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Moonlight Shadow: Mike Oldfield with Maggie Reilly

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Moonlight Shadow by Mike Oldfield has always been a favourite song of mine, Scottish vocalist Maggie Reilly has such a smooth, yet haunting sound. It’s not a Cold Chisel or Bruce Springsteen as per my usual favourites, but an amazing sound and something that always gets me, every time I hear it, OK What I’m trying to say is, I don’t care what kind of music it is, if I like the sound i’ll like the song.

The Song: Moonlight Shadow was Written and Performed by the incredibly talented Instrumentalist Mike Oldfield, his mix of progressive rock, blended with classical, electronic, new age ambient sounds created a sound all his own, In addition the main vocals for the song were performed by Scottish vocalist Maggie Reilly. The song is the most successful single for Oldfield, reaching number one in a number of countries throughout Europe.

Moonlight Shadow

See Excerpt below from Wikipedia

It has been suggested that the lyrics of the song are a reference to the murder of John Lennon despite the fact that the events in the song do not correspond with those of Lennon’s murder.[7][8] Lennon was shot four times just before 11pm, whereas in the song the time is 4am and the number of shots is six. When asked if “Moonlight Shadow” is a reference to John Lennon’s murder in a 1995 interview, Oldfield responded:

Not really… well, perhaps, when I look back on it, maybe it was. I actually arrived in New York that awful evening when he was shot and I was staying at the Virgin Records house in Perry Street, which was just a few blocks [sic] down the road from the Dakota Building where it happened, so it probably sank into my subconscious. It was originally inspired by a film I loved – Houdini, starring Tony Curtis, which was about attempts to contact Houdini after he’d died, through spiritualism… it was originally a song influenced by that, but a lot of other things must have crept in there without me realizing it.

—?Mike Oldfield, Randall, Gareth (1 June 1995). “Gareth Randall Interviews Mike Oldfield”. Retrieved 1 May 2014.

Moonlight Shadow Lyrics

The first time ever she saw him
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
He passed on worried and warning
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Lost in a riddle that Saturday night
Far away on the other side
He was caught in the middle of a desperate fight
And she couldn’t find how to push through

The trees that whisper in the evening
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Sing a song of sorrow and grieving
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
All she saw was a silhouette of a gun
Far away on the other side
He was shot six times by a man on the run
And she couldn’t find how to push through

I stay, I pray
See you in heaven far away
I stay, I pray
See you in heaven one day

Four a.m. in the morning
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
I watched your vision forming
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Stars roll slowly in a silvery night
Far away on the other side
Will you come to terms with me this night
But she couldn’t find how to push through

I stay, I pray
See you in heaven far away
I stay, I pray
See you in heaven one day

Far away on the other side
Caught in the middle of a hundred and five
The night was heavy and the air was alive
But she couldn’t find how to push through
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Far away on the other side
But she couldn’t find how to push through

Written by Michael Gordon Oldfield • Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management US, LLC

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Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl do an awesome job of this duet on Fairytale of New York.

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The Pogues Fairytale of New York

Fairytale of New York, One of my favourite all time Christmas Songs, right up beside Bruce Springsteen doing Santa Claus is coming to town, Sorry, i’m off track a little, back to Fairytale of New York, so this is one of those Christmas songs I don’t mind playing anytime of year.

The Song is a written as a collaboration between Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan and has its roots back in 1985, however was first released as a single on 23rd Novemeber 1987 by their Band The Pogues. The song was written as a duet, with the Pogues’ singer MacGowan taking the role of the male character and singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl the female character.

Some Interesting facts about the song via Wikipedia

“Although the single never reached the coveted UK Christmas number one, being kept at number two on its original release in 1987 by the Pet Shop Boys’ cover version of “Always on My Mind”, it has proved enduringly popular with both music critics and the public: to date the song has reached the UK Top 20 on thirteen separate occasions since its original release in 1987, including every year since 2005, and was certified platinum in the UK in 2013. The song has sold 1.18 million copies in the UK as of November 2015. In the UK it is the most-played Christmas song of the 21st century. “Fairytale of New York” has been cited as the best Christmas song of all time in various television, radio and magazine related polls in the UK and Ireland.”

So if good music is your thing, sit back and enjoy a few minutes of this great duet by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

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Christmas Songs, Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen is a favourite of mine and his version of Santa Claus is coming to town exemplifies his wonderful spirit.

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Bruce Springsteen Santa Claus is coming to town

Bruce Springsteen is an eternal favourite of mine and I may be biased but I think his version of Santa Claus is coming to town is about as good as it gets.

I also love Bruce’s version of Merry Christmas Baby. If like me, you also enjoy Bruce Springsteen’s work, then sit back and enjoy these 2 Christmas favourites.

Merry Christmas Baby



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Queen @ Wembly amazing performance by Freddie Mercury

Something happened that day, something frontman Freddie Mercury is given much credit for by guitarist Brian May: Queen – rounded out by John Deacon and Roger Taylor – experienced a stunning rebirth, redrawing their legacy in a 20-minute eruption of passion and bravado before an enraptured London audience.

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Queen at Wembly

Live Aid @ Wembly 7th of July 1985, The performance that day by Queen is regarded by many as the Best Live Musical Performance of all time, Led by front man Freddie Mercury, they managed to “steal the show” with 21 minutes of pure passion and bravado.

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Something happened that day, something frontman Freddie Mercury is given much credit for by guitarist Brian May: Queen – rounded out by John Deacon and Roger Taylor – experienced a stunning rebirth, redrawing their legacy in a 20-minute eruption of passion and bravado before an enraptured London audience.
“That was entirely down to Freddie,” May marveled years later. “The rest of us played okay, but Freddie was out there and took it to another level.”

The fast-moving afternoon performance covered the breadth of the band’s catalog, cramming a whole concert’s worth of highlights, old and new, into an abbreviated set that included “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “Hammer to Fall” (Queen’s newest single), “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and the finale of “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.” “It was,” May added, “the greatest day of our lives.”

Mercury was everywhere: at the piano for the beginning of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” marching around with his sawed-off mic stand during “Radio Ga Ga” as the Wembley crowd clapped in unison, singing with a reserve of emotion, owning the fans and the moment. It was a turn as virtuosic as it was surprising. Where others might have shied away or even made smaller by the moment, Queen rose to the occasion.

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