- Saturday 7th December 2019, 10:24pm [Edited]
- United Kingdom
- 6,845 posts
Just going back briefly to the joiking. It is an acquired taste. Today the programme was mainly for the animals, the lifestyles, the landscapes and the immense BBC production which in pushing the broadcasting boat out was both audacious (in the uncontroversial sense) and utterly fantastic for being so. But when I drifted from huge enthusiasms in five decades plus for popular music I did go deep to world music for 10 years plus having been there or thereabouts for 30. It fascinates me that the music of remote Scandinavia is not dissimilar to my ears to that of remote Tibet or Japan.
I could provide steers to people wanting to know. So I'd say this on the Nordic etc traditions. First, I don't know much about Baer. But if you would like to explore a female angle on it, go to Mari Boine. Brilliant. If you want a slightly indie angle on joiks, it is definitely Adjegas who once played at Glasto Then I must have an angle on Marmite Bjork. Totally pro actually from the Sugarcubes onwards as I do see and hear her as firmly in those roots, albeit updated for this age. She has the ability to move me and I made a point of seeing her live at Glastonbury which lived up to all my expectations.
One of me favourite Bjorks - Joga - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BSMcVRgloY
Classical music wise : I've taught myself big time on this in the past decade, having not a lot better to do, starting from almost nothing - Jon Leifs was amazing and, I'd say, too, a bit rockist/filmic trendy. Not one of my favourites - a bit too sturm and drang - but interesting. He definitely had something. What do I do? Not a lot - absolutely useless on most things - but I try to cast the net wide and hope some will follow and get the kind of enjoyment I have found from it:
Jon Leifs (Iceland) - Geysir - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndf2kGf82oU&t=42s