Good morning, good morning … more wonderful worms for your delectation. If you have a an Earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. I’m still on the look-out for Halloween worms too, these need to be sent in by Sunday October 29. Many thanks to all contributors.
James Keelaghan – Cold Missouri Waters – Ravi Raman: I cleared up some old RR folders and found this gem. Acoustic guitar, fine voice and a grim tale that unfortunately is true. Captivating is an understatement.
Alt-J – House of the Rising Sun – tincanman: What’s the best version of House Of The Rising Sun (https://goo.gl/C3dwgd) and who wrote it has been known to start bar brawls and has separated more brothers than the civil war, so I’m staying clear away. I’ll just toss in this odd and quirky version from Alt-J’s equally odd and quirky latest, Relaxer. Purists will note they’ve changed the story some.
Asha Bhosle – Yun Na Thi – Magicman: The first piece of Indian music (excluding Within You Without You!) that I swooned to, and still do. It featured on the 4th WOMAD Talking Book, released in 1987: An Introduction to Asia with tracks from Kurdish Siwan Perwer, Voices of Rajahstan, Temple Musicians of Sri Lanka and Ofra Haza among others. This track stood head and shoulders and took me on a lifelong exploration of Indian music, about which I still know next-to-nothing despite owning hundreds of tracks from Asha and others. The journey has given me great pleasure. Asha Bhosle sang in New York 2 years ago and I missed her. A legend. Still an Earworm 30 years later!
Anton Guillen (hammered dulcimer) and Airam Beltram (guitar) – Soundhammer: glassarfemptee: When I am holiday, I often buy buskers’ CDs if they sound ok. In Santiago de Compostela recently I heard Anton Guillen playing a hammered dulcimer, an instrument a bit like a zither played with wooden hammers, with a lovely sound reminiscent of a harpsichord. Mostly the music was traditional, but this piece is very similar to Perpetuum Mobile by Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
Hanne Hukkelberg – No Mascara Tears – severin: I’ve been re-listening to a lot of Hanne Hukkelberg songs recently after buying a ticket for her forthcoming London gig; the first in five years. This, from her 2009 album Blood From a Stone sounds wonderful still but baffles me lyrically. Is she singing about a performer on a stage, an imagined lover or maybe herself? Love the voice and music anyways.
The Velvet Underground – European Son – AliM: Our local chimney sweep, whose van bears the enticing slogan Up Yours, keeps a horse in the field by the allotments. Person or persons unknown chucked a folder full of CDs into the field, including The Velvet Underground and Nico, which he gave to me. No further explanation required, except that I’d forgotten that this is rather good.
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