SONG OF THE DAY – “PLEASE DON’T SAY YOU LOVE ME” by Gabrielle Aplin

May 7, 2014

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The last few days I have been able to get outside for a run in close to 60 degree weather. What a joy! I love the sunshine, being in my running shorts, and having to stop halfway thru the run to remove my long sleeve top and tie it around my waist. That is just pure pleasure. 🙂

Another pleasure is listening to today’s artist. I am posting a song by a young artist (21 years old!) from the UK that I have been a fan of for several years. I have followed Gabrielle Aplin‘s music since 2011 and have often had to purchase it from the UK iTunes site since the songs were not available here in the US. I am, therefore, very excited to announce that her album, English Rain, (which was released in the UK this month last year) was finally released here in the US yesterday (May 6, 2014). In addition to the album release yesterday, she also performed live in concert in NYC last night. I am excited to see her extend her reach into the States and I thought it was a perfect day to post another song by her. I posted my favorite song by her – “Home” – on this page back in December.

I find Gabrielle Aplin‘s music just very honest and easy to listen to. I really like this song and I love the video I have attached where you can watch her perform in her element, standing by herself playing the guitar (or the piano) and singing. She received her first guitar from her parents at age 11 and says that she was influenced musically by listening to her parents’ Joni Mitchell and Bruce Springsteen albums. She is an incredibly talented young lady! Her full EP is definitely worth checking out and I am certain we will hear more from this rising young star.

As you know, another favorite musical group of mine from that side of the pond (Ireland) is Hudson Taylor. The brothers, Alfie and Harry, and Gabrielle are great mates who have known each other for over four years when they all moved to London. In fact, I have discovered that Alfie and Gabrielle are dating… so cute! It is fun to watch these young artists develop friendships with each other and support each other in their respective journeys. Let me know what you think about today’s song – I would love to hear from you.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “THE WAY I TEND TO BE” by Frank Turner

February 16, 2014

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I am posting a song today by another artist from England. Frank Turner is a singer-songwriter who attended Eton College. He got his start in punk rock, but when his band broke up in 2005, he started a solo career that was based on his love of acoustic and folk music. He is backed by his band called “The Sleeping Souls.”

According to an article in The Telegraph on February 13, 2014, he was described as a great live performer who has a sense of community among his fans. The article says:

“Turner is British music’s secret star. He’s a bearded, posh, 32-year-old former hardcore punk who has stealthily built up an incredibly loyal audience who respond to his directness, inclusiveness, sweaty commitment to performance and simple, uplifting songs. He’s not quite a British Bruce Springsteen, although there is something of the Boss’s charismatic commitment to the audience and the communal rituals of performance.”

I really like this song and hope you enjoy it. I think it is great song writing and I love the music and the lyrics.