Well, I’m not really any closer to my goal concerning music associated with various countries. I thought of another one of Australia though: Men At Work’s Down Under. I’m surprised I didn’t think of it before since I have at least 3 versions of the song. I thought of a tune that I associate with Scotland, but I can’t figure out what its name is. It’s a bagpipe song, unsurprisingly, and it’s not Amazing Grace. iTunes either doesn’t have it, or I’m going about looking for it in the wrong way.
Finding music when all you have is part of the tune is a bitch. I’ve been on both sides of that divide; having sold music for several years. Nearly without fail I cannot identify a song based on someone trying to sing, or hum, it at me. My Mom really liked a song recently and was trying to explain how it sounded. She sang a little part of it, but when I finally heard it her rendition sounded nothing like it to me.
I have a theory about that tune that they always play for Asian stuff. I’m pretty sure it predates Turning Japanese. I think it probably comes from a musical. It may have come from further back even than that. I’m going to keep searching till I figure it out, or someone can give me a decent history.
I’ve been trying to get ahold of the soundtracks from all of Hayao Miyazaki’s films. This has been going on for a few years actually as I scrounge for munnies. It’s one of those things that always gets pushed back by other demands. So far I’ve gotten Mononoke Hime, and Howl’s Moving Castle. Mononoke is the American release. Howl’s Castle is an Asian release (found it super cheap). I think it’s the standard Japanese soundtrack version. And that’s it. I haven’t managed to gather any of the others to me. I’ve got a few tracks from the times before, when the net was still wild and free. When a man could walk from horizon to horizon on the backs of illegally downloaded MP3s. It was in that time I saw with my heart, weather it would be for good or bad, that there would be change. What? No, seriously though, they want stupid money for import CDs on Amazon. I could see paying $50 for an import CD, with about 10 tracks, were it being shipped from the moon, but not if it’s only coming from as far as Korea. Anyway, I think I could find Spirited Away pretty easily. It had a U.S. release that I never gathered up. It’s on itunes, but…
Downloading is fine for a single song, but I prefer to have a real CD when it comes to music I want forever. That way I can always get it from the master if the file gets lost somehow. Plus there’s that DRM bullshit to deal with. All the stuff I downloaded from Wal-Mart.com is locked away because the thing that manages their digital rights changed. It was only a few songs, but it’s still annoying.