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:

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”)

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琵琶的絮語

寫完了前一篇之後,發現剛好可以替我一直沒有寫的這篇介紹文舖個路。

不知道現在是否還有人記得「呂秀齡」小姐?有一段時間她曾經是文藝愛情片的女主角,但她原來是參加才藝節目的琵琶演奏項目出道。90年代她也曾經發行過兩張琵琶演奏專輯,當時我都買了錄音帶來收藏。

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二胡的傾訴

台北近日的天氣實在詭異,有時一天宛若炎夏,然後隔天就如寒冬一般,早上醒來感到氣溫驟降,天色陰沉,飄下冬日典型的細雨。這種極大的反差,讓人很不舒適。這樣也算是冬天嗎?有人說今年是暖冬,但也毋須這樣每天氣溫上上下下的,讓人身心無所適從。

先前在這裡列出不少與秋天有關的中文流行歌曲,那麼冬天呢?網路上已有不少好答案,我倒是想不出甚麼我比較喜歡的。只是想起最近有格友與我提及二胡,我便想著二胡獨特的音色,倒是可與冬日的寂寥相映成趣。

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音樂 - music

David Bowie, “Sue” (Or in a Season of Crime)

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. 

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David Bowie, “Lazarus”

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.