The Peter Blegvad Trio are playing at Cafe Oto in London on Friday. I hope they have roped in this splendid fellow to drive them to the gig. In the words of PB, “he’s something else, isn’t he?”
Forget all the previous Monday Music selections. Erase from your mind every other piece of music you have ever heard. Done? Now, Peter Blegvad and John Greaves invite you to imagine a world where this was The Only Song …
“Seasons” by Future Islands. I picked this not so much for the music as for the, er, idiosyncratic performance by singer Stanley Kowalski – sorry, I mean Samuel T. Herring. At 3:28 he executes an almost perfect impersonation of the Grunty Man.
“This Bitter Earth” by Dinah Washington, reimagined by Max Richter for the soundtrack of Shutter Island (2010)
Charles Ives’s magnificent cowboy song “Charlie Rutlage”, sung by Roberta Alexander, with Tan Crone on piano.
Letta Mbulu, What Is Wrong With Groovin’? (1967)
The Rezillos, “Destination Venus”, 1978.
“Caucasian Bird Riffles” from Carla Bley’s 1974 album Tropic Appetites. The singer is Julie Tippetts, and the words are by Paul Haines, held in very high esteem by the teenage Mr Key.
“Desdeñosa” by Lhasa De Sela (1972 – 2010), with a vocal performance that is, er, quite intense.
This week’s musical treat is the Poem of Ecstasy by Alexander “Tiny Hands” Scriabin. In the words of Nigel Tufnell, it goes up to 11.
The second in our series of Monday musical treats. This week, one of the greatest songs of the past four decades, “The Man With The Foldback Ears”, by the Reverend Fred Lane, from his 1986 album Car Radio Jerome.
The first in a new series. Every week, Mr Key will select a piece of music he much enjoys, and hopes you lot will too. We begin with “This Is Spain” by Kevin Coyne, from 1973.