It’s true that in my innocent early teens I took this song as a dire warning about the havoc leftovers can wreak on an unsuspecting digestive system. In my defense, if you listen to the lyrics, they do nothing to dispel that interpretation.
Has anyone else any similarly embarrassing revelations about their early impressions of songs that turned out to be somewhat naive?
The instrument Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is playing is his own invention, the Mohan veena. This piece is more commonly known as a duet with Ry Cooder, but here Bhatt goes it alone with just tabla accompaniment.
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I don’t know about you, but it’s been a slightly trying week here one way or another, so far topped by our cat Gus going missing overnight, sparking a neighborhood-wide hunt this morning that eventually led to my finding him sitting in a neighbor’s hedge about 20 yards from the house, impervious to rattlings of kibble packets and plaintive calls from his worried houseslaves. At the moment, I’m assuming something’s freaked him (there’s tree felling and roadworks going on all around us at the moment), rather than anything being seriously wrong, but he’s a bit subdued and confined to the house (he’s going to love this!) under observation for the next day or so, just in case. I’ll take him to the vet on Monday if he’s still not right.
So I felt like something soothing to listen to, and this vid hit the spot. That’s a traditional Swedish nyckelharpa—a bit like a bowed hurdygurdy (played by Mariusz Radwanski)—accompanied by a gorgeous development of the guitar family called the arch-harp guitar (invented by James Kline, who’s playing it here) that makes me go “WANT ONE!!!!”
As ever, think of this as an open thread if you feel the need.
This clip links to Monday’s Tim Minchin track because both songs were part of the repertoire in the BBC’s first ever Comedy Prom on August 13, which was a total hoot despite some highbrow sniffing from pro critics. I imagine YouTubes of excerpts will become available soon if they haven’t already. Meanwhile, here’s Kit & The Widow’s adaptation of Saint-Saens’ “The Swan.”
Since we appear to have a few of his fans in the house, more Tim Minchin after the fold. As ever, treat this as an open thread if you want.
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In case you’re wondering about the funky set, this is a live version from sadly mourned seminal BBC late-night music show The Old Grey Whistle Test, with a brief cameo from Whispering Bob Harris as an intro.
You folks seem to be getting more into open threads lately, so go for it if you feel so inclined.
I don’t know about you, but I need some kick-ass hypno-trance-rap counterprogramming to all the Evangelical Kneeling-Noise on Polly’s thread. Put your hand in the hand of the man who wears the breathable print skirt.