Friday, 12 April 2013

My Musical Diary LVII

Hello guys, the newest Diary is here. Sadly it's also the last music Diary for quite a while. I really need to concentrate on working on my thesis now but I do hope to resume writing these when my studies are over. I also plan on writing a film diary once in a while, so that's something you can look forward to (I guess?). Anyway, without further ado I give you the 57th edition of My Musical Diary. Enjoy!

Kate Bush - Jig of Life

Kate Bush - Jig Of Life by goldrausch

Kate got her CBE yesterday. Very, very well deserved. For me, Kate is the greatest female musician/artist of all time. Nothing more needs to be said.

I understand the story of the Ninth Wave (the B side of Kate's 1985 masterpiece album Hounds of Love), to a certain degree I understand the concepts, including Zen philosophy that the songs include. But I still couldn't put into words how I personally interpret Jig of Life. From the music point of view I keep getting drawn to this particular song. It's hypnotic. And its use of Irish music motives is just very clever. This is not the sort of song you like on first listen...but once I personally got it, I haven't been able to let it go.

Just play this one at my funeral.

Shakira - Dónde Están Los Ladrones

Yep, I'm still on the Shakira wave. I've just been listening to her a lot lately. This is the title track from Shakira's 1998 album, which I already mentioned last week. And again, this song wasn't released as a single, just like last week's Si te vas. A testament of how good this album is. Though I have to agree that this song might not be single material. It's not primarily catchy, its strength lies in Shakira's vocal, which in parts of the song get very rock. Shakira isn't all yodel, her voice can be very steady and powerful when it's needed.

INXS - Original Sin

I watched the recent BBC Nile Rodgers documentary two days ago and while I did know Nile has had a hand in many a hit I had no idea he actually produced this great INXS song. Of course now that I know I can hear the signature sounds...anyway, discovery of the century!

Cher - The Shoop Shoop Song

After about 20 years I was able to rewatch Mermaids on YouTube a few days ago - and this time was actually also able to get what the film was about, not being 5 or 6 any more. It was definitely an enjoyable experience. All of the main actresses, plus Danny DeVito were great and the film was not nearly as silly as I expected it to be. I was shocked to learn the little girl in the film was Christina Ricci but of course once I knew that information I couldn't believe I actually didn't recognise her right from the start.

But I'll be honest with you, I pretty much watched this film because of Cher. When it comes to music I'm on greatest hits terms with her - I love her voice but apart from Heart of Stone I don't really own any other of her studio albums. I have however seen quite a few films with her, enough to know she's a pretty good actress (and she always looks gorgeous...I don't care how she does it!). In short, I just really like her and even if she starts looking like Amanda Lepore, I'll still like her for her singing and her acting. However...The Shoop Shoop song was such a big part of my childhood, it was always on the radio, always, so as a result I managed to develop quite an allergy to this Cher's cover of the Betty Everett hit. The song is just wonderfully silly, and catchy....the recipe for a monster hit and a perfect torture tool.

Yet something happened when the credits for Mermaids started to roll...the song started but...I didn't hate it any more! I haven't listened to it in years, so I had no idea my allergy was gone and...pow! I actually love the song again!

Rufus Wainwright - Sanssouci 

I was in a Rufus mood a few days ago and when this song started playing it immediately transported me to Potsdam 4 years ago. I visited the beautiful park/garden (incl. the amazingly ugly little palace there...just my personal taste people, I just don't like stuff like that) and had a great time there. The garden is one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited, especially the whole ancient Roman-like part of it. A day does not pass by I don't want to magically teleport there and take a walk, for at least a few minutes. And this song reminds me of the great few hours I spent there, late summer of 2009. Sigh.....

Thank you all for reading. Before this Diary hopefully resumes in the autumn I will still keep this blog alive: a review here, a film diary do keep coming back. For now...

Love, Peace and Ringo! xxx

Friday, 5 April 2013

My Musical Diary LVI

The spring might not be here yet but the first April Diary is here on time...enjoy!

Alison Moyet - When I Was Your Girl

Alison's new album comes out in a month and the first single from it pretty much blew me away. I can't say I know many of either Yazoo's or her solo work but there are several of her songs that I hold dear to my heart. I also adore Alison's voice - deep, powerful and always passionate, an edgier Cher, if you will. When I Was... makes me want to dig into Alison's discography and discover more great songs.

Marc Almond - Your Kisses Burn feat. Nico

szólj hozzá: Marc Almond - Your Kisses Burn

It's been too long since I featured a Marc Almond song here. Criminal. I gave my precious The Stars We Are vinyl a spin over the Easter holiday and while it's hard to choose one song from this pretty much flawless album, it was Your Kisses Burn that made the biggest impact on me this time. It's regal, and it sounds even more regal on big speakers. Plus Marc's and Nico's voices compliment each other so well... It's sad that this duet is pretty much the last thing Nico ever recorded. I have a thing for deep female voices and I do think she could have steamrolled Marianne Faithful in the living chanteuse legend category had she lived and put herself together. Alas...

Rufus Wainwright - April Fools

Well, it was April Fools Day a few days ago and which other song could have been a better song of the day than this one, right? By the by, this song is where my blog address comes from:

So let it all go by
Looking at the sky
Wondering if there's clouds and stuff in hell

I was listening to this song while out on errands one day and and even though I'd listened to this song hundreds of times before, only then it suddenly hit me what a great lyric that was. The image of clouds in hell. In my case enhanced by the fact I read Pullman's His Dark Materials a few years ago and consider the third book one of the best pieces of fiction I ever read. Hell and all. If you haven't read I can only recommend.

P!nk - Just Give Me A Reason feat. Nate Ruess

I recently rediscovered this P!nk song from her newest album pretty much only thanks to seeing it amongst the top few singles in the UK chart. I feel a bit ashamed I didn't listen to The Truth About Love album more. I made up my mind about the songs after one listen and from then on only listened to those I really liked...I'm not even sure if I actually listened to this song then. Because Just Give Me A Reason is everything but forgettable. The chorus is such an ear worm. How did it pass me by back when the album came out? HOW???

Shakira - Si te vas

The new season of The Voice started in the US last week and so far watching it has been pure joy. Shakira and Usher replaced Xtina and Cee Lo Green this time and it has been a definite improvement (nothing against CLG though, I do actually miss his quirkiness and hired pets). Of all the coaches on that panel Shakira is the one I've been listening to the most. For over a decade actually. 

Even though I understand very little Spanish I love quite a few of Shakira's 90's songs from before she became a huge international English singing, hips truth telling star. Si te vas, a fast, pissed off pop-rocker, is to be found on her fourth studio album Dónde Están los Ladrones?, which came out in 1998. It's the last of the Spanish-only albums before Laundry Service came out three years later and it is arguably her best album so far. Si te vas never even got to be a single but it could have been a big hit - I guess that speaks for itself.

I'm happy Shakira's on The Voice now. She's a great addition: adorable, smart, witty, easy on the eyes and with a cool, laid back attitude. And selfishly I'm happy she took this job because it made me dig out her albums and listen to them again and add a bit of the Latina flavour back into my life.

Video Bonus:

Hurts - Blind video

We've been graced with a new Hurts video: to Blind, their upcoming second single from Exile (check out my review here). Apparently this video was the brainchild of Theo Hutchcraft (the band's singer). It was filmed in Spain and Theo managed to almost annihilate his right eye while filming it, after falling off stairs and hitting his head on an iron gate. He really should be careful what he's singing about next time because the song goes "cut out my eyes and leave me blind". A nifty prop this time but please, the next time you film a video and happen to be singing about, let's say, stabbing yourself in the heart, please, oh please, don't fall on a stiletto heel chest first. D'ya hear me, Theo??

Back to the video...well it's interesting. Apart from Theo's monster swelled eye (in some shots being hilariously obscured by stuff) it features a pretty female lover of his and Cupid's arrows which the couple uses to get high on love. It ends in tragedy, of course. While it lacks Adam Anderson completely, goes a wee too much Bonnie and Clyde in places, and let's face it, Theo is not much of an actor, it however is mostly successful at what it set out to do: cleverly accompanying an epic Hurts song full of melancholy and gloom. That is not a backhanded compliment, I do actually quite like it. I'm grumpy about the Adam no-show (since he's the one Hurt - ha! - I actually want to look at) but as videos go, this one is pretty good and features some cool ideas.

Little Mix - How Ya Doin'? video

No gloom in this new Little Mix video, instead a lot of adorable British sass (and one Missy). Very colourful and completely precious. Btw, my girl Leigh-Anne's dress is what I want to wear this summer. If the summer ever comes, that is.

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Love, Peace and Ringo! xxx