Hopefully, his soul is immortal like those of Epic and Nikki!
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Hopefully, his soul is immortal like those of Epic and Nikki!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Other famous Violonchello Players have done versions of that one later, in a different style, as, for example, lovely Jaqueline du Pré, lover of Barenboim and victim to MS (prelude & allemande only):
Then we have Rostopovich, doing the prelude (the other parts can be found on UTUBE; look them up on your own!). Due to restrictions on UTUBE; that one cannot be embedded. Therefore it is just a link:
Finally, we have that chinese prodigy, Yo-Yo Ma (would be a nice name for a rapper. so near to Yo, Man!), doing an up-to-date version:
In case you like things like that, there is also a version of the prelude for Suite #1 on electric bass guitar done by German bass player Martin Motnik, former member of "Gothic-Metal"- band Darkseed, having released a solo-Album with Greg Bisonette on drums (whew!!). But you will have to search for that one on your own, again.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I woke up to the sound of German hip hop in my head
A great unholy clatter quickly filling me with dread
I wondered then if silence had forever disappeared
What, with everybody yelling the end was finally here
I scrambled for the television, desperate for its light
Hoping that my favorite stars could stop this endless night
I waited for instructions, I waited for a sign
I listened very carefully when told just what to buy
Lovers became bitter, mathematicians counting crumbs
Some were filled with angry lust, the rest felt mostly numb
The sun became the enemy, they'd hunger after dark
And kill time swapping partners at a club called Noah's Arc
Those who spoke of doom impending, suffering and such
Had found the place in people's heart that beauty had once touched
They filled the auditorium, the tickets far from cheap
Those that couldn't get in started fighting in the street
The day came so we gathered in a field behind the mall
A noted scientist predicted there we'd see it all
The city council members came, they told us not to fear
The king and queen of homecoming both shed a poignant tear
Just like that it happened, the starling blinked its eye
The molecules collided and became part of the sky
All my life I've never known a moment quite so still
Like space that's being emptied at the same time that it's filled
I woke up to the sound of German hip hop in the air
It sounded like a hum of insects nesting in my hair
I wasn't so much tired but I felt that I should sleep
So I closed my eyes and mumbled something about a soul to keep
I was searching for something I could not describe
So I stared at the sun till the tears filled my eyes
Well I thought I was empty so I paid the cost
But now that I'm found I miss being lost
I opened my heart and I let Jesus in
With the promise that I would be free of my sins
But I only felt guilty that he died on the cross
Now that I'm found I miss being lost
I don't wanna suffer and I don't wanna die
I want the clouds parted in an endless, blue sky
But someone up there has a different plan
Now that I'm saved I wish I was damned
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Here are the lyrics:
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Be that as it may, I realised that in my brain cells there exists some connection between that state of mind (usually occuring during summer) and the Go-Betweens, the best band Australia has ever produced (at least to my knowledge). Grant McLennan having passed away after they have had the hit they had deserved for years, it is just a memory.
I tried to find an acceptable version of "The Wrong Road" (did not succeed, as you might imagine), so here is:
The House Jack Kerouac buildt:
Cattle & Cane:
Hope you enjoyed it! If you don't like them, the choice of weapons is yours.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Back when I was a student of theology in the early 80ies, I knew a young man who held that there had been two Popes erroneously taken to be one (Paul VI): One of them (the good twin) responsable for all the conservative decisions (remember birth control??), the other (the evil twin) a look-alike that was presented by the free-masons that had (partly, to make the theory work) taken over the Vatican. It was the latter who was in charge of all the weird stuff my friend could not come to terms with. I was shown pamphlets with pictures he thought of as evidence of his "Two-Popes-Theory".
Be that as it may, in this clip it is Elvis, taken as a popular figure fulfilling religious needs: He is the ideal or god (at least some small local godhead). And we are confronted with a "Two-Elvis-Theory", based on the fact, that Elvis had a twin (Nick Cave made a nice song about that on his second album with the Bad Seeds [with the telling title "The Firstborn is Dead"], called Tupelo, relating to a classic blues song about the flood in Tupelo, Mississippi and the fact, that Elvis had been born in that very city). Without further commenting on the Black-(not really)-Twins-Joie&Cinqué-Siblings-of-Spike-Lee-and-White-Steve-Buscemi-Situation (not even mentioning that Tupelo is situated in LEE county), I go on with the Elvis-stuff: You could think about Elvis as having made a small step personnally but a big step for mankind: bringing African-American music-style to a predominantly white audience (he did a version of "Muss i denn zum Städtelein hinaus", too, as we all know...).
But you could also think of Elvis as a thief, a robber, a burglar: putting his famous WHITE name on songs written by now widely unknown BLACK artists.
You could say, at least, he did a great job. To show you, that you would be wrong, if you thought so, here is the version of "Hound Dog" by BIG Mama Thornton:
She is not the author of the song either, but I would trade all of Elvis' recordings for her version of that song. Maybe I would keep "Wooden Heart" and "In the Ghetto" (featuring the evil WHITE twin and his BLACK background singers), although I like the Nick Cave Version of the latter more (notwithstanding the australian singer's qualities as a poseur on that video). Nevertheless, without Elvis there would not be a version done by Nick the Stripper.
To be fair to Mr. Presley and help Mr. Buscemi in his discussion with members of the Lee family, it has to be admitted, that "Hound Dog" was written for BIG MAMA THORNTON by two really BLACK guys, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller: