Earworms 29 January 2018

Well you’ve done yourself proud this week with lots of birdy worms (to plagiarise Ravi’s joke). I haven’t forgotten the non-birdy worms; these will be featured next week, when there will be no theme. Of course, the week after that is in the run-up to Valentine’s Day, so if you have any Valentine worms, please send them to me before Sunday 11 February and I’ll include them on Monday 12th. All worms are always welcome, if you have one you’d like to share, please send it to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all.

John R Baca’s Orchestra – Circling Pigeons Waltz – tincanman: Tom Waits recently described this to The Guardian as ” the most beautiful thing – kind of sour, like a wheel about to go off the road all the time.”

Simian – Mr. Crow – Vanwolf: I have plenty of choice for songs featuring birds, but this seems a good earworm. I’ve have tried unsuccessfully to date to get it listed – probably only a couple of fails as I’m not sure there’s a particularly range of subjects to nominate it for.

Justin Hines and the Dominoes – One Bird in the Hand – severin

Rachel Unthank and the Winterset – Blackbird – severin

Leonard Cohen – Bird on the Wire – Bluerover: Early version. Teenage angst. Genius.

Bonnie Raitt – Bluebird – Ravi Raman: of the three different songs with this title, this is my favourite.  From her self titled album.

Both – Hummingbird – AliM: This was somebody’s Festive ‘Spill pick a while ago – Shiv, I think. Anyway, I heard Aimee Mann on TV recently and immediately thought of this beautiful, earwormy track.

Uriah Heep – Bird of Prey – Ravi Raman: for a rainy day. (Today will do. Ed.)

Miles Davis – The Buzzard Song – severin: “Boss, dat bird mean trouble, Once de buzzard fold his wing an’ light over yo’ house, All yo’ happiness done dead, Buzzard keep on flyin’ over, take along yo’ shadow.” That’s how the original vocal version of the song starts. This, from Miles’ Porgy and Bess album is, of course purely instrumental. But it’s still (partly) about that buzzard dammit.

The Unthanks – Magpie – severin

Deep Dark Woods – The Birds on the Bridge – tincanman: First song I heard by these guys and I couldn’t stop playing it. I think maybe someone was having a bad trip. Or maybe I was.

Barclay James Harvest – Mockingbird – CaroleBristol: I’ve loved this track since I first heard it when I was at school way back in the early 1970s. It is a sumptuous thing, from their best album, “Once Again”. I don’t think that they have ever produced anything better. (Brilliant, have loved this for years – Ed.)

Martin Green – Mess of Crows – severin

Albert Mangelsdorff: Birds of Underground – abahachi: Okay, maybe not exactly an earworm in the normal sense of the word, but since the great Albert Mangelsdorff spent much of his career exploring how the trombone could echo birdsong – I could have picked any of half a dozen tracks – it would be a shame not to include him…

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15 thoughts on “Earworms 29 January 2018

  1. Very happy that I didn’t send Bird On A Wire, though the Bonamassa cover. Great looking playlist. Know only the Cohen and Barclay James Harvest songs, so really looking forward to listening later today.

    • Some real beauts in this list: Simian – Mr Crow, the two Unthanks songs, Deep Dark Woods and Both – Hummingbird are terrific and new to me. Wonderful start to the week.

  2. Cooking risotto and listening to the selection. The waltz is very like a pigeon with a poorly foot, I think. I feel sorry for Mr Crow being stoned too. Nice bit of reggae and I’m fast becoming a fan of Rachel Unthank, having got over the accent issue I had. Long shot, but has anyone watched the TV series Constantine? Based on Alan Moore’s character, except he can’t keep the Northern accent, keeps slipping back down to Swansea, most amusing.

    Unrelated also, but someone from Bellowhead liked my photo of a robin on Twitter and I’m wondering at all the threads that get tangled.

    Leonard is wonderful of course. Never knowlingly listened to Uriah Heep before, quite enjoyed that! Reminded me of the Darkness. I liked Deep Dark Woods too. Barclay James Harvest I didn’t know I knew, but that is familiar and lovely. I loved the Mess of Crow. Risotto is nearly done, thanks for the selection, very enjoyable!

    • Thanks Beth, glad you’ve got over the “accent think”, I struggled when I moved here, but now the west country accent sounds unfamiliar to me when I go home!!

      • I think I first heard this piece in about 1954 when I got out of the RAF, I was living in a tiny village in Suffolk.
        Suffolk was an absolutely new experience for me, it’s composed entirely of beautiful small villages and the landscape there is wonderful. As I listen it evokes visual images of specific beautiful serene country; if you’ve never seen Suffolk you should put it high on your list, and take your iPod with this on it with you.

        • My late brother lived in Suffolk, I’ve ben travelling up and down to Woodbridge a lot recently, helping to clear his house. It is a lovely part of England. And my late mother loved “Lark Ascending”, I never saw her cry apart from once, when she was listening to this.

  3. Lots to love here and plenty of old favourites. I’m not going to critique every track but I must (again) make my Unthanks love clear. Utterly gorgeous. I hadn’t looked at the track listing before playing it, so when the Bonnie Raitt started my first though was “Weird, I never knew Stone The Crows did any acoustic stuff” and then I looked to see who it was. Excellent track. I’d completely forgotten about Uriah Heep, but the memories came back when it was playing. It is all cheesecloth, crushed velvet and patchouli time to me (just like the track I nommed, in fact). Miles too, his “Porgy and Bess” album is one of my favourites of his.

    Funnily enough, I’d thought about posting a number of tracks that aren’t here, “Bird Song” by The Grateful Dead for example (even though the bird image is a simile), and also a number of orchestral pieces. Maybe there is a column here I can write? This week’s ‘Spillin’ The Beans could be somewhat avian, I think, and maybe a bit classical too. I’ll start thinking.

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