Connections 46 Finale – April 2022

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The first Connections show was aired in April 2018. With this Fourth Anniversary show it felt appropriate to bring the series to a close. As the world tentatively opens up I need to free up some time for other ventures. Connections takes me about three weeks to research and produce and as this is a voluntary labour of love I need to be mindful of time and money. Coupled with this, Chapel FM are devoting more air time to local productions with local content for local people, a decision I applaud. My thanks of course to Chapel FM who have been immense over the four years.

In this final program I wanted to play music that was difficult to connect to or not easy to escape from; many of the artists create their own product or use foreign recording facilities and personnel. Some of the artists have made few records or left the recording industry to do other creative things.

Of course I will be forever grateful to you, the listener, for your amazing support and feedback. It’s been a joy to present you with some great tunes connected by the people involved in the making of the music. Without you the show would never have been shared on every continent and your interest and encouragement in the Connections concept has been mindblowing!

So, here we are with a final ecletic mix of music…

‘Echo and Bounce’ (1998) by The Propellerheads from their one and only album Sexanddrumsandrockandroll. They later moved on to film soundtracks…

“Ta Douleur’ (2005) by Camille from her second LP Le Fils. Produced by Camille and Matthew Ker, a.k.a MaJiKer working out of Paris…

‘Elevation of Love’ (2003) by Esbjörn Svensson Trio (sometimes known as E.S.T.) from their seventh studio album Seven Days of Falling. Check out their many fine live concerts on YouTube.

‘Y’all’d Think She’d Be Good 2 Me’ (2004) written by C.C. Adcock from his second (and last) LP The Lafayette Marquis… He still plays on the local scene.

‘Wednesday’s Child’ (1997) by Icelandic-born Emiliana Torrini from her third album Love In The Time of Science co-written and produced by Roland Orzabal and Alan Griffiths from Tears For Fears. The rest of the LP was produced by Eg White..

‘Real Old Mountain Dew’ (2007) by the Carolina Chocolate Drops on their debut record Heritage…

‘Minor Swing’ (2004) by guitarist Mattias Ai Eklundh and written by Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhart from Eklundh’s second solo LP Freak Guitar; A road Less Travelled. Eklundh records at home and plays all the instruments, the brass was arranged by Johan Holmberg…

‘Not The Drinking’ (2010) by Lauren Pritchard from her debut release Wasted In Jackson, produced and co-written with Francis ‘Eg’ White. Lauren recorded one more LP using her new stage name Lolo and is now a TV/Film actress…

‘Beatzekatze’ (2008) by Moodorama from Germany. The track is taken from their fifth LP My Name Is Madness…

‘Happy Feet’ (1990) written by Italian Paulo Conte from his eigth studio P Parole d’Amore Scritte a Macchina…

‘Constant Surprise’ (2007) by Little Dragon from their eponymous debut LP…

‘Speechless’ (2006) was a one-off project by Mish Mash; Danish soundtrack writer Kasper Winding (a child prodigy and has played drums with Terry Riley and wrote a film score aged 13), Brit events promoter/DJ Oscare Fullone and renowned Danish session singer Louise Norby…

‘Happy Accident’ (2019) by McKendrick. Written by Paul and David McKendrick and available with five other tracks on Apple Tunes, YouTube, Spotify, Amazon etc.

I hope you found the series entertaining and informative.

I’ll keep open the ‘Connections Show;Paul McKendrick’ Facebook Page as it has extra content regarding the shows and, much like this page, has all the links to the individual programs.

Once again thank you so much and keep well…

Best wishes

Paul A McKendrick

Connections 45 (Special Edition) – March 2022

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On 24th February 2022 Russia invaded Ukraine.

Because of this I decided to make a special episode of songs all connected via various songwriters and their own take on Love, War, Peace and the Human Condition.

‘Through The Dark’ (2006) by KT Tunstall.

‘Yes We Can Can’ (1973) by The Pointer Sisters. Written by Allen Toussaint.

‘Wartime Prayers’ (2006) by Paul Simon.

‘Save The Children’ (1971) by Marvin Gaye.

‘War Of My Life’ (2009) by John Mayer.

‘Friendship Train’ (1969) by Gladys Knight and The Pips. Written by Norman Whitfield and Barret Strong.

‘Oh, Had I A Golden Thread’ (1998) by Eva Cassidy. Written by Pete Seeger.

‘Man Of War’ (2008) by The Sunburst Band.

‘Dont Dream It’s Over’ (1991) by Paul Young and Paul Carrack. Written by Neil Finn.

‘Cold War’ (2010) by Janelle Monae.

‘Peace, Love And Understanding’ (2003) by Robben Ford and Mavis Staples. Written by Nick Lowe.

‘Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)’ (1973) By George Harrison.

‘We Got To Have Peace’ (1971) by Curtis Mayfield.

‘Why Can’t We Live Together’ (2003) by Steve Winwood. Written by Timmy Thomas.

‘Love’s In Need Of Love Today’ (1976) by Stevie Wonder.

Thanks for listening. Love and Peace.

Paul

Connections 44 – Feb 2022

January’s Connections finished with ‘On and On’ by Stephen Bishop from his debut album Careless (1976). John Jarvis played keyboards on the LP so we followed John to…

‘Sacrifice’ (2018) written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and performed here by Don Henley and Vince Gill from the album Restoration: A Nashville Tribute To The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin. The drummer on the track was Greg Morrow so we followed Greg to…

‘Walk In My Shadow’ (2021), a version of a Free song, as done by Joe Bonamassa from his Now Serving: Royal Tea Live From The Ryman record. We then traced Joe as guest guitarist and Keeping The Blues Alive record company executive to…

‘Take It Back (2021) by Dion from his Stomping Ground album. Peter Frampton is also a guest guitarist on the album so we linked Peter to…

‘Show Me The Way’ (1976) from his classic Frampton Comes Alive double live album. John Siomos played drums on the record so we followed John to…

‘Hello It’s Me’ (1972) by Todd Rundgren from the Something/Anything double album. Trombonist Barry Rogers was part of the brass section (with the Brecker Brothers) on that tune so we moved Barry on to…

‘We Are Family’ (1979) by Sister Sledge from the third LP We Are Family written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rogers from Chic. We followed Bernard as songwriter for the last song in this episode…

‘Rapper’s Delight’ (1979) as recorded by The Sugarhill Gang using the Chic song ‘Good Times’ as a platofrm for the performers.

Someone involved in the making of ‘Rapper’s Delight’ will be linked to the opening song of Connections 45 in March.

More content relating to Connections 44 will be added to the Facebook page ‘Connections Show:Paul McKendrick’.

A ‘sub-plot’ thread permiated Conncetions 44 regarding The Beatles appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in the USA in 1964 which changed the direction of popular music.

Many thanks to you for your great support with this project.

Connections 42 – Dec 2021

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November’s Connections finished with ‘Rocky Mountain Way’ by Joe Walsh. Bill Szymczyk was the producer so we linked him to…

‘Please Come Home This Christmas’ (1978) by The Eagles. Written by Charles Brown in 1960. We linked band members Don Henley and Glenn Frey as the songwriters of…

‘Desperado’ (1975) as recorded by The Carpenters on their sixth LP, Horizon. The album was mastered by the late great Bernie Grundman so it is he we followed to…

‘Let’s Go Crazy’ (1984) from Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution. Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin played keyboards and guitar on the release so we moved them on to one of their own songs…

‘Satisfaction’ (1989) from their second album Fruit at the Bottom. Susan Rogers was the engineer so we linked Susan as engineer and producer on…

‘Nothing To Nobody’ (1999) by Robben Ford from his Supernatural LP. On the track was keyboardist Russell Ferrante so we linked him to…

‘Spirit Of The West’ (1998) by The Yellowjackets which appeared on their Club Nocturne LP. Doug Sax mastered the album so we followed Doug to…

‘This Christmas’ (2008) by Aretha Franklin from the LP of the same name. Donny Hathaway wrote the song so we linked Donny to him singing a Leon Russell song…

‘A Song For You’ (1970) from Donny’s second album. Gene Paul was one of the engineers on the session and we connected him to the final track of this show…

‘Compared To What’ (1969) by Les McCann and Eddie Harris from their live at the Montreux Jazz Festival album called Swiss Movement.

For the January 2022 show we will link someone from that track. I’ll post extra content on the Connections Show:Paul McKendrick Facebook page

Thank you for your amazing support throughout this year. May I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year! See you in 2022.

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