In Lebanon, a lot of Arabic names get shortened to an American nickname:
Most commonly Mohamad becomes Moe. Sometimes you get Jeff for Chafic or Billy/Willy for Walid. Another one you get used to is Bob for Ibrahim.
Which takes us straight to the chase: I have a slightly thematic post one week after Eid el Adha, the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year.
The “Festival of the sacrifice” (As Wikipedia explains so candidly) honors the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his promised son, Ishmael (Ismail), as an act of submission to God’s command, before God then intervened to provide Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead.
In the other two monotheist religions it’s the “Story of Isaac” as sung by Leonard Cohen on his 1969 masterpiece Songs From A Room
Anyway, so let’s start with a disclaimer: I mean no disrespect etc etc…
Here’s a track that was really hard to find here before Youtube: it was banned and I had only got the chance to hear it once at an “écoute musicale”.
Yes, on Ishmael South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim (formerly known as Dollar Brand) sings the Fatiha.
For completists there’s also an instrumental cover by the ubiquitous Nicolas Jaar.
But let’s stay in the Ibrahim family, Ali from the Ivory Coast also sings Allah’s praises on this funky track
Shoulda posted this a week ago but all this came together tonight.
Plus it allowed to squeeze in the perfect outro: Yes, the picture illustrating this post is Killer Bob from David Lynch‘s Twin Peaks and in case you haven’t been online lately, here’s an important announcement:
It started with a pang.
Was it hunger, an irresistible thirst or just my guilty conscience running away with me?
I obviously opted for hunger.
“French toast with molasses
Croquet and baked alaskas”
Of course, it’s not about food or a a picnic or just about “Indian summer” the golf and country club in Olympia (where beat Happening are from).
Star-crossed lovers? Oral sex? Theories abound.
“Touch girl, apple blossom
Just a boy playing possum
We’ll come back for Indian summer
And go our separate ways”
I just really like it. Makes me feel sad in a good way.
And to think I always thought it was a Ben Gibbard song
“Weary sun, sleep tonight, go crashing into the ocean
Cut the line that ties the tide and moon, ancient and blue
We take our empty hearts and fill them up with broken things
To hang on humming wire like cheap lamps down a dead end street
Close your weary eyes until the wintertime
And every time we turn away it hits me like a tidal wave
I would change for you but, babe, that doesn’t mean I’m gonna be a better man
Give the ocean what I took from you so one day you could find it in the sand
And hold it in your hands again
Cold ways kill cool lovers
Strange ways we used each other
Why won’t you fall back in love with me?
There ain’t no way we’re gonna find another
The way we sleep all summer
So why won’t you fall back in love with me?”
Indie artists covering Indie-er artists
I prefer the cover, but here’s the original by Crooked Fingers
If you don’t know the original, here you go. Weirdly enough, he was American but sang in French…
For me it’s the civil war in Lebanon, Dédé and the unfortunately not too frequent “so bad it’s good” moments on Radio Nostalgie.
“je me souviens, je me souviens très bien
De ce que je t’ai dit ce matin-là
Il y a un an, y a un siècle, y a une éternité”
Post-Scriptum / Anatomy of a post:
Seems that very low voices were the common thread… or maybe that’s always the case…
Interested in vocal ranges? check this link
1. Fairuz – Oghniat Al Wadaa
2. The Beatles – The End
3. Supertramp – Goodbye Stranger
4. Ben Vereen/Roy Schneider – Bye Bye Love
5. R.E.M. – It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
6. Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire
7. Garland Jeffreys – Hail Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll
8. Headless Heroes – True Love Will Find You In The End (Daniel Johnston Cover)
9. Harry Nilsson – Perfect Day
10. The Velvetones – The Glory of Love
11. Everybody – The End
12. Jacques Dutronc – Il Est Cinq Heures Paris s’Eveille
13. Flight Of The Conchords – Au Revoir
14. The Blossoms – Lonely Friday Night
15. Class Actress – Weekend
16. Kenny Loggins – Footloose
17. Michael Jackson – Burn This Disco Out
18. Serge Gainsbourg – La Noyée
1. Serge Gainsbourg – Ballade de Johnny-Jane
2. Jane Birkin – Kawazaki
3. Brigitte Bardot – Harley Davidson
4. Jacques Dutronc – Le Bras Mecanique
5. Serge Gainsbourg – Les Playboys
6. France Gall et Serge Gainsbourg – Dents de lait, dents de loup
7. Serge Gainsbourg & Anna Karina – Ne dis rien
8. Bourvil/Jacqueline Maillan – Ca (Je t’aime… moi non plus)
9. Johnny Depp & Vanessa Paradis – Ballade de Melody Nelson
10. Beirut – La Javanaise
11. Petits Bateaux – Pourquoi les hommes se font la guerre?
12. Rachid Taha – Aux Armes et Caetera
13. Faudel – Elisa
14. Liberté de Circulation – Les Petits Papiers
15. Jane Birkin – Comment te dire adieu
16. Jarvis Cocker/Kid Loco – I Just Came To Tell You That I’m Going
17. Isabelle Aubret – La Chanson De Prévert
18. Marianne Faithfull – Hier ou Demain
1. David A. Stuward & Candy Dulfer – Lily Was Here
2. Various – Arretez
3. Stromae – Tous Les Mêmes
4. Arthur H – Une rose pour Madame X
5. Têtes Raides – Le théatre des poissons
6. The Little Mermaid – Under The Sea
7. Solomon Burke – Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
8. Aretha Franklin – Chain Of Fools
9. The Doors – Ship Of Fools
10. Petits Bateaux – Qui a invente la lunette et la loupe?
11. Stromae – Papaoutai
12. Various – La culture 2
13. Helen Merrill – April In Paris
14. Rufus Wainwright – April Fools
15. Meen – Wakfeh Ma3 El-E3lehn
16. Nouvelle Vague – Dancing With Myself
17. Various – Angry sex
18. The Who – Pictures Of Lily
19. The Lords Of The New Church – Dance With Me
1. Alex C – Count It Out (Satie vs Take Five)
2. The Turtles – Elenore
3. Fun. – We Are Young
4. Placebo – Running Up That Hill
5. Toploader – Dancing In The Moonlight
6. Bay City Rollers – Keep On Dancing
7. Mott The Hoople – All The Young Dudes
8. ABC – The Look Of Love, Part 1
9. Calvin Harris – Acceptable in the 80s
10. Petits Bateaux – Pourquoi on ne sent pas la Terre tourner?
11. Carole King – I Feel The Earth Move
12. Huey Lewis and The News – The Power Of Love
13. The Lost Fingers – You Shook Me All Night Long
14. Bon Scott – Highway To Hell
15. Noah and The Whale – 5 Years Time
16. Willy DeVille – Hey Joe