Just spotted in Radio Times, next Tuesday Laura Barton, one of my favourite music journalists, has a programme about Bruce on Radio 4 at 11.30am.
For those of you who fell in love with Laura Bartons voice, you may enjoy this:
I listened to the 17 one earlier, I'll tell you, that line of Hepworth's (quoted in the review) "playing at adult life with live ammunition" is just so on point.
It was a good listen but Hepworth is just awesome.
A preciant, elequent broadcaster and writer.
I'll need to check out the other two shows.
Because they sound interesting.
Not just because I want to listen to her voice some more......no, not that at all.
Review from The Observer, worth sharing I thought.
On Tuesday last week, the third and final part of Laura Barton’s Notes on Music was broadcast on Radio 4. Entitled Laura Barton’s One True Love, it was about Bruce Springsteen. Or “Broohss”, as Barton had it, in her beautiful, intimate speaking voice. The way she said it, it sounded like a kiss.
Barton loves Springsteen. I do not, but her programme made me think I might: that’s the joy of how Barton writes and talks about music. She’s full of the romance of pop and rock’n’roll, their potent promise; the way a voice or a song – or just a cadence – can seem to understand you, send you on a journey, solve your life’s problems. And in her short series she’s unpicked three elements of her personal pop romance.
The first episode, Seventeen, examined music’s obsession with that age. Barton spoke to journalist David Hepworth, founder editor of Just Seventeen magazine, and musicians Janis Ian and Sharon Van Etten, who’ve written songs about being 17. Their insights were interwoven with archive interviews with other middle-aged 17-ers, such as Stevie “Edge of Seventeen” Nicks, who pointed out that musicians like 17 partly because “seventeen scans well, it’s got extra syllables”. Plus, lots of wonderful songs.
Barton’s essay on what she remembered about being that age, its almost-adult power, was as delightful as you’d expect, and she drew some great insights from her interviewees. (Hepworth: “You’re playing at an adult life, with live ammunition.”) There were many voices, too, who weren’t introduced immediately: weirdly, it reminded me of being that age, of listening to people speak but not fully understanding the context, not having the experience to know exactly what they were talking about. Trying to understand something just out of reach.
The next two episodes, about Happy Sad songs and good old Bruce, were just as lovely. The Bruce one was the most straightforward, an uncomplicated love letter from Barton and her Springsteen-mad interviewees. The production, by Alan Hall of Falling Tree, was exceptional throughout, taking interviews and music and weaving them into something far less linear and prosaic than the usual music show. This, along with Barton’s words, made these programmes a kind of music in themselves – emotional audio pieces releasing forgotten or misunderstood feelings. It’s amazing how that can happen.
I had another listen to this today.
I'll tell you........those dulcet tones........talking Bruce.......I was damn near dimming the lights and putting Barry White on the turntable.
That was great, thank you Ann.
That voice... Lord above.
I'm freaked out. I was listening to my own thoughts on BBC.
This is the only footage I can find and you don't see Craig's reaction properly.
I've defo seen another version.......I'd forgotten the beard also.
Oh, no! She's a hideous beast.
Lord help me, I'm in love with her voice.
She sounds interesting to me, never heard of her.
Of course there's never been any artist to compare to Bruce Springsteen, no-brainer and non-debatable.
Ah shit, completely forgot.
I assume it'll be on catch up or iPlayer
This was a great listen - worth half an hour of anyone's time if you can get it.
Laura could have been speaking for me. I need to listen again and write down some of her comments.
You only invest heavily in something you hope will give you a much bigger return... so far, so good. It's been a bull market for almost 36 years for my investment...
I believe I follow Laura Barton on Twitter. Anyway, here's an online link.
The music writer Laura Barton presents a triptych of meditations on the enduring qualities, appeal and intent of pop music.
For Laura, there's never been any artist to compare with Bruce Springsteen. But what lies at the heart of the enduring appeal of a musician like Bruce? Is he really more, much more than cars and girls? And why do we often invest so much in the work of one recording artist?
There's also a list of the songs set to be played on the broadcast, but *I won't post them here because for me the thrill of radio is not knowing what's going to be played and seeing as we don't have a spoiler tag yet, I'm not gonna ruin that for anyone.
*Fwiw I will if you all want 😂