Gimme Gimme Gimme that Swing!

How fun to get Swing music stuck in my head! The electro swing movement has been a sheer joy for me.

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While my Shamisen Gently Weeps

This song is one of those enduring classics, and there are many covers, but this one maybe my favourite version, even on par with the original. Perhaps because it is so different, yet keeps the qualities that makes the song so good. It is featured in the end credits of the movie Kubo and the Two Strings which is also a work of art on it’s own. Never a complaint when this song gets stuck in my head!

 

Guardians of the Chain

Yeah, it’s probably because of Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2 this song got stuck in my head. Being it was featured in the trailer as well as in the movie and I am such a comic book movie nerd. Not sure why it chose this morning to be burrowing through my brain, perhaps it’s a sign I should watch the movie again tonight!

A Faun Song

This is the song stuck in my head this morning. Don’t know if has anything to do with dreams of camping on a mountainside or not.

I learned about Faun when somebody told me about the Faerieworlds festival in Oregon.I managed to visit that wonderful festival a few times, but have never gotten to see an appearance of Faun. Oh well, we have the internet and downloads, so I have been blessed with their music in digital form at least!

Funny Smiths

With songs like “How Soon is Now” “Girlfriend in a Coma” or “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” being the more familiar fair, how does one come off saying, the Smiths are funny.

I recently watched an interview where the person being interview said he found the Smiths funny. The interviewer looked at him like he was being very odd. Like how could one think the Smiths are a funny band… I don’t think the interviewer was as familiar with the Smiths as the interviewee was.

I think the Smiths are funny. One of my favourites being “Sweet and Tender Hooligan”  Today’s song stuck in my head is one of the funnier ones.

When the Sun Fell Down

And the Moon Fails to Rise.

These are the lyrics running through my head this morning. Planted by the Gary Numan song “When the World comes Apart”. I think I have been making up for lost time consuming as much of his music since I rediscovered this artist with the song and video for “My name is Ruin“.

 

 

 

The Stolen Child

The melody stolen from this version of this song was running through my head this morning. It’s not in English so the lyrics weren’t there so much. I believe this tune was written by Loreena McKennitt and the lyrics are from the poem by W. B. Yeats, but the video of this version is very beautiful.

The original poem:

The Stolen Child

  1. B. Yeats, 1865 – 1939

 

Where dips the rocky highland

Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,

There lies a leafy island

Where flapping herons wake

The drowsy water rats;

There we’ve hid our faery vats,

Full of berrys

And of reddest stolen cherries.

Come away, O human child!

To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

 

Where the wave of moonlight glosses

The dim gray sands with light,

Far off by furthest Rosses

We foot it all the night,

Weaving olden dances

Mingling hands and mingling glances

Till the moon has taken flight;

To and fro we leap

And chase the frothy bubbles,

While the world is full of troubles

And anxious in its sleep.

Come away, O human child!

To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

 

Where the wandering water gushes

From the hills above Glen-Car,

In pools among the rushes

That scarce could bathe a star,

We seek for slumbering trout

And whispering in their ears

Give them unquiet dreams;

Leaning softly out

From ferns that drop their tears

Over the young streams.

Come away, O human child!

To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

 

Away with us he’s going,

The solemn-eyed:

He’ll hear no more the lowing

Of the calves on the warm hillside

Or the kettle on the hob

Sing peace into his breast,

Or see the brown mice bob

Round and round the oatmeal chest.

For he comes, the human child,

To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world’s more full of weeping than he can understand.

Fear and Delight

This band was discovered during a YouTube music binge, several weeks ago. For some reason this song is the one my brain was serenading me with when I woke up this morning. There genre is considered Electro swing but there is some funky dubstep like interlude in the middle. The video is pretty funky too. Wheee!

Atheist Hymns

Usually what I call an earworm manifests itself without a conscious train of thought trail, usually just find the song running through my head when I wake up, but other times there is a trigger. Today’s song was triggered by a meme a friend posted on Facebook. A quote attributed to Simon Pegg. “I wish there was a place where atheists could all get together and sing songs about physics. I love being a rationalist but it’s lonely”

I wondered what songs about physics there could be and remembered “Why Does the Sun Shine?” which promptly got stuck in my head.

They Might be Giants covered this 1959 song written by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer, performed by Tom Glazer and Dottie Evens.

Turns out it may not get sung in atheist meetings because science has developed new findings and TMBG has even recorded a correction song.

At any rate, “Why Does the Sun Shine?” is a fun enjoyable song and even if the atheists won’t be singing it at their physics meeting I bet there will be a fine selection of They Might Be Giants songs sung anyway. They have a whole album of science songs “Here Comes Science”

And if the John’s are ever in your neighbourhood, go see them, they are one of the best live acts I have ever seen.

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