Category Archives: music
I’ve been listening to Bob Dylan for as long as I can remember, through all the ups and downs of my life and his career. I’ve tuned in for the sublime and the inspirational, and yes, for the dross as well. It’s been a long and usually rewarding journey.
So I’ve been intrigued by the global kerfuffle that followed the announcement of his Nobel Prize in literature last month. Rejoicing fans, academic snobbery – and some downright mean-spirited spleen venting too.
There are some big questions conjured by giving Bob the Nobel. Are song lyrics literature? You could make a case either way – but I vote “yes” on that one.
The bigger question is how can we give a bloke a prize in a specific category when he’s spent his whole career exercising his chameleon-like ability to resist, to defy categorisation? Dylan was famously asked at a mid-60s press conference whether he thought of himself as a singer or as a poet. “I think of myself more as a song and dance man”, he replied.
Recognition, it seems, extends to even the most mercurial.
I’ve done a radio piece on Dylan’s Nobel gong for the ABC Digital Show It’s Just Not Cricket – hosted by the marvellous Glynn Greensmith. It’s a 16-minute journey through the literary landscape of Bob Dylan songs, in which I suggest that literature is meant to be heard, as well as read. That literature should not repose like dead kings in musty books on dusty shelves, never to be visited or re-invented.
You can stream the audio here
The Cairns Festival gets underway tomorrow – as always, there’s some great local music on the program. Tony Hillier picks some highlights.[audio https://rdontheroad.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/tony-2908.mp3 |bg=0x0000ff|righticon=0xff0000]
Shape Of The Day — Mangrove Jack – self-titled album
Rum and Coca-Cola from the new Seaman Dan album A Caribbean Songbook
Kick It from the new Kooii album Call Out
Choirs are our theme this week on Tony Hillier’s World of Music – in honour of the Soweto Gospel Choir visit to Cairns. Their gig at the Tanks Arts Centre was sold out long in advance – not surprisingly. Music from them and other choirs from the South Pacific, Bulgaria and Haiti/Cuba.
Seteng Sediba — Soweto Gospel Choir — African Spirit (2008)
Morotiri Nei — The Tahitian Choir — self-titled 1992 album
Pilentze Pee — Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares — self-titled 1988 album
Chen Nan Ren — The Creole Choir of Cuba — Tande-La.(2010)
Shosholoza — Soweto Gospel Choir — African Spirit (2008)
Two of America’s most endearing and enduring troubadours have simultaneously released two of the strongest records of their respective careers 44 years after their debut albums. Loudon Wainwright III and Chris Smither share other characteristics and qualities. Both are uncompromising and committed singer-songwriters whose consummate blues, country and folk-flavoured compositions record life’s absurdities, injustices, vicissitudes et al with wit and wisdom, candour and concision and an ear for poetic rhyme. In this week’s World of Music, TONY HILLIER picks the eyes out of their respective new releases, Haven’t Got The Blues (Yet) and Still On The Levee.
Depression Blues from Loudon Wainwright III’s new album Haven’t Got The Blues (Yet)
Love You Like A Man Chris Smither Still On The Levee
The Morgue Loudon Wainwright III
What They Say Chris Smither
This week, Tony Hillier features some of the superlative string-benders that knocked his socks off at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival last weekend.
Vendredi 13 from the Stochelo Rosenberg 2010 album Djangologists
Brejeiro from the Yamandu Costa 2003 self titled debut album
Kirwani One Five Eight Five from the Debashish Bhattacharya 2013 album Beyond The Ragasphere
You can read Tony’s review of the Festival at https://rhythms.com.au/reviews/adelaide-guitar-festival-2014
This week, Tony Hillier presents songs from three brand new Australian releases featuring the exquisite voices of female singers who draw on world music for their inspiration.
Benta by Miriam Lieberman – Birds Of The Moon
Maika i Sin – Chaika – I Monti
Navaie –Tara Tiba – A Persian Dream
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