I was enjoying the tunes at WOMAD last weekend, presided over by the Fuji-like volcano Mount Taranaki. When I heard Ojos be Brujo was going to be there, I was sold, but Calexico, The Skatalites and Babylon Circus pushed the gig beyond great. Several of the songs I heard not only rocked musically, but also hydrologically, winning the Crikey Creek Glass Harp of Honour.
Calexico, alt-country group from Arizona, sang about their artificial urban landscape set amidst a desert in ‘Man Made Lake’:
“I’m gonna walk these streets
Of cold concrete
Like I’m a ghost
Searching for its grave
Then I’ll dwell by the edge of this man made lake
And descend into the city
That holds no place for me”
The chorus of Scottish folk musician Eddi Reader‘s ‘Follow My Tears’ puts tears in their place within the hydrological cycle:
“From my eyes to the river
From the river to the sea
From the sea to the drkening clouds
From the sky back down to me
Follow my tears….”
During some down time, I also dropped in to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery to check out their Len Lye collection. I’ve admired his films and kinetic art since I was exposed to them in high school, but I was amazed to find another side of the artist. He regularly collected NYT and Time articles on science discoveries of the day, whose themes he wove into his paintings. I will be sure to dig into this art-meets-science ecotone when I get the chance.