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Singing a Happy Song!

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 23 January 2013

Vanessa asks about the last time you had a good singalong, discovers some Scots rhyming slang and has Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw offering the Wednesday Words Of Warmth. Plus Barbara Isherwood from Bassingbourne is the latest Jolly Good Fellow, with Guy Mitchell's Singing The Blues her birthday number 1.

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Locomotion

    Now 1984 - The Millennium Series, Now, 9

  • Image for Florence + the Machine

    Florence + the Machine You Got The Love

    Now That's What I Call Music 74 (Various Artists), Now, 5

  • Image for Harry Belafonte

    Harry Belafonte Matilda

  • Image for Four Tops

    Four Tops Walk Away Renee

    The Four Tops - The Singles Collectio, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Madness

    Madness Never Knew Your Name

    (CD Single), Cooking Vinyl, 2

  • Image for Ronan Keating

    Ronan Keating Life Is A Rollercoaster

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for Vicki Sue Robinson

    Vicki Sue Robinson Turn The Beat Around

    American Dreams (The Best Of The 70's, RCA

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for Carole King

      Carole King Where You Lead

      Carole King - Tapestry, Epic

  • Image for Deacon Blue

    Deacon Blue That's What We Can Do

    (CD Single), Edsel Records

  • Image for Bill Withers

    Bill Withers Ain't No Sunshine

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Genesis

    Genesis Invisible Touch

    Genesis - Turn It On Again, Virgin

  • Image for Nell Bryden

    Nell Bryden Shake The Tree

    Pause For Thought

    (CD Single), 157 Records

  • Image for Belinda Carlisle

    Belinda Carlisle Big Scary Animal

    A Place On Earth - Greatest Hits, Virgin

  • Barbara Ishwerwood's birthday number 1

    • Image for Guy Mitchell

      Guy Mitchell Singing The Blues

      Acuff-Rose Opryland Music: 50th Anniv, Acuff-Rose Opryland

  • Image for Love and Theft

    Love and Theft Runnin' Out Of Air

    Love And Theft, RCA Nashville

  • Word Of The Day

    Word Of The Day

    Today's literary-themed word is 'allegory' - the representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form.

    A historical example of an allegory is The Cave taken from Plato's Republic, in which the philosopher described symbolically the predicament in which mankind finds itself and proposes a way of salvation

  • Pause For Thought with Reverend Terry Biddington, Christian Theologian and writer

    Pause For Thought with Reverend Terry Biddington, Christian Theologian and writer

    If there’s one thing that the founders of the world faiths have in common, it is that they embody the message that’s associated with them. This is true whether we’re talking of Buddha, Guru Nanak, Jesus, Mohammed, or Swami Prabhupada. They were what they taught. They were gentle, wise, earthed, and with a deep integrity. And, despite being men, they clearly embraced what we would call their ‘feminine side.’ They were models of what it means to be fully human and fully attuned to the divine within them and around them.

    Moreover, there was no credibility gap between their own lifestyles and what they had to share with those who took the time to listen. They didn’t need spin doctors, press secretaries, or public advisers to pick up the pieces after them and smooth over the cracks in their public image.

    They had authority. But it was an authority that wasn’t expressed through power, might, or the use of force: but rather an authority rooted in a desire to nurture. A desire to encourage human flourishing for all people: not just for some.

    This linkage between authority and nurture has, been almost entirely forgotten. And perhaps it’s time for it to make a come back. For the meaning of the word ‘authority’, originally included the idea of guidance, encouragement, and care: like the love of parent for child, the concern of teachers for students, or the effort and passion of gardeners, artists and crafts people for what they produce.

    Now when we listen to the evening news on radio we don’t see much evidence of this sort of approach amongst today’s – mostly all male - world leaders. What we see all too often is endless bravado, political brinkmanship. Or else short-term expediency rooted in a desire to promote and protect self-image over the urgent need to create and nurture global strategies. Strategies that address the catastrophic economic injustices and social inequalities that are the lot of so many of today’s families, communities, and the planet itself.

    I may be being naïve and hopelessly impractical. But until our leaders start to see that the authority they are given demands of them an altogether more creative, long-term and prophetic approach, then little will change for the better in our world.

  • Wednesday's Words Of Warmth

    Wednesday's Words Of Warmth

    Radio 1 breakfast show host - and Vanessa's new favourite person - Nick Grimshaw offers a midweek pick-me-up.


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