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1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 20 August 2012

Tell V Why You Don't Like Monday - or DO you? Today Vanessa's busting the 'Moanday Myth' on Early Breakfast. Plus Charlotte Davis from Solihull's celebrated in today's Happy Birthday slot,.

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for The Mamas & the Papas

    The Mamas & the Papas Monday Monday

    The Mamas & The Papas - 20 Greatest H, MFP

  • Image for Ben Montague

    Ben Montague Another Hard Fall

    (CD Single), BM Music

  • Image for Donna Summer

    Donna Summer Heaven Knows

    The Summer Collection, Mercury, 3

  • Image for Paul Young

    Paul Young Everytime You Go Away

    Paul Young - From Time To Time, Columbia

  • Image for fun.

    fun. Some Nights

    Some Nights, Atlantic

  • Image for Don Henley

    Don Henley The Boys Of Summer

    (CD Single), MCA

  • Image for Soothsayers

    Soothsayers Streets Of London

  • Pause For Thought

  • Image for Kristina Train

    Kristina Train Dream Of Me

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Michelle Branch

    Michelle Branch and Santana The Game Of Love

    (CD Single), Arista

  • Image for Robert Plant

    Robert Plant 29 Palms

    (CD Single), Fontana, 5

  • Image for Scouting for Girls

    Scouting for Girls Summertime In The City

    (CD Single), Epic, 1

  • Image for Lisa Stansfield

    Lisa Stansfield All Around The World

    The Ivor Novello Winners, EMI

  • Happy Birthday song for Charlotte Davis in Solihull

    • Image for ABBA

      ABBA The Winner Takes It All

      Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition), Polar, 008

  • Image for Emin

    Emin Walk Through Walls

    After The Thunder, Saffron


    We are approaching the bank holiday this weekend, but have also come through a summer of not just the regular music festivals but so much more festive activity. From the Queens Jubilee to the Olympics, we have all been brought together this summer in ways that those of us used to celebrating religious festivals might recognise from the sense of community and togetherness that can be created by these shared events. But even Rabbis can have religious experiences independent of their religious life and celebrations.

    It was a Friday night. I had just led the eve of Sabbath service in a ‘Shabbat tent’ I was helping to run at Glastonbury Festival. It had been great fun and a special way to hold a service; full of singing out in the fresh air and fields, despite the slightly odd looks from other festival goers. Then a group of us headed over to the Pyramid stage where some of my favourite bands were playing. The first, beloved for powerful dance beats and lyrics that fill me with hope and joy, played through sunset (when the Sabbath officially begins) and while it wasn’t the most traditional form of worship, it was a very spiritual experience! We were about 6 rows from the front, caught up in the mass movement of the crowd, all singing together for human unity and peace, and on some level acknowledging the holiness in all of us through the lyrics and the shared experience and movement of the crowd. It was incredibly powerful to be in the midst of such a diverse and unified community of people. The music served as a tool to unite (as it does in many religious contexts), but it felt like something much bigger as the dancing was enhanced by the bands lyrics as ‘prayers’ for harmony.

    Of course moments of unity and celebration like this can be fleeting, just as the Olympics has now passed, (leaving us the Paralympics to look forward to) and the bunting has been put away until the next jubilee. Having been brought together by these shared festivals, we now need to find ways of supporting and sharing with each other between festivals, creating community that is more tangible and less temporary, so that we celebrate our diversity, and are unified by sharing, whatever our differences, through the more boring times, as well as the festive ones.


    V kicked off her first week back with another Boris Johnson-inspired word - riparian', meaning "of, inhabiting, or situated on the bank of a river".


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