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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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