Thank you to Simon Mayo for playing something approximating to this version a few months ago. It was certainly strong on piano and started slow. So when I searched on youtube I looked out for the word piano. So leading to me to a very beautiful renditon of the song, plus an education into its origins
I was watching a TV programme of 80s pop which included a rendition of Smalltown Boy – a song that works on very many levels. Concise lyrics tell a story, convey a message, and pack a political punch. The music is sublime, and oh – that man, that voice.
All of which directed me to youtube, which led to this life-affirming discovery
As I was driving to the Bristol area to see Texas in concert, radio 2 featured Caro Emerald live at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. I was a captive audience so I kept it on and was very pleasantly surprised by a strong set. I didn’t even get to hear this – the one song of hers I do know from a year ago.
It surprised me that daughter J didn’t know it, as I was saying it reminded me of Dear Future Husband. It surprised me even more to see her label of ‘Dutch jazz singer’.
I picked this youtube clip as it has good acoustic audio and rabbit-themed video
A different version of Beggin’, as heard in the car on my Good Friday drive to Bristol
A beautiful song both gentle and powerful, which I heard on the 20 April Introducing Mixtape.
Not only that but a very high quality video which is yet to break the 600-view mark