Noel Gallagher on Desert Island Discs BBC Radio4

It’s a sunny day out there but a bit chilly and a bit of great music seems just the right thing. Who hasn’t heard of Oasis? Or Noel Gallagher? But did you know apart from being a brilliant musician and a straight speaking lad he was also utterly charming?

Trust me this lunch time listening (from a Friday in July) will put a smile on your face:

copyright BBC Desert Island Discs -Noel Gallagher

” Kirsty Young’s castaway this week is the musician, Noel Gallagher.He was the principal songwriter of the band Oasis – his younger brother, Liam was the lead singer. Born to Irish parents, as a child he spent his summers visiting his mother’s family in rural County Mayo, in sharp contrast to the Manchester council estate where they lived. He taught himself to play the guitar and loved music: he was road manager for the Inspiral Carpets before joining Liam in Oasis.Their debut album in 1994 marked the beginning of the band’s rise to fame as part of the Britpop movement. In 1996 they played in front of 250,000 fans over two consecutive nights at Knebworth and following the Labour landslide in 1997, Noel attended what became known as the Cool Britannia party held in Downing Street by Tony Blair. Oasis won six BRIT Awards and two Ivor Novello Awards before disbanding in August 2009.

He’s since formed his own band – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.”

copyright BBC Desert Island Discs -Noel Gallagher

copyright BBC Desert Island Discs -Noel Gallagher

And if you want to listen to the slightly longer music extracts here is the Link to the BBC site with the interview You’ll find the detailed playlist and his choices in the link too.

and here’s a link to 4 separate clips

copyright BBC Desert Island Discs -Noel Gallagher

Enjoy this northern boy 🙂

Juan Diego Florez and classic Italian schmalz

click on the photo for a link to the album on Spotify and you can listen for free 

Track list:

Sorry for the lack of postings, it’s been a bit stressful at work lately and my batteries are just flagging, not enough power left for proper writing. Seems to be set to go on for a while so i’ve been ploughing my ears with as much comfort as possible 🙂

I’ve just finished a few audio-books and this morning heard the last of Darcy proposing again to Lizzy so have switched to music and stumbled upon this. I love Juan Diego Florez in all his incarnations but i love it when he sings ‘easy listen’ music. Maybe because he does it better than the vast majority of operatic singers out there 🙂 Probably also because he started off as a pop-singer himself and he can lay on the schmalz with the best of them an in a really honest, heartfelt mode.

There is just something about his voice and the familiar tunes, the sound of guitar and accordion, the memories of Italy, the sun, the car 😉 that provided the much needed relief.