Earworms 16 October 2017

Another weird and wonderful mx for your Monday morning. If you have an earworm you would like to share, please send an .mp3 or link, together with a few lines about why you have chosen it to; earworm@tincanland.com. And don’t forget to submit any Halloween earworms by Sunday 29 October. Many thanks to all contributors.

Javier Solis – Sombras – Magicman: My latest discovery is a magnificent Mexican singer called Javier Solís who made records from 1957 until 1966 when he passed away aged 34.  His music is magnificent.  A little like a Mexican Elvis perhaps but not El Vez – maybe more of a Mexican Andy Williams or Tom Jones.  Sombras are shades.

Houdini – Caroline – severin: We haven’t had any calypso for a while. This one tells an old familiar story. He doesn’t know where she was last night and he’s not very happy. The tune manages to be jolly and melancholy at the same time.

Carmen Souza – Upa Neguinho – tincanman: I only listen to a bit of jazz and world music, but this album (Creology https://goo.gl/vTcPJu) combining elements of both has completely captivated me this year.

Mano, Ilaiyaraja – Nalladhor Veenai – Ravi Raman: from my all time favourite poet and writer, Bharati. “Do we make an exquisite instrument and let it rot?”

John Fairhurst – Hungry Blues – AliM: Went to see JF last weekend. Excellent blues guitarist – I bought two CDs, but neither does him justice. He’s fantastic live. He goes off on innovative noodling which has little to do with the blues, but is more reminiscent of classical guitar pieces or Indian / African themes. He cited John Butler as one of his influences, and has written “Island” as a complimentary to piece to Butler’s “Ocean” – every bit as good but sadly not released yet. Can’t wait.

7 thoughts on “Earworms 16 October 2017

  1. What a diverse set! Enjoyed every single one. The calypso song reminds me of some Sri Lanka baila songs. Weird, I just noticed the resemblance.
    Ilayaraja re-energised the Tamil music and paved the way for Rahman. I’ll post the translation of the lyrics later today.

  2. Loved the Mexican song at the beginning. Rather an uplifting and cheerful selection all round. Even the blues song! I really enjoyed them all.

    It’s bizarrely summery down here in the south east of the UK today. Hope everyone else avoiding the worst of the hurricane’s effects.

  3. Bharati was an idealistic poet, fluent in many languages, who dreamed of a casteless society based on merit. This was obviously written at a time when he was searching for a break. It’s couched as a plea to Siva/Sakti, though even here he can’t help but end on a cheeky note.
    Do we make an exquisite instrument
    And throw it in the dust to rot?
    Tell me lady
    You created me with a burning intelect
    Will you not give me the ability
    To lead a life that’s useful to this great land?
    Tell me Sivasakti
    Am I to exist as a burden to the land?
    Let my body be strong and nimble,
    My mind be untarnished by desire
    Let my soul constantly shine
    With renewed energy like a gem
    Even when my body has been burned
    Give me longevity to sing your praises
    And unshakeable wisdom
    All these I ask
    Do you have any obstacles in granting these?

  4. Hmm, did a comment a couple of days ago, but it seems not to have got through. A really global set this week. Especially liked the Carmen Souza and the tender track from Mano with Ilayaraja (and thanks as ever for the educational context from Ravi, and translation). Star turn this week, for me, was the terrific John Fairhurst, answering the age old conundrum “can white men sing the blues”. Off to find some more of his…

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