Living with…Pink Martini…for a week

Music – Over the Rainbow

[dedicated to Pink Martini’s music of many colours – spot the fake!)

Over the Rainbow


Retrospective (2011)

Firstly my apologies to Pink Martini for not catching them in concert when they played at Birmingham Symphony Hall last Friday.

Pink Martini wear their musical coat of different colours very proudly.  From track to track as a listener you are swept from classic Hollywood to South American kitsch to a French chanson d’amour to classical charades.   For the most part it is an excellent fit.

It is a fair musical journey that puts the capital E in to eclectic and the small o in OTT. For the most part I adore what they do.  They raid the best of traditional music fare from around the world and with their tongues slightly in their cheeks twist it all around to make it their multilingual own.

That eclectismn can also make this restrospective seem a little disjointed. You may be in the mood for rhumba, but not necessarily closely followed by a crooning Moon River.  Possibly a more coherent introduction is the excellent Hey Eugene! from 2007, which was how I first came across them.

But all in all I love this music for its sheer exhilaration – this is what rediscovering the enjoyment of music is about.  When a dozen musicians get together and hammer out a sound that they clearly love, that runs against convention but actually is what people want to hear.  And they do have a lead singer with a rather cool name – China Forbes – what more can you ask for?

Two videos of the week to capture a couple of different colours.  Firstly a beautifully wistful if slightly odd re-working of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 – Splendour in the Grass


And then one of their better known if slightly more conventional works Hey Eugene performed on that most sophisticated of platforms, Later with Jools Holland.  Boy dumps girl at party, etc.

Sorry again, wish I’d been there last Friday.


Twotes of the week

@sixthformpoet: I’m off to Reverend Green’s birthday party, in his newly-decorated ballroom. I’ve bought him a candlestick. What could possibly go wrong?

@Iconic88: “If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.” Mahummad Ali

@GlennyRodge: 2 out of 10 owners said their cats get what they’re given and will have to bloody well like it.

@TwopTwips: TRY putting the magic back into your marriage by sawing your wife in half. (via @Jamie_Dodger_)

@Queen_UK: Ok Wales, heads up. Your Queen has a tenner on you beating the French. Do it for mummy. #rwc