When five former US Presidents with different political persuasions come together for a fundraiser on behalf of those areas of the USA which have suffered devastation from recent hurricanes, then we are seeing the best of the American Dream: it’s one of inclusiveness, of working together for the common good..
That the current President contributed a video which praised them for “being fine public servants”, but that there was little else in his script, which he read without looking into the camera, was a strong indication why the five needed to come together.
Life has to be about balance, of truces rather than battles, of constructive compromises (i.e. of the highest, rather than lowest, common denominator), and acceptance that ‘they’ do not have to be like ‘us’.
Here are some songs and music which describe symptoms and offer a cure.
01. Masqualero – Off Balance 02. Blossom Toes – I Will Bring You This And That 03. Dr. John – Right Place, Wrong Time 04. Ian Gomm – Black and White 05. The Persuaders – Thin Line Between Love And Hate 06. Ric Ocasek – Balance 07. Rupert Hine – One Man’s Poison 08. Mary Black – Trying to Get the Balance Right 09. Lee Morse – If You Want The Rainbow (You Must Have The Rain) 10. Brian Eno & Jah Wobble – Unusual Balance 11. Jansen & Barbieri – Balance 12. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Acceptance
“This music comes from somewhere unknown and offers hope that there are worlds of music out there, unexplored and waiting to be discovered.”
That’s from a review of Orchestra Bana Luya from Kinhasa, Zaire
The likembé merge to provide a brutal, hypnotising beat, the cousin to The 13th Floor Elevators’ electrified jug or John Cale’s manic viola. The rapid intensity of rhythm matches the finest exponents of Krautrock, occasionally drifting close to the confused energy of Aphex Twin or Autechre, with the damaged tempo of Beefheart or Marc Ribot slithering in.
That’s what the reviewer heard … but I hear hypnotic gamelan, as I do in the other tracks gathered for you. I’ve pruned some 25 minutes off that track, so if you want to be transported click the link above.
Having been in Indonesia for nigh on 30 years, I’ve got to hear a lot of local music, yet very little of it excites me. This is probably because local musicians in general play for their audiences who want the familiar. I listen out for the excitement of extemporaneous sounds of musicians playing for themselves, for fun.
Although I’ve labelled each track with the nationality of the artist(s), none to my knowledge had nationalistic messages about character building or other such claptrap. The first three tracks have most definitely been composed to reflect the musicians’ love of Indonesian scales and melodies.
If you share that, then I hope you’ll download my compilation and listen with open ears.
The first three Gamelanish Grooves can be found here.
“Fearlessly textured sonic landscapes – both linked to and unbound by – the past and present, geography and tradition, the real and imagined. Hypnotic, otherworldly and epic. Širom’s music moves like the restless waters of their homeland, Slovenia. No matter how hushed or slow it may seem, it is never ever standing still.”
Listen to their new album I Can Be A Clay Snapperhere.
I don’t often post jazz music here, preferring to post on IndoJazzia. However, jazz is my favourite genre, and if music maketh man, then this post is at the core of me. I grew up listening to my father playing his favourite ‘jazz’ standards. This version of George and Ira Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm was recorded when he was 85.
Sadly, I felt that his playing was one-dimensional and after I left the parental nest I began to really appreciate the meditative zone induced by the artistry of some jazz pianists.
This download is one continuous track to keep you in the mood. Although Mingus (bass), Gismonti (guitar) and DeJohnette (drums) are better known for their primary instruments, they fit quite nicely in my selection.
Charles Mingus – Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blues
Egberto Gismonti – Don Quijote
Tete Montoliu – Una Guitarra
Esbjörn Svensson – Like Wash It Or Something
Jack DeJohnette – Ebony
Jacob Karlzon – Gaspard de la Nuit II: Le Gibet(after Ravel)
Mara Rosenbloom – I Rolled and I Tumbled(tribute to John Lee Hooker)
Keith Tippett – Let The Music Speak