What am I listening to?

Oh, thank you for asking.

  • I’ve been listening to a lot of choral music as I bought a nice boxed set before Christmas and have been working through it. Its the Harmonia Mundi Sacred Music set which has some lovely recordings in it. (The Rene Jacobs recording of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is a Christmas Cracker and not to be missed).
  • My spotify playlist shows me that I’ve been listening to the Very Best of the Temperance Seven rather a lot. (Especially Hard Hearted Hannah whom we know to have been a vamp from Savannah).
  • I discovered Paulo Nutini recently, on someone’s recommendation and have been enjoying Sunny Side Up. (He’s from Paisley, you know).
  • Also on spotify, I’ve been listening to A Little Night Music having seen a gorgeous production of it in London this year. (How is it that I’ve never seen a Sondheim production before?)
  • And I’ve tried twice to listen to a recording of the Nine Lessons and Carols from Kings on Christmas Eve and have not made it to the end yet. I’m looking for redeeming features, but I just don’t find them. Indeed, I put a snarky comment on facebook saying so and was very surprised that others joined in. It obviously isn’t just me who thinks its long past time for something from Kings that feels less pickled in the past and less mired in manufactured expectations.

So that’s me, what about you?