Ali Farka Touré with Ry Cooder – Talking Timbuktu (1994)
New Year’s Resolution #10: Travel
Like other Ontarians born in the early 80s, in 1994 I at least recognized the name Ry Cooder from the song, At the Hundredth Meridian. As the closing line of the bridge, Gord Downie requests, “get Ry Cooder to sing my eulogy.”
Also in 1994, not having any notion of its actual geographic location, Timbuktu sounded about as distant a land to which one could travel.
Alas, as a 12-year old I was not familiar with Ali Farka Touré. Which is a shame as Talking Timbuktu is a good collaboration. The guitar work here is solid, the rhythms are intriguing, and there’s a nice mix of sounds & tempos.
Note to 12-year old-self: Timbuktu isn’t the furthest possible location to travel. The diametrically opposite point (the antipode) to Southern Ontario appears to be in the water South-West of Australia.
So instead of the hyperbole, “I’ve looked everywhere, from here to Timbuktu,” boasting about a search that led you South-West of Australia would appear to be more thorough.
Oh and avoid http://www.antipodemap.com/ if you wish to be at all productive.