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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Jazz/Rock Fusion is on Blogger DJ's Sunday Menu

...which highlights Weather Report, a group formed by alumni of Miles Davis' pioneering Jazz/Rock Fusion album 'In a Silent Way'.

Hard to believe most of the recordings below are three-plus decades old.

Weather Report - Nubian Sundance
Weather Report - Teen Town
Weather Report - A Remark You Made
Weather Report - Boogie Woogie Waltz
Weather Report - Black Market
Weather Report - Elegant People
Weather Report - Port Of Entry
Weather Report - Mysterious Traveller

U.S. way past check-out time in Hotel Afghanistan

The latest enormities--assassinations of U.S. personnel excused as reactions to the accidental burning of Korans--should convince us to bid a not so fond, immediate farewell to Afghanistan. Of course, on our way out, we should blow up any materiel we can't take with us, and grant asylum to our most loyal Afghan friends, assuming they'd rather live than be slaughtered upon our exit. We should maintain a shadow covert presence sufficient to cause mischief both with the despicable, duplicitous Paks--who knowingly sheltered Bin Laden and assiduously abet the Taliban--as well as the Iranians, both of whom wish to play the Great Game in Afghanistan.  Let's not waste another drop of blood, or another dime, trying to do whatever we thought we were trying to do there. The lives of U.S. servicemen ravaged and wasted there can never be redeemed, especially at the cost of more American lives.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bulletin : George Clooney Gets Lonely

...according to an interview in The Hollywood Reporter.

We should all be so lonely.

Curious about the GOP Primaries/Caucuses to Come ?



Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley of The Crystal Ball Website have the remaining contests all scoped out. Just check out the above chart from their Feb.16 article, or better still, the entire article, The Long Slog: Projecting the Republican Race Through June.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sometimes a song is irresistible...


Such is the case with 'Con te partiro',  which I heard for the first time last week in Santurce, Puerto Rico, in the atrium of the Museo de Arte, where the Puerto Rico Philharmonic--rehearsing for a later concert --accompanied soprano Magda Nieves and tenor Rafael Davila.

Composed by Francesco Sartori with lyrics by Lucio Quarantotto, 'Con te partiro' was popularized by Andrea Bocelli, who first sang it at the San Remo Song Festival in 1995.

Here, for your listening pleasure are Andrea Bocelli's solo Con te Partiro as well as Time to Say Goodbye,  an English version of the song featuring Bocelli and Sarah Brightman.

* * *

Lyrics

Quando sono solo sogno all'orizzonte
e mancan le parole
si lo so che non c'luce
in una stanza quando manca il sole
se non ci sei tu con me, con me
su le finestre
mostra a tutti il mio cuore
che hai acceso chiudi, dentro me
la luce che hai incontrato per strada
Con te partiro paesi che non ho mai
veduto e vissuto con te
adesso sui li vivro
Con te partiro su navi per mari
che io lo so no, no, non esistono piu
con te io li vivro

Quando sei lontana sogno all'orizzonte
e mancan le parole
e io solo so che sei con me, con me
tu mia luna tu sei qui con me
mio sole tu sei qui con me, con me, con me, con me
Con te partiro
Paesi che non ho mai
veduto e vissuto con te
adesso so li vivro
Con te partiro
su navi per mari che, io lo so
no, no, non esistono pia
con te io li rivivo
Con te partiro
su navi per mari che, io lo so
no, no, non esistono pio
con te io li rivivro
Con te partiro...
Io con te!

* * *

When I’m alone
I dream on the horizon
and words fail;
yes, I know there is no light
in a room where the sun is absent,
if you are not with me, with me.
At the windows
show everyone my heart
which you set alight;
enclose within me
the light you
encountered on the street.
I’ll go with you,
to countries I never
saw and shared with you,
now, yes, I shall experience them.
I’ll go with you
on ships across seas
which, I know,
no, no, exist no longer;
with you I shall experience them.

When you are far away
I dream on the horizon
And words fail,
and, Yes, I know
that you are with me;
you, my moon, are here with me,
my sun, you are here with me,
with me, with me, with me.
I’ll go with you,
To countries I never
Saw and shared with you,
now, yes, I shall experience them.
I’ll go with you
On ships across seas
which, I know,
no, no, exist no longer,
with you I shall experience them again.
I’ll go with you
On ships across seas
Which, I know,
No, no, exist no longer;
with you I shall experience them again.
I’ll go with you,
I with you.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Blogger DJ recalls 'New Haven' Songs

That's how Blogger DJ and his Mrs. describe songs they heard on the radio when they were in grad school, in New Haven, songs full of love and soul, songs that continue to evoke fond memories.

Not all of the songs below date from the '70's, but all have the same warmth and feel.

The Spinners - Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
The Delfonics - La La Means I Love You
Rose Royce - I Wanna Get Next To You
The Chi-Lites - Oh Girl
Roberta Flack/ Donny Hathaway - The Closer I Get To You
Amy Winehouse - Will you still love me tomorrow
The Three Degrees - When will I see you again
The Spinners - Mighty Love