Sunday, June 28, 2009

Musical Chairs

I saw Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and Funeral Band at the Bass Concert Hall a few weeks ago. They were quite spectacular. Think of your neighbourhood brass band, perhaps like this one....maybe a little less savvy; one Bregovic in resplendent white, beautiful hair and a swaying right hip (very manly in a showman way); a loud raucous, ebullient, brass section; a couple of jugalbandi-ing Romani singers and oh, not to mention the super hot Alen Ademovic later, I was ready to sell my Dravidian soul and turn Serbo-Croatian. Of course, if you really want perspective, I would refer you to my friend who accompanied me to the show and kept insisting that these East Europeans are just like the Punjabis. I guess he was looking most of the time at the very Punjabi like wild arm waving, shirt twirling (once they had taken them off) pale faces in the audience. In his persuasive company, I ended up eagerly seeking jalebis and lassi in the break.

A teeny weeny teaser

The band and Bregovic played for an hour and a half straight and the crowd would not let him go. I had first heard his music on a film called "Time of the Gypsies"...strange strange film and if you haven't seen it, I suggest strong fortification if you want to truly enjoy it. And no, not the kind that employs canons and a hundred and forty Marathas.

Before I digress too far, let me come to the point of this post....musical chairs.

Bregovic and the band played a song called "Gas Gas" which reminds me of Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina" which has a tune remarkably reminiscent of Dick Dale's "Misirlou" which is of course, on the opening soundtrack of "Pulp Fiction", which also features John Travolta dancing to Chuck Berry's "You Can Never Tell", which reminds me of Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" and from there to another Elvis, who sang "Poisoned Rose" and a version of June Carter Cash's "Ring of Fire"; put them together and you have "Ring Rose" or "Ringa Ringa Roses" or Goran Bregovic & His Wedding Funeral Orchestra singing "Ringe Ringe Raja" ....

What musical chairs can you rustle up?