The Finest Kind of self-referential humor

What is that tickles so about self-reference?


Anyhow, here's Finest Kind singing Shelley's John Barleycorn Deconstructed, a true lesson in harmonizing besides an entertaining listen. As singers, these three never seem to put a foot wrong–it's quite extraordinary.


Mystery music, mystery woman

I don't know what this music is–the commentary is all in Arabic(?) script–and I don't know why, about two-thirds through, there is a brief shot of a mysterious young woman listening from outside–but love the seemingly wild, ecstatic flute playing…


Grave, and solemne, and plaine Tunes

Gaelic speakers of Scotland have preserved the "old way of singing" metrical psalms. This kind of singing prevailed before the introduction of congregational harmony singing into English and New England churches. It features unison singing, lining out by a leader…


The scariest song

Barbara Svoboda introduced me to this magnificently eerie song of Mike and Lal Waterson via a harmony rendition by The Witches of Elswick.

Here's Mike Waterson singing it, quite differently.

Here are the words, for those who find the vowels…


Delicate vocal acrobatics

Not so far away geographically from yesterday, but a world away. A duet showing off the ethereal vocal acrobatics of two Aka singers.


Everyone's favorite music

A friend of mine who has worked in many countries of Africa told me that Congolese music is loved the best all over the continent. Of all the Congolese music, it's Tabu Ley who never fails to make me smile…

Someone's life

Sometimes Google street view delivers a moment of someone's life that seems more real than real.


Click on the image for a larger view.

Perpetual motion?

Not perpetual motion, but this clock never needs winding. In 1928 Jean-Léon Reutter invented the Atmos clock, driven by atmospheric temperature variations. According to Wikipedia (via Greg Ross) the original insight goes back to the seventeenth century.