It's ages since I wrote my last journal, but the thing is I don't have a lot of time these days (not an original excuse, yet true)...I almost posted one the other day about the Symphonicities album from Sting, but then I didn't like it and I cancelled it :) anyway I love the album and the point of the journal was that I couldn't have loved an album made of orchestral versions of pop-rock songs by anyone else but Sting... I particularly love the song I Hung My Head, that was originally written for Jhonny Cash... did you have the chance to listen to it? What do you think?
Mon 16 Mar – Scott Henderson Cool: having the chance to see such great artists in such small venues, always gives me shivers. I got to know and love Scott Henderson from one beautiful heartbreaking track called Tore Down House, and though what he did yesterday night was something completely different, still I could sense the same kind of feeling I got from that song. Of course, he's a freaking good guitarist, I can't even get to appreciate properly his incredible technique, I'm just not musically prepared enough to do it.
Not Cool: the way he refused to exchange guitar picks with a fan after the gig. It's probably a silly thing to ask, that of exchanging picks, still I can somehow relate with the guy's request...after all, music speaks to us, and sometimes it may hit on us so deeply and truly that we just can't help seeking some kind of connection with the person who wrote that music. I hate to be judgemental, and I don't want to be, just because to do so would be like ingnoring the fact that a musician is a person with his/her own personality and his/her own private life. Still I think that when you lose the ability to understand a fan's need of introducing himself, shake your hand, take a picture, you probably lost one big part of what makes music something so special.
And may you never lay your head down Without a hand to hold May you never make your bed out in the cold.
You're just like a great strong brother of mine You know that I love you true And you never talk dirty behind my back And I know that there's those that do.
Oh please won't you, please won't you Bear it in mind Love is a lesson to learn in our time Now please won't you, please won't you Bear it in mind for me.
Well you're just like a good close sister to me You know that I love you true And you hold no blade to stab me in the back And I know that there's some that do.
May you never lose your temper If you get in a bar room fight May you never lose your woman overnight May you never lay your head down Without a hand to hold May you never make your bed out in the cold.
This is a Massive Attack cover, Teardrop, I have always loved the song, not being a Massive Attack fan myself; I find his version very nice, I think it's amazing just how he makes it all by himself, and I don't see any trace of effort in his performance, I mean, he's a natural. The whole album Hand Built By Robots is cool, a bunch of catchy songs, simple and yet original, more than fairly played on guitar, great powerful rock vocals. I would love to see him live, they say he's a great performer, and a huge man!
No need to say, it was an amazing concert; I loved every single new song and it was so nice to hear everybody in the audience singing to the "old" ones; I was afraid she was gonna speak a lot of german during the show, but fortunately she didn't and she was as nice and funny as ever in between the songs. Listening to older live tracks and videos on youtube I realized how much she has improved both on vocals and guitar, not that she was bad before, but what I saw in Karlsruhe was just pure class and quality; the whole band is just amazing, Christian Vinne gotta be my favorite, but I have a bias on that. Anyway it was even better than I expected. Once again she called me by my name when I went to say hello after the gig (unbelievable, I just met her twice) but she definitely hadn't realized I came all the way from Rome just to be there, maybe because my name has some german equivalent...so when I told her she went "fuck off! I wouldn't go to Rome to see me!" and gave me a big hug and offered me beer, so I told her she should instead go to Rome to see ME, and hopefully play a gig here someday. We'll wait and see, or I gotta be travelling again in a few months. Last but definitely not least, it was so nice to finally meet some of the last.fm group members in the audience, and some other people I had met through myspace and stuff like that. Here is a video I made, hope you enjoy it.
Well the heat is so great it plays tricks with the eye turns the road into water and then from water to sky there's a crack in the concrete floor and it starts at the sink there's a bathroom in a gas station and i've locked myself in it to think
and back in the city the sun bakes the trash on the curb the men are pissing in doorways and the rats run in herds i've got a dream of your face and it scares me awake i put too much on my table and now i've got too much a stake
and i might let you off easy yeah i might lead you on i might wait for you to look for me and then i might be gone coz where i come from and where i'm going and i'm lost in between i might go up to that phone booth and leave a veiled invitation on you machine
and you'll stop me, won't you if you've heard this one before the one where i surprise you by showing up at your front door saying 'let's not ask what's next, how, or why' i am leaving in the morning so let's not be shy
the door opens, the room winces the housekeeper comes in without a warning and i squint at the muscular motel lady saying 'hey morning' and she jumps, her keys jingle and she leaves as quick as she came in and i roll over and taste the pillow with my grin well, the sheets are twisted and damp and the heat is so great and i swear i can feel the mattress sinking underneath your weight oh sleep is like a fever and I'm glad when it ends and the road flows like a river and pulls me around every bend
Ho sempre pensato che fossero qualcosa di diverso da quello che poi in realtà sono, e quando li ho ascoltati è stata una vera rivelazione...semplicità, sostanza, leggerezza, corpo. Avevano quasi tutto ciò che di solito mi piace nella musica.
Comprati i biglietti per il concerto di Bjork il 25 luglio prossimo all'Auditorium. Probabilmente non sarà niente di simile a questo:
Aeroplane è un pezzo vecchio ormai di 15 anni, e anche questo video mi sembra risalga più o meno all'uscita del disco, ma che spettacolo! Bene, 4 mesi per familiarizzare con il nuovo album Volta, che poi tanto nuovo non è, ma sono rimasta un po' indietro.
ps. i brividi non sono tanto per la trepidante attesa, quanto per il fatto che mi sta venendo la febbre. D'oh.