48. Heavy music

Posted on 04/05/2017

48. Heavy music This post is devoted to heavy music without words, by two bands/artists: Amon Tobin and Quantic. They have different but overlapping characteristics. Tobin goes in for massive... read more >

47. Trains dont mean a thing

Posted on 29/04/2017

47. Trains dont mean a thing Useful things, trains. Normally so efficient. But in music the image can mean anything and quite frequently nothing. The train can be joyful (Chatanooga Choo Cho) or sad... read more >

46. Serge’s Reggae

Posted on 19/04/2017

46. Serge's Reggae. Serge Gainsbourg was a french-jewish songwriter and singer. His original surname was Ginsburg, and his family was persecuted by the nazis in the Second World War. His chosen... read more >

45. Safe as milk

Posted on 12/04/2017

45. Safe as milk I was brought up on a dairy farm. Milk is not particularly safe, as it can go off very quickly if not kept in a sterile and cool environment. the nicest thing about milk, for those... read more >

44. Modern gipsy music

Posted on 07/04/2017

44. Modern gipsy music Le Caravane Passe are an excellent french gipsy group. French gipsy groups have a  long history, going back to Django Rheinhardt's Hot Club of Paris in the 1930's. The modern... read more >

43. Ramblin Jack Elliot: Troubadour

Posted on 02/04/2017

43. Ramblin Jack Elliott: Troubadour As a teenager, one of my fondest possessions was a Ramblin Jack album of songs by Woody Guthrie and Jimmy Rodgers. He was shown with a foot on the bumper of a... read more >

42. Gipsy Dance

Posted on 28/03/2017

42. Gipsy Dance The image created by the phrase above is of manic whirling dancers, accompanied by manic whirling musicians. Plenty of that exists, but gipsy music (or in the evocative French phrase... read more >

41. Let there be drums

Posted on 26/03/2017

41. Let there be drums It's a fair bet that songs based on drumming won't have much in the way of lyrics. You can infer that those who want to listen to drums don't want lyrics, and vice versa.... read more >