Saturday, January 28, 2012

Summoning the get-up-and-go

I have been victim of a depressive inertia for the past few weeks - shortage of work and shortage of money, related woes; lethargy and insomnia becoming a vicious cycle.

So, I feel in need of some energizing music to try to get me up and bouncing - at least to try and be a bit more active within my apartment, if not to go outside for only the third or fourth time in a fortnight.

And there are few better things for doing this than....

Weather Report playing Birdland!!

I hadn't played this - or even thought of it - for years. It was brought back to mind just a couple of weeks ago by this blog discussion. I discovered this classic electro-jazz project by chance during my college days, and this opening number from their Heavy Weather album soon became my favourite pep-me-up music back then.

This might well merit inclusion in a future instalment of my 'Favourite Basslines' as well - although it's one of that class for which I haven't yet hit upon a name: the legendary Jaco Pastorius isn't content to just sit in the groove, but meanders artfully all over the place.

And here's a great live version, from a 1978 concert in the Stadthalle in Offenbach, Germany.

There. Now I feel better.


KingTubby said...

O/T. Get out of this mental funk. Beijing has no place for early to bed types.

Drink a goodly quanity of expensive gin.


KingTubby said...

That was Dirty Uncle Birtie which was Pete and Dud's best skit.

Froog said...

Ah, yes, a classic, thank you.

It's good to see there's so much more of their early BBC stuff on YouTube now - some of those pub dialogues are brilliant. I remember some of them dimly from my very early childhood (I would have been about 2 or 3 when they were first shown; but I think they were re-run in the early '70s as well).

I see there are also a few bits from Bedazzled up. That's another of the films I've long been searching for on DVD here.