Friday, September 03, 2010

IPod Random Fifteen

1. Screamin' Jay Hawkins, I Put a Spell on You
2. Mediaeval Baebes, The Snake
3. The Charlie Daniels Band, The Devil Went Down to Georgia
4. Nena, Leuchtturm
5. Epica, Every Time It Rains
6. Metallica, Nothing Else Matters
7. Ellis Paul, God's Promise
8. Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah
9. Linda Ronstadt, Long Long Time
10. Rosanne Cash, Seven Year Ache
11. Jann Arden, Never Mind
12. Katie Melua, Nine Million Bicycles
13. Cerena, Quelque Part C'est Ici
14. Kareem Salama, Aristotle and Averroes
15. Matisyahu, King Without a Crown

"The Snake" can be found performed live by the Mediaeval Baebes here; and while the sound quality is not great, it captures the catchiness of the song. It's a version -- Catalan, if I recall correctly -- of a kind of poem that's fairly common, in which someone (in this case, a farmer) discovers a half-frozen snake, takes it in and nurtures it back to health, then crosses it at some point, leading the snake to respond as snakes do (in this case, the snake has grown to very great size and so it hisses and wraps itself around the farmer to kill him). You can find another, more swinging variation on the theme in Al Wilson's The Snake. The moral of the story should be obvious.

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