音樂 - music

跨世代與超越世代之聲

前一篇提到音樂與世代的問題,但在華語音樂的世界還是有一些人或團體,因為活躍的時間超過十年甚至來到二十年,所以從某個角度來說也可以說是跨越了世代的差距而成為「跨世代之聲」。

最近五月天和陳綺貞都辦了演唱會,蔡依林也出了新專輯,在我心中她/他們就是這種「跨世代之聲」的代表。只不過很汗顏地我對他們的音樂並不熟悉,我只能談我比較熟悉的歌手,就是林憶蓮小姐,最近她也出版了新的專輯《0》。

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音樂 - music

世代之聲

有一次去圖書館的時候,我突然想到不如來找找有甚麼適合的演唱會或音樂會DVD,可以讓家中長輩看一看。之前我曾經借過鳳飛飛和鄧麗君的演唱會DVD,這次則是借了蔡琴的演唱會。不過因為這一場演唱的曲目都是20、30年代的國語歌曲,像是周璇或白光的歌曲,所以他們看了並沒有甚麼很深的感動,因為那些歌曲在他們年輕的時候,就已經是老歌了。

新年除夕那天,母親拿著電視遙控器切換電視頻道,看到某些頻道正在轉播本地的跨年演唱會,但她只看了一下就轉台,有點感嘆地說現在的歌曲她都聽不下去了。

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走過的日子 - the days

只會在意一下子

上個月到最後還是找出一個空檔,開電視瞄一下先前經手的聖誕電影。看了大約半個小時後,我才想到,原本其實應該不用翻譯的背景歌曲的歌詞,雖然當時有翻譯出來,不過後續看來還是再經過處理,所以那些部分都不見了。然而當下的情緒並沒有特別強烈的反彈,只是覺得「歐,所以還是都刪了」,我想這也是因為這個結果本來就在預料之中,自己本身就覺得那些應該是不必出現的部分,所以才沒有特別覺得怎麼樣。

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音樂 - music

Hybrid, “Usual Rules”

If you have followed this blog for more than two years, you might notice that I have written about this Welsh band for a few times. Their latest album “Light of the Fearless" was released last July, but I couldn’t find the right mood for it until recent weeks. This is the band’s fifth original album, and their debut album was released in 1999. So many years have passed, the band members have changed, and they also have tried to write music for TV shows, films, and video games. Being their fan needs to be patient. Last summer we finally have got what we have been waiting for, and the Godot we are waiting for really worths the wait. My favorite tack is “Usual Rules." The song itself is already like a short film, a cinematic soundscape having its own story. I love the orchestra and piano parts at the background, and the sound of woodwind (I think that is saxophone) is a nice surprise.

Previous Post about Hybrid:

Hybrid, “Break My Soul ”
管弦樂與電子樂的交融:Hybrid(電融樂團)
Depeche Mode 〈Enjoy the Silence〉翻唱版本一記
Interlude in Prague
Curtain Call(From the Soundtrack “Interlude in Prague”)

影音分享 - Clip Sharing

Unsung Heroes

Welcome to the year of 2019! Recently I saw this clip from Ólafur Arnalds’s Facebook page. He is a musician from Iceland. The clip shows the preparation work of one of his concerts, where a piano tuners said they have to tune every key of the pianos every day. Repeating every single sound over and over again is a nightmare, but without their efforts, there can’t be a good show. Behind every successful performance, there will always be some unsung heroes.

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年尾來個勵志小故事

這段影片是半年前美國演員伊森霍克(Ethan Hawke)為了宣傳電影 First Reformed 去上「史蒂芬柯貝爾深夜秀」(The Late Show with Stephen Colbert)的一段訪談。當中他提及一段往事,多年前他曾應邀參加在倫敦環球劇場(Global Theatre)舉辦的一場義演活動。當時負責安排節目活動的人請伊森表演莎劇《哈姆雷特》(Hamlet)最有名的獨白 To be or not to be,不過在他的前面和後面表演的凡妮莎蕾格烈芙(Vanessa Redgrave)和保羅史考菲(Paul Scofield)都是比他還要資深的演員。

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