Day by Day

Today, I dug into and — rare for me — listened to a whole episode of BBC 6 Music’s Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour in one sitting. It was the November 8, 2020 episode, “Hello Matt Berninger” (the frontperson of the band The National is interviewed by Garvey). Garvey said how much he has always lovedContinue reading “Day by Day”

Listening Wind

Today I was thinking of the 1980 album by Talking Heads, Remain in Light. In my opinion, it’s their best and most inspired work. A visit to the vinyl collection in the basement and a look at the album and liner notes reminded me that Brian Eno, David Byrne and Talking Heads co-wrote the album’sContinue reading “Listening Wind”

Washing of the Water

I’ve loved Peter Gabriel’s music for years. He’s one of the most amazing, influential and versatile musicians I’ve heard. I was introduced to his music by one of my high school friends, who was prominent in our group, though meek and mild and never pushed his presence. Thinking back, I admire that quiet strength. HeContinue reading “Washing of the Water”

The Power of the Heart

In my post on Bon Iver’s “Flume,” I shared the orchestral cover Peter Gabriel recorded on his 2010 album, Scratch My Back, and mentioned the companion album of artists playing Gabriel songs, And I’ll Scratch Yours. (As an aside, it’s been said by some that few can cover Gabriel compositions very well. I agree, andContinue reading “The Power of the Heart”

Akanaki Nokunaka

In the late 1990s, my two young sons and I spent a lot of time in the Manitoba Children’s Museum, as we had a membership to it as well as the Manitoba Museum (I recall there was some package deal among museums). We didn’t have much money at the time, so these places were goodContinue reading “Akanaki Nokunaka”

This Woman’s Work

Today’s post is in a different part of the same room from — though walking toward a teary embrace with — this post on Peter Gabriel’s evocative cover of “Flume,” in terms of its deeply emotional portrayal of and connection with life, love and loss from the perspective of the life-giving mother. If you’ve beenContinue reading “This Woman’s Work”

Flume

In my February 14, 2020 post on Elbow’s “Mirrorball,” I told you of Peter Gabriel’s album recorded with a full orchestra, where he made cover versions of other artists’ songs.  Many of the tracks on Scratch My Back are melodically very beautiful and the cover of Bon Iver’s composition, “Flume,” is particularly so. It seemsContinue reading “Flume”

Mirrorball

Happy Valentine’s Day, folks! Aside from the oppressive commercialization of the occasion, I hope you are feeling loved today, whether it’s romantic, simple companionship or the just knowing you’re supported by friends.  I shared the story for today’s song, “Mirrorball,” back when I featured another Elbow song on January 18, 2020 (“This Blue World”), soContinue reading “Mirrorball”

Come Talk to Me

Peter Gabriel was what I guess I’d call a “musical acquaintance” through my teen years; I didn’t have any of his records early on, but one of my friends was a big Genesis fan and had continued on with collecting Gabriel’s solo works. So while not a collector, I enjoyed the music.  But the 1992Continue reading “Come Talk to Me”