在前一篇提及的電影First Reformed的預告片中，使用了一首十九世紀的詩歌叫做 Are You Washed in the Blood? 這首詩歌的創作者霍夫曼（Elisa Albright Hoffman） 是一位傳道人之子，同時他也算是子承父業，在1873年被按立為長老教會牧師。他一生創作超過兩千首詩歌，編纂的詩歌集超過五十本以上（資料來源：維基百科）。 Are You Washed in the Blood? 是他在1878年寫成，上面這個版本是由安特里姆門諾合唱團（Antrim Mennonite Choir）演唱，是純粹的人聲演繹。Youtube上還找得到鄉村歌謠風或搖滾風的現代版，但我比較喜歡單純的人聲版本。繼續閱讀 “Are You Washed in the Blood? (Translation)"
最近看了一部電影名叫 First Reformed ，是由伊森霍克（Ethan Hawke）及亞曼達賽佛瑞（Amanda Seyfried）演出。這部電影好像沒排上院線，在串流平台上的片名翻譯得有點奇怪（「首次自新」是甚麼意思？看完了也想不出甚麼為什麼要翻成這樣），但這個片名其實是故事中伊森霍克飾演的托勒牧師（Rev. Toller）所主持的那間教會的名字，是一間沒甚麼會眾、比較像是觀光景點的沒落教會。（故事中的「第一歸正教會」First Reformed Church 說是位於紐約州首府阿伯尼 Albany附近。不過查了一下，導演實際上借用了位於皇后區道格拉斯頓的「錫安聖公會」（Zion Episcopal Church）來拍攝。）繼續閱讀 “First Reformed"
選舉日後過著空白的日子，將心情和身體調整好之後，今天讓翻譯機動一下。再聽一聽這首歌，還是覺得好好聽。我想到我以前大學的時候並沒有很喜歡David Bowie，但現在聽他的歌，覺得他的聲音非常舒服。也許是現在的我開始喜歡蒼老的聲音了。繼續閱讀 “David Bowie, “Lazarus” (Translation)"
Another impressive song from David Bowie in recent years is “Sue." There is two different arrangements of this single. Here in the video clip is the radio edit version of the first arrangement made by Maria Schneider. She has a jazz band called Maria Schneider Orchestra. She is a composer, a conductor. A woman conductor is still very rare these days I guess? (For anyone interested in her band’s performance you can watch this clip.)
I was very surprised and really intrigued when I first heard this song from HBO’s Bowie Documentary. This modern, jazzy version of the arrangement refreshes my impression of the rock star. I still remember he sang “Nature Boy" for the movie “Moulin Rouge" years ago. That cover version is really like a song from some musicals. So again, in his last years, he is still an inspiration to the world.
I saw a little bit of HBO’s documentary “David Bowie: The Last Five Years" last week. After listening to some musicians talking about how they worked with David on his last album “Blackstar," I’ve become very interested in it. Later I borrowed a copy from our local library and listened to it with amazement and delight. It’s been quite a while since the last time I listened to an entire album so attentively. God knows how rare this is in the modern time.
The single “Lazarus" is my favourite, and it catches my imagination right from the beginning. Perhaps that’s because he was really in his last days when he was filming the video. The documentary mentioned David’s idea about the music video and how the director tried to execute the idea, and then, the result is here. Watching the video two years from his death now really makes me wonder how he felt, what he was actually thinking when he was lying in that bed, playing that character “Button Eye." Now we will never know. He has gone back to the Blackstar. But surely his music will remain on Earth, being the proof of his stay.