I warn you, there is so much choice with ‘M’, I’m going to need a bigger post! (Blatant ‘Jaws’ rip off)
As usual, I would love you to play along. You can add any album, artist, song title, or group, as long as the name begins with ‘M’.
Without hesitation, I am going to feature another song from the excellent British group, ELO. I saved this one for ‘M’, as it has been on my mind since ‘E’. Unusual in structure, and with the distinctive voice of front man Jeff Lynne, it is a British anthem to rival anything.
Mister Blue Sky
Moloko are known for the distinctive voice of Irish singer Roisin Murphy, who also performs solo on occasion. I could not let ‘M’ pass without including a track from this great group, but I agonised for ages over which one to choose. In the end, I chose one that has some significance for me. It was released in 2000, the year I met Julie, so the title and lyrics seemed to be very appropriate indeed. That fact almost made it my top choice. Listen to that bass line. Please.
It really doesn’t get much better than this.
The Time Is Now
Curtis Mayfield has done so much, so where do I start? He was the lead singer of The Impressions, before going solo. Since then. he has done a considerable amount of important work, including producing, writing, film soundtracks, and collaborations with so many other artists. His death in 1999 robbed us of a magnificent talent. He deserves many mentions here, but I will settle for three.
We Gotta Have Peace
And from the previous year, 1970. A Soul classic.
Move On Up
We lost one of the very best.
With the British band, The Blow Monkeys. A political song.
Celebrate the Day
Tears for Fears are a British duo that produced wonderful songs from the talent of Roland Orzibal, and the front man, Curt Smith. I would happily add most of their song catalogue to this post, but this is a well-known, and classic pick for ‘M’. Forget the popular version from Gary Jules, this is the real thing.
As this is going to be much longer post than usual, I am going to feature yet another song from the marvellous talent of British singer/songwriter, Adele. And why not?
Make You Feel My Love
Most of you will have noticed that I have not yet featured a song from Michael Jackson. I confess that I do not own one of his records, despite his influence over the years. However, I do really like this song. So, as I am enjoying the luxury of an exceptionally long post, here he is.
Man In The Mirror
I am not known for my love of American Indie bands. But I will make an exception for the vocal talents of Michael Stipe, and REM. They have released some amazing records over the years, not least this one.
Do you believe?
Man on the Moon
In 1969, Jimmy Cliff was known as a reggae artist, and he had enjoyed success. He then released this song, which has been covered by more singers than I could ever list. Combining Gospel, Reggae, and Soul, it has endured ever since, and is still sung by almost everybody, into the 21st century. Simply heartbreaking.
Many Rivers To cross
OK, I am reluctantly moving on to my top pick for today. ‘M’ could literally go on all day, but I have to leave something for everyone else, despite my disappointment.
German singer, DJ, producer, and all round fantastic entertainer, Billie Ray Martin has released the one album that I would take to a desert island, without hesitation. It is the first CD I would rescue from a fire, and an enduring love of my later life. In 1995, she issued ‘Deadline For My Memories’. I was instantly overwhelmed by the talent on display. The self-penned songs, the powerful vocals, production, and torch-song wonder. I cannot possibly choose just one, so I apologise for that weakness. Here is the sublime title track, to begin with. I am well-aware that this voice will not appeal to everyone.
But I really don’t care…She is just wonderful.
Deadline For My Memories
From the same album, and equally overwhelming, it just broke my heart. Again. I could simply add the whole thing, every track. And I wrote a blog post about it too.
You And I Keep Holding On.