A thoughtful selection for you today. I spent this afternoon at a local beer festival, bopping along to a loud, rocky covers band – sober, as I was driving – on the way home I gave two strangers a lift, as it was raining. They insisted on taking me to their local hostelry, which was kind, except that it was evidently karaoke / old folks night. The fastest pint of shandy I’ve ever drunk. Anyway, here is the antidote. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or link to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors.
Jillette Johnson – Bunny – glassarfemptee: Jillette Johnson is a New York City singer/ songwriter who sings winsomely – in this case, on the familiar theme of the trials of being a singer/songwriter. “You can have my body, but you can’t have me”…
Emily Lee – Special – AliM: Emily Lee is a young, confident singer-songwriter, and a stand-out performer on the London music scene. She played at the Holywell Green Music Festival last weekend; I particularly liked this song, which is from her excellent EP, “Don’t Forget To Love”.
Father John Misty – Leaving LA – tincanman: Crusty centrepiece of Josh Tilman’s alter ego’s latest, Pure Comedy
Saurav Moni – O Maji Re – Ravi Raman: Lesle Lewis, who has arranged this, has brought together an old folk song from the Ganges and a Bollywood classic that was taken from the former. Saurav is a folk singer who specialises in archiving music of Bengal. Here he is joined by Shaan, a playback singer. This genre is called Bhaitiali, river songs, and is sung by boatmen.