Fr. Mark from St. Thomas’ Parish church in Brentwood came straight to the studio from a meeting planning celebrations the council celebrations to mark the Coronation of King Charles. These will happen on King George’s Playing Fields CM13 2FD on Monday 8th of May between 12 noon to 5 p.m. They will begin with the Mayor arriving in a horse drawn coach. The afternoon features the Imperial Youth Band, Brentwood School Big Band and St Thomas’ Church Mass Choir. Our own Michelle Ward wil also be hosting on the stage and singing. There will be a free afternoon full of entertainment with food, drink and family activities. Local sports groups will be involved. There will be local stands from voluntary organisations. More information via the links below
Guest and the Host – You bring joy – from the album – Songs from the Mirror wall.
D. Cullen – Alright – from the 2019 album – Sing my story, tell my song. Friend of the show and recent guest Dan Pierce saw this Irish artist play live in a pub in Glasgow.
Chart this week in
No 2 Simon & Garfunkle – Bridge over troubled water. No 1 in UK, USA, Canada, France and New Zealand. No 66 in the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest songs of all time.
No 5 Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the sky. No 1 in UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland. No 3 in USA. No 333 in Rolling Stone 500 Greatest songs of all time.
No 16 Beatles – Let it be – N0 1 USA and nine more countries. UK no 3. No 86 in the 2003 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest albums of all time. In 2012, no 393. In 2020 no 342.
Ellie Button – After all. Ellie is the wife of recent guest Tim Button.
Honey & The Bear – Why am I always saying sorry?
Jamaican Reggae Cuts – Somewhere over the rainbow – A choice by recent guest Sid Thurlow from Believers in Recovery.
Above, Julian Lennon in 1984.
Below, Julian Lennon with his brother Sean in 2022.
Julian Lennon celebrated his 60th birthday. We heard his 1984 UK no 6 and USA no 5 – Too late for goodbyes.
Joss Stone is 36 years old. We heard her track with Jess Beck – I put a spell on you, a track from Jeff’s album – Emotion and commotion. A UK no 21 and USA no 11 in 2010.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor recently celebrated her 44th birthday. We heard her 2003 release – Mixed up world – a UK no 7 and no 3 in Denmark. A track from the album – Shoot from the hip, UK no 19.
Thanks to Chris and Bob in Harlow, Chris in Guildford, Patrick in Ingatestone on his birthday, Mark in Wanstead and Fr. Mark North in the studio for taking par today.
Our winner today was Mark in Wansted with 4 points. Chris in Harlow scored 3 points, Fr, Mark 2, including a bonus point for knowing that Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s mothr was former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis.
Patrick requested a track about the sun. We heard – Another day of sun – from the soundtrack of La La Land.
Fr. Mark talked about the Good Friday walk by local churches in Brentwood that began at St. Thomas’ church, went along the High Street, and ended with an open air service.
Guildford Cathedral choir – Loves redeeming work is done. He chose this track as it is his favourite Easter hymn. He was surprised and pleased I had chosen the recording by Guildford Cathedral choir as before he was married he worshipped at the Cathedral. His wedding service was also held there.
Band of HM Royal Marines – Rule Britannia Amongst all the music on Monday 8th of May there will be a patriotic segment where Rule Britannia will be sung.
Flanders and Swann – The slow train. Fr. Mark reminded us that this year is the sixtieth anniversary of what is now called the Beeching report, leading to the closure of many small railway stations. This song celebrates these stations.
Lauren Diagel – Thank God I do – a new release from the multi award-winning Christian music artist.
MercyMe – Dear younger me – another of the recent tracks chosen by Sid Thurlow.
Sky – Toccata – a track from the 1980 album – Sky 2. – The album was a UK no 2, the single UK no 5 and top 10 in four more countries. The album was the 11th best selling in the UK in 1980.
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