Welcome one and all to this week’s Spill Challenge
For the uninitiated, a new challenge appears each and every Tuesday and is a blue blanket type device for Readers Recommend enthusiasts to prevent them from sucking their thumbs down to the bone in the time between the close of nominations and the appearance of results of a Thursday.
Some of our favourite music is often the most simple: Smoke On The Water, punk, Kraftwerk and early Rock’n'Roll all made a virtue of it – whereas Status Quo didn’t, but nevertheless found it a lucrative furrow to plough.
This week’s task is to dig into the recesses of your mind and your music collection and offer your fellow Spillers something a little more cerebral, a liddle biddy more complex. Intricacy can come in many forms, musical and lyrical, so what we are looking for need not necessarily be exhibitionist in nature.
By way of inspiration I offer you Kate Bush’s Flower Of The Mountain. The song originally appeared in a different form as the title track of the Sensual World album and was inspired by Molly Bloom’s erotic closing soliloquy in James Joyce’s Ulysses. She had originally set Joyce’s words to music but was refused copyright permission by his estate. When preparing the Director’s Cut album, she tried again and Joyce’s estate agreed to the use of the text. Blending literature and music can sometimes be a clunky combination, but I think she really inhabits the character and lets it soar off the page.
Of the page
Into the sensual world
And then I asked him with my eyes to ask again, yes
And then he asked me would I, yes, to say yes, my mountain flower
And first I put my arms around him, yes and drew him down to me
So he could feel my breasts or perfume, yes
And his heart was going like mad and yes, I said yes, I will, yes
It is quite possible that we have no volunteer for next week’s Challenge, so if you are feeling brave/inclined, speak now or forever hold your silence (or hold it until the following week at least). Challenge topics are ideal for all you luddites out there: simply post a video link/text combination in support of your choice, then just sit back and wait for the gibbering/frothing/adulation (don’t count on the latter) to begin. If you would prefer to do something fancy, the multi-talented Maki has written an easy to follow manual, under the “Manual” tab at the top of the blog, although please bear in mind that embedding video content will slow everything down for those accessing the page from a mobile device . Not much in the way of rules other than the requirement that no artist can be duplicated in one week – whoever posts firsts gets to keep their choice.