Risultati della ricerca per: 2008

Essere o non essere


Riflettendo…

La Riflessione

Finché durerà lo spazio,
e finché rimarranno degli esseri umani,

fino allora che possa rimanere anch’io
a scacciare le sofferenze del mondo.

Tendzin Gyatso, XIV Dalai Lama
Preghiera alla fine del Discorso per il Premio Nobel
Oslo, 10-12-1989

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In noi gli strumenti per aprire il pugno,
per non stringere forte il nostro individualismo:

Compassione ed amorevolezza,
capacità di accogliere ogni essere
senza conoscere pregiudizio
sono la via che conduce verso il senso
di un esistenza pregna di significato.

Nulla è separato
sino a quando noi stessi
non erigiamo invisibili mura
che fanno di noi persone sofferenti e sole.

Poetyca

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L’insegnamento

Essere o non essere

La realtà non ha niente a che fare con l’esistenza e la non-esistenza.

Quando Shakespeare dice:

“Essere o non essere,
questo è il problema”,

il Buddha risponde:

“Essere o non essere,
non è questo il problema”.

Essere e non essere sono soltanto due idee, l’una opposta all’altra:
non sono una realtà e non descrivono la realtà.

Maestro Thich Nhat Hanh

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La mente specchia la nostra illusione
e la realtà, si aggrappa alle immagini
che giorno per giorno sa costruire.

La visione profonda allarga e definisce
quello che non possono spiegare centinaia di parole.

Essere o non essere non è il fulcro
del nostro percorso, poichè quanto sai accogliere
quello che è oltre la tua conoscenza, nulla è e nulla non è.

In un soffio di vento tutto muta e tutto si trasforma,
cosa resta di quello che hai creduto di essere solo un momento fa?

Poetyca

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02.11.2008 Poetyca

Testi tratti da: http://www.bodhidharma.it

Annunci

Un nuovo giorno


Riflettendo….

La Riflessione

Se apri spezzando
il ramo di un ciliegio,
non trovi un solo fiore.

Ma il cielo della primavera,
ne invita la fioritura.

Ikkyu (1394-1481)

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Non analizzare con la mente
in cerca di risposte,
ma sappi accogliere ed essere
nella presenza mentale,
dove tutto quel che è interconesso
sa offrire bellezza e meraviglia,
perchè tu sia ascolto e partecipazione.

Poetyca

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L’insegnamento

Un nuovo giorno

Svegliandomi al mattino,
sono consapevole di quanto sia veramente prezioso un nuovo giorno:
la sua freschezza non dovrebbe essere data per scontata.

Quindi, cosa farò di questo giorno?
Cosa farete di questo giorno?

Insegnante di Dharma

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Ogni attimo è opportunità:
scoperta e partecipazione,
dialogo e manifestazione
che prende origine dal nostro atteggiamento.

Ogni porta aperta è accoglienza
che non chiuda fuori lo stupore
e la gioia di essere – qui ed ora –
nell’incessante presenza di ogni respiro.

Poetyca

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03.05.2008 Poetyca

Testi tratti da: http://www.bodhidharma.it

Un abbraccio al mondo


Un abbraccio al mondo

In tutti noi una risorsa,
la fonte ricca di beni:

Cuore forte nell’amorevolezza
senza giudizio alcuno.

Fermo esempio di equidistanza,
dove non si sceglie ma si esperisce
la compassione per tutti gli esseri.

A volte è il silenzioso rumore
di una lacrima che solca il viso,
solo perchè le braccia sono corte
per un abbraccio al mondo.

25.03.2009 Poetyca

 

An embrace to world

In all of us a resource,
the rich source of goods:

Heart strong in love
without any trial.

firm example of equidistance,
do not choose where it carries
compassion for all beings.

Sometimes it’s the quiet noise
a tear that solca face,
just because your arms are short
for a hug in the world.

25.03.2009 Poetyca


Quando apriamo gli occhi alla realtà, al suo signiificato più profondo, siamo capaci di accogliere ma anche di dare.

Nel dialogo e nella presenza incondizionata è l’opportunità di offrirsi e di accogliere quanto si manifesti negli altri.


In richiamo

Sospeso in un solo respiro
è quel senso di evanescenza,
dove tutto è richiamo,
indicazione di un meraviglioso attimo
che vissuto – qui ed ora – ripete
l’armonia di gesti e di ricerca viva.

14.08.2008 Poetyca

In tutti noi una traccia sottile della quale cogliere che il dualismo non è Amore e non si sposa con la negazione di quella scintilla meravigliosa
che spinge verso gli altri con gentilezza e compassione perchè intersiamo e non potremmo pensare che le risorse che riusciamo a maturare attraverso il nostro percorso interiore, la capacità di superare nodi e tensioni restino come un ” bottino” del quale conservare solo per noi stessi il merito e la sostanza.

Ogni cosa che siamo capaci di essere, dopo aver aperto la strada alla consapevolezza è un dono ricevuto, sempre per causa di altri ( anche e sopratutto in situazioni problematiche) e come altri ci hannno permesso di vincere una battaglia con noi stessi, attaverso il canovaccio della vita, così anche noi nel nostro essere in ricerca possiamo essere causa per altri di chiarificazione e maturazione. Non è la rabbia o l’attaccamento, la confusione e le illusioni a farci da viatico ma l’apertura amorevole verso noi stessi e verso gli altri. Una delle immagini fondamentali che vovremmo avere presente è che coloro che ci appaiono come ” nemici ” o ostili, sono specchio di una parte di noi che va attraversata e risolta, solo con pazienza ed amore possiamo apprendere cosa queste persone ci stiano indicando con il loro tormento e la loro inquietudine e possiamo adoperarci per essere attenti a non dare ” risposta” con il medesimo atteggiamento. Solo l’amore scaccia le ombre.

Un abbraccio dal cuore

Poetyca

When we open our eyes to reality, it is a deeper way
we can accept but also to give.

In dialogue and unconditional presence is the opportunity to offer and
to accept as it occurs in others.

In reference

Suspended in one breath
is that sense of evanescence,
where everything is decoy,
indication of a wonderful second
who lived – here and now – repeat
the harmony of gestures and research alive.

14.08.2008 Poetyca

In all of us a thin track which does not grasp the duality
Love is not married and the negation of that wonderful spark
pushing towards others with kindness and compassion because cross
and we could not believe that the resources we can to mature through
our path interior nodes and the ability to overcome tensions
remain as a “booty” of which only keep for ourselves the
merit and substance.

Everything that we can be, having pioneered
awareness is a gift, again because of other (and also
especially in problem situations) and how others will permit hannno
to win a battle with ourselves, the canvas of attaverso
life, we too in our research can be cause
for more clarification and maturation. It is not anger or
attachment, confusion and delusions to be our food for the journey but
opening loving towards ourselves and towards others. One of
Images fundamental vovremmo have in mind is that those who
appear as enemies or hostile, are a mirror of us who
goes through and resolved, only with patience and love we can learn
What these people are giving us with their anguish and their
concern and we strive to be careful not to give ”
response “with the same attitude. Only love dispels the shadows.

A hug from the heart
Poetyca



Una candela nella notte


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Una candela nella notte

Guarda tutta la gente: uomini. donne, bambini
e Leggi oggi dentro ai loro occhi un solo cuore,
che grida la ricerca di libertà per un mondo migliore.
Respira il colore della tua passione,
per la vita, per il dialogo e per un solo amore
dove tutti hanno voce e dignità.
Accendi la lampada in questa notte
e regala un tuo pensiero o una preghiera
per chi ha dimenticato di essere.
Soffia via la sofferenza nei ricordi incisi nel passato
e raccogli l’ultima briciola di speranza
perchè è adesso che possiamo vivere la pace.
22.08.2008 Poetyca



A candle in the night

Watch all people: men. women, children
Read today and into their eyes one heart,
crying seeking freedom for a better world.

Breathe the color of your passion,
for life, for dialogue and one love
where all have a voice and dignity.

Light a lamp tonight
and offers you a thought or a prayer
for those who have forgotten that.

Blows away the pain etched in the memories in the past
and collect the last shred of hope
because now we can live peace.

22.08.2008 Poetyca

Una fiaba


Una fiaba

Per te che guardi dalla finestra

ed oggi attendi il sole

ho in mente di regalarti nuove parole

e di disegnare tra le nubi una bella fiaba.

Una storia sempre diversa

che conosca il sorriso,

una mano tesa e la voce del cuore.

Una piccola storia racchiusa in un pugno

per farti sentire la forza

di chi anche se lontano a te offre un fiore.

Per te che non speri più nella parola amica

e vorresti accogliere questo nuovo sogno

senza l’amaro in bocca dell’ennesima delusione.

Ho solo delle immagini da regalare

e la presenza di ogni giorno

fatta di semplici parole.

Ma se soltanto ci fossero più raggi,

più gocce e sorrisi da questo istante

conosceresti l’amicizia di tanta gente.

A te offro il poco che so fare,

ma con il cuore in mano, che ti racchiude

e pennellate di speranza che accarezzino

con dolcezza il tuo viso.

Ma se soltanto, altri cuori

forse oggi…oppure domani

bussassero alla tua porta

e ai nostri si uniranno…

di sicuro nel cielo vedrai il sole

che potrà splendere come il tuo sorriso.

14.04.2008 Poetyca

A fairy tale

For you that you look out the window

and now wait for the sun

I plan to give you new words

and draw the clouds a great story.

A story is always different

I know the smile,

an outstretched hand and the voice of the heart.

A little history contained in a handful

to make you feel the force

of those who although far away to you in full bloom.

For you who do not hope in the word friend

and would like to accept this new dream

without the bitter taste of yet another disappointment.

I have only the pictures as gifts

and the presence of every day

made of simple words.

But if only there were more beams,

more drops and smiles from this moment

knowing the friendship of many people.

To you I offer what little I can do,

but with my heart in my hand, which holds you

and touches of hope that caress

softly your face.

But if only, other hearts

maybe today or tomorrow …

knocking on your door

and to join our …

certainly see the sun in the sky

that can shine as your smile.

14.04.2008 Poetyca

Bauhaus


I Bauhaus sono un gruppo musicale Post-punk/Goth rock inglese, formatosi a Northampton nel 1978. Inizialmente battezzati Bauhaus 1919, nome derivato dall’omonima scuola d’arte tedesca fondata, appunto, nel 1919.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhaus_(gruppo_musicale)

Bauhaus were an English post-punk band, formed in Northampton, England in 1978. The group consisted of Peter Murphy (vocals, occasional instruments), Daniel Ash (guitar), Kevin Haskins (drums) and David J (bass). The band was originally named Bauhaus 1919 as a reference to the first operating year of the art school Bauhaus. They dropped the numerical portion within a year of formation. Bauhaus is best known for their gloomy sound and dark image. Generally considered the first gothic rock group, musically the band was also quite diverse. Over their career, they released tracks that encompassed everything from ska to folk rock.

Bauhaus broke up in 1983. Peter Murphy began a solo career while Ash and Haskins continued as Tones on Tail and, later, reunited with David J to form Love and Rockets. Both enjoyed greater commercial success in the United States than Bauhaus had, but disappeared from the charts in their homeland. Bauhaus eventually reunited for a 1998 tour and again from 2005–2008.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhaus_(band)

Senza più confine


Senza più confine

Vorrei accennare
un passo di danza
tra i respiri di questa sera
e i riflessi di luna sul mare.

Raccogliere sorrisi d’anima
per tingere le tele del silenzio
dove tutto è vortice lieve
che accarezza l’istante.

Vorrei un eterno abbraccio
che accompagni tra stanze segrete
dove in un sussurro ti racconterei
voci e palpiti di fantasie e realtà.

Vorrei abbandonare tutte le paure
sul ciglio di questa strada
ed essere viandante che ricorda
ogni orma rincorsa e lasciata

Essere quel che sono adesso
nella magia di un riflesso di cristallo
sul mare che s’increspa ed accoglie
tutte le voci del mondo senza più confine.

01.08.2008 Poetyca

Without border

I should mention
a dance step
between breaths tonight
and reflections of moonlight on the sea.

Collecting smiles soul
to dye the canvas of silence
where everything is small vortex
That Shakes the moment.

I would like an eternal embrace
accompanying between secret rooms
where we will tell you in a whisper
voices and beating fantasies and reality.

I would abandon all fears
the side of the street
wayfarer and be reminiscent
every step run up and left

Being what they are now
a reflection in the magic of crystal
sea that ripples and welcomes
all items in the world without borders.

01.08.2008 Poetyca

Respirando


Respirando

Ad una nuvola affido
il mio sogno,
il vento l’accarezza
e lo conduce lontano.

Sono mutevoli forme
a galoppare lievi
aggrappate a quest’attimo
e respirando piano.

Fantasia viva
in colorato passo
tinge nel cuore
l’arcobaleno.

08.08.2008 Poetyca

Breathing

To entrust a cloud
my dream
the wind caresses
and leads him away.

They are changing forms
mild to gallop
cling to this moment
floor and breathing.

Fantasy alive
colored in step
dyed in the heart
the rainbow.

08.08.2008 Poetyca

The Police


I Police sono stati un gruppo rock inglese nato a Londra nel 1977. A distanza di 23 anni dalla separazione, avvenuta nel 1984, seppur mai ufficializzata, i Police hanno inaspettatamente annunciato il 12 febbraio 2007 un tour mondiale che ha avuto luogo nella seconda metà di quell’anno con decine di concerti in America, Europa, Asia e Oceania. Il grande successo ha spinto il trio a proseguire il tour con una nutrita serie di date sino all’estate del 2008. Complessivamente i Police hanno venduto circa 75 milioni di dischi.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Police

The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting (lead singer, bassist and principal songwriter), Andy Summers (guitarist) and Stewart Copeland (drummer). The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and are generally regarded as one of the first new wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock that was influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz. They are also considered one of the leaders of the Second British Invasion of the U.S. They disbanded in 1986, but reunited in early 2007 for a one-off world tour that ended in August 2008.

Their 1978 debut album, Outlandos d’Amour, reached No. 6 in the UK, and their second album Reggatta de Blanc became the first of five consecutive UK No. 1 albums. Synchronicity from 1983 was
No. 1 in both the UK and U.S., and sold over 8 million copies in the U.S. alone. The Police have sold over 75 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.They were the world’s highest-earning musicians in 2008, thanks to their reunion tour.

The band has won a number of music awards throughout their career, including six Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards—winning Best British Group once, an MTV Video Music Award, and in 2003 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Four of their five studio albums appeared on Rolling Stone‍ ’​s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The Police were included among both Rolling Stone‍ ’​s and VH1’s lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Police

Phil Collins – En Concert Complet a (Paris 2004)


Philip David Charles Collins (Londra, 30 gennaio 1951) è un cantautore, polistrumentista e musicista britannico, noto sia come solista sia come componente dello storico gruppo dei Genesis.

Collins è uno dei tre artisti (insieme a Paul McCartney e Michael Jackson), ad aver venduto oltre 150 milioni di album in tutto il mondo sia come solisti che come membri principali di una band[1].

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Collins

Philip David Charles “Phil” Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951),[6] is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and actor. He gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for the rock group Genesis, and he also gained worldwide fame as a solo artist.

Collins is one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time, singing the lead vocals on dozens of hit albums and singles in the UK and the US between 1976 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. His solo singles, sometimes dealing with lost love and often featuring his distinctive gated reverb drum sound, ranged from the atmospheric “In the Air Tonight“, dance-rock of “Sussudio“, piano-driven power balladAgainst All Odds“, to the political and religious connotations of “Another Day in Paradise“. Collins has been described by AllMusic as “one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the ’80s and beyond”.[1]

Collins joined Genesis in 1970 as the group’s drummer and became their lead vocalist in 1975 following the departure of the original lead singer Peter Gabriel. His solo career, which was launched in 1981 and was heavily influenced by his personal life and soul music, brought both himself and Genesis greater commercial success. Collins’s total worldwide sales as a solo artist are 150 million.[7] Collins has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times, three American Music Awards, an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a Disney Legend Award in 2002 for his solo work.[8][9][10] He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.[11][12] Collins was listed at number 22 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time”.[13]

Collins is one of only three recording artists (along with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson) who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and (separately) as principal members of a band.[14] During his most successful period as a solo artist between 1981 and 1990, Collins had three UK number-one singles and seven number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, as well as a U.S. number one with Genesis in 1986. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, Collins had more top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1980s than any other artist.[15] In 2008, Collins was ranked the 22nd most successful artist on the “Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists”.[16] Although one of the world’s best-selling recording artists and a highly respected drummer, Collins has garnered significant criticism over the years from music journalists and fellow artists. He announced his retirement in 2011 to focus on his family life,[17][18] though he continued to write songs and in 2013 he said he was considering a return to the music industry.[19]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Collins

The best of Van Morrison



George Ivan “Van” Morrison (Belfast, 31 agosto 1945) è un cantante, polistrumentista e paroliere proveniente dall’Irlanda del Nord; suona diversi strumenti tra i quali chitarra, armonica a bocca, tastiere, sassofono e occasionalmente anche la batteria.

Dopo gli esordi blues rock con i Them, Morrison intraprese una carriera solista in bilico tra la passione giovanile per la musica nera, una forte vena sperimentale (che lo ha portato a sconfinare spesso in territori jazz) e uno stretto legame con la musica tradizionale della sua terra d’origine[1][2]. A rendere unico il suo stile contribuiscono la sua caratteristica vocalità[3] e una intensa poetica che abbraccia musica e parole in modo altamente espressivo.

La rivista Rolling Stone lo classifica quarantaduesimo nella sua lista dei cento migliori artisti di sempre[4] nonché ventiquattresimo in quella dei cento migliori cantanti[5]. Le sue esibizioni dal vivo, al suo meglio, sono state definite come mistiche e trascendenti.

Inoltre due suoi album, Astral Weeks e Moondance, compaiono nella lista dei 500 migliori album di sempre, ancora secondo Rolling Stone.

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Morrison

George Ivan “Van” Morrison, OBE (born 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. Some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It’s Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed. He has received six Grammy Awards, the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Known as “Van the Man” to his fans, Morrison started his professional career when, as a teenager in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands covering the popular hits of the day. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic “Gloria”. His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single “Brown Eyed Girl” in 1967. After Berns’ death, Warner Bros. Records bought out his contract and allowed him three sessions to record Astral Weeks in 1968.[1] Even though this album would gradually garner high praise, it was initially a poor seller; however, the next one, Moondance, established Morrison as a major artist,[2] and throughout the 1970s he built on his reputation with a series of critically acclaimed albums and live performances. Morrison continues to record and tour, producing albums and live performances that sell well and are generally warmly received, sometimes collaborating with other artists, such as Georgie Fame and The Chieftains. In 2008 he performed Astral Weeks live for the first time since 1968.

Much of Morrison’s music is structured around the conventions of soul music and R&B, such as the popular singles “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)”, “Domino” and “Wild Night”. An equal part of his catalogue consists of lengthy, loosely connected, spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic tradition, jazz, and stream-of-consciousness narrative, such as Astral Weeks and lesser-known works such as Veedon Fleece and Common One.[3][4] The two strains together are sometimes referred to as “Celtic Soul”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Morrison

The best of Rolling Stones


I Rolling Stones sono un gruppo musicale rock britannico, composto da Mick Jagger (voce, armonica, chitarra), Keith Richards (chitarre, voce), Ronnie Wood (chitarre, cori) e Charlie Watts (batteria, percussioni). È una delle band più importanti e tra le maggiori espressioni della miscela tra i generi della musica rock e blues, quel genere musicale che è l’evoluzione del rock & roll anni cinquanta, da loro rivisitato in chiave più dura con ritmi lascivi, canto aggressivo, continui riferimenti al sesso e, talvolta, alle droghe pesanti.

Per il loro essere trasgressivi furono chiamati i “brutti, sporchi e cattivi” e contrapposti ai più rassicuranti Beatles, anche se tale contrapposizione fu spesso creata dagli stessi Rolling Stones che si comportavano in modo volutamente antitetico rispetto ai Beatles (con i quali ebbero peraltro sempre un ottimo rapporto di stima e amicizia), proponendo così un modello alternativo a uso e consumo della stampa musicale. I Rolling Stones sono stati, e sono tuttora, un’autentica pietra miliare nell’evoluzione della musica rock del XX secolo, portando sotto i riflettori il malcontento e di conseguenza la protesta di intere generazioni, incarnando così il travagliato spirito dei grandi bluesman del passato e scegliendo il titolo di una canzone di uno di questi (Muddy Waters) come nome del loro gruppo.

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rolling_Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued as occasional pianist until his death in 1985. Jones departed the band less than a month prior to his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who remained until 1975. Subsequently, Ronnie Wood has been on guitar in tandem with Richards. Following Wyman’s departure in 1993, Darryl Jones has been the main bassist. Other notable keyboardists for the band have included Nicky Hopkins, active from 1967 to 1982; Billy Preston through the mid 1970s (most prominent on Black and Blue) and Chuck Leavell, active since 1982. The band was first led by Jones but after teaming as the band’s songwriters, Jagger and Richards assumed de facto leadership.

The Rolling Stones were in the vanguard of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the US in 1964–65. At first noted for their longish hair as much as their music, the band are identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. Critic Sean Egan states that within a year of the release of their 1964 debut album, they “were being perceived by the youth of Britain and then the world as representatives of opposition to an old, cruel order — the antidote to a class-bound, authoritarian culture.”[1] They were instrumental in making blues a major part of rock and roll and of changing the international focus of blues culture, to the less sophisticated blues typified by Chess Records artists such as Muddy Waters, writer of “Rollin’ Stone”, after which the band is named. After a short period of musical experimentation that culminated with the poorly received and largely psychedelic album Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967), the group returned to its bluesy roots with Beggars’ Banquet (1968) which—along with its follow-ups, Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971) and Exile on Main St. (1972)—is generally considered to be the band’s best work and are considered the Rolling Stones’ “Golden Age”. Musicologist Robert Palmer attributed the “remarkable endurance” of the Rolling Stones to being “rooted in traditional verities, in rhythm-and-blues and soul music”, while “more ephemeral pop fashions have come and gone”.[2]

The band continued to release commercially successful records in the 1970s and sold many albums, with Some Girls (1978) and Tattoo You (1981) being their two most sold albums worldwide. In the 1980s, a feud between Jagger and Richards about the band’s musical direction almost caused the band to split but they managed to patch their relationship and had a big comeback with Steel Wheels (1989) which was followed by a big stadium and arena tour. Since the 1990s, new recorded material from the group has been increasingly less well-received and less frequent. Despite this, the Rolling Stones have continued to be a huge attraction on the live circuit, with big stadium tours in the 1990s and 2000s. By 2007, the band had made what were then four of the top five highest-grossing concert tours of all time (Voodoo Lounge Tour (1994–95), Bridges to Babylon Tour (1997–99), Licks Tour (2002–03) and A Bigger Bang Tour (2005–07).[3]

The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them fourth on the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list, and their estimated album sales are above 250 million. They have released twenty-nine studio albums, eighteen live albums and numerous compilations. Let It Bleed (1969) was their first of five consecutive number one studio and live albums in the UK. Sticky Fingers (1971) was the first of eight consecutive number one studio albums in the US. In 2008, the band ranked 10th on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists chart. In 2012, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary.

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Leonard Cohen


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Leonard Norman Cohen (Montréal, 21 settembre 1934) è un cantautore, poeta, scrittore e compositore canadese. È uno dei cantautori più celebri, influenti e apprezzati della storia della musica.

Nelle sue opere esplora temi come la religione, l’isolamento e la sessualità, ripiegando spesso sull’individuo. Vincitore di numerosi premi e onorificenze, è inserito nellaRock and Roll Hall of Fame, nella Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame e nella Canadian Music Hall of Fame. È inoltre insignito del titolo di Compagno dell’Ordine del Canada, la più alta onorificenza concessa dal Canada. Nel 2011, ricevette il Premio Principe delle Asturie per la letteratura.

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Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ (born 21 September 1934) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2011, Cohen received aPrincess of Asturias Awards for literature.

The critic Bruce Eder assessed Cohen’s overall career in popular music by asserting that “[he is] one of the most fascinating and enigmatic … singer/songwriters of the late ’60s … [and] has retained an audience across four decades of music-making…. Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon) [in terms of influence], he commands the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the 1960s who is still working at the outset of the 21st century.”

One of his notable novels, Beautiful Losers (1966) received attention from the Canadian press and was considered controversial because of a number of sexually graphic passages.[4] The Academy of American Poets has commented more broadly on Cohen’s overall career in the arts, including his work as a poet, novelist, and songwriter, stating that “Cohen’s successful blending of poetry, fiction, and music is made most clear in Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs, published in 1993, which gathered more than 200 of Cohen’s poems … several novel excerpts, and almost 60 song lyrics… While it may seem to some that Leonard Cohen departed from the literary in pursuit of the musical, his fans continue to embrace him as a Renaissance man who straddles the elusive artistic borderlines.”

Cohen’s first album was Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) followed by Songs from a Room (1969) (featuring the often-recorded “Bird on the Wire”) and Songs of Love and Hate (1971). His 1977 record Death of a Ladies’ Man was co-written and produced by Phil Spector, which was a move away from Cohen’s previous minimalist sound. In 1979 Cohen returned with the more traditional Recent Songs, which blended his acoustic style with jazz and Oriental and Mediterranean influences. “Hallelujah” was first released on Cohen’s studio album Various Positions in 1984. I’m Your Man in 1988 marked Cohen’s turn to synthesized productions and remains his most popular album. In 1992 Cohen released its follow-up, The Future, which had dark lyrics and references to political and social unrest. Cohen returned to music in 2001 with the release ofTen New Songs, which was a major hit in Canada and Europe. In 2006 Cohen produced and co-wrote Blue Alert, a collaboration with jazz chanteuse Anjani Thomas. After the success of his 2008–13 world tours, Cohen released the highest charting album in his entire career, Old Ideas, to positive reviews. On 22 September 2014, one day after his 80th birthday, Cohen released his 13th studio album, Popular Problems, again to positive reviews.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Cohen

Devo


I Devo sono un gruppo musicale statunitense formatosi ad Akron (Ohio) nel 1972.

Il loro stile musicale è stato classificato come punk, art rock o post-punk, ma sono per lo più ricordati come una delle band-simbolo della New wave. Sono oggi considerati dalla critica un gruppo fondamentale per l’evoluzione del rock contemporaneo.

Il gruppo viene fondato da Gerald Casale, Bob Lewis e Mark Mothersbaugh, nel 1972.

Il nome “Devo” viene dal termine “de-evolution” (de-evoluzione), teoria secondo cui l’umanità, invece che continuare ad evolversi, avrebbe cominciato a regredire, come dimostrerebbero le disfunzioni e la mentalità gretta della società americana. Tale teoria era frutto di uno scherzo di Casale e Lewis, nato nella fine degli anni sessanta, quando i due frequentavano la Kent State University.

La prima formazione prevedeva sei componenti: i fratelli Gerald e Bob Casale (basso e voce il primo, chitarra, tastiere e cori il secondo), Bob Lewis (chitarra), Mark Mothersbaugh (voce, sintetizzatori e chitarra), Rod Reisman (batteria) e Fred Weber (voce). La loro prima performance avviene nel 1973 al Performing Arts Festival della Kent State University.[6] Dopo questa prima esibizione, il gruppo abbandona Reisman e Weber, e ingaggia Jim Mothersbaugh alla batteria elettronica e Bob Mothersbaugh alla chitarra, entrambi fratelli di Mark. Negli anni a venire, il gruppo passerà attraverso cambi di formazione, che vedono, tra gli altri, l’abbandono di Jim Mothersbaugh, ed esibizioni dal vivo conflittuali.

Nel 1976 viene reclutato il batterista Alan Myers alla batteria, che sancisce una formazione solida che durerà dieci anni circa.

Lo stile del gruppo, ironico, pungente, irriverente e critico nei confronti della società moderna, inserito in un contesto estetico che rimanda a una sorta di fantascienza al limite del kitsch, gli fa guadagnare la simpatia di artisti noti come Neil Young e David Bowie, nonché apparizioni in film dei quali Mark Mothersbaugh curerà la colonna sonora. Il gruppo sarà anche pioniere nell’uso del videoclip, il più noto dei quali, Whip It, godrà di una massiccia presenza nei primi mesi di vita di MTV.

Nel 1977, grazie anche a Bowie e Iggy Pop, ottengono un contratto con la Warner Bros. Il loro primo album, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! viene prodotto nientemeno che da Brian Eno. L’anno successivo sono ospiti del Saturday Night Live, dove si esibiranno in una cover di (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction dei Rolling Stones.

Nel 1984, lo scarso successo commerciale del sesto album Shout e l’abbandono del batterista Myers, costringono il gruppo a rinunciare al tour di promozione, con conseguente pausa delle attività. Nel frattempo, Mark Mothersbaugh si diletta nella produzione di musica per la televisione, nonché di un progetto solista, Musik for Insomniaks.

Nel 1987 il gruppo si riforma con un nuovo batterista, David Kendrick, precedentemente con gli Sparks. L’anno successivo esce Total Devo, che contiene brani che compariranno in alcuni B movie come Slaughterhouse Rock e The Tapeheads, con John Cusack e Tim Robbins.

Nel 1990 esce Smooth Noodle Maps, che non raccoglie grandi consensi di pubblico e critica, e l’anno successivo il gruppo si scioglie nuovamente. Successivamente, Mark Mothersbaugh fonda uno studio di registrazione per produzioni musicali commerciali, il Mutato Muzika, insieme col fratello Bob e Bob Casale. Lo studio lavora principalmente per produzioni televisive come sigle, programmi, cartoni animati, videogame e film, tra cui alcuni di Wes Anderson. Nel frattempo, Gerald Casale intraprende una carriera come regista di spot pubblicitari e video musicali, per gruppi come Rush, Silverchair e Foo Fighters.

Nel 1995 il gruppo appare nella colonna sonora del film Tank Girl, e l’anno successivo si esibisce al Sundance Film Festival e al Lollapalooza proponendo alcuni classici del periodo tra il 1978 e il 1982.

Pur non pubblicando album fino al 2010, il gruppo produce una serie di singoli per compilation, produzioni televisive, spot pubblicitari per aziende come Dell e la multinazionale Target.

Nel 2006 collaborano con la Disney per un progetto chiamato Devo 2.0, un gruppo composto da bambini che suonano classici dei Devo.

Nel 2008 l’azienda McDonald’s propone un personaggio in omaggio che indossa l’Energy dome, il tipico copricapo dei Devo in plastica rossa a forma di ziqqurat circolare. Il gruppo intenterà una causa alla multinazionale, che successivamente alcuni blog riporteranno come “amichevolmente risolta”.

Nel 2010 esce il loro ultimo album Something for Everybody, a vent’anni dal precedente.

Nel 2013 il loro ex batterista Alan Myers muore a causa di un tumore cerebrale.

Il 17 febbraio 2014 muore improvvisamente Bob Casale, membro fondatore del gruppo, per arresto cardiaco.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devo
Devo (/ˈdiːvoʊ/, originally /diːˈvoʊ/) is an American rock band formed in 1972, consisting of members from Kent and Akron, Ohio. The classic line-up of the band included two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs (Mark and Bob) and the Casales (Gerald and Bob), along with Alan Myers. The band had a No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single “Whip It”, and has maintained a cult following throughout its existence.

Devo’s style, over time, has shifted between punk, art rock, post-punk and new wave. Their music and stage show mingle kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary. Their often discordant pop songs feature unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures that have proven influential on subsequent popular music, particularly new wave, industrial and alternative rock artists. Devo was also a pioneer of the music video, creating many memorable clips for the LaserDisc format, with “Whip It” getting heavy airplay in the early days of MTV.

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Bob Dylan – Bootleg Series (Complete) (Live)


Bob Dylan, nato con il nome di Robert Allen Zimmerman (Duluth, 24 maggio 1941), è un cantautore e compositore statunitense.

Distintosi anche come scrittore, poeta, attore, pittore, scultore e conduttore radiofonico, è una delle più importanti figure degli ultimi cinquant’anni nel campo musicale, in quello della cultura popolare e della letteratura a livello mondiale.[2][3][4]

La maggior parte delle sue canzoni più conosciute risale agli anni sessanta, quando l’artista si è posto come figura chiave del movimento di protesta americano. Canzoni come Blowin’ in the Wind e The Times They Are A-Changin’[5] sono diventate gli inni dei movimenti pacifisti e per i diritti civili.

I testi delle sue prime canzoni affrontano temi politici, sociali e filosofici e risentono di influenze letterarie, sfidando le convenzioni della musica pop e appellandosi allacontrocultura del tempo.

Nel corso degli anni Dylan ha ampliato e personalizzato il suo stile musicale arrivando a toccare molti generi diversi come country, blues, gospel, rock and roll, rockabilly,jazz e swing, ma anche musica popolare inglese, scozzese ed irlandese[6][7].

Oltre ad aver di fatto inventato (o re-inventato) la figura del cantautore contemporaneo[8][9], a Dylan si devono, tra le altre cose, l’ideazione del folk-rock (in particolare con l’album Bringing It All Back Home, del 1965)[10], il primo singolo di successo ad avere una durata non commerciale (gli oltre 6 minuti della celeberrima Like a Rolling Stone, del 1965)[11] e il primo album doppio della storia del rock (Blonde on Blonde, del 1966)[12]. Il video promozionale del brano Subterranean Homesick Blues (1965) è considerato da alcuni il primo videoclip in assoluto[13][14].

Tra i molti riconoscimenti che gli sono stati conferiti vanno menzionati almeno il Grammy Award alla carriera nel 1991[15], il Polar Music Prize (ritenuto da alcuni equivalente del premio Nobel in campo musicale[16]) nel 2000[17], il Premio Oscar nel 2001 (per la canzone Things Have Changed, dalla colonna sonora del film Wonder Boys, per la quale si è aggiudicato anche il Golden Globe)[18], il Premio Pulitzer nel 2008[19], la National Medal of Arts nel 2009[20] e la Presidential Medal of Freedom nel2012[21].

La rivista Rolling Stone lo inserisce al secondo posto nella lista dei 100 miglior artisti[22] e al settimo in quella dei 100 migliori cantanti[23].

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Dylan

 

Bob Dylan (/ˈdɪlən/; born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although Dylan repudiated suggestions from journalists that he was a spokesman for his generation. Nevertheless, early songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving his initial base in the American folk music revival, Dylan’s six-minute single “Like a Rolling Stone” altered the range of popular music in 1965. His mid-1960s recordings, backed by rock musicians, reached the top end of the United States music charts while also attracting denunciation and criticism from others in the folk movement.

Dylan’s lyrics have incorporated various political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed to the burgeoningcounterculture. Initially inspired by the performances of Little Richard, and the songwriting of Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson and Hank Williams, Dylan has amplified and personalized musical genres. His recording career, spanning 50 years, has explored the traditions in American song—from folk, blues, and country to gospel, rock and roll, and rockabilly to English, Scottish, and Irish folk music, embracing even jazz and the Great American Songbook. Dylan performs with guitar, keyboards and harmonica. Backed by a changing line-up of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but his greatest contribution is considered his songwriting.

Since 1994, Dylan has published six books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. As a musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time; he has received numerous awards including Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award; he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama.

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Deus


I dEUS sono un gruppo musicale indie rock di Anversa (Belgio), nato all’inizio degli anni novanta e tuttora attivo.
Il loro stile è caratterizzato da una eclettica combinazione di elementi tratti da diversi generi musicali, in particolare rock, punk, blues e jazz, in cui si
riconoscono l’influenza di artisti eterogenei quali Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart, Charles Mingus e Leonard Cohen.
Il nucleo originale dei dEUS, formato da Tom Barman, Stef Kamil Carlens, Klaas Janzoons e Jules De Borgher, si formò nel 1991 ma pubblicò il primo album in studio nel 1994.

Il loro lavoro di debutto, Worst Case Scenario, viene talvolta considerato uno degli album più influenti degli anni ’90, e rivela già completamente
l’eclettismo stilistico di questa band. Vi si trovano elementi che ricordano Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo e Pixies, composti in un art rock arricchito di soluzioni jazz e sperimentali.

Nel 1993 si unisce a loro l’eclettico chitarrista e pittore Rudy Trouvé, artefice delle copertine dei primi lavori, che lascerà la band due anni dopo.

Nel 1995 i dEUS pubblicarono un EP intitolato My Sister Is My Clock composto da una sola traccia della durata di 25 minuti e composta a sua volta da 13 brevi tracce.

Nel 1996 il loro secondo album In a Bar, Under the Sea, rispetto al precedente più orientato a soluzioni melodiche e pop, pur interpretate in uno spirito arty.

Dopo l’abbandono di Carlens (che decide di formare una band tutta sua, i Moondog Jr.), il gruppo pubblicò The Ideal Crash (1999), il loro disco più conosciuto, nel quale il gruppo riuscì a fondere l’anima psichedelica e alla continua ricerca di nuove sonorità, con quella più intima e pacata. In questo album infatti sono presenti canzoni che ricordano lo stile di Worst Case Scenario, come ad esempio la traccia d’apertura Put the freaks up front e la title track The Ideal Crash, ma anche canzoni più melodiche come Sister Dew e Instant Street, per finire al lo-fi di Dream sequence #1.

Barman nel 2003 scrive e dirige il film Any Way the Wind Blows.

Nel 2004 Barman ruppe il silenzio, collaborando con C.J. Bolland alla creazione del progetto di musica elettronica chiamato Magnus. Diversi cambiamenti di organico portarono più volte la band sul punto dello scioglimento. Nel 2005, tuttavia, Barman ha pubblicato (insieme a una formazione rinnovata e inedita:
Klaas Janzoons, Stéphane Misseghers, Alan Gevaert e Mauro Pawlowski) il quarto album dei dEUS, Pocket Revolution.

Nel 2007 il gruppo è tornato in studio per registrare il quinto lavoro dal titolo Vantage Point uscito il 21 aprile del 2008. A questo lavoro collabora Karin Dreijer Andersson dei Knife (in Slow). La protagonista del videoclip del singolo Eternal Woman è l’attrice toscana Martina Stella.

Il frontman Tom Barman nel gennaio 2011 aveva dichiarato che ad aprile 2011 sarebbe uscito il nuovo album dal titolo Keep You Close, uscita poi posticipata per il settembre dello stesso anno. Il 19 luglio 2011 esce il primo singolo, dal titolo Constant Now, mentre il nuovo album è uscito il 20 settembre dello stesso anno. Ospite della band, in due tracce, Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs).

Poche settimane dopo la pubblicazione di Keep You Close, la band ritorna in sala di registrazione e attraverso il suo sito ufficiale la band annuncia l’uscita di un nuovo album, pubblicato l’8 giugno 2012 ed intitolato Following Sea.

Alla fine del 2014 la band pubblica, in occasione del ventennale dalla sua formazione, l’antologia doppia “Selected Songs 1994-2014” che raccoglie gli episodi più significativi tratti dalla loro discografia.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEUS

Deus (styled as dEUS) is a rock band based in Antwerp, Belgium, whose only continuous members up to the present day are Tom Barman (vocals, guitars) and Klaas Janzoons (keyboards, violin). The rest of the band’s line-up currently consists of drummer Stéphane Misseghers, bassist Alan Gevaert and guitarist/backing vocalist Mauro Pawlowski.

Formed in 1991, Deus began their career as a covers band, but soon began writing their own material Their musical influences range from folk and punk to jazz and progressive rock. They first came to attention in Humo’s Rock Rally of 1992, and after the release of the four-track EP “Zea”, they were offered a recording contract with Island Records. They became the first Belgian indie act ever to sign to a major international label

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deus_(band)

Tre passi ed un sorriso


Tre passi ed un sorriso

Tu sei inferno o paradiso
attimo che ruba il fiato
o attesa senza ritorno

Tu sei disegno impresso
tra le pieghe della mente
che nessun onda mai cancella

Mani aperte verso il cielo
per ringraziare della vita che senza te
perderebbe ogni mistero

Tu sei silenzio e voce
di un percorso infinito
che mai smette di palpitare

Tre passi ed un sorriso
per dire semplicemente
che tutto questo è amore

18.09.2008 Poetyca

Three steps and a smile

You are hell or heaven
moment that steals your breath
or expected no return

You are impressed design
the folds of the mind
no wave ever remove

Open hands to the sky
to thank the life without you
lose each mystery

You are silent and voice
an infinite path
that never ceases to palpitate

Three steps and a smile
just to say
that this is love

18.09.2008 Poetyca

Morrissey


Steven Patrick Morrissey, meglio conosciuto solo come Morrissey (Manchester, 22 maggio 1959), è un cantante britannico, di origini irlandesi. Giunto al successo, negli anni ottanta, come voce principale della band inglese The Smiths, nel 1987, dopo la separazione del gruppo, si avviò a una carriera solista durante la quale ha pubblicato diversi album, incrementando ulteriormente la propria popolarità a livello internazionale.

Considerato tra i più importanti precursori e innovatori della musica indie, nel 2007, il quotidiano inglese Daily Telegraph l’ha inserito nella classifica dei cento geni viventi. Nel 2008, è stato invece annoverato tra i cento grandi cantanti di tutti i tempi, in una classifica stilata dalla rivista Rolling Stone.

Il 7 ottobre 2014 ha dichiarato che lotta contro un cancro da 18 mesi e per quattro volte è stato operato per l’asportazione di tessuti neoplastici.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morrissey

Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), commonly known by his last name, Morrissey, or by his nickname, Moz, is an English singer, lyricist, and novelist. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the rock band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the United Kingdom but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions. His first solo album, 1988’s Viva Hate, entered the UK Albums Chart at number one.

Morrissey is widely regarded as an important innovator in the indie music scene; music magazine NME considers Morrissey to be “one of the most influential artists ever”, while The Independent says, “Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status he has reached in his lifetime.” In 2004, Pitchfork Media called him “one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture from the last 20 years.”

Morrissey’s lyrics have been described as “dramatic, bleak, funny vignettes about doomed relationships, lonely nightclubs, the burden of the past and the prison of the home”. He is also noted for his unusual baritone vocal style (though he sometimes uses falsetto), his quiff hairstyle and his dynamic live performances. In the media, Morrissey’s forthright and often contrarian opinions have caused many controversies; he has attracted media attention for his strong advocacy of vegetarianism and animal rights. He describes himself in his autobiography as an animal protectionist.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morrissey

Dido



Dido Florian Cloud De Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong (Londra, 25 dicembre 1971) è una cantante britannica, nota semplicemente come Dido.
Dido nasce al St. Mary Abbots Hospital a Kensington, Londra, dalla madre Clare Collins, poetessa, e dal padre William O’Malley Armstrong, editore e manager di origine irlandese. Cresciuta studiando e ascoltando musica classica, a sei anni inizia a frequentare la London Guildhall School Of Music, dove studia pianoforte e violino. Grazie anche all’influenza del fratello Rowland Constantine (detto Rollo), futuro leader del gruppo pop Faithless, entra in contatto con i generi musicali più svariati; comincia quindi a fare esperienza come cantante in varie band, prima di entrare nei Faithless nel ruolo di seconda vocalist. Con il gruppo parteciperà alla registrazione di Reverence (1996) e di Sunday 8pm (1998).

Nel 1995 Dido comincia a scrivere anche materiale proprio traendone varie demo, che, riunite in una raccolta intitolata Odds & Ends pubblicata su cd, catturano l’attenzione dell’Arista Records, portando alla firma di un contratto con Dido negli USA. Delle canzoni incluse in Odds & Ends, Take my hand è stata inclusa come bonus track in tutte le edizioni di No Angel, Sweet eyed baby è stata remixata e reintitolata Don’t think of me, mentre Worthless e Me sono state incluse solo nell’edizione giapponese.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dido_(cantante)

Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong, known as Dido (/ˈdaɪdoʊ/, born 25 December 1971), is a British singer and songwriter. Dido attained international success with her debut album No Angel (1999). It sold over 21 million copies worldwide,[3] and won several awards, including the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act, two NRJ Awards for Best New Act and Best Album, and two Brit Awards for Best British Female and Best Album. Her next album, Life for Rent (2003), continued her success with the hit singles “White Flag” and “Life for Rent”.

Dido’s first two albums are among the best-selling albums in UK Chart history, and both are in the top 10 best-selling albums of the 2000s in the UK. Her third studio album, Safe Trip Home (2008), received critical acclaim but failed to duplicate the commercial success of her previous efforts.[5] She was nominated for an Academy Award for the song “If I Rise”. Dido was ranked No. 98 on the Billboard chart of the top Billboard 200 artists of the 2000s (2000–2009) based on the success of her albums in the first decade of the 21st century.[7] Dido made a comeback in 2013, releasing her fourth studio album Girl Who Got Away, which reached the Top 5 in the United Kingdom.

Qui ed ora in amorevole cammino


Qui ed ora in amorevole cammino

Nella danza dell’attimo,
quando lasci aperte tutte le porte,
quando non è la mente ad avere voce,
quando non giudichi nulla,
ma tutto scorre in accordo, sulle note d’armonia,
scopri la vera Vita ed il senso profondo dell’Essere,
scopri che tutto è molto più semplice
se ti fai uno con la corrente, se diventi vuoto.

Scopri il senso del mondo
in accordo con il tuo cuore,
espansione di coscienza
in un rivolo svelato,
inteconnessione profonda
dove il tuo palpito
è quello di ogni essere senziente:
amorevole gesto e silenzio senza ricerca.

Nelle mani non trattieni più niente
ed ogni istante è momento presente
che espande e raccoglie la tua essenza,
che svela il mistero che tutto alimenta:
viaggio senza meta perchè sia respiro profondo
che accarezza ed accoglie la realtà come essa è,
scopri che il tempo non ha nessun senso
oltre ogni ordine razionale della tua mente.

22.02.2008 Poetyca

Here and now in the loving way

In the dance of the moment,
when you leave open all the doors,
when the mind is not to have a voice,
when not judge anything,
but everything goes according, to the tune of harmony,
discover the real life and the profound sense of Being,
discover that everything is much easier
if you get one with the power, if it becomes empty.

Discover the meaning of the world
in accordance with your heart,
expansion of consciousness
revealed in a stream,
interconnect deep
where your heartbeat
is that of every sentient being:
loving gesture and silence without research.

In the hands do not hold anything
and each moment is the present moment
that collects and expands your essence,
that reveals the mystery that all supplies:
journey without a destination because it has deep breath
caressing and accepts the reality as it is,
discover that time does not make any sense
beyond razionele order of your mind.

22.02.2008 Poetyca

Oriente


Oriente

In Oriente si rispetta ogni essere visto come manifestazione divina, contenitore di divinità e il solo gesto semplicissimo del saluto ( la mudra) del Namaste è indicativo dell’inchinarsi e riconoscere nell’altro la divinità. Immagina dunque se essa sgorgasse da persona elevata, che genere di devozione si possa applicare.

Noi siamo abituati diversamente, considerandoci creature e spesso miserevoli e non meritevoli di attenzione divine. Questo in eredità della tradizione ebraica, dal quale deriva il Vangelo.

Possiamo in fondo avvicinarci alla lettura e cultura orientale ma in noi, nel nostro tessuto sociale, resta il rispetto di sè e il non fare delle persone un motivo di venerazione, questo perchè cogliamo il divino in forma esterna e non ” dentro” le persone.

Non ci poniamo problemi su Atman e Brahman, su quella scintilla che rappresenta l’essere abitati dal divino stesso, come sua manifestazione in svariate forme.

Nell’Antico Testamento si raffigura la Creazione come l’emissione della ” Ruah”, il soffio divino, l’emissione dello Spirito nella materia, ma si vede la presenza di un Padre e noi le creture impefette che devono ancora maturare, per capire la differenza tra Bene e Male.

Si cade in quella che è la dualità, questo mondo la rappresenta.

In Oriente ( inteso come cultura orientale) la dualità è solo illusione ( Maya) della quale liberarsi, alla quale strappare il velo per riconoscere come il divino sia in ogni forma, anche in coloro che ci appaiano distanti e nemici.
Ogni essere viene considerato come parte di noi stessi, questo perchè tutti è lo stessi divino.

Da questo nasce il considerare : Tutto in Uno – Uno in Tutto.

A distaccarsi da questi atteggiamenti di venerazione di Guru e Dei è la scuola del Buddha, dove lui stesso ha spiegato che tutti sono contenitori di un seme di buddhità e che si è uniti nel Dharmakaya ( una sorta di filo che unisce le perle di una collana) che permette l’interconnessione, ma non trova in questo alcuna presenza divina ma la contemplazione della ” realtà come essa è” e dunque l’armonia con la legge immutabile del Dharma.

Lo spezzare l’armonia procura la sofferenza.
Il Buddha non si pone alcuna domanda circa la presenza divina, concentra la sua attenzione sulla liberazione dalla sofferenza, la ricerca delle sue cause e la soluzione sarebbe nel rispetto di quella legge naturale che è il Dharma.

Lui stesso non amava essere visto come una sorta di estensione o rappresentazione divina.

Come immagini allora è importante entrare nella mentalità di chi si esprime negli scritti, coglierne l’essenza e considerare quanto comunque sia poco importante dal punto di vista formale.

Ogni via contiene un seme d’insegnamento.

24.09.2008 Poetyca

East

In the East, we respect each be seen as a manifestation of God, gods, and the container only simple gesture of greeting (the mudra) of namaste is indicative dell’inchinarsi and recognize the divinity in the other. Imagine then if it flowed from high person, what kind of devotion can be applied.

We are used differently, and often perceived as mere miserable and not worthy of divine attention.
This is a legacy of the Jewish tradition, which derives from the Gospel.

We can get closer to the bottom in reading and Eastern culture but in ourselves, in our social fabric, there is the self-respect and not make people a reason to worship, this is because we take the divine in external form and not “inside” people.

No problems on ourselves Atman and Brahman, on the spark that is being inhabited by the divine itself, as its manifestation in different forms.

The Old Testament depicts the Creation as the issue of “Ruah”, the divine breath, the release of the Spirit in matter, but you can see the presence of a Father and we creture impefette that have yet to mature, to understand the difference between Good and Evil.

You fall into what is the duality, this world is.

In the East (as a culture of Eastern Europe) the duality is only an illusion (Maya) which escape, which tear the veil to recognize how the divine is, in any form, even those who appear distant enemies.
Each will be considered as part of ourselves, because all this is the same God.

From this comes the consideration of: All in One – All in One.

A move away from this attitude of worship of Gods and Gurus is a school of Buddha, where he explained that all containers are the seed of Buddhahood and that we are united in the Dharmakaya (a sort of common thread between the beads of a necklace ) that allows the interconnection, but can not find this in any but the contemplation of divine presence “reality as it is,” and therefore in harmony with the immutable law of Dharma.

The breaking of the harmony brings suffering.
The Buddha does not arise any question about the divine presence, focuses on the liberation from suffering,
the search for its causes and the solution would have respected the natural law that is the Dharma.

He himself did not like being seen as a kind of extension or representation of God.

How do you picture then it is important to get into the mindset of those who express themselves in writing, grasping the essence and is still considered as unimportant by the formal point of view.

Each path contains a seed of education.

24.09.2008 Poetyca

Bruce Cockburn playlist


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Bruce Cockburn (Ottawa, 27 maggio 1945) è un cantautore canadese.

Il suo stile, con il personalissimo modo di suonare la chitarra, fonde generi come pop, folk, rock, reggae e jazz. Le liriche sono ispirate dalla sua visione umanistica e metafisica della vita vicina all’etica cristiana. 

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Cockburn

Bruce Douglas Cockburn OC (/ˈkbərn/; born May 27, 1945)[1] is a Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter whose career spans over 40 years. His song styles range from folk to jazz-influenced rock and his lyrics cover a broad range of topics that reveal a passion for human rights, politics and spirituality.

In 2014, he released his memoirs, Rumours of Glory: A Memoir.[2]  

Cockburn was born in 1945 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and spent some of his early years on a farm outside Pembroke, Ontario. He has stated in interviews that his first guitar was one he found around 1959 in his grandmother’s attic, which he adorned with golden stars and used to play along to radio hits.[3] Cockburn attended Nepean High School, where his 1964 yearbook photo states his desire “to become a musician”.[4]He attended Berklee School of Music in Boston for three semesters in the mid-1960s. In 1966 he joined an Ottawa band called The Children, which lasted for about a year. In the spring of 1967 he joined the final lineup of The Esquires. He moved to Toronto that summer to form The Flying Circus with former Bobby Kris & The Imperials members Marty Fisher and Gordon MacBain and ex-Tripp member Neil Lillie. The group recorded some material in late 1967 (which remains unreleased) before changing its name to Olivus in the spring of 1968, by which time Lillie (who changed his name to Neil Merryweather) had been replaced by Dennis Pendrith from Livingstone’s Journey. Olivus opened for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream in April 1968. That summer Cockburn broke up the band with the intention of going solo, but ended up in the band 3’s a Crowd with David Wiffen, Colleen Peterson, and Richard Patterson, who had been a co-member of The Children. Cockburn left 3’s a Crowd in the spring of 1969 to pursue a solo career.

Cockburn’s first solo appearance was at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1967, and in 1969 he was a headliner. In 1970 he released his self-titled, solo album. Cockburn’s guitar work and songwriting won him an enthusiastic following. His early work featured rural and nautical imagery and Biblical metaphors. Raised as an agnostic, early in his career he became a Christian.[5] Many of his albums from the 1970s refer to Christianity, which in turn informs his concerns for human rights and environmentalism. His references to Christianity include the Grail imagery of 20th-century Christian poet Charles Williams and the ideas of theologian Harvey Cox.[6]

In 1970 Cockburn became partners with Bernie Finkelstein in the music publishing firm Golden Mountain Music.[7]

While Cockburn had been popular in Canada for years, he did not have a big impact in the United States until 1979, with the release of the album Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws. “Wondering Where the Lions Are“, the first single from that album, reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in June 1980, and earned Cockburn an appearance on NBC‘s hit TV show Saturday Night Live.

Cockburn was married from 1969 to 1980 and has a daughter from that marriage.[citation needed] He wrote the song “Little Seahorse”, released on In the Falling Dark, in late 1975 about the time when his daughter wasin utero.[citation needed]

Through the 1980s Cockburn’s songwriting became increasingly urban, global and political as he became more involved with progressive causes. His political concerns were first hinted at on the albums: Humans,Inner City Front and The Trouble with Normal. They became more evident in 1984, with his second US radio hit, “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” (No. 88 in the US) from the Stealing Fire album. He had written the song a year earlier, after visiting Guatemalan refugee camps in Mexico that were attacked by Guatemalan military helicopters. His political activism continues to the present. Cockburn has travelled to countries such as Mozambique and Iraq, played benefit concerts, and written songs on a variety of subjects ranging from the International Monetary Fund to land mines. His internationalist bent is reflected in the many world musicinfluences in his music, including reggae and Latin music.

In 1991 Intrepid Records released Kick at the Darkness, a tribute album to Cockburn whose title comes from a phrase in his song “Lovers in a Dangerous Time“. It features the Barenaked Ladies‘ cover of that song, which became their first Top 40 hit and an element in their early success. This lyric was also referenced by U2 in their song “God Part II” from their album Rattle and Hum.

In the early 1990s, Cockburn teamed with T-Bone Burnett for two albums, Nothing but a Burning Light and Dart to the Heart. The latter included a song, “Closer to the Light”, inspired by the death of songwriter Mark Heard, a close friend of Cockburn and Burnett. Cockburn frequently refers to Heard as his favourite songwriter and he was one of many artists who paid tribute to Heard on an album and video titled Strong Hand of Love.

In 1998 Cockburn travelled with filmmaker Robert Lang to Mali, West Africa, where he jammed with Grammy Award-winning blues musician Ali Farka Toure and kora master Toumani Diabate. The month-long journey was documented in the film River of Sand, which won the Regard Canadien award for best documentary at the Vues d’Afrique Film Festival in Montreal. It was also invited for competition at the International Festival of Environmental Films in Paris.[8]

Some of Cockburn’s previously published material had been collected in several albums: Resume, Mummy Dust, and Waiting for a Miracle. His first greatest hits collection was Anything Anytime Anywhere: Singles 1979–2002, released in 2002.

In January 2003 Cockburn finished recording his 21st album, You’ve Never Seen Everything, which features contributions from Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Sam Phillips, Sarah Harmer, Hugh Marsh, Jonell Mosser, Larry Taylor and Steven Hodges. (Taylor and Hodges, formerly of Canned Heat who performed at Monterey and Woodstock in the 1960s, may be known best for their work with Tom Waits).

Cockburn performed a set at the Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario, on July 2, 2005. Speechless, an instrumental compilation of new and previously released material, was released on October 24, 2005. His 22nd album, Life Short Call Now, was released on July 18, 2006.

Canadian senator and retired general Roméo Dallaire, who is active in humanitarian fundraising and promoting awareness, appeared on stage at the University of Victoria with Cockburn. The October 4, 2008, concert was held to aid the plight of child soldiers.[9]

In 2009 Cockburn travelled to Afghanistan to visit his brother, Capt. John Cockburn, and to play a concert for Canadian troops. He performed his 1984 song “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” and was temporarily awarded an actual rocket launcher by the military. Cockburn has stated that, while unsure of the original Invasion of Afghanistan, he supported Canada’s role there.[10]

Cockburn released his studio album Small Source of Comfort in 2011. “Lois on the Autobahn”, a cheerful and experiential instrumental recalling “Rouler sa bosse” from Salt, Sun and Time is a tribute to Cockburn’s mother, Lois, who succumbed to cancer in 2010.[citation needed]

Cockburn married his longtime girlfriend M.J. Hannett shortly after the birth of his second daughter, Iona (b. November 2011) in 2011.[11][12] As of 2014, the family lives in the San Francisco area, where Cockburn is writing his memoirs up to 2004.[13]

A documentary film, Bruce Cockburn Pacing the Cage,[14][15] was released in 2013 on television and a brief theatrical showing; directed by Joel Goldberg, gave a rare look into Cockburn’s music, life and politics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Cockburn

Ultravox


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Gli Ultravox sono un gruppo di musica new wave formato a Londra nel 1973. All’inizio della loro carriera, il nome del gruppo era Ultravox! (col punto esclamativo finale), per richiamare quello dei tedeschi Neu!, e tale rimase per i primi due album.

La carriera del gruppo viene marcatamente divisa in due periodi, ossia quello dal 1974 al 1979, guidato dal leader John Foxx, e quello dal 1979 al 1988, segnato dal suo sostituto Midge Ure.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultravox

Ultravox (formerly known as Ultravox!) are a British new wave band, formed in London in 1974 as Tiger Lily. Between 1980–86, they scored seven Top Ten albums and seventeen Top 40 singles in the UK, the most successful of which was their 1981 hit “Vienna”.

The band has been led by two different frontmen who never played together in the band at the same time. From 1974 until 1979, singer John Foxx was frontman and the main driving force behind Ultravox. Foxx left the band to embark on a solo career and, following his departure, with the three remaining members in hiatus, Midge Ure took over as lead singer, guitarist and frontman in 1980 after he and keyboardist Billy Currie worked in the studio project Visage. Ure revitalised the band and steered it to commercial success lasting until the mid-1980s. Ure left the band in 1987 after establishing his own solo career and the group disbanded for a while. A new line-up, led by Currie, was formed in 1992, but achieved little success.

The band’s best-known line-up of Currie, Ure, bassist Chris Cross and drummer Warren Cann reformed in 2008 and performed a series of reunion shows in 2009 and 2010 before releasing a new studio album, Brill!ant, in May 2012. In November 2013, Ultravox performed as special guests on a four date UK arena tour with Simple Minds.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultravox

Guns N’ Roses Top 20 Songs


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I Guns N’ Roses sono un gruppo hard rock statunitense, formatosi a Los Angeles nel 1985. Lo stile sonoro, l’immagine trasgressiva e le costanti performance dal vivo li aiutarono ad occupare un posto di prestigio nella scena musicale tra la fine degli anni ottanta e l’inizio dei novanta.

Dal 1993, il gruppo ha conosciuto problemi e silenzi, a causa di contrasti tra il cantante Axl Rose (ritenuto il leader carismatico della band) e i membri originari. Rose, che è anche autore della maggior parte dei testi, è l’unico membro della formazione originale.

In totale, i Guns N’ Roses hanno venduto oltre 100 milioni di dischi in tutto il mondo, e sono stati inseriti al 92º posto nella lista dei 100 migliori artisti secondo Rolling Stone.

Il 14 aprile 2012 il gruppo originale è stato inserito nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dai Green Day.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guns_N%27_Roses

 

Guns N’ Roses is an American hard rock band formed in Los Angeles, in 1985. The classic lineup as signed to Geffen Records in 1986 consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Today, Axl Rose is the only remaining original member, in a lineup that comprises Use Your Illusion–era keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardist Chris Pitman. The band has released six studio albums to date, accumulating sales of more than 100 million records worldwide, including shipments of 45 million in the United States, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.

A year after its release, Guns N’ Roses’ debut album Appetite for Destruction (1987) reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, on the strength of the hit “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, their only single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album has sold in excess of 28 million copies worldwide,including 18 million units sold in the United States, making it the best-selling debut album of all time in the U.S, as well as the 11th best-selling album in the United States.The success of their debut was followed by the eight-song album G N’ R Lies (1988) which reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The twin albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II (1991) debuted at No. 2 and No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and have sold a combined 35 million copies worldwide, including 14 million units sold in the United States alone. The cover album “The Spaghetti Incident?” (1993) was the band’s last studio album to feature Slash and McKagan. After more than a decade of work and several lineup changes, Guns N’ Roses released the long-awaited album Chinese Democracy (2008) which, at an estimated $14 million in production costs, made it the most expensive album to ever be produced in music history It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 but undersold industry expectations, despite mostly positive critical reception.

Guns N’ Roses have been credited with reviving the mainstream popularity of rock music, at a time when popular music was dominated by dance music and pop metal. Their late 1980s and early 1990s years have been described as the period in which they brought forth a “hedonistic rebelliousness” reminiscent of the early Rolling Stones, a reputation that had earned them the nickname “The Most Dangerous Band in the World”.The band’s classic lineup, along with later members Reed and drummer Matt Sorum, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, their first year of eligibility

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Il tuo cuore è come una tazza


Riflettendo…

La Riflessione

L’odio non cessa con l’odio,
in nessun tempo;

l’odio cessa con l’amore:
questa è la legge eterna.

(Dhammapada I, 5)

………………….

Solo quello che tu semini
con il tempo raccoglierai,
nulla potrebbe essere diverso
da quello che tu manifesti:
leggi profondamente in te
e sii amorevolezza e compassione
per essere in armonia
con la legge del Dharma.

Poetyca

………………….

L’insegnamento

Il tuo cuore è come una tazza

Se la tua tazza è piccola,
solo un po’ di sale renderà salata la tua acqua.

Se il tuo cuore è piccolo,
solo un po’ di dolore sarà sufficiente a farti soffrire.

Il tuo cuore deve essere grande.

Maestro Thich Nhat Hanh

…………………..

La sofferenza non è solo nostra,
ed è importante comprendere
che non esiste ” Io e mio”.

L’amorevolezza è spalancare
il nostro cuore per accogliere
ogni essere indistintamente,
senza separazione,
perchè siamo tutti unità
di un percorso indissolubile
poichè intersiamo oltre quello
che la mente è in grado di comprendere.

Poetyca

…………………..

26.10.2008 Poetyca

testi tratti da: http://www.bodhidharma.it

Un mondo migliore


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Un mondo migliore

Da un cuore spazioso,
ricco di buoni propositi,
nasce sempre armonia.
Sintonizzarsi all’idea
di un mondo migliore,
contenitore di accoglienza
e amore incondizionato
é come coltivare
i semi del futuro.

03.09.2015 Poetyca

A better world

From a spacious heart,
full of good intentions,
always arises harmony.
tune to the idea
of a better world,
storage of  welcome
and unconditional love
It is how to grow
the seeds of the future.

09/03/2015 Poetyca

The best of Van Morrison



Sir George Ivan “Van” Morrison (Belfast, 31 agosto 1945) è un cantante, polistrumentista e paroliere proveniente dall’Irlanda del Nord; suona diversi strumenti tra i quali chitarra, armonica a bocca, tastiere, sassofono e occasionalmente anche la batteria.

Dopo gli esordi blues rock con i Them, Morrison intraprese una carriera solista in bilico tra la passione giovanile per la musica nera, una forte vena sperimentale (che lo ha portato a sconfinare spesso in territori jazz) e uno stretto legame con la musica tradizionale della sua terra d’origine[1][2]. A rendere unico il suo stile contribuiscono la sua caratteristica vocalità[3] e una intensa poetica che abbraccia musica e parole in modo altamente espressivo.

La rivista Rolling Stone lo classifica quarantaduesimo nella sua lista dei cento migliori artisti di sempre[4] nonché ventiquattresimo in quella dei cento migliori cantanti[5]. Le sue esibizioni dal vivo, al suo meglio, sono state definite come mistiche e trascendenti.

Inoltre due suoi album, Astral Weeks e Moondance, compaiono nella lista dei 500 migliori album di sempre, ancora secondo Rolling Stone [6][7].

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Morrison

Sir George Ivan “Van” Morrison, OBE[1] (born 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. Some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It’s Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed. He has received six Grammy Awards, the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2015 he was knighted for his services to popular music.

Known as “Van the Man” to his fans, Morrison started his professional career when, as a teenager in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands covering the popular hits of the day. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic “Gloria”. His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single “Brown Eyed Girl” in 1967. After Berns’ death, Warner Bros. Records bought out his contract and allowed him three sessions to record Astral Weeks in 1968.[2] Even though this album would gradually garner high praise, it was initially a poor seller; however, the next one, Moondance, established Morrison as a major artist,[3] and throughout the 1970s he built on his reputation with a series of critically acclaimed albums and live performances. Morrison continues to record and tour, producing albums and live performances that sell well and are generally warmly received, sometimes collaborating with other artists, such as Georgie Fame and the Chieftains. In 2008 he performed Astral Weeks live for the first time since 1968.

Much of Morrison’s music is structured around the conventions of soul music and R&B, such as the popular singles “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)”, “Domino” and “Wild Night”. An equal part of his catalogue consists of lengthy, loosely connected, spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic tradition, jazz, and stream-of-consciousness narrative, such as Astral Weeks and lesser-known works such as Veedon Fleece and Common One.[4][5] The two strains together are sometimes referred to as “Celtic Soul”

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Fantasia estemporanea


Fantasia estemporanea

Un ricordo, uno svanito istante….eppure:
farei ancora oggi le scale a quattro a quattro,
per suonare alla tua porta,
correrei con finta indifferenza verso la vita.

Un sorriso che si colora
nel buio di questa notte,
tra stelle che si offrono silenti
e vibrante respiro, il tuo ricordo:
quante volte celavo il rossore
al disegno di una sigaretta
che meglio di me accende il tempo,
ma tu non lo sapevi, perchè hai strappato tutto.

21.05.2008 Poetyca

Timeless fantasy

A memory, a vanished moment …. yet:
I would still stairs four at a time,
to play on your door
run with feigned indifference toward life.

A smile that turns
in the dark of night,
between stars that have silent
and vibrant breath, your memory:
how many times celavo redness
the design of a cigarette
that better than I turn on time
but you did not know, because you tore everything.

21.05.2008 Poetyca

Big Star


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I Big Star sono un gruppo statunitense indicato come progenitore del power pop.[1] La formazione nasce a Memphis, nel 1971, da un’idea di Alex Chilton (19502010), già voce nei Box Tops, e Chris Bell (19511978).

Esordiscono nel 1972 con #1 Record, disco pubblicato dall’etichetta soul Stax. La loro musica univa le armonie vocali dei Beatles e dei Beach Boys con le melodie e gli arpeggi di chitarra dei Byrds, il tutto filtrato attraverso un’energia rock che, solo a posteriori, i critici e gli storici definiranno come power pop.[1][2]

L’ingombrante personalità creativa dei due leader porta Bell a lasciare la band nel 1973, subito prima di registrare il secondo disco, Radio City (1974) che, fondandosi sulla scrittura del solo Chilton, denota molte più influenze soul e r’n’b.

Lo scarso successo di pubblico crea un’inevitabile crisi che porta la band – ovvero, Chilton, il bassista Andy Hummell e il batterista Jody Stephens – allo scioglimento. Era il 1975 ed era appena stato registrato un disco che vedrà la luce solo tre anni più tardi, per onorare la prematura scomparsa di Chris Bell, morto nel 1978 in un incidente d’auto. Il disco sarà Third/Sister Lovers e chiude la prima fase della carriera dei Big Star.

Dalla fine degli anni settanta in poi, i Big Star diventano quello che si definisce un gruppo di culto. Moltissime formazioni citano Chilton e Bell tra le influenze della loro musica (ricordiamo i R.E.M., i Replacements, i Posies, i Teenage Fanclub, i Jesus and Mary Chain dei primi due dischi) e l’attenzione degli appassionati verso quei tre dischi dimenticati diventa spinta per un vero e proprio passaparola che fa conoscere – in un circuito pur sempre circoscritto – le canzoni del gruppo.

La band decide quindi di tornare sulle scene nel 1993. Chilton e Stephens decidono di suonare dal vivo accompagnati da Jon Auer e Ken Stringfellow dei Posies. I risultati di questa riunione si possono sentire nel live Columbia: Live at Missoury University. Ma per aspettare un nuovo disco di canzoni devono passare altri dodici anni. Tanti ne distano tra il sopracitato disco e il nuovo In Space. Pubblicato nel 2005 per la Rykodisc con la stessa formazione del 1993. Il 15 settembre 2009 esce la prima raccolta del gruppo Keep an Eye on the Sky, box set di quattro dischi pubblicato dalla Rhino Records.[3]

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Star

Big Star was an American power pop band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971 by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens, and Andy Hummel. Despite exceptional reviews from critics and widely acknowledged influence upon numerous notable musicians, Big Star attained only cult status, lacking commercial success. The group broke up in 1974, but reorganized with a new line-up nearly 20 years later. In its first era, the band’s musical style drew on the vocal harmonies of The Beatles, as well as the swaggering rhythms of The Rolling Stones and the jangling guitars of The Byrds. To the resulting power pop, Big Star added dark, existential themes, and produced a style that foreshadowed the alternative rock of the 1980s and 1990s. Before it broke up, Big Star created a “seminal body of work that never stopped inspiring succeeding generations” in the words of Rolling Stone,[1] as the “quintessential American power pop band” and “one of the most mythic and influential cult acts in all of rock & roll”.[2]

Big Star’s first album—1972’s #1 Record—was met by enthusiastic reviews, but ineffective marketing by Stax Records and limited distribution stunted its commercial success. Frustration took its toll on band relations: Bell left not long after the first record’s commercial progress stalled, and Hummel left to finish his college education after a second album, Radio City, was completed in December, 1973. Like #1 Record, Radio City received excellent reviews,[3] but label issues again thwarted sales—Columbia Records, which had assumed control of the Stax catalog, likewise effectively vetoed its distribution. After a third album was deemed non-commercially viable and shelved before receiving a title, the band broke up late in 1974. Four years later, the first two Big Star LPs were released together in the UK as a double album. The band’s third album was finally issued soon afterward; entitled Third/Sister Lovers, it found limited commercial success. Shortly thereafter, Chris Bell was killed in a car accident at the age of 27.

The Big Star discography drew renewed attention in the 1980s when R.E.M., and The Replacements as well as other popular bands cited the group as an influence. In 1992, interest was further stimulated by Rykodisc‘s reissues of the band’s albums, complemented by a collection of Bell’s solo work.[4] In 1993, Chilton and Stephens reformed Big Star with recruits Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies, and gave a concert at the University of Missouri.[5] The band remained active, performing tours in Europe and Japan,[6] and released a new studio album, In Space, in 2005. Chilton died on March 17, 2010, after being admitted to a New Orleans hospital with heart problems.[7] Hummel, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, died on July 19, 2010.[8] These deaths left Stephens as the sole surviving founding member.

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