Monday, April 28, 2014

Sound & Groove Episode 45: Where the Water Flows- Seafaring Songs, Part1

The eternally searching and spiritually yearning Mike Scott, the central force and only permanent member of seminal 80s band the Waterboys. Starting off in the mould of expressionist, soulful folk-rockers a la Dylan/Van Morrison and philosophical new wave rockers like U2, Dexy's Midnight Runners and Big Country, the Waterboys never sold a platinum record but penned several timeless tunes- dominated by 1985's towering salvo "The Whole of the Moon." Often on record sounding relentless, overblown, ambitious and always at the highest dynamic level in their early days, they eventually repealed that wall of sound to bathe in jaunty, traditional Celtic folk. A common use of the sea or ocean in lyrical themes was the band's calling card on several milestone albums including A Pagan Place (1984) and This is the Sea (1985) eventually morphing to a more spare, modest, but no less enthralling traditional Irish/Celtic folk on Fisherman's Blues (1988). One of 8 artists represented in this particular podcast of Sound & Groove.

Whether it's heading out there for sailing, boating or swimming, bodies of water are all around us and define our planet's existence and habitat. Better yet for us musicologists it' helped artists find their muse. find awesome metaphors to build their best compositions around. That's where I, your benevolent host Evan Dowbiggin, come in. For the first of 2 episodes (the next in mid-May) I compile and explain/break down the selection of tunes that refer to bodies of water and such. You may learn a few things but most of all you'll hear a song that grabs your ear, catches your fancy. Away we go! 

Hear another  musical journey through yet another themed podcast here in 2014. And if you're new to this podcast: Every month there will be a theme that the selection of music is centered around. It will be jam packed with my analysis, synopses, breakdowns, anecdotes and other witticisms you might enjoy. And not to worry, each month will contain a different theme than the last. All killer, no filler... other than when I talk and introduce the tunes and recap the ones before it. But aside from that? 100% juicy meat! 100% juicy tofu if you happen to be a vegetarian.

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Track Listing:
1. It's a Very Deep Sea- Style Council (1988)
2. Still Water (Love)- The Four Tops (1970)
3. Rivers of Babylon- The Melodians (1970)
4. This is the Sea- The Waterboys (1985)
5. Oceans and Streams- The Black Keys (2008)
6. Whirpool- Seal (1991)
7. River Song- Dennis Wilson (1977)
8. Deep Forbidden Lake- Neil Young (1974)

Info of note:
Intro- "That Spiritual Feeling" by the Style Council (1989)
Outro- "Heavens Above" by the Style Council (1988)
All comments, questions and feedback are greatly welcomed and appreciated! I encourage participation. Even though I drain an hour off your life by listening to the podcast then checking through the links, at least you don't have to fork over your money to me... though if you feel like, you know... But in all seriousness, let me now what you'd like to hear or see and I'll consider it. Popular approval doesn't always sway me but having fans or listeners get their input would be just grand!

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