SEVEN SONGS TAG! Happy Monday!
SEVEN SONGS I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO LATELY:
1. "RIO ANCHO" --Paco de Lucia
This is my favorite Paco song. I've been listening to Paco's extraordinary guitar work since 1984. You can find this tune, as well as many other outstanding Paco tunes, on Antologia, Vol. 1
2. "AZZURA" --Paco de Lucia/Al DiMeola/John McLaughlinThis piece comes from Guitar Trio (1996). I think this is an outstanding album: this is the 'guitar trio' in their ultimate studio form. Friday Night In San Francisco is my ultimate favorite album by these three guitar virtuosos; however, Guitar Trio is a very close second!
3. "La Barrosa" Paco de Lucia
People have accused Paco of straying too far from the traditional flamenco style. On Siroco, Paco delivers what the traditionalists want--but at full speed! Paco has been revered as 'the best guitarist alive' (Three Spirits DVD), when you listen to his guitar mastery on this album, it is no question as to why. It's not the speed at which he plays that makes him a guitar great (anyone can play fast with a lot of practice!), it's the heart and soul that flows through his fingers into his instrument that makes him a true master.
4. "Symphony No. 9" Beethoven
I know Beethoven's 5th Symphony is supposed to be the be-all-end-all of symphonies, but I personally think No. 9 is Beethoven's greatest.
5. "Nacho Re Mero Mana! (Dance, My Heart!)" Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
I woke up this morning in a bit of a funk, so I put this lovely 16 minute CD onto the stereo. It begins with Gurumayi' captivating voice rendering Kabir's "Nacho Re Mero Mana!" poem. Then, it explodes into this heart warming, fun, charged chanting version of the same poem. I love this chant. Gurumayi's voice has a way of carrying me back to my source, which causes all of the 'junk' that's polluting my head and causing the funk, to just fall away! I can't sit still when this chant is playing. I could be in the worst mood possible, and by the end of the chant, I'm swaying my hips, and dancing with joy!
6. "Nuevo Mexico" Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra
This is another 'flamenco' guitarist that I listen to from time to time. Liebert doesn't have the mastery of the guitar that Paco de Lucia does (but then, who does??), and his style is very different, yet I love it. Unlike Paco, Ottmar's tunes reel you in with their simplicity and simplistic beauty. "Nuevo Mexico" is the first track on Ottmar's Opium album. This is a collaborative album with Luna Negra. There are two discs. These are both beautiful CDs, although I have to be in the right mood to listen to them: usually at night.
7. "Heavenly Bank Account" Frank Zappa
The version of this classic Zappa tune comes from the double album You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1. I think this is the best Zappa album ever!! Well, maybe it's tied with Freak Out and Sheik Yerbouti, but that's my totally subjective opinion (but aren't all opinions subjective?).
This song begins with one of my favorite all-time Zappa quotes: he's talking about giving your money to organized religions--which I personally think is appropriate in order to keep the place running and available to help all of its parishioners, devotees, etc.-- yet, in his sardonic manner, Zappa reminds us that 'there's a huge difference between kneeling down and bending over". Well, we all know that Zappa was an atheist, but I have to agree that a person needs to re-evaluate the spiritual organization they are affiliated with if they are asked to give their entire bank accounts on account of 'faith'.
Anyway, I just love Zappa, and his humor was never lost on me. It's too bad that he died so young. I mean, I'm happy with the 65 albums that he left us (most of them remastered by him before he died!!), but I do miss him. A friend of mine interviewed him in the late sixties and she told me that she thought he was a genius. You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 always reminds me why I love Zappa so much. He's funny and a musical genius, end of story. :)
I now tag Gyrobo, Flatlander, Sage, Kenju, Mizfit, and Mike Althouse!
tags: jaibhakti, Paco de Lucia, Al Dimeola, John McLaughlin, Ottmar Liebert, Luna Negra, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Frank Zappa, music