The Ballad of Joe Hill, Singing and Limequats

25 Nov

1  I was reminded of these words of Shelley yesterday

“Music, when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory-  “

when I heard ‘The Ballad Of Joe Hill’ sung by Paul Robeson, one of my all time favourite voices singing one of my lovely Dad’s favourite songs, and one which we played at Dad’s Humanist funeral. It was chosen by Ed Milliband in Desert Island Discs on Sunday and has been in my head ever since. Some of you will know this – but it doesn’t matter how long ago you ‘lost’ a parent, they never actually leave you and music can suddenly bring them back into the kitchen as clearly as if they were still alive.

3   Singing with The Inglehearts tonight was especially good. There’s something very special about singing in harmony with friends. Here’s a public Thank you to Claire Ingleheart for her work, her friendship and her very special talent which she shares so freely.

3   The Crystallised Limequats look beautiful in their jar.

Crystallised Limequats

Crystallised Limequats


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18 responses to “The Ballad of Joe Hill, Singing and Limequats

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    November 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I’ve never tasted limequats in my life. But YUM.

  2. afsheenanjum

    November 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Hey Sally ,

    Limequats… do try them and then let us know if they are beautifully (yummy) taste as they look beautiful 🙂


  3. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    November 26, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    So…you are going to use the Limequats…On cheesecake…how delicious sounding…Have a wonderful Holiday …

  4. food chick

    November 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    You learn something new everyday: I did not realize that a limequat had been created. Interesting.

    When I lived in Florida, I had a kumquat tree.

    What a nice memory you enjoyed just by hearing a favorite song. This is why I am a music fanatic. A song can transport you to another space in time.

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Yes, it can. Music indeed transports you back in time, hearing a song agin can put you right back where you once were.
      Thank you for calling in and for taking the time to comment. 🙂

  5. mixedupmeme

    November 26, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I was not familiar with the song. It is so wonderful how we can quickly and easily share things on the internet.
    Not to early to start planning for the Christmas holidays. I know you are looking forward to the visit of your son and his bride.

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 26, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Oh, yes we are! It’ll be her first ever visit to the UK and she’ll be meeting all the family for the first time!

      It is brilliant how we can share stuff! What a different world to the one we grew up in. In my answer to Valerie on this post I’ve put a link to another of Robeson’s songs. 🙂

  6. valeriedavies

    November 26, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Sally – I’ve spent a whole hour listening to the glorious Paull Robeson since clicking on your link !!! Just wonderful…’
    When my father was a young man in the thirties, and his Alvis was parked outside a night club in London, it got stuck in the snow when he came out in the dark. As he stood wondering what to do, a huge Negro in a camel – hair coat came up to him smiling: “Hello, young man, can I help you?” and offered to help him push it out – Paul Robeson…What a man !!!!

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 26, 2013 at 10:11 am

      What a story! I have loved Paul Robeson since I was a little girl, influenced of course by my parents. My daddy lived in Cornwall for a year before we could all join him and at 6, I used to ask for ‘Just A Wearyin’ For You’ to be put on the record player and I used to cry my heart out, I was missing him so much. It still makes me weep and I am listening now as I write.

      I don’t remember if Mum joined me but she must have missed him dreadfully in a way I can only understand as an adult.

  7. Alex Autin

    November 26, 2013 at 2:25 am

    I don’t, at all, remember Paul Robeson’s version of Joe Hill, but I do seem to remember a version of that song by Phil Ochs, and another by Billy Bragg….I think. Or maybe it was a Bragg version of the song as a tribute to Ochs. Lovely song.

  8. Choc Chip Uru

    November 25, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    The limequats look absolutely delicious 😀


    • mybeautfulthings

      November 25, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      I hope they will be. I haven’t tasted them yet. Did you see the Raw Chocolate Brownie recipe that I posted for you? 🙂

  9. Hil

    November 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    They look lovely Sally.xx

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 25, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you. I’m planning on using them to decorate a Lime and Ginger Cheesecake over the Christmas period when we have the whole family here including our son who lives in Barcelona with his Senegalese wife, her first visit. 🙂


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