Last SOTW of 2017. No particular deep significance to this one, it’s just catchy as fuck. Party on, Garth.
I am not generally much impressed by displays of musical prowess. The occasional guitar solo is OK, but keep it to four bars or less, please. Bass and drum solos are right out.
But this ten-minute-long, one-take freestyle by Tariq Trotter, a/k/a Black Thought of the Roots, caused my jaw to drop. It has not yet quite recovered.
In looking back over the history of Winter Solstice entries on this site, I was surprised that I had never actually posted this song, adapted by Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd from the Wilhelm/Baynes translation of the I Ching. It originally appeared on the Floyd’s debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, which just turned 50. Still sounds pretty good to me, and whoever put this video together did a nice job:
A lovely VU cover by the late Holger Czukay, of Can fame, and his partner U-She. Not far from the original in spirit, but with much lusher sound. Tonic in this week of unrelenting bad news.