Georgia on my mind

Up until a month ago, for me, Georgia was just a small country glued to the southern slopes of Caucasus Mountains, moderately known, most notorious as the homeland of comrade ჯუღაშვილი (troll allert!) and the home of the Georgian Tea. Recently also known for the Russian invasion and taking away parts of territory, and that was, basically, it.

And then, through mysterious and even more chaotic ways of the Net, this came onto my screen and, consequently, into speakers:

You’ve probably seen it; it became one of the viral hits in October. And it had every reason for it: beautiful voices, beautiful appearance and, most of all, beautiful music.

So I started researching.

It turns out that Georgians can be proud of probably the oldest tradition of polyphonic singing on Earth. There are some specifics regarding the scale and frequency ratios that I won’t go into right now, but what turned out to be the consequence of all this was very rich and deep culture of music. As I clicked on through YouTube videos, I became enchanted by the sounds that will take you into the ancient past of civilization, and even before civilization, the Dawn of Time itself.

And then I stumbled on something else: Georgian modern music. Naturally, with such rich tradition, the present can’t fail, but what I found here left me paralysed in my chair. It was a recording from a gathering of a few friends, recorded either by a hand-held camera or a mobile phone. No amplifiers, no mixers. Just a guitar and a voice.

The name, ladies and gentlemen, is Salome Tetiashvili. Remember it.

As a friend said elsewhere, this should be the illustration next to the term “voice” in an encyclopaedia. As I said elsewhere, a voice that can tear down walls and that you simply wish to hear more of.

For some strange reason, while “Apareka” managed to become a hit with over a million visits, this one is still below 100k which I consider to be an injustice of historic proportions. So please click, sit down and listen some more. It’s worth it.

Hello world!

So, howdy y’all. This is the place where I will be publishing my ramblings urbi & orbi, whether at the delight or the horror of my faithful audience. A topic spectrum may be wide, but I have a tingling feeling it may converge to a particular area of human endeavours, but let’s not jump to conclusions just yet.

So, what will be discussed (or, more accurately, preached) here, in a very roughly, but not completely particular order:

Science Fiction. As a semi-professional writer (meaning, I occasionally get some money, but would need to investigate if the amount covers the bill for the electricity I used while typing) OF COURSE there is going to be science fiction here. But even more, as a fan, SF is a significant part of my thought life; at one local convention (or, rather, after it) I have been proclaimed the King of Geeks (not my doing, it was spontaneous, well, ok, no crowd involved, but it was sincere). So, expect the unexpected.

Education. Not only because I’m professionally a physics teacher, but also because I’m an education fundamentalist. Education is the most important thing in the world and all world problems can be solved by education. (And if a particular problem can’t, the only remaining solution is usually repression, so choose freely, but wisely.) I’m an active member of a small, but active teacher NGO with reputation. (Do you want to know more?)

Politics. Hell, yeah, baby! If you’re gonna run away from it, it will chase you down, rip you up, tear you apart, happily wave to the audience and make you ask for more. So may as well stop running and show it your ugly side, you know you have it. Hiding will only make it worse.

For the record, politics is not only elections, candidates, parties, corrupt politicians (although those can also be fun sometimes; hell, you’re paying them, may at least have fun with them…) As someone at the Loncon said (maybe even Ken McLeod, don’t remember), politics is when you want a speedbump installed in your street, but you want it in front of your neighbour’s house, not yours.

Games. We all like to play games. Only, some play them with people where victory points are usually laughs or tears, while some are more adult and like cardboard or computers as intermediaries. Well, I prefer the latter two. Strategy and role-playing are the preferred kind, but you never know, the night is still young. Also, as someone said, it usually turns out that the people who say that there is time for work and time for play, usually never have time for play (while people who oppose them usually need to get a life, me included, but there you have it…)

Music. Rock, classics, rock classics, classic rock. Maybe some New Age, ethno or other stuff, if I like it.

Cats. As a friend said, the purpose of humans on this planet is to serve, cuddle and feed our feline overlords. If I’m not too lazy, may share some photos from my household.

To be continued.