Thanks Patrick. If I’ve been able to introduce you to a tune or two you didn’t know before, I’m glad. That’s part of the fun of writing that sort of article.

I hadn’t see the “Amazing Grace” documentary. I’ll see if I can track it down somewhere. But it’s a very emotional song for me, so I’d need to be in the right mood to watch it.

I know what you mean about re-discovering things that had been forgotten from previous generations. I’m always banging on about people not understanding history well enough, because humanity has known the answers to most things for a long time, but people just don’t educate themselves well enough to discover the answers already hiding in plain sight. Then they usually do something stupid… ;-)

Ironically I hated history at school, but since my 20s I’ve become progressively more interested and have learned a lot along the way…lessons and insights that still work just as well today as they did in times gone by.

A good example is your story about Jimmy Cliff. Or how people can admire some of the current chart acts without realising, or caring, it seems, that they’ve sampled the horn section, or the drums, or a snatch of guitar, from an earlier, often obscure, record. I’ve no problem with sampling, as long as credit’s given and royalties paid, but for me that’s an important part of the story of the song, which most people aren’t interested in learning about.

On which front, I take your point about the drums on “Pick Up The Pieces”. For me, the brass is so iconic, I hardly notice anything else…but you’re right, and that’s the joy of music — there’s always something in there which I don’t notice but other people do. It’s great to have a conversation about that because I’ll think of that next time I hear the tune and it will give me a different element to appreciate and enjoy.

Thanks, as always, for your comments, Patrick…I did read all the way to the end… ;-)

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