Saturday, 7 May 2016
Braes of Glenlivet. Moray. Spring Flowers. Animals.
An overnight stop in the north east of Scotland was spent in a bothy, non MBA and little known so not named here.
The second day of our Moray trip was another sunny one so Alex and David had their sights set on another north east Corbett- Corryhabie Hill, 766 metres which is situated in the remote and mainly unfrequented Braes of Glenlivet. It's not that far from the previous day's Corbett of Ben Rinnes, 840 metres in the last post.
This is deep in traditional Scottish Malt Whisky territory and long distance walking path The Speyside Way from Aviemore to the coast near Buckie, following the River Spey, is close by as is the car orientated whisky trail tour of local distilleries in the area.
I'm not pro or anti royal myself as the Royal family don't feature much in my thoughts at all but this area prompted my curiosity about who owns what. Even with many former colonies gaining independence the Queen still technically 'owns' a staggering one sixth of the world's land surface, including it's third largest country, Canada, making the British Royal Family the outright winner in the real life Game of Thrones. A surprising inclusion for me was the Kidman's (including actress Nicole) dominant position in Australia coming in at number 8 although of course the Queen technically 'owns' Australia as well. Bloody poms. :o) This article certainly makes you think about the way the world is carved up..
Hank Williams was one of the greatest singer songwriters in American musical history. Dubbed the 'Hillbilly Shakespeare' it 's an apt title as he wrote almost 500 songs despite dying at 29 years old. Being so prolific in such a short intensive period not all of them are gold dust but a surprising number are genuine standouts classics that will last the test of time. The original black and white recordings are not to my taste, being creaky and rather dated to modern eyes but practically everyone in music, even if prolific songwriters themselves have dipped into his back catalogue for extra material. I got to know his music through early Neil Young then much later Cat Power, both big fans who covered his songs on their own albums and every one I heard was a cracker.
I heard this particular song on The Last of Us cinematic play-through on You Tube, which I watched and really enjoyed as a film in its own right and heard this song then, which I vaguely remembered from 30 odd years ago.
He had a real talent for singing about love, loss and heartache but also wrote the catchy, upbeat and instantly familiar Jambalaya ( on the Bayou.) Think Cajun dinner and party singalong) This is a very good cover, not the man himself, as his songs live on down the years. Good images to go with it. Simple but very effective melody and lyrics were his trademark but all the best songs that are remembered have this approach. I'll be interested to see the new film coming out about his life and musical career. The first real 'Rock Star Celebrity' even though he was country and folk music born and bred.