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Sunday, June 27, 2010

#TuesdayTune - Mark Knopfler

Hello dear friends! Thanks so much for visiting Natasha In Oz today. I hope you will enjoy today's #TuesdayTune!

Have you heard  Mark Knopfler sing lately?




Mark Knopfler OBE, was born 12 August 1949.

He is a British guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer and film score composer . He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the British rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded in 1977 with his brother David. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler continued to record and produce albums as a solo artist under his own name. 



Knopfler has played in other groups occasionally, such as the The Notting Hillbillies, and has guested on works by other artists, including Gerry Rafferty in his album "Another World", Steely Dan, Emmylou Harris, the Chieftains, Chet Atkins and many others. His musical scores include MetrolandLocal HeroCalLast Exit to BrooklynWag the Dog, and Rob Reiner's classic, The Princess Bride.

His latest Album is called Get Lucky and was recorded at his award-winning British Grove Studios in west London. Knopfler combines folk and blues with his original songwriting. 

If Get Lucky was a novel, it'd be another of Knopfler's page-turners, full of characters who leap out of the lyrics, like the Glasgow lorry-driver of the opening track 'Border Reiver.' Those and other characters on the album are viewed through the prism of Mark's childhood, spent in Glasgow until he was eight, when the family moved to Newcastle. "Do we ever get away from our childhoods?" he muses. "Some of the things we're attracted to when we're very small stay with us all our lives." 



Border Reiver is about a truck driver journeying from Glasgow to the South (probably to England)in a lorry called an Albion Reiver (makers name: Albion Motors of Scotstoun). They used to have a 'rising sun' emblem on the grill at the front of the truck, and were known for their reliability. 

Southern bound from Glasgow town, she's shining in the sun
My Scotstoun lassie , on the border run
We're whistling down the hillsides and tearing up the climbs
I'm just a thiever, stealing time
In the Border Reiver.


I hope you enjoy listening to Border Reiver from Mark Knopfler's latest album, Get Lucky.





I hope you will join in and link up one of your favourite songs for today's Tuesday Tune.







Thanks so much for visiting and best wishes for a fabulous week,
Natasha In Oz 

16 comments:

  1. Oh and that was meant to TORTURE!! not tirtire!

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  2. Hey Natasha, hoping you're having a lovely time on the sunshine coast! I've linked up a very old song this week... along with a very thoughtful post: "Eyes Wide Open".
    The song is Abba's not-so-well-known song "Slipping through my fingers". It's on the Mamma Mia movie and is one of theose tearjerker songs that mummies can play over and over to tirture themselves. I know i do :)
    xx

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  3. Hi Natasha, Mark Knopfler certainly brings back memories from the 80s for me!! Hope you're enjoying your holidays.x

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  4. Great choice Natasha. Now I know a lot more about Mark Knopfler and I will have the beat of this song in my head all day!!

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  5. I love your musical sunday's Natasha...such a great way to wake up in the morning...yours is the first blog I am reading...thanks!!
    Jeanne :)

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  6. How cool, I haven't heard from Mark Knopfler for years and I used to really like Dire Straits back in the day ;-) Have a lovely Sunday, Love from London x

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  7. Listening to it now, your Sunday Song choice that is Natasha! You can certainly tell where his roots are can't you. I often listen to Dire Straits but I will now listen to more of his solo work.
    Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

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  8. Happy Sunday Song, Natasha.

    Thank you for introducing me to this great song, and to Mark's solo work.

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  9. I LOVE Mark Knopfler. One of my favorite artists, his work is usually playing somewhere in our home. DH is a guitarist, and he is one of Knopfler's biggest fans. And our daughter adores him also. She was recently out with some friends and one of his songs was playing. She was the only one who knew who it was and when she came home she said she might have to get some new friends :) Kat

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  10. i love your sunday songs and musical
    biographies!

    i have my very own "sunday lane" song
    but never can figure out how to do this
    link thing. sorry.

    love,
    lea

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  11. hi natasha...

    i am a HUGE fan.... and when he sings with emmy lou... i think i am in heaven... would LOVE to see the two of them in concert... wish they would tour...

    lovely post...hope you had a wonderful weekend xx pam

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  12. Wow did I ever like that. Has a Scottish/Irish sound.
    Just a question. Winter there...kids in school...a vacation for a week. The school year goes from ____ month to____ mo?
    Winter sounds wonderful just now. This weather in the 90's day after day is draining me of energy - well that is my excuse anyway.
    Enjoy

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  13. I love stopping by and learning about a "new" singer! Thanks for sharing! Hope you are having a great week :)
    Wendy

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  14. I love Mark Knofler!! My husband does so too!

    Thanks for sharing this lovely post!

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    Thanks

    <3 Jess

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