Twelve Months of Music: February
After the sad, bleak, hopeless sludge of January, we slip down to the lowest darkest, 3am, vanishing point of musical death, trembling in selfless, starless nothingness; opioid, oblong, infinite, steaming, brooding and null. void black. Next month we’re going to WAKE UP,* but now we need music to take heroin to, drown to (a method of suicide I’ve always felt was a little underrated) or possibly make love with some kind of enormous, terrifying Eskimo goddess to.
- Long Long Long The Beatles
- Prophecy Theme Brain Eno
- All You Are Going To Want To Do Is Get Back There The Caretaker
- I’ll Read You a Story Colleen
- Happiness Eluvium
- Fish Beach Michael Nyman
- Leb’ Wohl Neu!
- Aguirre 1 Popol Vuh
- Humming Chorus Puccini (Barbirolli ‘66)
- Laura Palmer’s Theme Angelo Badalamenti
- Danseur De Ballet Dirty Beaches
- Titanic Hymn Gavin Bryars
The Badalamenti link goes to his anecdote of how he composed the track, which is quite, quite marvellous.
Talking of anecdotes, although slightly less marvellous, I once met Michael Nyman, although I didn’t know it was him. He was DJing at a London event I was at, playing his own music, which at the time I wasn’t familiar with either. I went up to him and said ‘this music is really good, who’s it by?’
‘Michael Nyman,’ he said.
‘Good though isn’t it?’
‘Oh, I’ve heard better.’
I walked away thinking ‘this nob-end’s got no taste!’
* Apologies to antipodean readers! You might like to consider my ‘year in music’ rather a ‘day in music’, and that February’s songs are to listen to at the darkest hour, with March being sun, sun, rise.