// sunday music: dire straits

Two amazing live versions and one glorious cover from 80s rock band Dire Straits (whose “best of” album, incidentally, was the first album i ever bought) for today’s sunday music. First, the cover version, from Alex Cornish playing Brothers in Arms. It’s on Dermot O’Leary’s “The Saturday Sessions” and it’s completely awesome:

Pick number two is a Mark Knopfler solo effort in the form of The Ragpicker’s Dream, a sweetly Dylanesque fable about Christmas, alcoholism and magic. It’s beautiful, in a sweetly understated way, and it’s worlds apart from the blues-rock that Dire Straits started with or the clumsy criticism of Money for Nothing:

And finally, Going Home, surely the best intro song of any football team ever, currently soundtracking Newcastle United’s appearance from the tunnel. There’s a lyricism to the guitar playing that speaks way louder than words could, and this version only proves that:

That’s Sunday music for this week! See you on Friday.

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