A song for a Sunday afternoon:
Something for the weekend. The Clancy Brothers singing The Gallant Forty-Twa. The song is about the Black Watch, more formally known as the Forty-Second Highland Regiment. This song was quite popular in Newfoundland, my mother’s homeland, as many of the men during the Second World War served with the Black Watch of Canada. The Sassanach government in London dissolved the regiment in 2006 and now it is only a battalion, but in time of need I am sure the world will hear of the Black Watch again.
Something for the weekend. To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King. The hymn was written by a German-American priest, Father Martin Hellriegel, in 1941, specifically to rebut the claims of the Third Reich with the eternal message of Christ. Here is a great essay with the story behind the hymn. I find this comforting. Evil often has its hour in the sun, to strut and parade, but, inevitably, Christ is always the final victor.
Something for the weekend. The endlessly talented Petula Clark singing Downtown. This song got a huge amount of play in the mid-Sixties, and I enjoyed it immensely as a child. Not great music, but certainly fun music.
Now compare and contrast with this recent version by Emma Bunton:
Myself, I prefer the older, less Spicey version, but perhaps I am mistaken?