Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Keep Music Live

A recent visit to my daughter's provided me with a fine opportunity to sample the delights of live music a la local pub. Monday night's aren't traditionally the busiest in any pub's week, and I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I've been in a pub on that particular day of the week.

However, last night Barbara encouraged us to visit her local hostelry to listen to one of the many acts the landlord at Ye Olde Fleece Inn has booked to liven up this otherwise quiet spot in the week.

David Finney is a solo performer who mixes solid, gutsy vocals with a spot of acoustic guitar playing. His repertoire of covers spans the last three decades or so, and a pretty fine stab he made at them all, too - whether that be Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl or a particularly effective Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me), popularised by the inimitable Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel.

What set Finney apart from the crowd, however, was one of his own works, Burn Out or Fade Away. Written from the standpoint of someone who has just turned thirty, the song charts their thoughts about the choices that lie ahead, and their determination to live passionately and burn out rather than just fade away into the background. Hearing it last night, I couldn't help wonder why it hasn't been covered by someone else, so powerful was its sentiment and the depth of its emotion.

David Finney is originally from Nuneaton, but now plies his trade out of Sunderland, and can most probably be caught on the circuit of pubs and clubs in the north east of England. Good luck to him.


Daddy Papersurfer said...

It's a case of 'burn out AND fade away' over here I'm afraid.
Ahhhh.............Cockney Rebel.

Bill Blunt said...

Tsk! Tsk! Pull yourself together, DP! We'll have none of this riding off into the sunset on a SAGA cruiseship around here, if you don't mind! Age shall not wither us - plenty of life in the old dog yet, etc etc.

Daddy Papersurfer said...

I'm encouraged Mr Blunt - I'll cancel the planned outing immediately.

Mystic Veg said...

"It's better to burn out, than to fade away" Neil Young might have a case for litigation.

Bill Blunt said...

Hmm, Mystic Veg - your wisdom clearly extends beyond the allotment. Somehow, I think David's safe from Neil's briefs, though.

the domestic minx said...

My my, hey hey
Rock and roll is here to stay.
It's better to burn out
Than to fade away
My my, hey hey...

Yeah, Burn Baby Burn

Sorry Bill, you've got me started. I'm all hot under the collar and lame song lyrics are my the best I can come up with this morning, I'm afraid...

and I'm on fi-yer
burnin' with de-si-yer...

There's more to the picture
Than meets the eye.
Hey hey, my my.