rock and roll / pop music

You're a Firework!

Before the coronavirus pandemic locked us all down and locked us all in, before the days of constant news about the 'virus' and testing and tracing and sanitising and physical distancing ... I was for more than a year part of a Community Choir here in Jersey. 

We met every two weeks on a Friday just to sing ... mostly inspirational 'pop' songs and music with a bit of a meaning. It was organised by a few of us at our church - The Salvation Army in Jersey - and it was wondeful.

None of us were particularly expert singers or musicians, including the trio (including me) who led the group, but we had real fun. We did 'sing out' at church services including at Christmastime 2019 just before the pandemic hit, but most importantly, and more important than the music, it was a time to grow friendships and sing. 

We know that singing is good for us, it can lift our spirits and help with stress because it can help control out breathing. And that's why the loss of song and music and performance and choirs, and the communities and friendships they create, were so missed during the lockdowns and the pandemic restrictions. Now here in Jersey, along with other parts of the world which are benefitting from the COVID19 vaccines, we are fortunately able to sing again. 

Tomorrow evening I will be at a thanksgiving service and concert here in Jersey which I've helped to produce - I spoke about that yesterday in this blog - and it will be fabulous to welcome 'live' musicians to perform for us! It's a glimpse of how we might be returning to some sort of 'normal', although at the service we will be remembering those who have lost their lives and for whom that 'new normal' will never come.

We haven't started our Community Choir again, but who knows?

However today I want to share with you one of the songs we loved singing. It's a song by the American singer and pop sensation Katy Perry, who's birthday it is today, and it's called 'Firework'.


Katy Perry - FireworkThe words are so inspiring and challenging and for any of us who've often felt 'invisible' or worthless or vulnerable, there's a real message of hope here.

I particularly like the line :

Maybe a reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road

Sometimes it feels like we're getting nowhere in life, that all the doors are closing on us and we're not getting any of our dreams or even wishes. Nothing seems to work for us, we feel abandoned and without hope.

But remember - you are a firework. I'm a firework and we can shine!

I just need to believe more ... believe in myself more, maybe ... and Ignite the Light inside and let it shine. Breathe in, be courageous, regain my confidence, show the world who I am.

Don't listen to the criticism. Forget the nay-sayers and those who would put us down! We are  worthy, we are valuable,  we are precious!

Let's Fly High!

This song, we discovered when we sang it in our Community Choir, meant different things to different people. It's got the knack of touching hearts.

So .. thank you Katy ... and Happy Birthday!

 
Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind
Wanting to start again?
Do you ever feel, feel so paper-thin
Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?

Do you ever feel already buried deep
Six feet under screams but no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there's still a chance for you
'Cause there's a spark in you?

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

'Cause, baby, you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go, "Ah, ah, ah"
As you shoot across the sky

Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colours burst
Make 'em go, "Ah, ah, ah"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe

You don't have to feel like a wasted space
You're original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe a reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt your heart will glow
And when it's time you'll know

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

'Cause, baby, you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go, "Ah, ah, ah"
As you shoot across the sky

Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make 'em go, "Ah, ah, ah"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
It's always been inside of you, you, you
And now it's time to let it through,  

'Cause, baby, you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go, "Ah, ah, ah"
As you shoot across the sky

Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colours burst
Make 'em go, "Ah, ah, ah"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon

 

 


Imagine

IMAGINE!

You just need to say the word and immediately a particular song starts resonating in my head and heart.

It's a classic 'pop' song, that is much more than a 'pop song', by one of the legends of pop and rock music - the inimitable John Lennon ... he of the legendary pop group The Beatles ... singer, songwriter, musician, peace activist ... what a guy!

I'm thinking about John today specifically because it was on this day (October 9th) in 1940 that John Winston Lennon ... later John Winston Ono Lennon ... came into the world. 

Today I could have chosen SO many songs to celebrate John Lennon - and those of you who know me might have thought I might choose one like Strawberry Fields Forever which is directly linked to a Salvation Army children's home in Liverpool of that name in the grounds of which Lennon played as a child. Today it is an amazing centre run by The Salvation Army which works with the community and people with special needs, and pays tribute to the Lennon legacy.

But no ...  instead I've chosen another of John's iconic songs, composed and recorded and released after his time with The Beatles had come to an end.

IMAGINE!

Rolling Stone magazine described Imagine as Lennon's "greatest musical gift to the world" ... for many many reasons musically ... I won't go on about that now, but if you're interested, please feel free to investigate by clicking on the link embedded in the name of the song above.

Actually the eponymous album on which the song appeared was released in the USA in October 1971,  a month after the international release in the UK.... and the single was the best-selling one of John's solo career.

ImagineIt's a song which resounds with people around the world. 

Some believe this song is 'anti-faith' but I don't think it is. It actually encourages us to imagine a world of peace, without borders separating nations and peoples and without materialism which divides. Yes, it says 'no religion' but note it doesn't say 'no faith', and the two are very different.

John Lennon is credited with writing the song but just before his death in December 1980 he said that much of the song's content and the lyrics came from his wife, Yoko Ono. 

In an interview, actually for Playboy magazine, Lennon said that he and Yoko had been given a Christian prayer book which inspired the concept behind Imagine

He said this:

The concept of positive prayer ... If you can imagine a world at peace, with no denominations of religion – not without religion but without this my God-is-bigger-than-your-God thing – then it can be true ... the World Church called me once and asked, "Can we use the lyrics to 'Imagine' and just change it to 'Imagine one religion'?" That showed [me] they didn't understand it at all. It would defeat the whole purpose of the song, the whole idea. 

Some might think this sounds rather 'pie in the sky', but I love John Lennon's sentiment and he and Yoko's idea that we can dream of the world living as one ... one day!

So, to celebrate John Lennon and this brilliant song, here's the official video for Imagine, which is also iconic.

I love that the first 45seconds actually has no music ... but just the sound effects of John and Yoko walking. I love it's rather surreal concept ... rather like the song actually.

It's actually the first few minutes of a longer 81-minute feature-length film or 'documentary rock video' that was made to coincide with the launch of the Imagine album.

From the shots of John and Yoko walking through a thick fog and mist, arriving at their house as the music begins, to a sign above the front door to their house which reads: "This Is Not Here" (the title of Yoko Ono's then New York art show) and then to the interior shots of John at the piano as Yoko gradually opens the shutters to let in the daylight and reveal an all-white room. It's all so symbolic. But the end is where it gets me. Until that moment it all feels like a piece of art really, including when Yoko sits down beside John at the piano as he concludes the song, and she just looks at the camera.

But then ... as the song ends ... the couple look at each other and ... wait for it ... they kiss!

Fabulous! 

So let's sit back and enjoy the song today ... and dream.

 

Oh and by the way ... remember earlier I told you about the Strawberry Field project in Liverpool? 

Well, click on the link and you'll find information about the 'Imagine' Piano which is there.

It's actually THE world-famous piano that John Lennon used to compose and record one of the great peace anthems of the 20th century and it's on loan to the exhibition, courtesy of the estate of the late George Michael. It's a walnut-finished upright Steinway model Z piano and George bought it back in October 2000.

I haven't seen it myself yet but I'm looking forward to going to Strawberry Field when I can!


I Find Your Love

Don't you just love modern technology?

There was a time when to listen to music you had to sit in the house, switch on the radio or put on the record player, cassette player of CD machine.

Now we can take our music with us on our 'phones. I can take mine to the beach, can listen as I walk and I can even plug my 'phone into my car's audio system and listen to hundreds of my favourite songs to my heart's content as I motor along. 

I do have masses of music and songs on my playlist, some are just great pop songs, some which remind me of younger and happy days, some more 'religious' and some which sort of cross over different genres.

There's a song on my list which I want to share with you this Sunday. When I listen to my music on the 'phone I have the system on 'shuffle' and for some reason this one's been popping up a lot recently.

It's a great song, I think... and one which works for me on the faith and the pure music enjoy front.

'I Find Your Love' reminds me to look for love in everything and in all circumstances. Thanks to the fabulous singer Beth Nielsen Chapman for a wonderful song and sentiment! 

So inspiring. 

Enjoy!

 


I Will Survive!

If you're on social media, you'll know that often there are 'viral' posts which urge us all to get involved in answering a question ... mostly just for fun.

I don't usually take part in these kinds of conversations but I saw one the other day which made me laugh ... so I answered the question.

The post said this 'Age Yourself with the poster you had on your wall as a teenager!'

And what was my answer?

'Donny Osmond. The Osmonds. T-Rex/ Mark Bolan ....a few more I could mention ... and I’m proud to be from that era!'

Yes, that does 'age' me ... I was a teenager in the 1970s! 

But who cares? As I said in my answer, I am proud to be the age I am and to have lived through my teen and early adult years at a time when there was some fantastic music around. Not just ballads and those 'teen' songs, but some fantastic rock and roll AND, of course, DISCO!!

Which brings me to one of my favourite songs of all time!

'I Will Survive sung by the fabulous Gloria Gaynor!

This is a tune that often got us up on the dance floor and it didn't matter if there were boys available to partner up. We were happy, us girls, to just get up there and freak out!

Yeah I said it ... freak out! I am a product of my age!!!

I will surviveI love this song not just because of it's freaking out value but also because of those words in the title - I WILL SURVIVE!

In 1978, when this song hit the charts, I was still a teenager and I had the world in front of me.

I was still to fall in love properly for the first time, still to travel the world, still to go to university, still to become a journalist, a TV and radio presenter and an author. I had dreams but I still had all that to come.

I was still excited about life and what might lie ahead. I was still rather naïve about the realities of life.

And I was still to lose important people in my life, including my darling Dad. I was still to have my heart broken (several times) and to feel battered down by life and love.

I was still feeling I needed to 'fit in' with what others wanted me to be - I had still to discover the 'real me'!

OK... so this is a 'break up' song ... but it is the words of the chorus which rang true with us all!

Oh no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I'll stay alive
I've got all my life to live
And I've got all my love to give and I'll survive
I will survive, hey, hey

Years on, they are STILL important words.

With all the 'stuff' that's happened in the intervening years, it is love that helps us survive. Despite the heartache and the missed opportunities, the unfulfilled dreams, even the love that did not materialise ... I have survived!
Sometimes that feels a bit like a miracle, but it's true.

And today the sentiment of the words is even more important ... I HAVE survived so much, I WILL survive so much more!!!

So why am I sharing this brilliant song today - September 7th?

Well, today is the birthday of the woman who's voice rang around those dancefloors and who has graced our airwaves for decades. Gloria Gaynor was born on this day in 1943... and she was one of the legends of music who epitomised the disco era of the 1970s and 1980s!

Happy Birthday Gloria ! Thanks for the fun! Thanks for the music! Thanks for the inspiration!

A footnote ... if you watch this video you'll see something that is Typical Disco ... a roller skating dancer. It's an iconic image. And yes, in the early 1980's when I first visited the USA I also went to a Roller Disco!

WHAT fun! What bruises! I'm no skater ... but my did we laugh!!


We can be Kind

If you joined me yesterday, you'll know that here in Jersey, Saturday September 4th was a day to celebrate kindness at the fourth Jersey Kindness Festival.

I've been working with the festival organiser Brian Clarke, founder of Kindness Connects here in our lovely island, to promote the event which was held in the beautiful setting of St Aubin's harbour.

Kindness is a big thingAround 30 charities were there, talking to people and showing what they do every day to share kindness in our island. 

There was loads of fun for all the family, and art and music ... it was phenomenal.

Hopefully the thousands who came along will have been inspired, to be kinder in their daily lives but maybe even to help some of the charities in their work. 

Kindness, as this image says, is a REALLY big deal ... it can make a difference to everyone ... those who receive the kindness and those who give it. 

Yesterday I saw Kindness in Action and it was a privilege. I was at the Kindness Festival all day just helping out and I have to admit, today I'm pretty tired.

So I'm not going to try to wax lyrical  ... there will be more about kindness coming down the line because as I also told you yesterday, I'm actually also writing a book about the subject.

Today I'm just going to share a song with you which says it better than I do I think.

It's from the British singer/TV presenter Aled Jones and, I have to admit, it's one of my favourites on my playlist.

Enjoy and be inspired!

Have a kind day everyone!

 

 


Streets of London

Yesterday I took a drive and was listening to the radio when a song came on which I haven't heard for many years.

It's a song which, back in the day, I used to sing while strumming my guitar - quite badly probably - and I think it's sheer poetry.

'Streets of London' tells a story, of people who are marginalised and socially excluded. Homeless people. People we may see every day in the street, but maybe we pass them by. Or perhaps we just don't notice them. They are the 'invisible'.

Streets of LondonThe words always make me think deeply and not just about all those who go under our radars, although I believe that is the purpose of the song, to remind us that these people are important, albeit living lives that are so unlike ours.

It challenges us, I think, to put our existence and our own worries and concerns, into some sort of perspective. It makes us consider our own good fortune, hopefully, and encourages to open our eyes to the desperate situations that others may be living in.

As the lyrics remind us ... 

So how can you tell me you're lonely
And say for you that the sun don't shine?
Let me take you by the hand and
Lead you through the streets of London
Show you something to make you change your mind

Streets of London was written and originally recorded in 1969 by Ralph McTell. It was on his album of that year - Spiral Staircase. 

However, it wasn't released in the UK as a single until 1974, and it's been  covered and recorded by many many other artists down the years. One I remember well was the 1971 version from another great singer ... Roger Whittaker.

It's a song about homelessness and social exclusion and in December 2017 the song was re-released, featuring Ralph McTell with Annie Lennox, as a charity single for CRISIS, the Homelessness Charity in the UK.

SO today I just share the song with you, and the video from CRISIS which was produced for that charity release. 

For me, it's even more poignant because it features members of the Crisis Choir, a group made up of Crisis clients from across Britain, people who HAVE been homeless, or at risk of homelessness, people who have walked that road and slept on those streets. It's a great video and I love not just its poignancy but also its hopefulness, especially the joy and smiles at the end of the presentation.

As someone who once worked for and actually grew up in the church and charity organisation The Salvation Army, who among other things also supports and cares for homeless men, women and families, I've met many people like this and I know they're often wonderful people, with so much to offer the world. They should not be 'invisible'.

Please, if you can, take time to watch it ... enjoy the song ... but also maybe absorb the message? 

 


I Look to You

Do you have a favourite song, or maybe a whole host of tunes and music and songs which you love?

In the UK there's a national radio programme called 'Desert Island Discs' (BBC Radio 4) in which 'famous' people are asked to imagine that they are to be 'abandoned' on a desert island and they are allowed to select eight songs or tunes which they would like to take with them.  It's a great way to share their life story!

I love that show and it's so interesting to hear the music the guests select, and why it is part of their imaginary 'castaway' experience.

I've often wondered what eight songs I would pick, and I've come to the conclusion that it would be hard to narrow it down to just eight! I have songs that remind me of my childhood, my teen years, my young adult and later life, my family, experiences across the years ... etc etc etc ... and they are all important to me.

But if I had to choose and make that very difficult decision, then this song would definitely be on my list.

I'm sharing it with you today because the version of this song that I love the best is by the fabulous Whitney Houston, who was born on this day - August 9th - in 1963. 

Whitney was an amazing talent, a beautiful singer and she was hugely famous in her lifetime.

Unfortunately life wasn't always happy for her, despite the fame and fortune, and she died far too young, in February 2012. That was a shocking day for all her fans, as well as her family and friends. But although she is no longer with us, we are privileged that she left behind so many great songs. 

Some of Whitney's legacy hits are just pure 'pop', just fun, and remind me of my younger years. Driving in the car singing out loud at the top of my voice, dancing at parties with friends, chilling out on the beach!

But some of the pieces that Whitney recorded in her lifetime are much deeper. They reflect her faith, her hopes and fears and her struggles in life.

I look to you lyrics''I Look to You'  was released on July 23, 2009, so it was one of her last hits., and I've listened to it many many times down the years because the words just inspire me... 

I look to you
I look to you
After all my strength is gone
In you, I can be strong

I look to you
I look to you
And when melodies are gone
In you, I hear a song
I look to you

When I'm feeling down, alone and 'without a cause', this song reminds me that there's something bigger than me and this moment in time.

For me, it's a truly spiritual song. It encourages and uplifts me, takes me out of myself and my worries and cares.

But whenever I hear Whitney singing this song, there's also a touch of sadness ... with the thought that that despite singing these inspirational words ultimately it appears she struggled to prevent the walls falling down on her, and  to find that open door to health and wellbeing. I'm not judging, because ultimately none of us know another person's inner thoughts and being, but there is a touch of pathos in the song.

I trust that she she did, eventually, find peace. But in the meantime, I'm thankful that Whitney Houston DID walk this earth and left us such a legacy.

Including this unbelievably beautiful song!

Thanks Whitney!

 

 


Forever Young

If you like your pop music you may have heard of Bob Dylan.

He's had a lifetime in music, bringing us so many inspirational songs many of which were inspired by his own political beliefs, and which have become anthems of  civil rights and anti-war campaigns. I'm thinking Blowin in the Wind  and The Times They Are A' Changing for starters.

Bob is also an artist and author, apart from being described as one of the greatest song-writers of all time, and a cultural icon.

And when I was looking for an inspirational thought for today, I came across this lyric  from Bob which I love. It's actually the third verse of his song Forever Young ....  

Forever Young Bob Dylan
Bob wrote the song as a lullaby for his eldest son Jesse, and in my research I discovered that a demo version of the song was recorded in June 1973 which was included on Bob Dylan's compilation album Biograph in 1985.  But he subsequently recorded a live version of the song in Tokyo on 28 February 1978 which was released as a single in Europe on this day - June 22 - in 1979.

It's been recorded by many artists down the years but as an additional 'extra' today ... let's enjoy a rendition of the song from another iconic American singer, musician, songwriter and activist, Joan Baez, who is from the same 'era' as Bob Dylan and whose contemporary folk music often includes songs underpinned by social justice and protest.

Love love love this!

Have a great day everyone!

Stay Young!

 


A Little Respect

Today I'm thinking about a word ...

R E S P E C T 

And yes, if you know your music you'll know it's also the title of a song by the wonderful American R&B and soul singer Aretha Franklin.

In fact it was on this day - June 3rd in 1967 - that 'Respect' reached Number 1 in the Billboard Pop Singles charts. 

 

Respect aretha franklin"Respect" was originally written and released by the American singer-songwriter Otis Redding in 1965 but as I said before, it was two years later that it was a hit for Aretha Franklin.

I'm intrigued that in each version the stories are slightly different. Redding speaks from a man's perspective, obviously, who will give the woman in his life everything she wants, so long as he gets his due respect when he brings home the money.

In Aretha Franklin's take on the theme, she is shouting from the rooftops that she's a confident and strong woman who demands the 'respect' of the man in her life, including physical attention.

Aretha's 'Respect' was released at a time when the feminist movement was in the ascendant, and her song became an anthem for the feminist movement.

It's considered to be one of the best songs of the R&B era, and it earned her two Grammy Awards in 1968 for "Best Rhythm & Blues Recording" and "Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female". The song was even inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987.

In 2002, Aretha's version of the song received more honour when the Library of Congress added it to the National Recording Registry. In addition, it was placed at number five on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". And it was also included in the list of "Songs of the Century", by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wow! What a song!

But it's also a challenging word, that word 'Respect'. 

Taking aside the interpretation in the song, I think it's a very important word.

'Respect' can mean different things. It can mean deep appreciation and admiration of someone else or something else.  I think we can all understand that. There are things we 'respect' because we recognise their value to us and the world.

But 'respect' can also be defined as having meaningful regard for the wishes, rights and feelings of other people. Being thoughtful, considerate, polite, civil, attentive, courteous.

Some people might say that 'respect' is something that could do with being revived in our modern day culture and I think I might agree with that.

When I see people being vile on social media, I understand that they don't have a concept of 'respecting' others, and other people's opinions. They think THEIR opinions are more important and the feelings and rights of others are irrelevant, or even to be mocked and 'disrespected'. People don't respect or consider that others might think differently, believe different things.

When I read about people vandalising property for no particular reason than just to make a mess and disrupt the lives of others, I think that if they 'respected' other people's space and belongings and lives, they would not be inclined to behave in such a manner.

When I see the way people leave litter about, and 'fly tip' all their rubbish and pollute the oceans and the natural environment with plastics and other trash, it's a sign that they don't 'respect' our environment. They're not considerate of the world around them and how their actions impact not just on others, but on the natural world. And that's sad.

So today I'm thinking about how we can create more 'respect'. Of course there's that's old adage that we need to 'earn respect' and that's important. But we also need to 'learn' respect ... we need sometimes to put our own needs and wishes and wants aside and consider others. We need to stop thinking that WE are the centre of the universe and that no one else matters and learn that other people are worthy of respect. And even if we don't agree with them, we need to understand they have a right to their opinions and lifestyles. If we disagree with someone, we need to do that with 'respect'.

It's hard. But I think if we all have a bit more respect for others, and for our environment, the world would be a much better place.

 


With a Little Help from My Friends

I am blessed in life to have lots of lovely friends.

I've lived and worked in lots of different places and along the way I've met some fantastic people who have really filled my life with lots of fun and happiness. They've also supported me at difficult times and hopefully I've been able to do the same for them.

Having friends in my life is so important. Because, in addition to my family, I always know there are people to whom I can turn when I need that extra support. 

With social media I've been able to reconnect with a lot of friends with whom I've lost contact, and that's lovely, but I also have a small cohort of really close friends who will always be there for me, and I for them.

Although we are separated by time and space, and that's especially been the case during the past year or so when the global coronavirus pandemic has prevented us from travelling to meet up, I know that when we do see each other again it will be like no time has passed at all.

There are those friends who as soon as we meet, we pick up from where we left off, and it's like we've never been apart. That, I think, is the measure of true friendship.

There are also some pieces of music which are a bit like friends. They make us feel safe and warm and they bring back lovely memories.

On this day, May 26, in 1967 a brilliant album was released which includes a fabulous song which celebrates friendship.

Sgt._Pepper's_Lonely_Hearts_Club_BandIt is, of course, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles and it includes some iconic songs, including the second on the album - With a Little Help from My Friends

The 'Fab Four' have gone down in history as pioneers of rock and pop but what we forget is that in the greater scheme of things they weren't around for that long as a band - they formed in 1960 and broke up in 1970. However, they packed in masses of work and songs and albums into their decade as a foursome. Sgt Pepper's was their eighth studio album!

By summer of 1966 they were no long touring or doing live shows, perhaps completely exhausted with endless schedules and 'Beatlemania', and they were developing more and more innovative music, including incorporating different kinds of musical genres and storytelling.

And there's no doubt that one of the albums that has ensured their legacy is Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band! 

It's an album I've been listening to for as long as can remember because I have an older brother who loved it. I can probably sing along to many of the songs, but ahead of writing this blog post I did a bit more research and discovered some interesting things about it. 

It was Paul McCartney who had an idea for a song involving an Edwardian military band and that was the basis of the fictional Sgt. Pepper band. But if you know the LP album you'll know that it includes lots of different sounds, including not just Western and Indian classical music but also some vaudeville, circus, music hall, and avant-garde sounds.

I was also interested to learn that when the band started recording in November 1966, they also recorded two other songs which are just simply brilliant - Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane - which in fact were released as a double A-side single in February 1967 and so were left off the LP.

Anyway, back to With a Little Help from My Friends. Not all the songs on albums like Sgt Pepper's have been recorded by other artists, but the second track on the LP HAS proved popular with bands and singers down the years. One of my favourite versions of With a Little Help from My Friends is from the Scottish rock band  Wet Wet Wet, who recorded the cover version in 1988 as a fundraising single for the charity ChildLine, and it became the band's first Number One hit in the UK!

But today, to mark the release of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and to celebrate the Power of Friendship ... let's enjoy the original version from those Fabulous Beatles.

Warning - the video is a a bit weird and has basic animation. 

But what I discovered was that these 'moving parts' were actually included in the Promotional Video for Sgt Pepper's Heart Club Band ... if you fancy watching that just click on the words

Have a great day Everyone!

And if you are one of my friends - THANK YOU!!!!  Thanks for all the love, and support and care, and prayer and fun.

You are very special!