Song of the Day – Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash’s version of the Nine Inch Nails song ‘Hurt’, from American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002).

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash (born J.R. Cash, February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an influential American country and rock music singer and songwriter. Cash was the husband of June Carter Cash.

Cash was known for his deep and distinctive voice, the boom-chick-a-boom or “freight train” sound of his Tennessee Three backing band, and his dark clothing and demeanor, which earned him the nickname “The Man in Black.” He started all his concerts with the simple introduction “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.”

Much of Cash’s music, especially that of his later career, echoed themes of sorrow, moral tribulation and redemption. His signature songs include “I Walk the Line”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Ring of Fire”, and “Man In Black”. He also recorded several humorous songs, such as “One Piece at a Time”, “The One on the Right Is on the Left”, and “A Boy Named Sue”; bouncy numbers such as “Get Rhythm”; and various train-related songs, such as “The Rock Island Line”.

He sold over 50 million albums in his nearly 50 year career and is generally recognized as one of the most important musicians in country music history.

Source: Wikipedia

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Fire in your pocket

I love http://www.firebox.co.uk, although it can hurt your wallet. It may be because you get that little bag of sweets with your order that I like them so much. Or when you do pay for delivery it arrives next day. I suppose four quid is a bit steep for something that would have gone just as quick with a first class stamp but I’ve suggested that so are confident they’re taking my adviceAnyway if you really want to burn a hole in your pocket, get this. Admittedly a Stormtrooper suit for the price of a used Clio may be a bit steep but imagine turning up at a party wearing that. Any party, doesn’t even have to be fancy dress. I wonder whether they still charge the £4 delivery on it?

There’s also a couple of other items I’d like to draw your attention too. The first being these. I’ve never see anything so crap in my life. Well I have but not in the last five minutes. Who is going to buy them? What, you’ve got one? I do apologise. I hope you chose the penguin.

I can’t decide whether this is genius, useless or cool: but with three rolls for a tenner I won’t be finding out.

I’m not affiliated or related (if that’s possible to a website) to Firebox in any way. I just like them and if they want to send me some free stuff to review then I’d be happy to. Or maybe just some of those chewy kisses.

Song of the Day – Nelly Furtado Live

Nelly Furtado’s live cover version of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy. Enjoy.

Nelly Furtado

Nelly Kim Furtado (born December 2, 1978) is a Portuguese Canadian singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, and record producer.

Furtado came to fame in 2000 with the release of her debut album Whoa, Nelly!, which featured the Grammy Award-winning single “I’m Like a Bird” and “Turn off the Light”. After giving birth to daughter Nevis and releasing the less commercially successful Folklore (2003), she returned to prominence in 2006 with the release of Loose and its hit singles, “Promiscuous” and “Maneater”.

Furtado is known for her musical eclecticism, continually experimenting with different instruments, sounds, genres, languages, and vocal styles. This diversity has been influenced by her wide-ranging musical taste and her interest in different cultures.

Source: Wikipedia

A revolution in reading

Well okay, not quite a revolution, but for my first blog I thought I’d talk about a subject heavily involved in blogging – reading. We all spend hours and hours a day reading but how much do we take it in?

This blogging site is dedicated to new stuff and while reading can hardly be called new, I think reading slower and appreciating it is. Personally I read very fast and I think I’m missing something. I have to turn back pages in books as I realise a new character was introduced and I didn’t pay enough attention. However today it really hit home. I read this article (no, I couldn’t find the video either, but I’ll have another look for it I promise): http://tinyurl.com/e7rrs

There’s a quote on the article that says:

“The sooner these websites are taken to account over the availability of such videos the better.”

FromApesToMen, Manchester

Now replace the word “availability” with “quality”. That’s how I read it. I thought ‘FromApesToMen’ was complaining he couldn’t see enough action. And worse, reading about Steve Irwin’s funeral today, I thought I read that he was being “fed to crocodiles” when it actually said the funeral will be held “where he fed crocodiles”.

So the moral is to take some time, read a bit slower and appreciate what someone else has written just for you. And millions of others probably, but in my case, just for you. No morals next time I promise. But you better be reading carefully, there’ll be a test at the end.

Get Sky+ on your mobile

OK, it’s not quite as great as it sounds. Simply you can view the Sky Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) on your mobile and add programmes to your Sky+ schedule after you’ve left home. Still pretty cool though huh? It’s a free application that is compatible with most phones.

Take a look here