Do you like to discover new music?

One of my side projects is Merryn Music where I interview unsigned UK and Ireland music artists every Monday for a feature I creatively called “Independent Music Monday”.

One of the other parts to Merryn Music is the Spotify account. Since Merryn Magazine launched in April 2016, I have been collating ‘new music’ playlists on the Spotify account. These are updated each week and I also have a playlist where I compile the 20 best songs of the week. These playlists feature UK and Ireland artists only.

There are now 300 songs (18 hours 30 minutes of music) on the February playlist:

There are over 300 songs on the March playlist:

I have added a new batch of songs to the Top 20 playlist, so if you fancy a listen, here’s the playlist! 🙂 (NB: I can’t get Naropa’s song off the playlist! I think it’s because it was removed from Spotify, my playlist starts with Brave Giant).

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Happy birthday Janet Jackson!

Today (16th May 2016) is Janet Jackson’s 50th birthday! I have always been a big fan of Janet’s, ever since I was given a cassette copy of her 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814 when I was 11 years old. It’s such a great album and I was hooked from the start. Not only is it a great album, but her videos are filmic masterpieces. To celebrate Janet’s birthday, here’s my favourite song from Rhythm Nation 1814 🙂

Happy birthday Phil Collins!

Phil CollinsToday (30th January) is Phil Collins’ 65th birthday! I have been a big fan of Phil’s music, both his own and with Genesis, since I was small. While putting together a list of my favourite Phil Collins/Genesis songs, I realised that I liked 28 songs, so I created a playlist! 🙂

If you click on the little icon in the top left hand corner of the video box, it will show you all of the videos in the playlist, and you can choose what to listen to. Or just play the first video, and listen to them all in turn!

Happy birthday Phil, thank you for all of your amazing songs and performances over the years 🙂

Ephemerals – You’ll Never See Me Cry

Why have I only just found this, it’s simply amazing. The singer has such an amazing tone to his voice.

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Clearing out the CokeCanPoetry inbox for 2015, there are a few notable submissions we never got around to featuring — so this week (culminating in our year-end ‘best of’ list), we remedy this. One such instance is neo-soul group Ephemerals, who released their sophomore album chasin ghosts this past October. The UK act came together when musician Hillman Mondegreen met singer Wolfgang Valbrun while on tour in France with another project — an intersection which would eventually lead to the band’s formation and current identity as a seven-piece. For a sampling of their capabilities, listen to the soaring piano anthem “You’ll Never See Me Cry.” With soulful gems like this, let’s hope the group is longer lasting than their name would suggest.

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I’m so behind musically!

I said on someone’s post earlier that I am so behind the times with music that it’s ridiculous. My job role changed recently so I can listen to headphones at my desk now, so I’ve been listening to Absolute Radio 00’s, which is like a new music radio station to me! Below are the songs I’ve only just discovered in the last month… (I know, my bad).

Song Of The Day: John Otway – Bunsen Burner

I’m currently in the process of listening to every song on my iPod at work, in alphabetical order of song title, which means it’s like a gigantic jukebox with over 5,000 songs in total, but also means that you get to hear cover versions and original songs back to back, which is both a good and a bad thing.

There are times I question why a song is on the iPod as it’s chock-full of both mine and Michael’s songs, and usually I blame Michael if a song is random and rubbish. Today, while innocently ploughing through my to-do list, the below song came on and blew my mind. I don’t remember it being released in 2002, especially as it got to number 9 in the charts. It’s just fabulous. If you haven’t heard it, I highly recommend watching the video below, the live Top Of The Pops version is simply genius.

Song Of The Day: Yorkshire Day special

In celebration of today being Yorkshire Day, the below 25 videos are from singers and bands from Yorkshire. Obviously there are many more artists from Yorkshire, but these are my favourites. Enjoy!

1. Robert Palmer (born in Batley, West Yorkshire)
2. Tasmin Archer (born in Bradford, West Yorkshire)
3. Kiki Dee (born in Little Horton, Bradford, West Yorkshire)
4. Terrorvision (based in Bradford, West Yorkshire)
5. Embrace (from Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse, West Yorkshire)
6. Tony Christie (born in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire)
7. The Beautiful South (formed in Hull, East Yorkshire)
8. Everything But The Girl (formed in Hull, East Yorkshire)
9. The Housemartins (formed in Hull, East Yorkshire)
10. Scarlet (formed in Hull, East Yorkshire)
11. Corinne Bailey Rae (born in Leeds, West Yorkshire)
12. Kaiser Chiefs (formed in Leeds, West Yorkshire)
13. The Pigeon Detectives (formed in Leeds, West Yorkshire)
14. Soft Cell (formed in Leeds, West Yorkshire)
15. Utah Saints (formed in Leeds, West Yorkshire)
16. Little Angels (formed in Scarborough, North Yorkshire)
17. ABC (formed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
18. Arctic Monkeys (formed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
19. Joe Cocker (born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
20. Def Leppard (formed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
21. The Human League (formed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
22. Pulp (formed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
23. Reverend and The Makers (formed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
24. Heaven 17 (formed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
25. Shed Seven (formed in York, North Yorkshire)

Song Of The Day – Cathy Davey – Little Red (live)

Michael introduced me to Cathy Davey when he watched the film The Disappearance of Alice Creed and her song Holy Moly was featured at the end. I do like Holy Moly, but I really love Little Red. It’s such a great song and I can’t wait to get the album it features on, The Nameless.

Cathy is an Irish singer-songwriter. She actually has three albums, the other two being Something Ilk and Tales of Silversleeve, and these are also on my to buy list!

Song Of The Day: Gloria Estefan – Get On Your Feet

I have been a big fan ever since I was a child. One of the first things I ever bought with my pocket money was her Homecoming Concert on VHS (because I was only 11 and this was in 1990!). I was watching a Gloria Estefan YouTube Mix when this came on, and it immediately took me back to childhood. Such a great weekend tune!

National Vinyl Record Day

Today (12th August) is National Vinyl Record Day!

I am old enough to remember vinyl being the format for singles and albums, and not CDs. The first vinyl record I remember owning was “Kylie” by Kylie Minogue. The album was released in July 1988, and I received my copy for my 10th birthday in the November of that year.

Listening to songs with that little crackle noise was a thing of magic, and I loved how you could stack up a load of records and after each one had finished playing, the next record would drop down and start playing.

Singles I also owned around this time were:
Mike Reid – The Ugly Duckling (1975)
The Jungle Book Soundtrack – That’s What Friends Are For (The Vulture Song) (1967)
The Mary Poppins Soundtrack – Chim Chim Cher-ee (1964)
The Shangri-Las – Leader of the Pack (1964)

Quite an eclectic mix for a 10 year old! I think because my mum didn’t have much money, most of my singles were purchased at church jumble sales and car boot sales. I have such happy memories of listening to vinyl, and I don’t get the same whimsical feeling when I listen to crystal clear CDs.

I know that vinyl is still out there. I did a quick Google search and the below websites came up:

http://www.recordstore.co.uk/recordstore/Vinyl/
https://www.vinyltap.co.uk/
http://www.vinylexchange.co.uk/

and I even found a website called The Vinyl Factory that “is an independent British company that collaborates with musicians and artists to create ultra-premium handmade limited editions and accompanying exhibitions.”

I think I’m going to add ‘record player’ to my “lottery win list” because vinyl is still out there and I’d love to start buying vinyl again.

Did you have any favourite vinyl records? Do you still listen to vinyl. Let me know! 🙂