Earworms 1 November 2015


Earworms is back to normal this week, I’m not even going to mention fireworks … but hope you all have a good time and find some light to brighten the darkness. We are overwhelmed with autumn colour and beauty in my neck of the woods, it’s unseasonably warm, too. I wish we could kind of absorb all the colour and warmth to get us through the dark winter months. Many thanks to all contributors for another splendid set of worms, and please keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Raghuvamsa Sudha Kadanakuthuhalam (Aadi – Patnam Subrahmania Iyer) – Ravi Raman: U Srinivas was a child prodigy who started performing publicly at age 7 and by his early teens was named Musician Laureate of my state. He was innovative in many ways, not least in using an electrified mandolin for playing Carnatic music, unheard of until then. Raghuvamsa is a Carnatic standard and has been played by many musicians, including Shakti who reworked it as “Come On Baby Dance With Me”.

Chilly Gonzales – Advantage Points – tincanman: The chameleon-like Canadian genius/egotistic asshole wrote this with Wimbledon 1980 in mind and it is dedicated to John McEnroe (who Borg beat in the final). It combines, according to one critic, Stravinsky-like strings with the melodrama of Hall & Oates. It’s from his latest, Chambers, for string quarter and piano.

Sandra Carrasco – Hojas de Otono – abahachi: Obviously there is never an unwelcome cover of ‘Autumn Leaves’, especially one in Spanish, and sung by the wonderful Sandra Carrasco – who has clearly been listening to my prayers, and become steadily more ‘jazz’ since Maki introduced me to her music …

Astor Piazzolla – Leonora’s song – goneforeign: Long time since we had any Tango so I thought a taste from The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night (Tango Apasionado) would be nice. I chose Leonora’s song for it’s simplicity and that it incorporates all the Tango elements.

Mercury Rev – Rainy Day Record – Fuel: Sometimes you hear a new record that’s perfect for an RR topic that has been done. Here’s Mercury Rev with Rainy Day Record, which references lots of other bands and songs. From the same album Are You Ready name-checks The Rascals, The Pretty Things and psychedelic blue-eyed soul.

The Scott4 Free Rock Orchestra – I Am Mental – DsD: I rediscovered this album recently. It was sent to me in error as an online order some years back. It would’ve cost more to return than to re-order the album that should’ve come, so I kept it. Ignore the title; it’s chill-out, not chilling!

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10 thoughts on “Earworms 1 November 2015

  1. Worms are boxed. Definitely a wistful Autumn tinge this week.

    The starting notes of Raghuvamsa Sudha Kadanakuthuhalam make me think of Samba Pa Ti by Santana. Ravi tells me that Raghuvamsa Sudha is the song, Kadanakuthuhalam is the name of the raga in which the song has been rendered, Patnam Subramaniam is the composer and U Srinivas is the artist. Oh, and here’s Santana: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5AUm_xaE9A

  2. U Srinivas was so identified with his instrument that he is better known as Mandolin Srinivas. He wowed crowds from Madras to Barcelona, London to San Fransisco and counted George Harrison, Chick Corea, John McLauglin, Billy Cobham as his fans.
    This song is normally played at a slightly increased tempo and is actually meant to express joy. And Srinivas would have played it thousands of times in his life, though ironically it is this version that is now idetified with him. Ironically because when he recorded this he was battling alcoholism, depression, domestic dispute and falling showpiece events. He died last year aged 45.
    Just to give you an idea of how this song is usually interpreted here are Shakti with Come on baby, Dance with me

    Thanks for a super playlist Ali. Cheers all.

  3. Wow, what a blissed-out set, which just suits my late night listening mood. Not a dud among them, and invidious to single some out, but Ravi’s pick is wonderful – can we have more like this please? Always good to hear music from other cultures refracted through the knowledge of someone who shares that milieu. Mercury Rev can do no wrong in my book, and Are You Ready bears this out. Lovely finish from DsD, too, drawing on his extensive collection of honeyed mellifluousness….

    • Here I am going on about Fuel’s and Ali’s wonderful shares and you’re asking me for similar gyan:) Was planning to send something from Robert Randolph & Family Band but will pass on one by a flute maestro called N Ramani. Trouble is most of these songs tend to be longish. A sub 4 minute song is unheard of here, unless it is in films. Will search for something around 7-9 mts long. Glad you liked it. Cheers

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