Music from Jeeves and Wooster

One of my favourite TV shows is Jeeves and Wooster. Starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, the show was based on the Jeeves stories by P.G. Wodehouse, who is also probably my all-time favourite comic author and whose works I enjoy immensely.

Back when I first began watching the show and was getting into P.G. Wodehouse, many years ago – it actually started with Carry On, Jeeves; the first Wodehouse book I ever read – I discovered The World of Jeeves and Wooster: an album of the music from the show. Seemingly sold as a limited release, it was out of print at the time of my discovery, although the years since have made the songs from the album available online and easier to acquire, including on iTunes. On iTunes the songs are individually priced at $1.29 or $11.99 (Canadian) for the whole album.

If you enjoyed listening to Bertie Wooster singing silly songs such as “Minnie the Moocher” or “Nagasaki” in the show, both of which get a backing band (an additional track, titled “Minnie the Moocher is Alive and Well and Living in Berkley Court” includes Bertie and Jeeves’ amusing call and response, see in the video below) then you might enjoy the songs on this album. You’re in for a treat!

With Every Bubble

There are two lines in the Florence + the Machine song, “Dog Days Are Over”, that for me is a particular hook in the first part before the chorus,

“With every bubble, she sank with her drink
And washed it away down the kitchen sink.”

That particular lyric blows me away every time. It’s beautifully poignant, and speaks a wonderful poetry. It’s also unexpected: bubbles and sinking are not associations one normally thinks; if nothing else, bubbles, like those in champagne, lift. Juxtaposition at its finest.

(My other favourite song from Lungs is “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)”, in particular the lyrics: “And in the spring I shed my skin/And it blows away with the changing wind”.)

One day while playing “Dog Days Are Over” on loop, I Googled “Florence Welch poetry” and discovered a BBC radio series called Rhyme and Reason with Florence reading poetry and discussing it. It was also, thankfully, uploaded by someone on to YouTube and that was how I was able to listen to it. (Unfortunately, it seems the BBC website for Rhyme and Reason does not exist anymore.)

Videos are embedded after the jump.

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