The Week In Review (7-13 Nov)


What’s up Gwyneth?

We round-up the last week in music, including news you might’ve missed, our #SongOfTheDay playlist and Classic Of The Week

Yes folks, it’s that time of the week again, when you can sit back, relax and let your dear Team Songwriting regale you with the events of the last week, and boy has it been an eventful few days.

Where do we start? Well there really is only one place that we can begin, the US election. We shan’t jump in and put our two cents in (we’ll leave that to the more qualified commentators and publications) but suffice to say it would be remiss of us not to mention one of the most significant events in recent history. All we can really say is that the world may have witnessed a sliding doors moment.

If the US election wasn’t enough to occupy our minds there was also the tragic death of Leonard Cohen. One of the true greats of the world of songwriting and an absolute one-off has departed and our thoughts go out to those nearest to him.

Classic Of The Week

‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen (1984)

It could really only be this. Though it was popularised through the stunning covers recorded by John Cale and Jeff Buckley – the latter being one of the very best covers of all time – the original remains one of the finest songs recorded by Leonard Cohen and one whose quality will last as long as Cohen’s memory.

News this week

  • Music students from BIMM (the British & Irish Modern Music Institute) in Dublin got a surprise last week, when the unannounced guest speaker at their graduation ceremony turned out to be The Edge from U2, who discussed how the band had struggled in the early days of their career.
  • Rush’s classic 1976 album 2112 is to be reissued on 16 December in two-disc form. The second CD will feature live material, plus Rush covers by Dave Grohl, Alice In Chains and The Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson.
  • US southern/country-rock legend Greg Allman has had to cancel his winter tour of the US, due to a vocal injury. In a statement, Allman said: “This is the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a long, long time.”
  • No such woes for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who’ve just added 27 extra dates to their US tour in support of new album The Getaway. The tour kicks off in San Antonio, Texas on 5 January, and now runs through till 30 June, when they’ll play the United Centre in Chicago.
  • Courtney Love has taken on a new acting role, in US TV drama series A Midsummer’s Nightmare. The series is loosely based on the Shakeaspeare play A Midummer Night’s Dream.

Songs Of The Week

Song: One More Night
Artist: Michael Kiwanuka

Song: WinterSkin
Artist: New Portals

Song: Eliot St.
Artist: Quilt

Song: We Will Run
Artist: Jens Kuross

Artist: Cleo T.

Song: Enter Lightly
Artist: David Gray

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