Category Archives: Music

Lucky Ali

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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Seasons In The Sun

Truck driver’s gear change: How not to (original, I think);  how to, if you have to (cover).

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!

Guitar Idol

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!

O Fortuna

O Fortune,
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,
always enslaved.
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.