Perhaps no other music is as intertwined with my childhood as Lucky Ali’s. I don’t know what it was; his voice, that middle-east instrument I can’t put a name on, or those awesomely deep lyrics. He was my favorite for such a long time, looking back now, I can’t remember when that ceased to be. I don’t listen to him nearly as often now, and frankly, I am not a big fan of his later albums (fourth on, I think). Occasionally though, I look up his songs up on youtube, and it was a nice surprise seeing that he replies to some videos posted and that he has his own channel. It’s a nice warm feeling having your childhood favorites around. Good times!
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The Beach Boys version does a bad shift too. Nirvana’s version is the only version, which I know of, that limits the atrocity. IMHO, a bad phrase modulation is the musical equivalent of the “goto” command. There should be a T-Rex jumping out of somewhere biting whoever uses it. Please!
Generally awesome entries here. But let me quickly add that *some* top rated entries are crap. I have been following Ozielzinho, on youtube, for over an year now, and I am glad that he is somewhere in the top. Still not as high as I would have hoped him to be. I am sort of disappointed that some people I listen to on youtube haven’t taken part (or maybe I can’t find them). As is to be expected, plenty of shredders out there. Some brilliant, some not so. Very little acoustic going around; I think she is okay-ish. Some pretty impressive young kids in the run. All in all, they’ve got something good going.
Very tough to decide whom to vote for, but I did vote for Ozielzinho. It was nice knowing that even if I my choice was off, the format limits the damage I can do. Only one of the twelve final slots is selected by general voting and the rest are chosen by judges. Neat! And did I mention, the winner gets to play with Joe Satriani!
like the moon
you are constantly changing,
ever waxing and waning;
hateful life first oppresses
and then soothes as fancy takes it;
poverty and power it melts them like ice.
Fate – monstrous and empty,
you whirling wheel,
you are malevolent,
well-being is vain and always fades to nothing,
shadowed and veiled you plague me too;
now through the game
I bring my bare back to your villainy.
Fate is against me
in health and virtue,
driven on and weighted down,
So at this hour without delay
pluck the vibrating strings;
since Fate strikes down the strong man,
everyone weep with me!
English translation of a Latin poem, O Fortuna, from Carmina Burana, courtesy Wikipedia.
A fittingly dark rendition constructed by Carl Orff, and performed by the Berlin philharmonic, is perhaps the darkest composition I’ve ever listened to. There is a Seiji Ozawa’s version that is slightly faster in tempo, and then there is complete pop’ed version by Era. Each delightful in their own way.