(Pic from Wiki)
A few weeks ago, I thought “I need to sample some oud fragrances”. I don’t own any and oud had come up somewhere and vaguely in something I had sampled. I find I like that odd, band-aid aspect. Looked up some stuff and somehow ended up ordering samples of Le Labo Oud 27 off eBay. I think I chose that because I was actually able to find some samples fairly easily.
In any case, it’s not ‘my’ oud. Let’s just say that straight off. It does not have that band-aid thing. In fact, it reminds me of those boxes I used to buy from tourist shops on family holidays down south in the US which I think were made of cedar that had carved tops and a weird, slightly musty odour inside. That’s what I get with Oud 27: a bit metallic, something slightly damp smelling, new cut wood. Notes include agarwood, Atlas cedar, incense, patchouli, black pepper, saffron and gaiac (plus 20 more, given Le Labo tell you how many notes you are getting).
As it opened up I got musky metallic woods. Slightly synthetic as in laundry detergent, which I find odd because I’ve never gotten something like that from a Le Labo.
I like Le Labo as a house. I own Patchouli 24 and Ylang 49 in the 15 ml bottles (I love that you can buy smaller sized bottles). Alas, like the iris and tea scents, Oud 27 doesn’t do it for me. So, onward in looking for ‘my’ oud perfume. Any suggestions for really oud smelling ouds would be much appreciated.
Change of focus to what music YouTube decided I should be listening to.
I like YouTube mostly for music videos. If I don’t feel like going the way of a whole album, YouTube helps.
But I noticed a month or so ago that YouTube’s algorithm was offering me some surprising (to me, given what I tended to search for) music that has actually really caught my fancy.
Mostly, YouTube thinks I should be listening to the band Chicago (originally Chicago Transit Authority), but only early stuff. It tosses up videos from the 1970s.
Let me start by saying that when Chicago was at its musical apex I wasn’t interested in them. You don’t want to know what I was listening to in the ‘70s.
But, thanks to the algorithm I now get to appreciate how good they were (maybe they still are, but my interest focuses on the short period of Terry Kath on vocals and guitar – ie, 1967-78). I love that they have a horn section and had three different lead singers with very different voices.
I now cycle through a concert at Tanglewood in Massachusetts – Make Me Smile, I’m a Man and 25 or 6 to 4. They were a rock band that wasn’t really a rock band, offering good songs but more great vocals and nuanced, interesting arrangements.
So, was Chicago ever a band you listened to? If yes, favourite songs? If no, anything you love from that period?