Five Singer Punch

And music will rain down upon you as fine spray to gladden your heart or a fiery shower to incense your soul or black acid to madden your mind and rip you apart or the last deluge to wrap you in its tempestuous folds. Music. It will claim you. In terms of the sheer quantity…

Ground Ziro

When you get bumped up to business class on a 3+ hour flight at the start of a long journey, you can’t be faulted for wearing a silly grin on your face and thinking nothing can go wrong. I would have bought a lottery ticket right then if it was on sale. Thankfully for me,…

The Forest of Alluring Homes

Apart from its expressive power, in ways strange and familiar, the most interesting thing I find about art is its openness to interpretation; perhaps the degrees to which these are manifest are defining features – but not necessarily always – of great art. If indeed that premise is true, then Fireghost’s music surely qualifies for…

An Unquiet Stillness

Years and years of listening to music, and a wide assortment of it too; jaded ears are hardly a surprise then. Yet, even now I still get surprised and delighted by the art and craftsmanship of some musicians, old and new. And like a child, it pleases me that it happens more often than I’d…

What Witchery Is This?

What makes All Them Witches an outstanding band is that they blend it all with their own particular ingredients to brew a special magic potion.

Blazing Torche

For all the excellence of Torche’s previous works, ‘Restarter’ is in my opinion its best yet. It is certainly the most played album of the year in my ears but without slipping into overplayed territory.

A Case Of Favouritism

No, this is not a best of 2012 list. Such a claim would be quite a tall order 🙂 These are just a few of my favourite sings (sick, sick, sick) from the year gone by. Again, just a few. I had a fabulous start to the year spending time at an NGO up in…

A Rhyme For Every Reason

And a song for every season. They could well paraphrase this song to ‘Churn, Churn, Churn’ and make it the HR department’s anthem  This one for the marketer peddling his wares And for that mythical honest business For the paranoid and the merely curious alike If only Pontius Pilate had sung And in this season…

Take A Bow, Mr. Brubeck, Take Five If You Will

He opened doors. Dave Brubeck opened the doors to a hitherto mystical world of Jazz for people like me. He uncovered for me the riches of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Chick Corea, Weather Report, Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer, Brad Mehldau…a whole area of beauty. A tune that I heard countless times before I…

Hallelujah: The Original and A Chorus Of Note

One thing leads to another. Earlier this week I was listening to Handel’s “Messiah” when I remembered an email newsletter that I had received some weeks back featuring a collaborative cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” (now how does “Messiah” lead to “Hallelujah”? Don’t ask, please). More of that joint effort later, but it got me…