I went on holiday and came back to a million spill e-mails, I’ve been though most of them and couldn’t turn down the chance to get a swimming play list going, even though Boxstr has stopped my account by request.
A long, long time ago:
Much, much later:
Oh, first one to mention Glastonbury gets a biscuit.
Sorry, I know this is a long post, but has a song ever had better samples? It’s Straight out the Jungle, by the Jungle Brothers…
How I Sang Dang – Arcie Bronson Outfit
Gobbledigook – Sigur Ros
Gesunteit – People Like Us
Pissing – Low
The current’s strong it makes you spin
Your arms in a wild rotation
Your arms in a wild rotation
The truth’s enough to set you afloat
Describe the truth as a yellow lifeboat
Admitting this you climb its ladder
But now the yellow boat
Just looks sadder”
Hey everybody! Back in dear old Blighty after a short break or a long weekend (whichever way you want to look at it) spent in the stunningly-beautiful Pfalz. ToffeeGirl and I go there every second year and we just can’t get enough of it – luckily, it’s nowhere near the sea and there aren’t hundreds of nightclubs – the result of which is, virtually no English tourists – not a kiss-me-quick hat in sight. It was a weekend of long walks up deeply wooded hills (they call them mountains but who am I to disabuse them?) with refreshing drinks available at the top – usually in a ruined castle. And when you come down from the mountains, you have the pleasure of driving (or walking) through the vineyards with buzzards and harriers soaring overhead – and then there are the villages with the Weingüte and Restaurants and the hundreds of House Martins and Swallows flying around. Wunderbar!
And before you ask, yes, I am fully aware that this is a music blog and is not primarily dedicated to holidays/travel – please bear with me – I am slowly but surely working my way towards the tenuous music link.
About twenty years ago I made a tape for my brother featuring lots of northern soul, Capitol and Stax tracks that I was listening to at the time. Since he was then living in Hackney, the tape became known as the Hackney Soul tape. Many years later, I made a CD version, took it on holiday (to Germany) and forced the whole family to listen to it as we drove around the beautiful countryside. The two little MissToffees loved it – so much so, that it’s now become an integral part of our trips to the Pfalz and is known, rather incongruosly, as the German Soul CD.
Here are some highlights from said CD for you own listening pleasure. Some you’ll already know – some may be new to you – all, I hope, will hit the spot.
Let me know what you think – and, of course, if you have your own favourite holiday sounds, do tell us what they are…
It’s hot here. There’s something about summer that makes you want to dive into some water. In our area, we have the option of joining a pool. But we never have. When it gets hot, sometimes we’ll go over to Princeton and let the boys swim in the fountain, which is actually a very joyful experience, because there’s good ice cream nearby, and because there are always children from all over the world there, and it’s beautiful to see how little ones are completely uninhibited when it comes to making friends. And sometimes we go here… It’s a creek, but in places it’s deep enough for even Mr. Steenbeck (6’3″ tall) to be immersed up to his chin.
So where does everyone else go swimming?
I couldn’t think of any songs about swimming, but this is something I love that I’ll never have a reason to post on RR.
La Folia, also called les folies d’espagne is a chord progression or ground bass that many different people wrote different variations on over the course of hundreds of years. (notably Vivaldi and Corelli). The one I posted is by Marin Marais and played on bass viol, which is an instrument I love. La Folia has been compared (for obvious reasons) to 12 bar blues or jazz arrangements, and I love it because it’s beautiful, and some of the variations are actually ROCKIN. I have a few other versions–if anyone is interested in hearing, I will post them. Apologies if any of these facts are foggy, but foggy facts are my métier.
Marin Marais–La Folia
Martin Y Coll–Diferencias Sobre Las Folias
Corelli– Violin Sonata In D Minor, Op. 5_12, _La Follia
And surely someone out there can think of some swimming songs…
I have a couple of private copies (with English subtitles) of this because FLT operator training is 90% of what my company does, and I find it funny as hell [goneforeign? You most definitely WON'T!] Unbelievably you can buy a public-license version and use it as a training accompaniment video. I would never do that (a) because that version ups the cost by 10,000% for the same tape, and (b) … well, watch for yourself . . . you just wouldn’t would you? Enjoy:
And before you dismiss this as being outlandish for the sake of it, you should know that in the UK we STILL average twenty to thirty fatal accidents involving FLTs every single year!
Erm, lecture over. If you enjoyed that, head over to youtube and type in Friseuse Claudia or Elektriker Horst.
Now let’s see if I’ve successfully embedded a youtube …
see more pwn and owned pictures
Because being the decider is a tough job…
I can’t Wait to get off work and see my baby–Tom Waits
Take THis Carriage Clock and Shove it–B&S
Funky Boss–Beastie Boys
Muleskinner Blues–Woody Guthrie
All Day Love Affair–Cee Lo
Wat About the Workin Class–LKJ
Work Song–Nellie McKay
Eddy Clearwater – Lazy Woman
Lowell George – Easy Money
Rickie Lee Jones – Easy Money
Edie Brickell – In The Bath
Katrina And The Waves – Going Down To Liverpool
Blood Meridian – Work Hard, For What?
Richmond Fontaine – Exit 194B
The Zutons – Don’t Get Caught
The Zutons – Family Of Leeches
Slobberbone – Lazy Guy
Thunder – Ball And Chain
Drive-By Truckers – Buttholeville
Tin emailed me that photo of Eddy Clearwater; I sent him a gig-going tale about the man in reply. If anyone wants to hear it …
As I said over on the Mothership, Hard Cash was a television series that was never shown, because the Beeb and Maggie weren’t getting on too well at the time. But here’s some of the music, which is all about the horrors of work under various kinds of oppression.
1 is Mrs Rita, sung by June Tabor
2 is Work Life Out to Keep Life In: Martin Carthy has added an extra verse to this trad. song
3 is The Guernsey Kitchen Porter, by Michael Marra
4 is Good With My Hands, by Christine Collister and Clive Gregson
Today’s themed poetry courtesy of Philip Larkin:
A workshy slacker if ever there was one.
Walking around in the park
Well it seems to be acceptable to introduce new family members here so I’d like to introduce our latest member and by association, the newest Spill member, his name is ‘Marley’, he’s a a lovely 8 week old male sable German Shepherd puppy, he arrived last Sunday.
We already have two dogs, Seamus, the world’s largest German Shepherd and Jasmin a lovely female Boxer who you’ve already met. Seamus is large but very gentle, friendly, and totally non aggressive, I’ve never heard him growl. Jasmin is similar plus she’s the comedian in the family, there’s also two cats. It’s been a while since we had a puppy in the house, Seamus, about 12 years ago, so it’s going to be fun again. We named him Marley because that’s a name we want to hear about the house on a daily basis and it fits; I thought this piece of music was appropriate for a christening.
My current wallpaper is appropriate for this week’s topic…and, spookily, the same person and the same brand (but a different picture) feature as my laptop’s wallpaper. Ooer!
At work I’m not allowed wallpaper thanks to our evil IT guys. And we have an enforced screensaver about washing your hands. Did I complain? Yes, but it didn’t get me anywhere. Except being labelled as a troublemaker.
In 6 weeks time I will be there again for my annual holiday, yes!!
ps. click on the pic to see it in its full glory
It’s been a while since our last bare faced traffic raising gesture, so I thought that in order to keep our 3000+ monthly visitors happy, and to attract new readers, that I’d post up what is the current wallpaper on my laptop…..(it’s dita von teese looking saucy for the benefit of google’s text based searches: i read recently that this sort of thing really works, even with the sophisticated genteel readership that the ‘ Spill has….)
I am off on holiday tomorrow in the early hours, back in the UK on the 12th August. Me and Nicky and the two doggies.
A couple of nights in Paris then two weeks in a gite in Burgundy.
It is going to be great!
See you all soon!
The point is that I’m in a VERY black mood, and in these cases I have a bunch of songs that I use as pressure release valves. I can’t say too many of you are going to like these – and be warned: swearing figures LARGE - but I’m using them as a test to see if I can make Boxstr work.
Now if you don’t mind, I’m off to do my best ‘Headbanging-Whirling-Dervish-Attacks-Air-Guitar-Whilst-Practising-Primal-Scream-Therapy’ thang!
Damien Rice – Rootless Tree
Sass Jordan – Damaged
WGC – Let It Roll
Icicle Works – Shit Creek
Young Heart Attack – Mouthful Of Love
The Datsuns – MF From Hell
Th’Legendary Shack Shakers – Ichabod
The Bellrays – Stupid Fuckin’ People
Alter Bridge – Metalingus