Following on from last month’s Suzanne Vega post: my own version of the first song on her first album. I still maintain that

It’s a one time thing. It just happens. A lot.

… is one of the great opening lines of a recording career.

If you like very low res video footage and motion-sickness-inducing shaky-cam (and you do, or why else would you be here?) then this is for you.

The song and video were recorded in the winter of 2009, as I was gearing up to embark on the dumbest romantic car crash of my life. You know how they say it’s better to regret something that you have done than something that you haven’t? Yeah? Well, it isn’t.

A few of my friends shared this (from 2014) on the eve of the Referendum.  It’s looking likely that if the UK leaves the EU, Scotland will leave the UK, so that’s a lot of unions potentially broken.  (My personal opinion: both the UK and the EU are in dire need of a structural rethink – but I’d much rather that was done over decades rather than years.)

Whichever way you vote, the old saying stands:

If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.

The Half Moon All Stars in a mellower mood than usual.

Three traditional English tunes, performed by The Half Moon All Stars at a ‘Summer Folk’ gig held at our local on 22 May 2016. The three tunes are Newcastle, and then Jamaica, and then Portsmouth. (You see the logic?)

Thanks to Hannah Bond, as ever, for the filming.

A very scratchy cover of this lovely Nanci Griffith song. You can buy her original album here: http://www.amazon.com/Once-Very-Blue-Nanci-Griffith/dp/B00005UMTG

Performed at the Catweazle Club on Cowley Road in Oxford, on 31 March 2016.

As Nanci Griffith would introduce it: when you get two full moons in one month, the second is called the blue moon.

(Thanks to whoever was sitting next to me for filming – I’m really sorry, I forgot your name…)