An amazing song by US Soul legend Gregory Porter and he was joined by US Hollywood actor Jeff Goldblum to perform his new single Mona Lisa. I openly admit that though I’ve only heard of Gregory on an on/off basis this is the first time I’ve fully listened to a session of his. Seriously he’s incredible and just had an superb vocal and his singing is just soothing and melodic. I was very surprised by Jeff Goldblum though as I had no idea he could play an instrument, but seriously the guy was brilliant. Gregory new album Nat King Cole & Me. On another note though I’m very impressed with some of the musical sounds coming from the U.S right now.
The Irish cheeky chappie was back on The Graham Norton Show tonight on BBC1. No, not Graham but Niall Horan from One Direction. Anyways Niall performed his new single Too Much To Ask, and I have admit as melodic as it sounds and as soothing as a voice he may have I’m not much of a fan. I openly admit the song’s not bad but it’s not something that I’ll be rushing to download or buy anytime soon. For me, it’s as if Niall’s trying to be James Morrison and he isn’t quite pulling it off, though I’ll give him credit for trying. There’s also some friendly banter between Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston Matt Lucas, Nicole Kidman and Jane Fonda. Also Jan reveals some insight behind that infamous police mug-shoot. Apparently the White House had a hand in it. Bet you probably weren’t aware of that were you.?
Currently watching Liam Gallagher perform his new single, For What it’s Worth, on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1 right now, and it actually sounds really good. I admit I’ve always been Team Noel when it came to the Gallagher brothers but Liam has come out with some good songs over the past couple of year, and For What it’s Worth is great listening pleasure. I could happily listen to this song a few more times over. Also there’s some great banter between Idris Elba, Chris Rock and Kate Winslet and apparently it’s the 20th anniversary. of the hit film Titanic. Don’t time fly by.
After a very looooooooonng absence our favourite Irish cheeky chappie is back, and not before time on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1. It’s the first episode and he’s joined by one of the most infamous girl-groups of the 80’s Sarah Dalin, Siobahn Fahey and Keren Woodward aka Bananarama. They did a reworking of their hit song Cruel Summer which all I can say still sounds as great to listen to as ever, even after a revamp. Bananarama haven’t lost their touch. Also joining on the sofa are Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling to discuss their new film Blade Runner 2049, also Margot Robbie was tasked with tattooing a member of the audience. It was a smiley face on his toe, all I can say is rather him than me.
Currently watching iconic 80’s singer Alison Moyet (remember Only You and All Cried Out?, ask your mum) perform her latest single The Rarest Birds right now on the Graham Norton Show on BBC1. Andy Serkis introduced her in his Gollum way. Seriously now, I’m completely hooked and Alison’s got one hell of voice on her that’s simply haunting. Sounds vaguely David Bowie-ish and has a weird sort of power-rock ballad-fell to it. The Rarest Birds actually sounds quite good as a single and Ms Moyet hits all the high notes. Woody Harrelson provided some laughs and joked that he comes over to the UK so often he feels like an ex-pat. Aww, thanks Woody, didn’t know you felt that way. Oh, and he’s also in the new Planet Of The Apes movie
Not long finished watching Canadian singer Shawn Mendes performing his latest single ‘There’s Nothing Holding Me Back’ on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1. I admit it’s not too bad a song and Shawn has got a good voice but sadly I’m not really getting into this song the music itself isn’t too bad, also he’s good with a guitar but even that’s not swaying me. Now I didn’t know this but he started out as a YouTube sensation. And just for a little extra amusement I’ve just seen Rachel Weisz, Martin Freeman and Anthony Joshua punch a punch bag. Remind me to never get on her bad-side. From what I’ve seen she can definitely pack a punch.
Tonight’s episode was late due to the election results coverage, which is a slight pain in the ass.
Only just this moment finished watching from front-woman of 00’s indie band The Gossip, Beth Ditto, perform her new solo single Fire on BBC1 on The Graham Norton Show at the moment. It’s actually really good and Beth’s just such an amazing vocal force to be reckoned with, seriously everyone this woman’s been gone for too long but this just makes up for in the best way possible. There’s just something in both her voice and performance that makes the whole thing totally electrifying. Fire is miles away from the iconic Standing In The Way Of Control.
Radio 1’s Big Weekend has enjoyed another great weekend up north in the City of Hull, which is also currently enjoying it’s year as the City of Culture. So far this years’ highlights including Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Lorde, Zara Larsson, Stormzy, Shawn Mendes, Emeli Sande’, Little Mix,. putting on some amazing performances throughout the whole of the festival. During Emeli Sande’ performance there was a red heart in the background with MANCHESTER written on it as she dedicated one of her songs Highs & Lows to the victims of the recent Manchester terrorist attack on the 22/5/17. French artist Christine & The Queens did an amazing performance of her hit single Tilted during which the crowd sang with her. She even had dancers on the stage with her, seriously she is something of an incredible artist. Former X-Factor singer James Arthur played to the crowds with his song Say You Won’t Let Go, which sounds a lot like The Scripts The Man Who Can’t Be Moved. Wonder if they’ve heard it. Kasabian played their new hit You’re In Love With A Psycho with Tom and Sergio dressed in weird but interesting gear. Clean Bandit played before the crowd whilst making good use of a cello. Katy Perry stole the show as the headlining act. She did dedicate her first song to the victims of the Manchester bombings. That song was Part Of Me which seemed very appropriate for the mood and gave new meaning to the lyrics ‘This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me. Indeed a fitting tribute. 🙂
Finished watching former (and I say former) One Direction singer Liam Payne perform his solo single Strip That Down on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1. I admit, it’s a good song and with a good intro and Liam’s got a certain solo charm about him, though I’ll have to tell the truth and admit I’m not really into it. Both Liam and the song. I mean it’s a good effort as it’s not for me. The only good thing I’ll say about tonight’s performance is that he’s dances in-sync with the backing dancers. Salma Hayek and David Walliams are both a good laugh as always.
Tonight’s Graham Norton Show seems to be getting good today as we’ve now had TWO musical acts, first Keith Urban and Mel C and now US music legend Sheryl Crow with her new song Be Myself. I’m completely loving it after the first few seconds, though I can hear a little bit of Soak Up The Sun there. Sheryl got one of those voices which fit both the tune and song perfectly and it sounds like she’s progressed quite a bit as an artist. Don’t quite know about you but I could listen to this song a few times over and not get bored of it. Also the line ‘If I can’t be someone else’ just goes round and round your head melodically, and Sheryl’s as great as ever.