More Amazing Grace

Following on from yesterday, we thought, why not, why not make it an Amazing Grace weekend –  “Compare and Contrast”, like they say. Here’s a few more renditions of Amazing Grace Here’s the pure unadulterated voice of Judy CollinsHere’s another pure voice, Karen Matheson (singing it in Scottish Gaelic)

and another pure voice Aaron Neville

Here’s Willie Nelson.  Here’s George Jones.  Here’s Al Green.Here’s Jerry Garcia. Here’s Elvis Presley 

Here’s Ray Charles (with a full-piece orchestra)

Here’s Rod Stewart 

Here’s the Dropkick Murphy’s memorable punk versionRead More

The Voice of W.B.Yeats

[W,B.Yeats (1865-1939) Photograph by Howard Coster]

In preparation and anticipation of a whole series of readings from, and remarks on, W.B.Yeats by Allen, (in tandem with the erudite and always entertaining Philip Whalen), here’s Yeats recorded voice (famously available on the old Caedmon records) and continuing into the digital age, and famously beginning with “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” (“I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,/And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made,/Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee/And live alone in the bee-loud glade”. Here it … Read More