Brrrrr. It’s a chilly old morning in Earworm land. I’ve spent half the weekend driving around the country in almost every type of weather condition that the UK has to offer, apart from freezing fog (fortunately). So I’m ready to put my feet up and chill to this week’s batch of worms. If you have an earworm you would 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. And don’t forget to send your choice of festive worms by Friday 22 December, ready for an Earworms slot on Christmas Day. Many thanks to all contributors.
P Unnikrishnan- Senikula – Ravi Raman: This is the Kavadi Sindhu genre of folk music popular in our state. Unni is one of the biggest south Indian stars and Sennikulam is a town further south. The song is ostensibly about a temple there but also refers to Annamalai, the man who created the genre.
Ry Cooder/Vishwa Mohan Bhatt – Longing – glassarfemptee: I’m listening to a lot of Indian music at the moment. Ravi introduced us to the amazing VM Bhatt, playing an instrument of his invention, the Mohan Veena – a cross between a guitar and a sitar. Here he is with Ry Cooder, from the superb album ‘A meeting by the river‘. Not exactly true earworm territory, but stupendous nonetheless.
Ruth Danon & ILLAY – Banu choschech legaresch – DebbyM: This is a haunting version of a Chanukkah song I’m desperately trying to learn before Friday 16th, when we’ll be celebrating at the kindergarten where I work. It’s a song about banishing the darkness, so probably appropriate for all of us in the northern hemisphere at present. (Welcome back, DebbyM!! Ed.)
Arve Henriksen – Groundswell – abahachi: Very much the ambient end of chilly Norwegian jazz, with haunting trumpet lines over a soundscape of treated guitars (from Eivind Aarset). An acquired taste, but equally perfect for quiet meditation in a darkened room after a long day, or as soothing background music while trying to write…
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