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Monday, 22 May 2017

Roll and Tumble Blues - and some variants

Hambone Willie Newbern

Garfield Akers - Dough Roller Blues

Sleepy John Estes - The Girl I love, She Got Long Curly Hair

 Sleepy John signed my programme with a cross (1964)

Robert Johnson - If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day

Muddy Waters - Rollin' and Tumblin', Part 1 and 2

Howlin' Wolf - Down In The Bottom

About the song and some key recordings (Wikipedia)

A more complete list

I once did a composite recording in Memphis, a version combining elements of "Mystery Train" with "Rollin' n' Tumblin'".

Albania: Kaba me Klarinete (Kaba with Clarinet)

YouTube video

Thomas Linley the younger: Music for The Tempest, "Arise! ye spirits of the storm"

"Arise! ye spirits of the storm,
Appal the guilty eye,
Tear the wild waves, ye mighty winds,
Ye fated lightnings fly,
Dart thro' the tempest of the deep,
And rocks and seas confound,
Hark how the vengeful thunders roll,
Amazement flames around.
Behold the fate-devoted bark
Dash'd on the trembling shore;
Mercy the sinking wretches cry!
Mercy! they're heard no more."

Chamber orchestra Pratum Integrum and vocal ensemble Intrada perform "Arise! ye spirits of the storm" from Music for The Tempest by Thomas Linley the younger (1756-1778) - YouTube video

This CD contains the recording of "Arise! ye spirits of the storm" (lyric by his brother-in-law, Richard Brinsley Sheridan?), and other Music for The Tempest (1777), that I have heard:

It evokes images of shipwrecks (Sea Venture), tempests and hurricanes off the island of Bermuda.

It's been described as an eighteenth century 'smash hit', composed by the 'English Mozart'.

It is both tragic and ironic that the young (22-year-old) Thomas Linley drowned after his boat overturned on a castle's ornamental lake during a storm.

See this biographical note from Eighteenth Century English Music, and the following section in particular:

"In July 1778 Linley went with his sisters to Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire as guests of the Duke of Ancaster and his family. On 5th August Linley went boating on the Castle lake with two friends. During a storm the boat overturned and, whilst attempting to swim ashore, the 22 year old Linley tragically drowned. It was reported in the Morning Chronicle on 11th August, “On Wednesday last Mr. Thomas Linley……fell into a lake belonging to his Grace the Duke of Ancaster…..and was unfortunately drowned; he remained under water full forty minutes, so that every effort made to restore him to life proved ineffectual. This accident has deprived the profession to which he belonged of one its principal ornaments, and society of a very accomplished and valuable member”.

John William Waterhouse, Miranda - The Tempest (1916)

EU/Brexit: "EU Discusses Brexit Position as U.K. Threatens to Quit Talks" (Bloomberg)

From Bloomberg

American Epic (BBC 4, Arena)

A friend recommended this four-part series, but I can't get it on BBCiPlayer where I am.

Some clips are available:

The Memphis Jug Band - American rapper Nas explains the significance of The Memphis Jug Band, whose music set the foundation of modern day rap and RnB. Release date:21 May 2017

Record sales were plummeting...

American Epic, Part 1:

"The first episode takes us back to 1920s America, where the growth of radio had shattered record sales. Record companies travelled rural America and recorded the music of ordinary people for the first time. The poor and oppressed were given a voice as their recordings spread from state to state.

The film introduces the early recordings of The Carter Family, the founders of modern country music, steeped in the traditions of their isolated Appalachian community. It also features Will Shade and the Memphis Jug Band, whose music told the story of street life in Memphis, and laid the foundations for modern day rap and R'n'B".

Robert Redford narrates this meticulously researched story of a cultural revolution that changed the world. "This isn't just another film, this is history" - Elton John.

Part 2 will be broadcast on 28 May, at 10pm UK time: 
Blood and Soil,  Episode 2 of 4

"This episode takes a look at the stories of those early music pioneers whose names have largely been forgotten.

In the small South Carolina town of Cheraw, Elder Burch held lively church gatherings which inspired young musicians - including jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie. Gillespie's autobiography cites Burch and his sons as direct inspirations; it is no exaggeration to say that modern music would not look the same without Burch's early influence.

The programme takes a look at the gritty songs and musicians that came from the coal mines of Logan County, West Virginia - The Williamson Brothers, Dick Justice and Frank Hutchinson. The hellish conditions of the coal mines inspired them to find a way out, through their music.

Finally we head to the home of the blues - the Mississippi Delta, where Charley Patton captured the sounds and struggles of life in the cotton fields. Patton's significance cannot be understated; he is widely considered the most influential musician in the birth of blues, teaching some of the best blues artists that followed including Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson and Honeyboy Edwards".

A Greek in London, from an essay by a Romanian In Poland

From Lost in Europe, by Claudia Ciobanu, Eurozine

‘It was as if the notoriously elusive European identity had finally come into existence, but as a nightmarish vision.’ Claudia Ciobanu, a Romanian living in Poland, describes the dilemmas and mixed feelings of ‘the voluntary migrant’, caught between revulsion at xenophobia and sympathy for the ‘losers of transition’.

Claudia is a freelance journalist with a focus on central and eastern Europe; she writes for international media. She lives in Warsaw.


"Iro, a Greek friend living in London, has experienced what it’s like to live in the UK capital, keeping both a utopian and a dystopian image of Greece in her mind: ‘When I thought I would be in London just for a short while and would go back to Greece, which I missed, I had a very negative attitude towards London and I couldn’t really appreciate anything. I felt very much like a stranger or a prisoner counting days inside.’

Unhappy with her London life, she went back to Athens, just when her country was seeing the first effects of the financial crisis. Back home, she was overwhelmed by the despair of people, which was sometimes pushing them into immoral behaviour. After two years she returned to the UK. ‘Now, after being disappointed by Greece and having been forced to look for something else, I am more open to notice and even admire some things which in Greece we don’t have, such as the politeness of people, the parks, the nice things happening in the city.’.

‘The first time, it was as if I had a line connecting me to Greece. When I cut it, I started seeing things as new and unique. It didn’t make sense doing what I was doing, comparing two very different things: the reality of London and the utopia of Greece.’

Still, she says, ‘Whenever I think about living in London for good, I am worried that some part of me would never be satisfied here, that I could not have here the life I would really like to live. It’s because of being a foreigner, but mostly it’s a cultural thing. Here the pace of life is fast, it’s just more difficult to hang out with people, you have to plan everything, schedule in advance any appointment, life here doesn’t have the free flow that I’m used to.’"

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