Thanks very much to all those who have helped to top up the worm bank – eclectic doesn’t even begin to cover it. And a warm welcome back to Magicman, who starts us off as we mean to go on, with some “acid paranoia”. If you have any earworms you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with a short paragraph about why you’ve chosen it. All contributions are welcome!
The Beatles – Blue Jay Way – Magicman: My lovely band The Brighton Beach Boys performed Magical Mystery Tour alongside Sgt Pepper this year at Brighton Festival, no Beach Boys tunes at all!! And this song stuck into my ear – I had to sing it – a mighty challenge… the instrumentation was interesting too. Drone on C, and off we go! Proper acid paranoia…
Masala Coffee – Agnikunjondru (A spark of fire) – Ravi Raman: A poem about revolution by Bharathi, the most influential of Tamil poets in recent memory. He wrote this before he died just before Independence. “I took a spark of fire and placed in a burrow/The resulting blaze destroyed the forest/ When it comes to fire there is no difference between a spark and a torch.” The following verse is meant to depict the revolution – “roiling seas, thunder struck skies etc.” Masala Coffee is a group that normally does cover songs at live shows. This is one of five songs they have recorded.
Lindi Ortega – Final Bow – glassarfemptee: Canadian songstress Lindi Ortega had a great album with Tin Star, and I shared the apposite “Songs about…” on a previous earworms. Now she’s touring an EP, “Til the going gets gone”, but alas not this side of the pond. This is the closer, ‘Final bow’. The title track of the EP featured in a recent Sounds on Sunday.
Alexi Tuomarila Trio – What Is This Thing Called Love? – abahachi: After experiencing this Finnish pianist’s delicate and sensitive accompaniment of Tomasz Stanko in Poznan back in April, getting his new trio record had to be a priority. On the first couple of listens, it’s excellent – but I haven’t decided if any of the tracks are likely to persuade all those of you who don’t already like subtle jazz piano trios (the cover, of Dylan’s “The Times They Are A Changin’”, is the weakest track so I won’t go for that obvious move). So instead here’s an older recording, the haunting blues scales of an old Billie Holiday number.
Nat “King” Cole – You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love) – severin: Nothing to do with the Prince Buster/Madness song. A 1951 recording with his trio. Laid back, jazzy, piano- led crooner. Bliss.
Fiona Apple – Paper Bag – tincanman: Multi-talented and quirky, Apple wrote this typically multi-layered piece after mistaking a paper bag for a dove, and was rewarded with a 2001 Grammy nomination.
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