Neil between the lines

Words Neil Young meaning lifeGuess who’s making the post today? Yeah, that’ll be me 😛 I know I’ve been monopolizing this blog, but the lack of initiative from my blogmates obliges me to do so…
Today I come back to my field of preference – the Classic Rock -, with an artist that has been in this blog twice (through Pedro‘s Heart of Gold and Lourenço‘s post about grunge), Neil Young. Both my Neil favourite songs (Heart of Gold itself and Rockin’ in the Free World) are featured in those posts. But fortunately his 40 years-old career has much more to offer, so it wasn’t hard at all to find a song for this post and I even have two more of his songs ready to another post 😛

So, ladies and gentlemen, from the Harvest album (78th best ever, according to Rolling Stone, by the way), here’s the song that has been my companion along this week – Words (Between the Lines of Age). Hope you like it 😉

If you somehow feel that a 10-minute version is a little long, you can listen to the studio version, of “only” 6:48 minutes 😛

 

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Flamenco

Flamenco Andalusia AndaluciaAnd here I am once again to make up for my friends’ absence (not sure whether they’re even alive!). Today I’m going to continue the “around the world” journey Lourenço started (and which I later helped, even more than once) a couple of months ago . My destination will be Spain – more precisely, Andalusia, a Spanish region.

Andalusia is one of the most visited regions in the world, mainly for its water-warm beaches (Marbella, Torremolinos, Cádiz, Tarifa and many other), and to some extent for its ski  resort Sierra Nevada. But Andalusia is more than that! It’s a region of culture mixes – they were Iberian region with more Moorish influence (it was where they settled the longest) and most probably with the highest percentage of Romani people one – but at the same time a mirror of traditional Spanish culture (for example, with the bullfighting.

It was the Romani influence that was in the origin of the style that I’m going to talk about (yeah, after 19283 words I finally get to the point!) – the Flamenco. Well, actually I’m only referring Flamenco, as I know close to nothing about it. But the little I know is totally worth sharing, and hence my post 🙂

As a guitar player, I easily got to know Paco de Lucía, not only the best Flamenco guitar player, but also one of the best guitar players of the world! As so, I think everyone should listen to him at least once in a lifetime. If you do not know him, be prepared to be amazed – his technique is impressive and his style is quite unique. I’ll share with you today his most known (and my favourite) song, Entre dos Aguas, and part of his interpretation of Concierto de Aranjuez, a classical masterpiece. Enjoy! 😉

Here you have the studio version.

And to finalize things in a softer way, here you have the beautiful Adagio part of Paco de Lucía Concierto de Aranjuez.

Death

Hi everyone!

Filipa de Lencastre e D. João I

Philippa of Lancaster and John I of Portugal

As some of you might have noticed already, this blog has been totally moribund. I cannot tell whether it is just something temporary and it will eventually recover, or it is just a prelude for an epic ending. Or maybe neither, and it will forever stay in this lethargy… Only god knows!

But the main reason I decided to make this post was not the death of the blog itself, but other deaths. I was reading a book about Philippa of Lancaster, the Portuguese queen that helped to seal the oldest alliance existing in the world, and to my great astonishment, she died in the end (yeah, sorry for spoiling it)!

Her death reminded me of a scene of my favourite movie, Remember the Titans, and I thought I could share it with you, as well as the original song – the movie scene and the original song are quite the opposite, emotionally speaking.

The “sad one” (movie scene) first: