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 


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