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Recent music mood is a little bit soul. After last week’s music “Love Reborn”, here comes another soul music group Simply Red, Mick Hucknall as vocal. Mick Hucknall is somehow like Toshi Kubota, they have much better and charming voices than their look and physical movement (sorry about this personal judgment…). Despite different country of origins and cultural influences, they make great soul grooves.

Simply Red is an English soul band originally formed in 1985. Their music style is influenced by soul, rock, R&B and new romanticism (style of 80s, such as David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes, Culture Club, Duran Duran). Fairground is Simply Red's only UK No.1 single, staying at the top for four weeks in Sept/Oct 1995. The song itself just like the title “fairground”, is cheerful, playful, colorful, positive-spirited. I like the rhythm accompanied with light percussions full of samba ambience.

Fairground 1995 Music Video


I am also very impressed by this live performance of song in cuba. First half shows some light jazzy improvisation to reveal another feel and tone of the song. Second half infuses more jazz band volume accompanied by a group of dance to create another indoor “fairground” atmosphere.


But, don’t miss the words. Lyrics have played right with the melody and rhythm. “I love the thought of giving hope to you, just a little ray of light shining through.” --- another thought for the downturn.

Fairground
Words and music by Mick Hucknall

Driving down an endless road
Taking friends or moving alone
Pleasure at the fairground on the way

It's always friends that feels so good
Lets make amends like all good men should
Pleasure at the fairground on the way

Walk around, be free and roam
There's always someone leaving alone
Pleasure at the fairground on the way

And I love the thought of coming home to you
Even if I know we can't make it
I love the thought of giving hope to you
Just a little ray of light shining through

Love can bend and breathe alone
Until the end it finds you a home
Don't care what the people may say

It's always friends that feels so good
Lets make amends like all good men should
Pleasure at the fairground on the way

And I love the thought of coming home to you
Even if I know we can't make it
I love the thought of giving hope to you
Just a little ray of light shining through

Extended reading:www.simplyred.com

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  • THX for sharing
  • Not only your introduction but also you love Simply Red as well!
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  • THX for leaving your message. I almost forget, Fairground has been released for more than 10 years. Time flies but hope remains!