1st June, the day when WordPress changes over to its new block editor system. The block editor does not support the playlists function; I have downloaded the “audio-player-with-playlist-ultimate” folder but unless I am missing something I cannot install it as a plug-in without upgrading to WordPress “Business”. At present there is still an option to switch to Classic Editor (i.e. the one we have been using up until now), which will still support a playlist. It should at least work for this week as it’s not June 1st for another hour.
If this is no longer possible after 1st June, our options are a bit limited (if Earworms is to continue). I could make YouTube playlists, if you send me a link, or Spotify, or something … but it’s all a bit of a faff. If anyone has any helpful suggestions I would be very glad to hear them.
This week we’re listening to songs about talking – something some of us will miss if we’re in lockdown on our own. I have always been accused of being taciturn, but that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy talking, I just need something to say. And someone to say it to.
Subject to whatever happens with WordPress … if you have an Earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3, .m4a or a link to email@example.com, together with a paragraph about why you’ve chosen it. Worms should reach me by close of play on Sunday June 6. In honour of abahachi, whose marvellous Desolate Island Discs have kept us occupied for the last couple of months, next week’s theme will be native mammals (including his favourite stripey ones). They don’t have to be British mammals, just native to whatever country you live in.
Cabaret Voltaire – Talking Time – shoegazer: Electronic funk from their 1983 album The Crackdown.
Cindy Walker – I Don’t Believe a Word You Say – tincanman: Cindy is one of America’s great songwriters of yore, but kept a relatively low profile (or was kept to one) because women writing songs for the radio wasn’t a done thing back then. I’ve wanted to earworm her for ages but she recorded only once. Talk about patience.
Frances Black – Talk To Me While I’m Listening – glassarfemptee: From her excellent 1994 album “Talk to me”, here’s Frances Black, Mary’s sister.
KD Lang – The Mind of Love – Alfiehisself: For which it’s worth knowing the K of KD is short for Kathryn.
Joan Armatrading – Talking to the Wall – severin: A reversal of the usual meaning. Her wall is like “her rock”. Someone she can always depend on. And therefore someone well worth talking to. Released in 1985 so it only took me thirty-five years to realise this. The rather good bass playing here is by Pino Palladino.
Bert Jansch – Sweet Talking Lady – severin: Not much about actual talking here, The “sweet talking lady” is just a metaphor for his favourite guitar and how good it sounds. Or did before somebody nicked it.
J J Cale- Money Talks – Ravi Raman: Bit of a shoehorn and one that I find very apt for the times. “Money talks, It’ll tell you a story/ Money talks, very loudly.”
Eric Clapton – I Can’t Hold Out – tincanman: 461 Ocean Blvd didn’t have enough flash for his Clapton Is God flock and alarmed/confused others with it’s MOR vibe. Hidden in plain site is his masterfully languid adaptation of an Elmore James tune. In a couple of places you can hear him ahhh in contentment when his phrasing gets good enough even for him. Easily his best blues cover.
The Strokes – You Talk Way Too Much – AliM: Less is more.
George Thorogood – You Talk Too Much – Ravi Raman: I definitely know a few people like this. Exhausting just being around them. It’s a rocking good number though.
The Beatles – Within You Without You – glassarfemptee: George’s song on Sgt Pepper, very appropriate for today, talking about social distancing and the Prime Minister: “We were talking about the space between us all/And the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion/Never glimpse the truth, then it’s far too late when they pass away”. I had the pleasure of seeing magicman sing this in Brighton a few years ago…
Peter Gabriel – Come talk to Me Live (Back to Front Tour – London) – MaggieB: This is just beautiful.Continue reading