Try An Old Bird This Christmas

The Arts

Blimey! Dame Vera Lynn (born in East Ham, 1917) is set to top the charts this holiday season, thanks in part to the forces in Afghanistan reminding everyone that she was raising morale (and money) in World War II. But Dame Shirley Bassey should also have an unexpected hit with a pretty astonishing new album written and produced by some of the best names in music. Even John Barry has penned a new song for her. She’s one of those people it feels like I’ve grown up with from babyhood who never gets any older, like Lulu and Rolf Harris. Incredibly, it’s been 12 years since she performed ‘History Repeating’ with the Propellorheads – here’s the brilliant mock-retro video.

4 comments on “Try An Old Bird This Christmas”

  1. I.A.M. says:

    Last night a review of her new album in Mojo Magazine threw itself in front of my eyes. According to that, there’s a couple of iffy tracks (including the one from Rufus Wainwright), but there’s a lot to love there, especially the album closer from The Pet Shop Boys. They also did a track with Dusty Springfield which was incredible. They know a few things, those two.

    Does anyone think of ‘albums’, though? Apparently the kids listen to individually selected tracks but rarely purchase compete albums from iTunes or whoever. Anyone?

  2. Steve says:

    The words “album” and “record” seem to have become embedded in the language even though they don’t really apply anymore. Rather like “candle power” and “horsepower”. I do hear 20-somethings using those words.
    We also still refer (at least over here in the US) to calling someone as “dialing”.

  3. I.A.M. says:

    “Dialling”! Yes! And ‘the phone is ringing’, when it’s probably ‘chirping’ or playing “Tubular Bells” or something.

  4. Helen Martin says:

    However, stereo, as in “turn on the stereo” is probably as much a cue for derision as is “hi fi” and certainly “gramaphone” (which spellcheck does not recognize). I suppose we can’t say record player, either, unless it actually is a device to play actual records.

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