Astrid’s Simply Bassey #103

For this week’s blog the first of two special requests for Steven, who wrote to me recently…

“As a younger Bassey fan of 25 years old I was introduced to this fine Diva in the latter years of her career but was always brought up with Bassey playing on my grandparents record player. It was in my mid teens when I first really started to take note at what an incredible and charismatic woman this was and had to find out more. The first real introduction to Bassey was when I sat down to watch An Audience with back in 1995/1996 and was bowled over, I remember my mum going to bed and I just kept watching the show over and over again through then night as I just couldn’t get enough. A bit later came my very first Bassey Album, The Birthday Concert and WOW what a performance she gave. It was only then that I started reliving early Shirley and dug out the records my grandparents had played when I was a child. I new then I wanted more, to read about her, see her perfrom on stage, Bassey was singing songs even I could relate to at different points in my life with pure emotion felt through each song she sang. My first concert I went to was the Millenium tour, Newcastle. We arrived at the venue and already I was getting excited, really nervous and I don’t know why, I was only going to watch the show but I had total butterflies in my stomach. The goldfinger intro started and from then on it was magical it was almost like being held in a transe for the hour and a half’s performance, mesmerising to say the least. So through the years I’ve bought more cd’s practically toured with Bassey around the UK, been to the filmings of Another Audience with, Graham Norton and the Electric proms.

He has requested two songs for the blog, the two songs that mean the most to his.

First of all, Thank You For The Years from the Parkinson TV show in 2003.

He said of this song: “Thank You for the Years – Was a dream song for me and my ex partner. It was a song that summed our relationship up, wanting to be together but at the same time thanking each other for the 7 years that we were together. The lyrics was the dream that we both hoped for, but unfortuantely sometimes you can have too much of a good thing and we parted last year. Thank you for the years will always remind me of the times we shared together good and bad.”
I hope you enjoy listening to this song today Steven. I shall play your second choice next week.

Thank You For The Years (2003 Parkinson Live)