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2010 - week 06, from 6 February - a tribute to Lhasa

PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:17 am
by Alan
World Service Week 6 from 6 February 2010 - a tribute to Lhasa (in session)

posted on behalf of CG

Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no - Website

1 - Lhasa & Joe Grass - Anyone and Everyone - in session - Canada - http://www.lhasadesela.com

2 - Lhasa - Los Peces - La Llorona - Canada - Audiogramme - ADCD10101 - http://www.myspace.com/lhasadeselamusic

3 - Lhasa & Joe Grass - A Change is Gonna Come - in session - Canada - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QIDjVyuwwQ

4 - Lhasa & Joe Grass - Fool's Gold - in session - Canada - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUSPprnQ-k0

5 - Lhasa - Anywhere On This Road - The Living Road - Canada -Totoutard - 5050467-0122-2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03MgUx9liJU

Midway through 2009, when it was agreed that the Canadian singer Lhasa would be available to come and play a live session and a game of Radio Ping Pong session on my World on 3 programme on BBC Radio 3, no rumour reached me that she had recently been suffering from breast cancer. Oblivious of any such possibility, I greeted her cheerfully and suggested that we adopt a free-form structure for the show, to which she easily agreed.

Back in April 2004, Lhasa performed one of the most enjoyable and memorable gigs at the Jazz Café in Camden, London that many of audience had ever witnessed. Lhasa had the precious gift of telling stories between the songs that were as entertaining as the songs themselves. Remarkably, she sang a song that she had heard performed by a soldier from Chechnya. How did she remember the sounds so well? I wondered to myself. On this visit, I wondered if she could still recall how it went. No, not any more.

Today’s programme for the World Service has been edited from the Radio 3 show, and confirmed what an enchanting experience it was, including a priceless version of ‘ A Change is Gonna Come’ started off by guitarist Joe Grass, who began to play the intro during the soundcheck. Lhasa joined in, still remembering the words. I asked if they could do it again and they did, beautifully.

How poignant the programme sounds knowing that Lhasa had cancer (she died on January 1st this year). I see now that I should pay more attention to the words of the English language songs on her latest album, many of which she performed in this session. Their meaning is clearer to me now.

CG

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Listen again via http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p00617c9 from 6 February 11.30pm for 7 days

World Service page link http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00617c9#broadcasts

Re: 2010 - week 06, from 6 February - a tribute to Lhasa

PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:00 am
by Tonie
Beautiful, poignant programme. The first song almost moved me to tears. Fool's gold also exquisite.

Re: 2010 - week 06, from 6 February - a tribute to Lhasa

PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:38 pm
by liz molony
Phew.....Sheer magic listening to Lhasa.....wonderful...
This haunting delicacy of her singing gives such powerful intimacy.
I cannot think of her as no longer with us.
In all the photos of Lhasa that I've come across her eyes show this entrancing vitality.

I loved the old Spanish piece Los Peces with its humour - can hear her infectious smile.
What an experience to hear her Live in your studio.
[I'd been checking out the site to see what might be coming up Sat. But glad I didnt know beforehand because the surprise was brilliant. Especially since I hadn't tuned in to the original of this interview !]

Re: 2010 - week 06, from 6 February - a tribute to Lhasa

PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:39 pm
by Malachy O'Neill
I'd missed this programme the first time round as well, and was so glad to hear the session at last. Thank you.

Re: 2010 - week 06, from 6 February - a tribute to Lhasa

PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:14 am
by liz molony
Charlie writes : ‘I see now.. the words of the latest album.. their meanings clearer to me now.’
So I listened again and ....yes , this knowledge adds so much to the poignancy of her lyrics.

Lhasa herself is quoted as saying of ‘Anyone and Everyone’ :
‘this expressed my happiness.... feeling my feet in the earth, having a place in the world,
of things taking care of themselves.’
[from Jan Fairley in the Guardian 6 Jan, which I expect you read]

What an extraordinary person she was.

Re: 2010 - week 06, from 6 February - a tribute to Lhasa

PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:53 pm
by margaretw
I had never heard of Lhasa until last Sunday morning on your tribute on BBC World Service. I have my radio on all night and surfaced to the amazingly beautiful sound of her singing A Change is Going to Come. I was shocked and saddened to learn when I tracked the whole show down the following day that she had so recently died. I have played it over and over on iplayer, particularly A Change is Going to Come, but am finding it hard to accept that when the show is removed from iplayer after 7 days I won't be able to hear her singing this song again. The link ostensibly for A Change is Going to Come on Sound of the World takes me to the video for Risen - also wonderful but not it! What can I do???? It's Sunday 14th and time is running out ...

Re: 2010 - week 06, from 6 February - a tribute to Lhasa

PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:44 pm
by Tonie

Re: 2010 - week 06, from 6 February - a tribute to Lhasa

PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:10 pm
by margaretw
Thank you so much for the link. I just listened and am quite teary. Having come to awareness of Lhasa so recently I can only give thanks to her for her too brief life and work. Am looking forward to immersing myself in her music, sharpened by the ever present sadness that she's no more.