Some thought-provoking music for you this week, and a welcome return from beltway who has taken time out from caring for a new arrival to send some earworms for our delectation. Many congratulations to the beltways! Hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to send more worms to email@example.com.
Mirabai Ceiba – Guru Ram Das – DebbyM: My little sis sent me this mantra for compassion and healing at one of the more stressful times in my life. I don’t often pay too much attention to her yoga obsession, but when I gave this a listen I was astonished to find it soothing rather than irritating. Wanna give it a try?
Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats – AliM: Debby’s track is pretty hard to follow but this sprang to mind – “Ten days of perfect tunes” – cover of original by The Knife.
Dobet Gnahore – Abiani (Ivory Coast) – goneforeign: In sub-Saharan Africa, music is an essential social activity for all members of the community. Women have always played an essential role in the preservation of African culture. From lullabies sung to sleepy children to chants of celebration, women are important bearers of tradition.
Moon Taxi – Morocco – glassarfemptee: The incessant foul weather means I was grabbed by the first line of this song from Moon Taxi – “So sick and tired of the pouring rain, I took a train to Morocco just to kill the pain”.
John K. Samson – Cruise Night – Fuel: John K Samson is the main man in The Weakerthans. Cruise Night is a bonafide earworm for me. Indie pop with a singalong chorus.
The Pale Fountains – Thank You – beltway: Another one from my extensive collection of early ’80’s Scouse New Wave bands, but aurally and spiritually this one steps straight from the glory days of ’60’s pop with it’s big sentimental melody, lush strings, choral backing and sympathetic brass and woodwind. Such a sweet and lovely song, anachronistic maybe, but an unjustly neglected classic.