Musical interlude – David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Otis Clay

This blog is all about food and drink, but I am a music lover too. And 2016 has seen its share of deaths in the music industry already. This is not going to be one of those long, rambling outpourings that you see everywhere in the wake of such events. If that’s your thing, then fine, but it’s not for me. Instead I’m just going to share a few songs with you.

First, “Heroes” by David Bowie, who passed away on 10th January 2016. The perfect song for Olympic highlights compilations (this or Gold by Spandau Ballet are the go to tunes). In fact, Team GB entered the stadium to this during the London 2012 opening ceremonies.

Next we come to Take It Easy by Eagles. They had disbanded acrimoniously by the time I went to primary school, but returned in 1994 for Hell Freezes Over, a live recording for MTV, which featured four new songs. The title is a reference to a quote from Don Henley, who said in 1980 that they would perform together again “when hell freezes over”. At the start of the performance, Glenn Frey, who passed away on January 18th 2016, explained “for the record, we never broke up, we just took a 14 year vacation”.

“Take it Easy” was written by Glenn Frey and his neighbour Jackson Browne. In Winslow, Arizona (mentioned in the first line of the song), there is a statue depicting a guitarist standing on the corner.


And finally, on to Otis Clay, who passed away on January the 8th 2016. You’ve probably never heard of him, despite 16 albums. However, you’ve probably heard of a song called “The Only Way Is Up”, written by George Jackson and Johnny Henderson. Otis Clay released this song in 1980, but you probably know it as one of the biggest hits of 1998, released by Yazz & The Plastic Population. Here is the original recording.

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