Welcome to The Song Bar, a sociable establishment where visitors can enthuse and share in their music tastes, indulge in civilised discussion and create playlists on a whole variety of subjects. Feel free to drop in anytime. The main event is the song blog, where each Thursday a topic will be set, and readers can nominate and recommend music on that theme, culminating in a playlist compiled by a guest writer on the following Wednesday.
So find yourself a seat, grab a drink, have a read and listen, and if you like it, join in ...
Song of the Day: Yesterday's Sly and the Family Stone were also famous for their track Stand, so by connection, from the same era, a masterpiece by the king of reggae with an equally powerful political message.
Aphex Twin's wet windscreen to Sonny Boy Williamson escaping out the bedroom window, it's all going on here. Guest playlister nosuchzone is pure glass – giving us stunning sights and sounds from last week's topic
Clear or stained-glass, from or into rooms, trains, windscreens or more, literal or metaphorical, from the soul to an opportunity, it's time to shine light through and suggest titles or lyrics with this theme
If you go down to the woods today … then listen carefully. You will hear intriguing tales by guest playlister Suzi, and marvellous songs inspired last week's topic. Find out where the path might lead …
Dragons to fairies, griffins to Godzilla, ogres to orks, this week it's time to troll (in the old sense) for songs that mention non-human, or part-human fictitious animals from stories, poetry, art and other forms in many cultures
The instrument as a friend, lover, a symbol of society, or something that sings? Beatles to BB King, Stillwater to Frank Zappa, this week's guest Marco den Ouden finds that they all hold narrative, inspired by last week's topic
Brimful with brilliant lyrics, a scattering of controversy but also great tunes, Moz's first since 2014, plus Saul and co with an EP, plus the great Mavis, Karl Blau and Serge's daughter continues to make her mark
A bumper crop this week includes the Bella Union boss and friends, Angel Olsen, Norway's EERA, comebacks for Shed Seven and Quicksand, Evanescence orchestral reworkings, punk electronica from Escape-ism and a single from the Modfather
Something of a throwback week of new and old: releases from The The, Destroyer and Wu-Tang Clan, plus compilations and box sets of The White Stripes John Peel sessions, John Carpenter film music and a Smiths classic