Bo Bruce – One to Watch from the Voice on BBC

Posted on June 03, 2012

I have to say that I don’t normally write about talent shows, especially when they have only just been aired, I made an exception a little while ago with Rebecca Ferguson, after an appropriate period of time had passed, and now I am doing it again with Bo Bruce. Although no appropriate period required in this case. I watched her performance of ‘Charlie Brown’, originally written and released by Coldplay, last week on The Voice, and considered that it was this performance that got her through to the final show.

The original version of the track included a reference to Charlie Brown the famous ‘Peanuts’cartoon character, but it was taken out by the time the track was officially released, so there isn’t actually any relationship between the song and the character now, other than it remained the title as the band struggled to come up with an alternative title.

So what was it that caught my attention with this particular performance, well it was really just the way she seemed to get lost in the music, forgetting where she was and producing a fabulous version of the Coldplay track. Obviously that was the opinion of Bo herself and her mentor Danny O’Donoghue, a main segment of the band ‘The Script’, because she then chose the track as her favourite performance to repeat in the live finals. The featured video however is the original performance, because that is the one that caught my attention, although it was just as good in the live finals, albeit jazzed up a bit with some black lighting effects. Hope you enjoy the video, plus the original Coldplay version that has been included for comparison.

So is she one to watch? She didn’t actually win, that honour went to Leanne Mitchell who was mentored by Tom Jones, but for me Bo Bruce has something a little different to offer. A fresh sound and a great stage presence. I definitely think she is one to watch and although she didn’t get this record deal, I just can’t imagine there isn’t a single producer out there that didn’t see what I saw. It looked a bit like Danny O’Donoghue was more than a little taken with her as well.

I guess the writing was on the wall for Leanne to take the title and the record deal when she had Tom Jones and Jessy J in tears with her performance of ‘Run to You’, a Whitney Houston classic. Which in truth is fair enough because the program was called the voice and she certainly had that aspect nailed. Plus with the recent passing of Whitney there was always going to be an interest in a singer that could perform to the standard set by Whitney when she was at her best.

I have popped her performance in here out of fairness, because it was actually pretty damn good and a deserving winner on the day. The other performances by Tyler and Vince weren’t bad either, but I guess you can work out who my top two favourites were.

Pink Floyd Money – The Original Version

Posted on January 17, 2011

OK first let me apologise for my recent lack of activity, problem with being a lone blogger is that when you are not available then all proceedings grind to a halt. I won’t bore you with the reasons why but I hope that you like this latest blast from the past and forgive my absence.

As classics go they don’t get much bigger than Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and one of my favourite tracks from this brilliant album is ‘Money’. I think I have been listening to this amazing Pink Floyd album for what must be getting on for 35 years and I never get tired of it. Hence my ‘classic’ comment, time is the true test of a classic. If you listen to the lyrics of Pinks Floyd’s ‘Money’ I think you will agree they are as current today as they were when it was released way back in 1973 when I was still at school.

It’s distinctive because it opens with the sounds of coins clinking and a cash register, so as far as name that tune goes, no one should have any trouble with this one. Here’s the video……..

Pink Floyd were a bit of a slow burn for me, I didn’t really appreciate just how good they were straight away and it probably took me a couple of years to think that the Dark Side of the Moon was worth a dip into the hard earned pocket money. I still have that original vinyl album tucked away somewhere, may even be worth more now than what I originally paid for it, not that I can remember. But that is a bit academic as I have had no inclination to sell any of my vinyl LP’s.

I went for the original version of the video because when you search on YouTube you get mostly recent performances with most of the band looking older than me. Not that they don’t perform it just as well if not better, certainly the video quality (via this link) is much better, but if you are doing a Pink Floyd blast from the past you want it to be from the past, well I do. Hope you enjoy it, I did.

Dark Side of the Moon

  1. Speak To Me/Breathe (Breathe In The Air) 3:57
  2. On The Run 3:35
  3. Time 7:04
  4. The Great Gig In The Sky 4:47
  5. Money 6:22
  6. Us And Them 7:50
  7. Any Colour You Like 3:25
  8. Brain Damage 3:50
  9. Eclipse 2:01

Pink Floyd the Band

  • Nick Mason
  • Syd Barrett
  • David Gilmour (seated in front)
  • Roger Waters
  • Richard Wright

For a photograph of Pink Floyd you can go take a look on Wikipedia using this link.