Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Song of the Day: "Winston Churchill's Boy"

My lackadaisical blogging continues. I couldn't keep up with SOTD even with having the Mercury Prize shortlist as a week+ cheat for songs. In years passed I would feature multiple songs even.

Yet here we are.

The prize has been announced (the winner is today's artist).

The song's title and opening lyrics allude to a speech given by Winston Churchill in 1940, as the UK prepared for a possible German invasion. Churchill first remarked "Never in the history of mankind has so much been owed by so many to so few" after a day watching RAF operations during the Battle of Britain. While rehearsing the speech on the way to deliver it someone asked about Jesus and the disciples.

The first sentence was changed to "Never in the field of human conflict...." and the speech, along with 3 from the Battle of France, is considered his "most stirring rhetoric."

Congrats to Benjamin Clementine whose At Least for Now won the 2015 Mercury Prize.

Song: "Winston Churchill's Boy"
Artist: Benjamin Clementine

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