Welcome to my regular Friday song/tune day, ladies and gentlemen, where I pick a piece of music that reflects my mood or the times, to share with you.

Do you ever think about the future death of your loved ones, or your own future death? I try not to but this pandemic kind of got me thinking along those lines. Unfortunately, or fortunately, that led to a song popping into my head. Has that happened to you or am I the only weird one? And then other songs recorded and/or written by that person who sang the first mind-popping song, kept popping into my head too.

Anyway, I digress. I’ve been thinking a lot about my mum over recent days. She is alive and well and under strict instructions to stay that way. Anyway anyway, when I was a kid, my mum had a Roger Whittaker album. What an interesting man he is. When he sings, I can understand every word. Anyway, I wonder if mum realised that he was a folk singer with an arsenal (deliberate choice of word) of powerful anti-war songs. I didn’t realise that until I went back and listened to some recently, since they had popped into my head, you understand.

Well, my mum said to me recently that she was worried that there was going to be another war, and I suppose that is entirely possible. It has happened before and there is certainly enough chest-beating happening at the moment to make people feel really scared or, more stupidly, invincible. I guess that is the aim. But what might prevent further wars? A bigger “weapon”? Vote for me, follow me and I will save you from the foe? Make people scared that someone is going to attack them, lest they forget and set upon a peaceful path?

Anyway, I don’t want my mum to be scared. Personally, I think people across the globe should work together to solve our collective problems. We’ve done that before too and the evidence is in. It is a much better strategy than fight or flight. There are no ifs and buts about it.

So let’s hear no more talk of war and/or resting in peace. I dedicate this song to my hero, my mum. Long may she live in peace and harmony, and her children live in peace and harmony, and her children’s children live in peace and harmony, and so on.

We had better have the song now.

To friends.

Kind Regards.

18 thoughts on “Folk Songs And Heroes

  1. Roger Whittaker was very popular and I listened to him often. Thank you Tracy. May I suggest “Wood River” by Connie Kaldor on YouTube.


  2. First, I somehow dropped off your radar – discovered that gremlins had disconnected me from a few follows/followers. Secondly, I do like Whittaker’s work, quite an enigmatic person really, you’d never expect it from looking at him.

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  3. I’ve never heard of Roger Whittaker, so I thank you for introducing him, Tracy. He has a beautiful voice and a powerful message. I think all sane people want to live in peace and harmony for now and forever. Your mom has the right idea.

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  4. He has a beautiful voice indeed! I’ve heard of him but never listened to his songs – lots of catching up to do!
    As to your thoughts and where they’re wandering: yep, I share that. And also the music popping up into your head, I have that all the time, mostly when I’m waking from sleep and if it’s very insistent I can’t fall asleep again. 😂

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    1. I’m so glad I’m not the only weird one. 🙂
      RW has released a number of songs he has written in german which have been well received apparently. Perhaps your mum has a record or two of his?
      Hearing music when you wake! How delightful. I guess that tells you what sort of day it is going to be.

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      1. It certainly does tell me what kind of day it’s going to be, Tracy. When the pandemic started I woke up with Stayin’ Alive by The Bee Gees for about two weeks – lol!
        I asked my mum if she had any records by Roger Whitaker but it seems not, she was more into Jimmy Hendrix, Bob Marley and The Stones back then. 😀 😉

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      2. Reminds of a story I heard from an acquaintance who moved to the US. She sang “Jolene” as she was washing her hands in the public convenience “Jolene, I’m begging of you, please don’t take my man.” 🙂 See, it is not just us.
        Stayin’ Alive keeps popping into my head too.

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