The Blackboard Of My Heart

Monday 22 July 2013, 21:14

Stuart Bailie Stuart Bailie Late Show Presenter

David Bowie once put a major question out there. “Ain’t there one damn song that can make you break down and cry?” he wailed on ‘Young Americans’. Well, here’s a response. For some years, I’ve been blogging in instalments about records that have a personal significance. My ‘Gotta Hear This’ series has covered some of my favourite tunes, but also includes lesser-known records with my own intense narrative . One play and I’m utterly back there, either in glory or returned in that mood indigo. Music can sure hit the recall zone. TS Elliot called this “the objective correlative”. What he was really saying is that it’s writ deep in the blackboard of his heart.

Here then, is a list of the tunes and links to the relevant blogs. I’ve also put together a Spotify playlist here: http://open.spotify.com/user/stubey77/playlist/1CqLt6pc3QxyjBkwBzvgDs

The Graham Parker recording on Spotify is an inferior live version and Hamilton Bohannon’s ‘Let’s Start The Dance’ is an earlier recording. But sure, you get the drift. My Monday night Radio Ulster show will also revisit some of these tunes in the coming weeks. Thanks, as ever, for the indulgence.

 

1. Willie Tee –Walking Up A One Way Street
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stuartbailie/2007/10/walking_with_willie_tee.shtml

2. Mott The Hoople – Roll Away The Stone
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stuartbailie/2008/04/gotta_hear_this_7.shtml

3. Graham Parker – Hold Back The Night
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stuartbailie/posts/Gotta-Hear-This-14

4. Manic Street Preachers – You Love Us
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stuartbailie/2008/11/gotta_hear_this_9.shtml

5. The Supremes - Stoned Love http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stuartbailie/2012/09/gotta_hear_this_14.shtml

6. The Naturalites – In My Room
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stuartbailie/2008/01/gotta_hear_this_6.shtml

7. Lindisfarne – Meet Me On The Corner
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stuartbailie/2010/08/gotta_hear_this_13.shtml

 8. Talulah Gosh – Talulah Gosh
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stuartbailie/2008/08/gotta_hear_this_8.shtml

9. Hank Thompson – Blackboard Of My Heart
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stuartbailie/2009/03/gotta_hear_this_11.shtml

10. Momus – To See A Friend In Tears
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stuartbailie/2007/11/post_1.shtml

11. Telephone – Cendrillon
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stuartbailie/2009/09/gotta_hear_this_12.shtml

12. Berntholer – My Suitor
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stuartbailie/2007/09/gotta_hear_this_2.shtml

13. Hamilton Bohannon – Let’s Start The Dance III
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stuartbailie/2007/11/gott_hear_this_5.shtml

 

 

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