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LITTLE MUSIC CORNER

22 September 2007

I'm not really a music-man, in the sense that I don't care about what the latest trends are; I don't follow the charts and I rarely buy albums or experiment. Any music I have I stumbled on accidentally or was bestowed upon me through pure peer pressure. That said; I do consider myself a musical person because I always have music in my head and rare is the moment that I am not singing, whistling or humming some ditty.

Lately there has been a remarkable surge in albums that I have criminally downloaded over the internet. I have no motive for this save for that I am evil. And the lucky albums that have been blessed by my attention and audience are...

The original soundtrack of Disney's Aladdin. Some have informed me that the Dutch dub of the movie and its songs is the superior one and I tend to agree with this. There is something in the way Robin Williams falls just short of being a dynamic singer when you hear him buzzing up certain lines in a flat tone that tells you he wouldn't survive a Broadway career. Still, the music is beautiful and well worth listening, racist Arab stereotypes and all. They cut off your ear if they don't like your face indeed.

Next up is an older one: the 1990 album Flood from They Might Be Giants. It seems remarkable to me that a band that borders on joke music that is not from Weird Al Yankovic has managed to keep on trucking for decades. The music isn't really spoofy or anything, it's just light-hearted and weird. There is a song that praises the heroic values of earning minimum wage, complete with cowboy whippings and decidedly glamourous you're-riding-down-a-neon-lighted-Las-Vegas-street music.

Then finally there is the unpronounceable album Neveroddorever from I, Monster. This I downloaded because it featured the song Daydream in Blue, which I was aching to possess after hearing it in an awesome montage of the BBC series Hustle, about a group of suave conmen in London. This show I also illegally have on my computer, but I am considering buying it on DVD because it's pretty svelte.

Roderick.