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 email@example.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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