Smorgasbord Summer Music Festival with hosts William Price King and Sally Cronin – Headliners Madonna, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

The music festivals such as Glastonbury will not be laid on this year with thousands of fans putting their glamping (and less than glam) weekends on hold until next year.

Whilst not the same as sitting in the rain and mud, amongst thousands of other fans listening to the headliners, over the next three months, every two weeks, we will be staging a summer music festival of our own.

William Price King has been writing the music column for the last five years, showcasing wonderful musicians and singers of the last 75 years and I will be playing music from those series.

I will be also sharing tracks from my favourite music from the last 50 years across the rock and roll, country and pop charts.

We hope you will enjoy the music…

“Material Girl” is from Madonna’s second studio album “Like a Virgin” (1984). It was released on January 23, 1985, as the second single from the album. The song was written by Peter Brown and Robert Rans, and produced by Nile Rodgers. Madonna explained that the concept of the song was indicative of her life at that time. She felt that “Material Girl” was provocative in its content and was attracted to it. The lyrics are very materialistic, with Madonna asking for a rich and affluent life, rather than romance and relationships. She said, “I’m very career-oriented. You are attracted to people who are ambitious that way, too, like in the song ‘Material Girl’. You are attracted to men who have material things because that’s what pays the rents and buys you furs. That’s the security. That lasts longer than emotions.

Buy the music of Madonna: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

I have days when only classical music and the deep rich tones of Andrea Bocelli will lift my spirits and here is one of my favourite duets with Sarah Brightman… fabulous artists…from the official Andrea Bocelli site that I recommend subscribing to.

“Con te partirò” (Italian: [kon ˈte partiˈrɔ]; “With you I shall leave”) is an Italian song written by Francesco Sartori (music) and Lucio Quarantotto (lyrics). It was first performed by Andrea Bocelli at the 1995 Sanremo Music Festival and recorded on his album of the same year, Bocelli. The single was first released as an A-side single with “Vivere” in 1995, topping the charts, first in France, where it became one of the best-selling singles of all-time, and then in Belgium, breaking the all-time record sales there.

A second version of the song, sung partly in English, released in 1996 as “Time to Say Goodbye”, paired Bocelli with British soprano Sarah Brightman, and achieved even greater success, topping charts all across Europe, including Germany, where it became the biggest-selling single in history. Brightman and Bocelli produced a version with Brightman singing in German and Bocelli in Italian, with this version being available on the CD Time to Say Goodbye.[1][2] That version alone has now sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.[3]

Bocelli also recorded a full Spanish version of the song in 1997, titled “Por ti volaré” (“For You I Will Fly”). Under all three versions, the song is considered Bocelli’s signature song: Wikipedia

You can buy Andrea Bocelli musicAmazon US – and: Amazon UK

Thanks for tuning in this week.. William is on his summer break but will be back with a new series in September.. in the meantime we hope you will enjoy the summer of music.


Smorgasbord Summer Music Festival – Classics to kick back – Sally Cronin

There are times when I like to change my playlist to a more classical mode… and the first track today is the aria from Madame Butterfly by Puccini… It is sung by Chinese soprano Ying Huang who sang the title role in the 1995 film.  Uploaded by dinahdavyd

Here is J.S Bach’s Air played by David Garrett.. and I found a lovely video to share with you. Uploaded by VidMak

I am a huge David Garrett fan and you can buy his music Amazon

Spanish guitar is mesmerising and I could listen for hours…Here is Don Cortes Maya...uploaded by iamthesalah

Another artist that I am a huge fan of is Andrea Bocelli, here with Sarah Brightman in 1997 singing one of my favourite tracks.. Time to Say Goodbye...uploaded by axedagobert22

Music Andrea Bocelli: Amazon   Music by Sarah Brightman: Amazon

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s selection of music and will tune in again next week.. thanks Sally