Soul Music

Soul Music

BBC Radio 4

Series about pieces of music with a powerful emotional impact

Categorieën: Muziek

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Some people say it's a protest song about the commercialisation of Christmas. Others that it's anti-religious. I Believe In Father Christmas is about neither, although lyricist Peter Sinfield concedes that it does include a touch of cynicism but says ultimately it's a song of joy and hope. When Greg Lake co-wrote it in 1975 he had embarked on a solo career away from Emerson Lake & Palmer. Those around him at the time, including songwriter Peter Sinfield and broadcaster Bob Harris, recall how repeating a simple acoustic guitar exercise led Greg Lake to this giant of a song that includes a full choir, orchestra, and an extract from Prokofiev to create an enduring Christmas anthem. For many people it's a comforting song conjuring images of nostalgic picture postcard Christmases of a childhood spent in the ambience of Christmas tree lights and candles with 'eyes full of tinsel and fire'. For others it's a cautionary reminder of the need to look beyond the materialism and commercialism to a quieter, more spiritual time. Producer: Maggie Ayre

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  • 150 - I Believe in Father Christmas 
    Sat, 24 Dec 2022
  • 149 - Nessun Dorma 
    Sat, 17 Dec 2022
  • 148 - Killing Me Softly with His Song 
    Sat, 10 Dec 2022
  • 147 - Into My Arms by Nick Cave 
    Sat, 03 Dec 2022
  • 146 - Chervona Kalyna 
    Sat, 26 Nov 2022
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