Just four tunes for you this week, and some interesting info about “Give a Gig Week” on 24 – 31 March, a fund-raising Youth Music charity initiative with the aim of having 100 gigs happening in one week. Sounds like fun.
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Meanwhile, many thanks for the earworms this week, and please continue to send them to email@example.com, should you have any you want to share.
Sujatha Majumdar – Genda Phool – Ravi Raman: This is an A R Rahman tune composed for a movie called Delhi 6 (an part of Old Delhi). Genda phool is the Indian marigold, which doesn’t have an arresting aroma like the jasmine or rose. One sort of gets accustomed to it. And that’s what the song’s about. A mother telling her newly wed daughter “your in-laws are like genda phool. You may not like them at first but you’ll find out that soon they’re an integral part of life”. A prime example of what I call folktronica. https://youtu.be/d0RCVX1Wgw4
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – High Castle Rock – tincanman – No one told him this kind of psych fusion experimenting supposedly died in the 70s. Good thing, too. (Love this. Ed.)
Procul Harum – Whiter Shade of Pale – goneforeign: This cut has a special memory for me; My friend Augie Coppola had his office on the 6th floor of the faculty tower, one day about 5pm I popped in for a chat. When I entered his office this was playing quietly on his radio, we chatted a bit. Then a student knocked on his door, she was young and beautiful but she had the most amazing pale green eyes, I couldn’t stop staring at her. When she left I asked Augie, Did you ever see eyes like those? And that’s all we talked about all the while Procol Harum played on, her gorgeous green contact lenses. It must have been 1967; you had to be there.
Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance – alimunday: WtM are an American rock band from Ohio, who had a hit with this song in 2014. I keep hearing it on the radio lately – it’s a great pop / rock song, bouncy, upbeat and very earwormy.
Give a Gig Week – On January 18th Youth Music launched their new initiative ‘Give a Gig Week‘ a nationwide music-making extravaganza, with the charity aiming to have 100 gigs happening in one week (24 – 31 March 2017). Gigs can take place anywhere: your own living room, the local pub, legendary music venues or more unusual spaces. One band, The Monotones, plan to stream gigs live from all Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Pennines!
Charmfactory (a music PR company who sent us this info) is a big supporter of Youth Music, a charity set up to invest in music-making projects for children and young people facing challenging circumstances.
On the event, YM Ambassor Laura Mvula and supporters Sophie Ellis-Bexter and Rizzle Kicks share messages:-
Give a Gig is a really good idea because it allows singers, musicians and venues to do what they’re already doing for the benefit of a young person. Laura Mvula, Ambassador, Youth Music
Without Youth Music we wouldn’t have got to where we are today, honestly! We’re supporting Give a Gig ‘cause we want others to have the same opportunities for making music that we did. Rizzle Kicks
Music is a huge part of my life and I feel so lucky to have been able to make a career out of something that I love so much. Youth Music creates music-making opportunities for thousands who would otherwise miss out. That’s why I’m supporting Give a Gig, so others can experience the joys of music as I’ve done. Sophie Ellis-Bexter
All info on the registration process can be found at www.giveagig.org.uk
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