Song Selection

Louis & Ella: Summertime
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major BWV 1050 – 1. Allegro

The Brandendurg is one of the best works of music ever, in the whole of history. That harpsichord solo is incredible. Just when you think it’s over it breaks it down and shifts to another plane. Back works on so many levels (or axes more to the point) – cosmic harmony, worship, the milk of human kindness. Bach is Baroque in the best possible sense – embodying the universe in all it’s detail and extent, with endless nuance, in a nutshell. It can be interpreted quite differently, so here’s two versions, one bold and brash, and maybe it’s me, but sounds like he’s fudging it a bit, and, the second one more mellow and it appears the harpsichord player has some deep sadness in his life, which comes through in his interpretation.

The Temptations: Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Rail Band: Duga
Raga Rageshree: Kishori Amonkar

If you have time to forget time…

Mita Nag: Raga Bhatiyar
Bernarda de Utrera y Diego de el Gastor: Bulerias
Sugarcubes (with Bjork): Birthday
Boris: Pink

Crank it.

Pink Floyd: Grantchester Meadows
Penderecki: Threnody For The Victims Of Hiroshima
Ravel: Gaspard De La Nuit (Valentina Lisitsa)
Future Sound Of London: Papua New Guinea
Marvin Gaye: What’s Goin On
Ride: Today
Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker: KoKo
The Pogues: I’m A Man You Don’t Meet Everyday
St Etienne: Mario’s Cafe
Cesaria Evora: Petit Pays

Kaushik ChakraBorty: Raga Shudh Sarang
The Beatles: You Never Give Me Your Money

Unfortunately, like all Beatles songs, and in contrast to apparently every other song in the world, this song is unavailable. We can’t listen to Beatles music together. You must buy it and listen to it on your own. Is this what John and George would have wanted? In the silence I can hear George’s guitar gently weeping. Now, we might have put any number of Beatles songs on this list. I would put up I, Me, Mine but there’s only dodgy outtake versions. Here’s some of Strawberry Fields, though it’s been cut:

…and from the brilliant animation, Yellow Submarine, Eleanor Rigby is in intact!

Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
Courtney Barnett: Depreston
Sukiyaki: Kyu Sakimoto

The lyrics have a double meaning: “I look at the clouds to stop it from raining.” “I keep my chin up to keep from crying.” in protest at an unfair trade agreement.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain
Philip Glass: Pruit Igoe
Skip James: Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues
Van Morrison: Cyprus Avenue
Rolling Stones: I am Waiting
Rolling Stones: As Tears Go By
Bing Crosby: Blue Skies
St Etienne: Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Nina Simone: Do What You Gotta Do
 Nátttröllið: Mógil
Gheorghe Zamfir: Doina Sus Pe Culmea Dealului
Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari: Wicked Babylon
Grandmaster Flash: The Message
Public Enemy: Fight The Power
NWA: Fuck The Police
Sonic Youth: Kool Thing
Rage Against The Machine: Killing In The Name
Led Zeppelin: Ramble On
Funky Mama Soul Beats: Mama Soul
Lou Pride: I’m Comin’ Home
Spencer Davis Group: I’m A Man
Soft Cell: Tainted Love
DEEE-LITE: Groove Is In The Heart
Stone Roses: Fools Gold
Visage: Fade To Grey
Ultravox: Vienna
David Bowie: Life On Mars
Buggles: Video Killed The Radio Star
Joy Division: Love Will Tear Us Apart
The Smiths: Reel Around The Fountain
Big Mama Thornton: Let’s Go Get Stoned
The Small Faces: Autumn Stone
The Small Faces: Tin Soldier
Yardbirds: For Your Love
Masters Apprentices: Undecided
David Bowie: Space Oddity
Jimmy Little: Cattle and Cane

I only heard this song late in life but it perfectly evokes that 14hr long train ride back to the family in Queensland on the holidays.

Lou Reed: Perfect Day

If you ever spent a lot of time getting over a bad habit, you’ll recognise how it is just to spend a half decent day with someone. That one day in all the year just keeps you hanging on.

The Pogues: The Old Main Drag
Neil Young: The Damage Done
Boys Next Door: Shivers
Gerry & The Pacemakers: Ferry Cross The Mersey
My Little Airport: 憂傷的嫖客
Ride: Just For A Day
Slowdive: Shine
Peter Peter & Peter Kyed: Valhalla Rising Soundtrack
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Act III, Prelude, Massig Langsam
Wagner: Parsifal, Act I, Prelude
Wagner: Lohengrin, Act I, Prelude
John Coltrane: Olé
Boris Kovac & Ladaaba Orchestra: Begin-ing
Besh O Drom: Space Maudi
The Birthday Party: Release The Bats
Jonathon King: Everyone’s Gone To The Moon
The Velvet Underground: Stephanie Says
Buddy Holly: Everyday
Ink Spots: When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano
The Hollies: He Ain’t Heavy

The story goes the singer was sitting in a park and a kid went by carrying another kid on his back. “That’s a heavy load for a little guy.” he said. The kid replied, “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.”

The Paradise Motel: Drive
Sonic Youth: Tunic (Song For Karen)
The Cure: Pictures Of You
Chopin: Nocturnes
Mojave 3: Love Songs On The Radio
Beach House: GILA
Bob Marley: Is This Love?
Miles Davis: Sketches Of Spain
Ravel: Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte
The Jam: That’s Entertainment
The Kinks: Shangri-La
Fleet Foxes: Sim Sala Bim
Bon Iver: Blood Bank
First Aid Kit: Tiger Mountain Peasant Song
First Aid Kit: New Years Eve
First Aid Kit: To A Poet
Willie Nelson: Always On My Mind
Neil Young: After The Gold Rush
Ray Charles: Georgia On My Mind
Mazzy Star: Fade Into You
Billie Holiday: Strange Fruit

Last because nothing can follow it.