Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Another Blast From The Past

In the 60s, you'd have to look far and wide to find a recording artist that had more appeal than Tom Jones. Since the news is pretty mundane right now and I am in one of those busy stretches again (where creating something worth reading is not possible), I thought I'd put up a couple of my very favorite Tom Jones songs. They are from a live concert at Cardiff Castle (not sure of the dates).

You may have to turn the sound up on your speakers just a bit. (Just don't forget to turn them back down after you are done.)



As always, thanks for reading PYY.


Anonim said...

LA, thanks for these occasional bits of nostalgia.

What say you regarding British sailors returning home bearing gifts? I liked the pistacchio part.

LASunsett said...


You are certainly welcome, sir.

As for the hostages being released, naturally, I am very happy that they were and very happy all were in good health. I have been ultra-busy the past two days and haven't had much time to sort through the aftermath of speculation with whatever post-captivity data that may be out there, As a result, I cannot form much of an opinion just yet.

But as you may guess, I wasn't happy they were held and even less happy they were used as propaganda, in violation of the Geneva Convention. But, in the grander scheme of things, I am just glad they weren't hurt. At least they were able to be seen and those that know and love them could take comfort in the fact they looked okay.

As for pistachios, they aren't my favorite nuts, but I don't dislike them. My father was a career Air Force man and used to bring them home from Turkey when he traveled there, and from Iran, way back when we had bases there. We ate the hell out of them, maybe I just got burnt out on them at an early age. (My favorite nut is a smoked almond)

Anonim said...

In my first comment, I was going to add that Turkish pistachios (from the Antep region) were way better than Iranian pistachios. Apparently, that would have been a redundant claim for you. As for almonds, who doesn't like them?

Here is a Turkish blogger, Infidel, commenting on the hostages' release.

While we're onto YouTube music clips, here is one Turkish rock example. If you're careful, you'll notice (towards the end of initial cheers) that the music and lyrics belong to me ;)

Here is another song from the same artist. One commenter found this song a bit too reminiscent of Chris Rea's Road to Hell.

LASunsett said...


I am not sure the first song did a lot for me, but I definitely liked the second song.

As for whether or not it reminded me of Chris Rea's , The Road To Hell, I am not so sure about that either. But I did like it. I only wish I could understand the words. I am into lyrics as much as I am into the music. When you get the right words with the right music, it blends into something that moves the inner spirit.

Thanks for linking to them.

LASunsett said...

Well Anonim,

I listened to the second song again and it does sound like a Turkish Chris Rea, but I still don't associate it with The Road To Hell

But, it does have an excellent sound to it. I liked even better the second time I listened to it.

Anonim said...

LA, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I like the guy very much; one of my favorites for sure. I love the Road to Hell, too, but I'd have said it was Eric Clapton's had I not seen the YouTube comment. Don't know why.

LASunsett said...


//I love the Road to Hell, too, but I'd have said it was Eric Clapton's had I not seen the YouTube comment.//

I always thought that when I heard the opening riffs, it was a Dire Straits song. But as for the comment saying he has tried to copy Knopfler's style, I am not altogether sure about that one.

I think it was more like: the sound he and Mark used was a era sound that was popular, at that time. I also thought the "Sultans of the Swing" was a song by Dylan the first time I heard it.

Most artists, at any period, have other artists they can point to as influence to their music. The early Beatles music was influenced by Elvis and Buddy Holly. In some of Mellencamp's music, I can hear some Rolling Stones influences. Etc, etc.

Anonim said...

LA, you're certainly right and make a lot of sense:

//Most artists, at any period, have other artists they can point to as influence to their music.//

I hadn't take that commenter's "copy" accusation seriously to begin with. Somewhat a cliche, but one of the lesser qualities of us Turks is jealousy towards one another unfortunately. When one succeeds in any walk of life, there will be many close or not-close to him to belittle what he accomplished. So, such accusations are not uncommon.

LASunsett said...


I played the second song for my wife. We both agree this is one we might hear in a chic Istanbul cafe. No?

BTW, what does "Bir Garip Ask Bestesi" mean, anyway?

Anonim said...

"Bir Garip Ask Bestesi" means "a strange low song (more literally, composition)."

As for where you might hear it, anywhere, I think. Except the song is not very new.

Anonim said...

Gee, what did I say: "low song"? I meant, "LOVE song."