Music Monday: “With or Without You”

Hi, everyone. I’m still jet-lagged from last week’s trip to Philadelphia. I want nothing so much as comfort and to go back to bed! Since I have to go into the office, it’s comfort — which brings me today’s song. I love Tom Ellis’ cover of U2’s “With or Without You.” Check it out!

Music Monday: “Suo Gan”

Rose in BloomAfter our meal, Gareth asked if I’d like to hear him play. I had certainly not expected to see a concert grand piano in the house, so I accepted eagerly.

“What would you like to hear?”

“I don’t know, surprise me.” I sat down on the bench next to him.

The first piece was a set of variations on “Away in a Manger” that he was working on for the Shalbourne village fête, which included a delightful jazzy section. Then, he segued without hesitation into a Chopin polonaise, and finally to an Elton John song for which he also sang.

I was, for lack of a better way to put it, blown away.

“I had no idea you were so talented,” I said.

“Madame, you have cut me to the quick!” His smile assured me that he was teasing. “Piano lessons since the age of four, and a long tradition of Welsh singing brought me to this place.” — Excerpt from  Rose in Bloom

Today’s song is Welsh treble singer Cai Thomas singing a traditional lullaby, “Suo Gan.” Enjoy!

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Rest in Power, Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John has lost her battle with breast cancer at age 73. She was, at one point, married to someone I knew slightly; he went to school with friends of mine, but I only met him a couple of times. She was beautiful, talented, and (from everything I’ve read or seen), a real class act. I’ve loved her for years. Rest in Power, Dame Olivia.