The Galaxy – Music hot enough to heat up the room

Master of Sitar, Ravi Shankar.

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We start this evening with a selection inspired by a discussion with some fellow WDBX volunteers.  During the course of this discussion, I was reminded of some of the gorgeous samplings of classical/traditional music from other cultures that we have touched on here on the Galaxy over the years.  A particularly special joy comes when I can play a sampling of the music of Ravi Shankar.  Shankar is truly a musician’s musician, the perfect example of what happens when one totally dedicates oneself to his/her art.  To me, the beauty of this music reaches across the boundaries of culture and distance.  Past research has indicated that this performance may be from c. 1958, but the recording is imported from India (given to me by a student worker of mine a few years ago), and not well documented.

Next we have a classic by the late Issac Hayes.  Its hard to find music done like this in our modern times, with the time that Hayes uses to set up the song.  But it really adds to the whole atmosphere of the song.  Sometimes the best times require you to invest some time in the enjoyment thereof.

Next we have a nice set of relatively modern rock, or at least rock with a more modern, somewhat independent outlook.  We start with Mogwai, and one of their songs from their excellent 2008 album The Hawk is Howling.  We then moved back in time to 1994 and Quicksand’s song Supergenius.  While I certainly do miss Quicksand (they broke up around 1996), my memory of them has been refreshed due to the reemergence of their bassist Sergio Vega as the stand-in bassist for Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who was seriously injured in an auto accident back in 2008 (and he is doing a fine job, both on the new album, which we heard from last week, and on their recent tour with Alice in Chains and Mastodon).  We finished that set with two songs from Sonic Youth‘s classic 1988 album Daydream Nation, which has recently received a lovely remastering and reissue.

As I do enjoy changing pace, I followed Sonic Youth up with some classic country, starting the next set off with a gorgeous rendition by Grandpa and Ramona Jones of the classic Merle Travis song Dark as a Dungeon, which achieved some notoriety when Johnny Cash featured it in his Live at Folsom Prison set.  We then heard two songs by Webb Pierce, There Stands The Glass (a No. 1 song in 1953), and his cover of the classic Jimmie Rodgers tune In The Jailhouse Now (with some excellent harmony vocals by Doyle and Teddy Wilburn).  George Jones was next with a truly great song, She Thinks I Still Care.  Loretta Lynn followed that with Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (with Lovin’ on Your Mind), and we finished that set with another classic, Buck Owens‘ I’ve Got a Tiger By The Tail.  Of course, all of these songs here are classics that have stood the test of time – they are so hard for me to resist.

We wind up tonight’s show with a lovely performance of Robert Schumann’s Humoreske, in B flat, Op. 20.  It was written in 1839, the year prior to his marriage to Clara Wieck.  During this period of time Schumann wrote almost exclusively for piano, and the list of works from this time period includes some of his best work.

Below is copied the original playlist.  As always, you will find the playlist on my website.

Composer Performer Title Genre Label
Ravi Shankar, sitar, -w- Ustad Allaa Rakha, tabla
Homage to Baba Allauddin – Raga Hemant
Indian, classical
Music India, 1990
Jimmy Webb
Issac Hayes
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
R&B, Soul
Stax, 1969
Mogwai
Batcat
Rock, Modern, Indie
Matador, 2008
Quicksand
Supergenius
Rock, Modern, Hardcore,
Island, 1994
Sick Of It All
Don’t Follow
Rock, Punk, Hardcore
Elektra, 1997
Sonic Youth
Silver Rocket
Blast First/Enigma, 1988
Merle Travis
Grandpa Jones
Dark as a Dungeon
Country, Classic
King, 1963
Webb Pierce
There’s The Glass
Decca, 1952
Jimmie Rodgers
Webb Pierce
In The Jailhouse Now
Decca, 1955
George Jones
She Thinks I Still Care
Capitol, 1962
Loretta Lynn
Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)
MCA, 1967
Buck Owens

I’ve Got a Tiger By The Tail

Sundazed, 1965
Robert Schumann
Andras Schiff, piano
Humoreske, Op. 20
Classical, Romantic era, music for solo piano
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