jueves, 28 de junio de 2018

Biffy Clyro - "Different People" Live From London



I return after an almost five years absence, due to familiar and personal problems, lost my beloved mother after a long illness (she was inspirational for me in my love for music, with her wonderful records of classic and brazilian music and also my introduction to guitar playing when she decided to learn it), and also had been moving to different houses planning my retirement of teaching at the architecture faculty and other institutes...
Here, at my new home, far away from my hometown, beginning a new life beside the sea, I'm fully involved with music again...
I recently discovered this scottish rock band (though it has more than 20 years of existence never heard about it here in South America...) that moved me as only Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the first Genesis did in my youth and lately maybe Cold Play and isolated songs of other groups did... If I felt Cold Play were the successors of Beatles and Pink Floyd, attending to their lyricals and musical harmonies, I don't have doubt this band is the heiress of Led Zeppelin cause they bring us the beautiest ballads but also the hardest rock moments, sometimes even in the same song, as in this one. They have also a scent of the Genesis of "Dancing with the moonlit knight" in some musical arrengements and the use of synths chords. I love the lyrics of Simon Neil with it's depth, surrealistic images, and that quote of rage and rebelion emerging in many songs...
Fascinated by this finding, happy for returning,

Ed

sábado, 23 de noviembre de 2013

Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy




photo from : http://classicrecordsleeves.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/houses-of-the-holy-led-zeppelin/

Houses of the Holy was caracterized by the stunning cover art design, with a composition made with many photos taken at the Giant´s Causeway (designed by Hipgnosis, the authors of Pink Floyd's ones) and a new musical style departing from blues and incorporating new influences.  This is one of my favourite albums ever and  is difficult to choose one of the songs... So there goes some..

Houses of the Holy se caracterizó por el maravilloso diseño artístico de la portada, con una composición basada en fotos tomadas en la Calzada de los Gigantes (diseñada  por Hipgnosis, autores de de las portadas de Pink Floyd), y un nuevo estilo musical que comenzaba a aprtarse del blues e incorporar nuevas influencias. Es uno de mis álbumes favoritos de todos los tiempos y es difícil escoger una de sus canciones, así que allí van algunas...

                                                  OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY


THE RAIN SONG


                                                                      D'YER MAK'ER

Led Zeppelin, Kashmir

Composed in 1974 when I was still a teen, and even I was already a fan of LZ, I began to enjoy Kashmir (album Physical Grafitti) later... My preferences about the themes of the record have been also changing with the age. Some years ago Kashmir has become my absolute favourite... The repetition of the riff only broken by the other melodie overposed sung by Robert Plant  is hypnotic for me... Here goes two versions: a study one and live

Compuesto en 1974 cuando era aún adolescente, aunque incluso ya era fan de LZ, empezé a disfrutar Kashmir (álbum Physical Graffiti) más tarde... Mis preferencias entre los temas del LP han ido cambiando con la edad. Desde hace unos años Kashmir es mi favorita absoluta... La repetición del riff solo quebrada por la otra melodía sobrepuesta cantada por Robert Plant es hipnótica para mí... Acá van dos versiones, una de estudio y una en vivo.

lunes, 31 de enero de 2011

Richard Strauss's "Also sprach Zarathustra" by Eumir Deodato

Incredible composition (1896) of the german composer Richard Strauss (1864-1949), inspired on Nietzche's work of the same name, well known contemporarely after Kubrick included it in "2001 Space Odissey", got in 1972 this version of the talented brazilian musician Eumir Deodato (already in USA then). I think Kubrick would enjoyed to use also this version in the film if it was already created then...
The original theme is a symphonic poem, what means an only one movement composition constructed in turn of cyclic form and thematic transformation, evoking some non musical (in this case philosophical) subject.

Increíble composición (1896) del compositor alemán Richard Strauss (1864-1949) inspirada en la obra de Nietzche de igual nombre, bien conocida contemporaneamente por su inclusión en "2001, Odisea del espacio", recibió en 1972 esta versión del talentoso músico brasileño Eumir Deodato (entonces residente en USA). Creo que Kubrick hubiera disfrutado usando también la misma en la película de haber sido ya grabada.
El tema original es un "poema sinfónico", es decir una obra de un solo movimient en general,  que evoca algún tema no musical, en este caso filosófico. Su construcción usual es la de la "forma cíclica" http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forma_c%C3%ADclica y la de la "transformación temática" http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transformaci%C3%B3n_tem%C3%A1tica de una melodía.

domingo, 30 de enero de 2011

Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue by Eumir Deodato

Pocos años después, siendo ya un adolescente, llegaba a mis manos un simple traído desde USA, de alguien totalmente desconocido por estos lares, el genial músico brasileño Eumir Deodato. Con temas como éste y otras reinterpretaciones de clásicos comenzaba a tener gran éxito a inicios de los '70 alcanzando la cumbre al obtener un grammy por su versión de la obra de Richard Strauss "Así hablaba Zarathustra"

A few years later, being a teenager, it came into my hands a simple brought from USA, of a complete unknown in this places, the great brazilian musician Eumir Deodato.
With songs like this one and other covers of classics he began to have success in the early 70's, reaching the top obtaining a Grammy for his version of Richard Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra"

sábado, 29 de enero de 2011

Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin

No pensaba seguir un orden cronológico, pero vino a mi mente aquel fantástico L.P. que escuchaba, siendo un niño, en un viejo tocadiscos Philco...

Haven't thought to follow a chronological order, but came to my mind that fantastic L.P. I used to listen, being a child, in an old Philco turntable...

Here we are / Aquí estamos

La música me acompaña en cada minuto, no puedo evitarlo.... Puedo estar en el recinto más formal y debo controlarme para no silbar algo, que puede ser elevado o totalmente prosaico... Es música!
Tampoco puedo evitar que, en mis oídos, se convierta cualquier ruido cotidiano en música...
Estoy convencido que sin música, la existencia es intolerable... De manera que siempre estoy escuchándola, ya sean viejos o nuevos temas, poco importa.., para mí, el más vital alimento del espíritu...

Music goes with me every minute, can't avoid it... I can be in the most formal place and must keep control to not whistle anything, that may be high or totally pedestrian... It's music!
I can't even avoid that, in my ears, any daily sound turns into music...
I'm convinced that without music, existence is intolerable... So I'm always listening,
wether old or new songs, doesn't matter.., for me, foundamental nourishment for spirit...