December is upon us already! I hope this selection of worms cheers you through the darkness. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please email an .mp3 or a link to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. In particular, I shall be collecting Christmas earworms for a seasonal selection on Christmas Day itself; so please let me have any of your Christmas worms by Friday 22 December. Many thanks to all contributors.
Mosi Conde – Kaira Kora Afrika – glassarfemptee: This is another track from a busker CD. Mosi is a consummate kora player from Guinea, and when not doing gigs and appearing on the BBC, he busks at Charing Cross. I saw him the other day in the freezing cold, and couldn’t pass by without doing my bit.
The Cure – Close To Me – AliM: I keep hearing this on the radio when I’m driving, the more I hear it, the more I like it, and the more it gets wormed into my head. Baba baba baba ba ba …
Burning Spear – Rock And Roll – DsD: On 18th November, the fastest KO ever in a boxing world title fight happened; literally a ‘blink-and-you-missed-it’ contest. See for yourselves. I was in Zolani Tete’s dressing room before he went into the ring, and this song was the climactic soundtrack to his warm-up routine. Impressive.
Daktari – Zanussi – abahachi: This has been my year of discovering that I love Polish avant-garde jazz, as well as Polish craft beer … Daktari (not to be confused with a Dutch hard rock band of the same name) specialise(d?) in amazing album titles (I Travel Within My Dreams With a German Passport) and an interesting blend of trumpet, saxophone and post-rock guitars. Probably not to everyone’s taste…
Thaikkudam Bridge – Aarachar – Ravi Raman: A fairly new band out of Kerala, or rather collective. They proudly claim to have 8 singers, 6 instrumentalists and 3 sound engineers in the band! Aarachar means Executioner or Hangman. First came out as a YouTube video and later as part of their album Navarasam. I’ve included the clip too for the translated lyrics.
Carrie Elkin – New Mexico – tincanman: This is from her latest, The Penny Collector, written in the emotional months after the death of her father (a collector of pennies) and in early pregnancy with her first child and I like how she writes about where her head and heart is rather than the specifics of the situation. (Lovely voice she has, too. Hear the echoes of Diamonds And Rust, Joan Baez?)
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