million copies.
Depeche Mode – Ghosts again. New release ahead of their world tour. Just one UK date, Twickenham on 17th of June.
Fatboy Slim – Praise you – 1999 no 1 in UK and Iceland.
Eric Clapton – In the presence of the Lord. Originally recorded by the super group Blind Faith and on their eponymous album and only album release.
Sinead O’Connor – Take me to church. From the 2014 album – I’m not bossy, I’m the boss. Ireland no 1, UK no 22, USA no 83.
John Leyton was originally an actor, starring as Ginger in a 1960 Granada TV adaptation of Biggles. He was persuaded to audition with record producer Joe Meek. This led to the track we heard today, 1961 UK no 1 – Johnny remember me. Frinton-on-Sea born John recently celebrated his 87th birthday.
Above, John Travolta singing Greased Lightnin in the film Grease in 1978.
Below, recreating the scene for a commercial in 2023.
John Travolta is 69 years old. We heard the 1978 UK no 11 – Greased lightnin. The soundtrack album of Grease sold over 30 million copies world-wide.
Ed Sheeran is 32 years old We heard the 2017 track – Galway girl. UK no 2, no 1 in four countries, in total charting in 31 countries, certified platinum or multi-platinum in 13 countries.
Thanks to Chris, Bob, Sian and Mark in Harlow, Chris in Guildford, David in Belgium, Drive presenter Stewart and Tim in the studio for taking part today.
Our winner was David with 7 points, even though he said he had never heard of John Leyton. Sian had f points, Stewart 3pts and Chris in Harlow 1pt. She and Bob remembered John Leyton from the film – The Great escape.
Patrick in Ingatestone requested Doobie Brothers – What a fool believes – 1979 USA and Canada No 1, Top 20 in five more countries. UK no 39.
Chris and Bob requested Coldplay – Fix you – for baby Oliver who they were looking after today whilst listening to the show.
Jody and the Jerms – Started something – new release.
Tom Bright – Don’t forget me – from the PhoenixFM A list.
Chart this week in
No 1 Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – Make me smile (come up and see me). UK and Ireland no 1. Top 10 in Belgium and the Netherland. USA no 96.
No 14 Helen Reddy – Angie baby. UK no 5. USA and Canada No 1. Top 10 2 more countries. Wikipedia lists 192 recorded versions of this song.
No 20. Queen – Now I’m here – UK no 11. From the album – Sheer hear attack – UK no 2. Top 10 in 5 more countries. USA no 12.
Shea Rafferty – Out of the blue – from the album – Making History – my Presenter’s Pick for 2022. Check out all the Presenter’s picks on our website.
Remembering the music of Burt Bacharach
Christopher Cross – Arthur’s theme. Written by Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach and Carol Bayer Sager for the fil Arthur, starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli. It won the Oscar for Best Original song for a movie in 1981. UK no 7, USA no 1.
Brentwood School Big Band – The look of love. Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the spoof James Bond film Casino Royal in 1967. Originally recorded by Dusty Springfield. In 2008 the song was inducted into The Grammy Hall of Fame. It is said to have partially inspire the film Austin Powers International man of mystery.
Quincey Jones – Soul Bossanova. Theme to the film – Austin Powers International man of mystery.
Join me next week for another eclectic selection of great music.
My guest is Tim Button from https://www.madeformorechelmsford.com
This organisation has been championing and empowering young people through schools for over twenty five years.
I will also be joined by local folk singer, John Palmer, a member of the Broomdashers. They are part of the concert – From Pub to Pulpit- at Chelmsford Cathedral on Saturday 4th of March, 7.30. This is a touring interactive concert to celebrate folk music from Essex and the music of Vaughan Williams. £12.50 Tickets from Eventbrite.