Pop Quiz: How many athletes can you name who can sing? Here’s one!
1: The Radha Krsna Temple – Hare Krsna Mantra (2010 – Remaster) – BethNoir
There’s something rather comforting about a mantra, isn’t there? Or is that just me and George Harrison?
2: Rachid Taha – Tabla Motown ~ AlBahooky
Here’s a tune from Rachid Taha’s ’95 LP ‘Ole Ole’ which ticks all the boxes for me; North African meets India via Europe/USA – haven’t got a clue what it’s about but that’s irrelevant when it sounds like this : voice + music = groove.
3: Takeshi Terauchi & Bunnys – Genroku Hanami Odori ~ HoshinoSakura
I think this is an interesting piece from Takeshi Terauchi. He was know as The King Of The Surf Guitar and made lots of albums over the years. This one mixes the typical surf guitar sound with a traditional Japanese dance melody. I hope you like it ! ! !
4: Sophie George – Girlie Girlie ~ RockingMitch
I love it, but it is one of those songs that once heard, never leaves your head, or what in my case passes for a brain.
5: Miguel Bose- Te Digo Amore ~ MrsMaki
A song about love not a loved one. About how important it is and the effect it has on our lives. Sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter: it gives us life and we are lucky it exists.
6: Jean Sibelius – The Swan of Tuonela ~ GoneForeign
I think of this piece as the Finnish equivalent of Lark Ascending, it’s by Sibelius and is based on medieval mythology. What’s unique is the unusual small orchestra it was written for; cor anglais , oboe, bass clarinet, bassoon, 4 horns, 3 trombones, timpani, bass drum, harp, and strings. The cor anglais [English horn] is the voice of the swan and its solo is perhaps the best known cor anglais solo in the orchestral literature. It’s this assemblage of musical voices that gives it it’s unique quality. A beautiful piece of ‘mood music’.
A big Thank You to everyone who has send in these and other songs. If you have more, PLEASE send them in! Send your juiciest worms plus a line or two per song on how you got hooked: to either firstname.lastname@example.org or a wormhole near you. Thank you.