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January 8, 2012


How about them tunes, baby?


You could say that this is in actuality two posts rolled up into one. And you could be right, you know. But read on and perhaps you’ll see how one actually is a “lead on” into the other one. In any case, I hope you enjoy it.

We start with this wonderful English singer and writer called Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, who is simply known as Adele. Up until a few days ago I wasn’t even aware of her. But then again, that is probably “par for the course” for I am more of a jazz, classical music and/or classical rock aficionado; although, I do listen to all kinds of music… I mean world-wide music. At any rate I was putting a demo DVD together for a friend of mine. So I decided to look up the  most popular music videos on YouTube and sure enough she was way up there.

I listened to a couple of tunes before I landed on the one called Rolling in the Deep. And I had to listen to a few bar progressions until I got it and then, I was hooked. Btw, don’t take my word for it. I included the YouTube video at the end of the post so you can judge for yourself.

The video in and of itself is unpretentious and mostly black and white or could it be that it has a tinge of Film Noir in it? Kudos! She is sitting down throughout the whole song and this has to be an incredibly difficult way to sing, since you can’t open your diaphragm in full when you’re sitting down. At any rate, she has powerful, controlled and delightful voiced. In many ways she reminds me of the great Aretha Franklin. The song can be addicting. It uses the true and tried chord progressions, i.e. descending sequences which probably started way back with Johann Sebastian Bach.

So I wanted to share this with my friend Hannah, who lives in Germany. I sent her a link plus the lyrics. I hadn’t paid any attention to the song’s lyrics, which you can read here. I almost never do, since I am more into melodies; unless, it’s someone like Bob Dylan or the like, of course. But I read the lyrics and… Wow! … This is not a happy song. To sum it up, I guess we could use William Congreve’s The Mourning Bride (1697):

“Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.”

I guess a man (villainous of course) left a woman and now she is going to do something nasty to him. Not too original, if you ask me. I don’t mean the song, which is wonderful, but the story for the lyrics.

Here is where we jump into the second part of the post. Because here I have to stand up and try to defend the poor old blokes; but please don’t go off the deep end just yet, since I am also being somewhat facetious.

From Giacomo Casanova to Don Juan Tenorio to Porfirio Rubirosa and all the countless men who fall into the category of “womanizers” and who have, historically, been getting a bum rap. But do we ever hear their side of the story? Nooooo… Let’s keep it simple and make them villain archetypes and continue with the charade so that we can feel good about our little lives. Let’s face it, some men and women are too complex to be tied up to a single person. It is not necessarily that they are unkind, inconsiderate and all the other things that you can think of; but simply that they need a lot more variety. And to a great extend we all do.

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  1. Jan 12 2012

    Wow this blog is TOTALLY AWESOME !!!!



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