Good morning, good morning … here is this week’s wormery of delight. I love Ravi’s pick – Komal Rizvi has a beautiful voice and I particularly like the introduction, which reminds me of the muezzin call. Beautiful. I hope this week’s selection finds you on the bright side of the road as opposed to the dark end of the street! Thanks to all, and please keep the worms coming to email@example.com.
Komal Rizvi – Lambi Judaai (Long Separation/Absence) – Ravi Raman: A reworking of the song first sung by Reshma, a folk singer from Punjab who moved to Pakistan after the Partition. She then came to India to sing this for a movie and the waves of love and affection that followed sparked hopes of normal Indo-Pak ties. All put to paid with the nuclear tests and Kargil War that came shortly thereafter.
Natalie Is Freezing – Pillar of Garbage – abahachi: The best female-fronted US alt-rock band of the 1990s you’ve never heard of – unless you’re a fan of the brilliant ‘Community’. “Why would anyone in the band be called Natalie? We’re ARTISTS!” Despite the fact that this song exists only in a sixty-second live excerpt, it is completely addictive. Bonus point for anyone who can identify the singer without Googling …
Joe Roberts – Lover – DsD: I’m too busy to spend any time in the Bar at the moment, but I do get SHMOGMU’s launch emails. When I read his ‘Songs With … Sequential Patterns’ intro, I really did intend to contribute. My first thought was this song, even though I quickly decided it wasn’t what was wanted. But now, as Kylie once sang, I can’t get it out of my head. The question is: was Joe being listy or lazy? Or did his producer have a practical joke at his expense, maybe? At least it’s a sequence every English speaker over the age of five knows! ;o)
Frank Black -The Dark End of the Street – CaroleBristol: This is a 1967 song, written by Dan Penn and Chips Moman, and covered by a huge number of people over the years. This version is by Frank Black on his 2005 solo album “Honeycomb“. The album was recorded in Nashville and has a country feel about it. The list of players has some stellar names on it, including Steve Cropper on guitar. Co-writer of the song Dan Penn was the sound engineer on the album.
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody – tincanman: If there was a eureka moment when funk and disco married on a one night stand, this would be it.
Peter Gabriel & Youssou N’Dour – Shakin’ the Tree – goneforeign: From 1990: “It’s your day, a woman’s day / It’s your day, a woman’s day / Changing your ways, changing those surrounding you / Changing your ways, more than any man can do / Open your heart, show him the anger and pain, so you heal / Maybe he’s looking for his womanly side, let him feel …”
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