Going for A Song

If, like me, you’re a news junkie, then you must be feeling pretty depressed at the moment. The headlines seem to be full of doom and gloom with endless stories of murder and mayhem.

However, one story this week did bring a smile to my face. A cruise line hired Bonnie Tyler to belt out her classic 80’s anthem Total Eclipse of the Heart to passengers during the actual solar eclipse. It did make me wonder what other musicians might be tempted out of semi retirement in order to provide suitable musical accompaniement to the big stories of the moment.

Bonnie Tyler’s other big hits were of course Lost in France and It’s a Heartache, both of which might be seen as apt comments on the UK’s Brexit negotiations.

Given the increasingly belligerent foreign policy of US President Donald Trump, REM might be well advised to think about re-issuing It’s the End of the World as we Know It. While they are about it, REM could also re-release Orange Crush as a tribute to Theresa May’s deal with the DUP.

Meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon’s frustrated efforts to get a second Scottish Independence Referendum  back on the agenda makes me wonder if she’s been listening to Neil Sedaka’s Breaking up is Hard to Do. Or perhaps she listens to Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash? Actually, the controversy over the HS2 rail line might also lead to renewed interest in the classic Clash track Train in Vain.

The Premiership football season has started this month, which immediately reminds me of ABBA’s timeless Money, Money, Money.

On a personal note, every time I drive on the M6 (particularly the seemingly permanent road works between junctions 16 and 19) it’s all I can do to stop myself from singing Chris Rea’s Road to Hell.

Getting back to Brexit, given that the Government ministers heading up the talks are Boris Johnson, David Davies and Liam Fox, perhaps it might be more appropriate to have Judy Collins along to sing Send in the Clowns.




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