‘it put a big smile on my face.’     Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music


‘A treat –  witty, wistful, wonderful.‘    Gyles Brandreth


‘Marriage Song #1 is a quiet masterpiece.’    Sunday Times


‘ Sharp satirical thinking put into song… You’re going to love it. ’         Folkwords


‘ A delight in every way…. precise and with compassion  –   a rare delicacy to be able to combine expert satire with the longing of humanity.’    Liverpool Sound and Vision


‘Like dry Jake Thackray and American Tom Lehrer, Blacker has the ability to look at the ordinary everyday that nobody writes about and turn out gems of social observation…This is knowing writing with the laughs masking depths and intelligence.’     Northern Sky Magazine


‘ Hilariously entertaining. ‘    Mary Dickinson, Everyman Folk Club

'A talent... Songs that make one recall Jeremy Taylor at his best.' The Living Tradition

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Friday Song: Paul Simon, STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS (1975)

If ever there were a song which showed how far songwriting travelled in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it is Paul Simon's extraordinary, enigmatic 'Still Crazy After All These Years'. In its story, its melody, the atmosphere it evokes,  its general air of mysterious confession, it is in my view one of the best songs of its type ever written. With most first-person songs, you know where you are. The singer/narrator feels this, thinks that, and tells you how he or she got there. With this song, the very opposite is true: its whole point is ambiguity of feeling...

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