Sunday Morning Coming Down

This Tuesday, I’ll be going to hospital to have a colonography.

Fortuitously for me, it was due to be a colonoscopy, but has been changed. A colonoscopy would have involved a surgical procedure; the colonography does not, but depending on what happens on Tuesday, may result in one sometime in the future.

In advance of the procedure, I’m on a very strict diet for today and tomorrow morning, before having to fast for 24 hours.

And then there is an extremely powerful laxative which I’m currently taking, required to clear everything out before the colonography.

Today’s post is more Sunday Morning Sitting Down than …Coming Down therefore, and there can be only one song to post this morning:

Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire

More soon.

Late Night Stargazing

Tanya Donelly.


Oh, lovely Tanya.

Ahem. Where was I?

Ah yes, Tanya Donelly.

Co-founder of the wonderful Throwing Muses and The Breeders, founding member of the brilliant Belly and then…well, a solo career which has caught my attention to such an extent that I didn’t realise she’d had one.

But now she’s back! Back!! BACK!!! (Obligatory oblique Smash Hits reference for you there)

With The Parkington Sisters (nope, me neither) in tow, she’s released an album of rather wonderful cover versions, inspirationally titled Tanya Donelly and the Parkington Sisters.

With covers ranging from Leonard Cohen to Echo & the Bunnymen via The Go-Go’s, it’s an acoustic-guitar-and-strings slice of loveliness.

Minus points to whoever wrote the sleeve notes and who describes the version of Days as a Kirsty MacColl cover; I love Kirsty but hers is, of course, a cover version of a Kinks record.

But Tanya’s back, so I’ll let that slide.

Here’s a cover of one of my favourite records ever, a tune written by Mike Nesmith of The Monkees, most famously previously covered by Linda Rondstadt/Stone Poneys, but you’ll not be surprised to learn (particularly if you’ve read me mention it before) that I’m a bit partial to The Lemonheads version. Not to mention the Matthew Sweet and Susannah Hoffs version which I’ve never actually got round to posting.

Oh, Susannah…

Ahem. Best you don’t get me started….

You’ll already have guessed which song I’m talking about, so here you go:

Tanya Donelly and the Parkington Sisters – Different Drum

And since I don’t seem to have enough time to get round to visit any of my blogging peers these days, this is for Alyson over at What’s It All About? who I know is also a big fan of the song.

Oh, Alyson…

Oh, wait. That’s not terribly appropriate, is it?

Ahem. More soon.