11 ene. 2016

David Bowie, el camaleón del rock

Creativo, vanguardista y transgresor, David Bowie, también conocido como el Duque Blanco o el Camaleón del Rock por su facilidad de adaptarse a las nuevas tendencias e incluso adelantarse a ellas, nos abandonó ayer dia 10 de enero de este 2016 tras una dura batalla contra el cáncer. Es uno de los británicos más respetados e influyentes de la historia del rock. Siempre extravagante, provocador y ambiguo en su imagen y música, el glam-rock, la electrónica experimental, o el dance-pop, algunos de los géneros por donde ha discurrido su música desde los años 60 hasta nuestros dias. Su particular voz, y su extraordinario talento lo han convertido en alguién único, genuino, y desde luego inmortal para el mundo de la música.

Su último disco salió a la luz el pasado viernes 8 de enero, coincidiendo con el dia de su último cumpleaños, el número 69,  bajo el título de "Blackstar". Su recuerdo siempre permanecerá vivo, con canciones como Let's Dance, Space Oddity, Changes, Fame, China Girl, o "Young Americans", perteneciente a su etapa más cercana a lo que él llamaba Plastic soul y con la que comparto su recuerdo junto a su último video.
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Young Americans
They pulled in just behind the bridge
He lays her down, he frowns
"Gee my life's a funny thing, am I still too young?"
He kissed her then and there
She took his ring, took his babies
It took him minutes, took her nowhere
Heaven knows, she'd have taken anything, but
CHORUS (SHE)
All night
She wants the young American
Young American, young American, she wants the young American
All right
She wants the young American
Scanning life through the picture window
She finds the slinky vagabond
He coughs as he passes her Ford Mustang, but
Heaven forbid, she'll take anything
But the freak, and his type, all for nothing
He misses a step and cuts his hand, but
Showing nothing, he swoops like a song
She cries "Where have all Papa's heroes gone?"
CHORUS (SHE)
All the way from Washington
Her bread-winner begs off the bathroom floor
"We live for just these twenty years
Do we have to die for the fifty more?"
CHORUS (HE)
All night
He wants the young American
Young American, young American, he wants the young American
All right
He wants the young American
Do you remember, your President Nixon?
Do you remember, the bills you have to pay
Or even yesterday?
Have you have been an un-American?
Just you and your idol singing falsetto 'bout
Leather, leather everywhere, and
Not a myth left from the ghetto
Well, well, well, would you carry a razor
In case, just in case of depression?
Sit on your hands on a bus of survivors
Blushing at all the afro-Sheilas
Ain't that close to love?
Well, ain't that poster love?
Well, it ain't that Barbie doll
Her heart's been broken just like you have
CHORUS (YOU)
All night
You want the young American
Young American, young American, you want the young American
All right
You want the young American
You ain't a pimp and you ain't a hustler
A pimp's got a Cadi and a lady got a Chrysler
Black's got respect, and white's got his soul train
Mama's got cramps, and look at your hands ache
(I heard the news today, oh boy)
I got a suite and you got defeat
Ain't there a man you can say no more?
And, ain't there a woman I can sock on the jaw?
And, ain't there a child I can hold without judging?
Ain't there a pen that will write before they die?
Ain't you proud that you've still got faces?
Ain't there one damn song that can make me
break down and cry?
CHORUS (I) (repeat 3 times)
All night
I want the young American
Young American, young American, I want the young American
All right
I want the young American
Blackstar
I can’t answer why (I’m a blackstar)
Just go with me (I’m not a filmstar)
I’m-a take you home (I’m a blackstar)
Take your passport and shoes (I’m not a popstar)
And your sedatives, boo (I’m a blackstar)
You’re a flash in the pan (I’m not a marvel star)
I’m the great I am (I’m a blackstar)

I’m a blackstar, way up, oh honey, I’ve got game
I see right so white, so open-heart it’s pain
I want eagles in my daydreams, diamonds in my eyes
(I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar)

Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried
(I’m a blackstar, I’m a star star, I’m a blackstar)

I can’t answer why (I’m not a gangster)
But I can tell you how (I’m not a flam star)
We were born upside-down (I’m a star star)
Born the wrong way ‘round (I’m not a white star)
(I’m a blackstar, I’m not a gangster
I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar
I’m not a pornstar, I’m not a wandering star
I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar)

In the villa of Ormen stands a solitary candle
Ah-ah, ah-ah
At the centre of it all, your eyes
On the day of execution, only women kneel and smile
Ah-ah, ah-ah
At the centre of it all, your eyes, your eyes
Ah-ah-ah

11 dic. 2015

Nat King Cole: The Christmas Song

La navidad nos anuncia el final de un largo y duro año, y el comienzo de uno nuevo, el 2016, esperanzado en que sea mucho mejor que este. La música que nos acompaña siempre en los buenos y malos momentos, se edulcora e impregna del espíritu navideño, transmitiendo tristeza para algunos y alegría para otros.

Nat King Cole, elegante y todo un maestro de las emociones, nos encauza ese espítitu por medio de una canción compuesta en los años 40 por Mel Tormé y Bob Wells, convertida hoy en dia en todo un clásico de la navidad, "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)".


Letra
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yule-tide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa's on his way
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And every mother's child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly

And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you

15 oct. 2015

ZZ Top: Tush

Inconfundibles con el sonido de sus guitarras, al igual que reconocibles por la imagen de sus componentes; aspecto motero norteamericano, con gafas de sol y barbas largas, que conjugan con singularidad lo rural con lo urbano. Ellos son ZZ Top, el trío más longevo de la historia del rock'n'roll, evolucionando desde un blues rock sureño, a un blues-rock más electrónico gracias al empleo de sintetizadores. Sin abusar de grandes parafernalias publicitarias, siempre se han  mantenido cercanos a sus raices sureñas, y fieles a una imagen que les ha mantenido eternos e inmortales a lo largo de cinco décadas en el mundo de la música.

Millones de copias de sus discos en todo el mundo, numerosos premios y reconocimientos, como el de formar parte del Salón de la Fama del Rock, y la admiración del mundo de la música gracias a canciones como "Legs", "La Grange", "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "Sharp Dressed Man", o "Tush", donde los coches, las motos, las chicas, y sobre todo mucho rock and roll, han sido la constante que los ha mantenido a lo largo de las décadas, consagrándolos como los " Matusalenes del rock".  


Letra
I been up, I been down.
Take my word, my way around.
I ain't askin' for much.
I said, Lord, take me downtown,
I'm just lookin' for some tush.

I been bad, I been good,
Dallas, Texas, Hollywood.
I ain't askin' for much.
I said, Lord, take me downtown,
I'm just lookin' for some tush.

Take me back way back home,
not by myself, not alone.
I ain't askin' for much.
I said, Lord, take me downtown,
I'm just lookin' for some tush.

12 sept. 2015

Eric Carmen: All By Myself

Eric Carmen es un cantante, compositor, guitarrista y teclista estadounidense cuyo éxito más rotundo fue una balada pop bajo el título de "All By Myself". Esta canción está basada en una parte del segundo movimiento del Concierto para piano nº2 en C menor Opus 18 que el ruso Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff compuso en el año 1900, apareciendo conflictos por su uso sin el debido consentimiento de la sociedad que gestionaba sus derechos, aunque los derechos de autor ya habían caducado. A pesar de esos problemas, logró llevar al gran público una melodía clásica, situándola en los puestos más altos de las listas de éxito.

Romanticismo en su máxima expresión siendo traducida a varios idiomas, convirtiéndose en todo un símbolo pop de los años 70 que perdura hasta la actualidad, siendo muchos los artistas que la han versionado, desde Celine Dion, hasta Frank Sinatra, pasando por Sheryl Crown, o Mariah Carey.


Letra
When I was young
I never needed anyone
And making love was just for fun
Those days are gone
Living alone
I think of all the friends I've known
But when I dial the telephone
Nobody's home
All by myself, don't want to be
All by myself anymore
All by myself, don't want to live
All by myself anymore
Hard to be sure
Sometimes I feel so insecure
And love so distant and obscure
Remains the cure
All by myself, don't want to be
All by myself anymore
All by myself, don't want to live
All by myself anymore
All by myself, don't want to be
All by myself anymore
All by myself, don't want to live
All by myself anymore
When I was young
I never needed anyone
And making love was just for fun
Those days are gone
All by myself, don't want to be
All by myself anymore
All by myself, don't want to live
All by myself anymore
All by myself, don't want to be
All by myself anymore
All by myself, don't want to live
All by myself anymore

15 jun. 2015

Luisa Fernandez: Lay Love On You

Española de nacimiento, aunque afincada en Alemania, Luisa Fernandez obtuvo un renombre internacional con varios hits de ambiente discotequero. Ella fue descubierta en 1977 con tan sólo 15 años por medio de un concurso de talentos en una discoteca en Alveslohe (Alemania). Canciones como Disco Boy y Spanish Dancer se hicieron populares a finales de los años 70, aunque sin duda "Lay Love on You" de J. D. Parker/Tanja, fue su canción más popular.

Recordemos esa música pop con toques disco de finales de esa década en su versión en español -sólo audio- y un video de su paso por las numerosas televisiones europeas que se hicieron eco de su éxito.

Letra
Oh
sugar
can't you see
the way I feel
My head is spinning
and it's real
The love I have for you
Oh
baby
don't make it
harder than it is
I'm longing for
your tender kiss
Be close to you
Lay love on you
I burn when you touch me
Big heart be true
Don't set me free
Sweet things you do
Could scream when
you love me
Lay love on you
Lay love on me
Oh
darling
the truth is plain to see
Gotta have your
fragrance near
to me
To hold you tenderly
Oh
angel
please stop this
hurting deep
inside
Just show your fondness
please be kind
So kind to me
Lay love on you . . .