List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your LJ along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to.
I’m not a great music-bod and am currently heavily engaged in the most tedious activity of my year (marking many many papers of students of varying degrees of ability – ever mindful of the thought that this person may be dangerous if allowed near the general public, be more severe 😉 )
The 7 pieces of music I’m really enjoying at the moment are:
Henry Mancini’s score for Touch of Evil – Orson Welles as an obese racist cop, Charlton Heston as a Mexican policeman, and Janet Leigh. What more could you want from a film? Marlene Dietrich? well she’s in it too. And it has one of the great film scores. I popped this on following Heston’s death and the score by Mancini is one of his best – particularly the title music, which has kept creeping into my mind as yet another script detonates in front of me.
Bach, Goldberg Variations – marking music. I listen to the Gould versions, Jarrett’s recording on the harpsichord, even the almost dull Turacek recording. Blissful.
The Beatles, Octopus’s Garden – in the car with my children they demand The Beatles as my wife and I have put together a little compilation of Beatles tracks on our MP3 player. Their favourites are this, then
The Beatles, For the benefit of Mr Kite
Keith Jarrett’s European Quartet – The Wind up (from the Belonging album). Mr J can be a grumpy sod. This is joyous, and witty. I listen to it often.
A few weeks ago BBC4 broadcast a documentary about Al Bowlly, 30s singing star. Bowlly was something of an obsession for Dennis Potter, who wrote a play about a Bowlly obsessive (moonlight on the highway I think) and Bowlly is a pivotal off-screen figure in Pennies from Heaven. I bought the soundtrack for Pennies following repeats in the late 80s, replacing my worn out tapes with the CDs 15 years ago. Following the documentary I picked out the CDs and a couple of songs have found themselves played a few times:
AL Bowlly singing My Woman with Lew Stone and the Monseigneur Band
and Dorothy Carless singing Oh you Nasty Man with the Ray Noble orchestra (a very jaunty introduction followed by Ms Carless – sizzling).
For tagging – people that I am curious to find out the musical tastes of:
PS This is my 999th post here. Tomorrow, I’ll have been resident at LJ for 2 years and hope to make my 1000th post. Thanks to all who read and to those who comment.