The best is yet to come!

The best is yet to comeWell, looks like Obama won another election in the U.S. (always a good news for an European, knowing it was not a Republican), and one of the sentences of his last night speech that became more popular was the one that stands in the title of this post. When I saw the sentence, it immediately reminded me of a Scorpions song from their (almost) last album – in my opinion, the best song of that album. I know there’s a much more famous song with the same title, but it’s not my type of song, unlike the Scorpions one 😛

But that’s not what matters, what matters is that the best is yet to come (at least I also hope so, no matter the subject we’re talking about)! 🙂

 

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Folk’s passions

I must bring back folk to this blog once more!

A couple of years ago, I found (probably through Bob Dylan) one of the most beautiful voices I have ever known – Joan Baez.

Joan is a folk singer who started her career in 1960, being active until today. Despite the modest success of her first recording, her next 3 recordings went gold, which lead Joan to become a widely known star with great success in the 60’s  – maybe reaching a peak in her career with the participation in the Woodstock Festival.

She recorded many popular songs, as well as covers from other musicians – Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, as well as many others -, many of them with political lyrics.

Diamonds and Rust Dylan and Baez romanceHowever, and this of course is just my opinion, her best performance is in a song composed by herself, not related to politics at all! This song, released in 1975, was inspired in a romance that Baez and Dylan – who at the time was more interested in Baez sister – had many years before. Things did not turn out great in their relationship and it didn’ t last long. In musical terms, I am glad this happened, as otherwise we would probably not have the song I bring you today – Diamonds and Rust.

Note: If you don’t like this version, see the links below. Whoever sings it, this song is too great to be missed!

If you were one of the those who cannot really stand Baez voice, listen to Judas Priest or to Blackmore’s Night versions, also quite good ones 😉

How to write a Pop Song?

You might be thinking that it is something you would like to know, but at the same time something that can be very complicated. Well, The Axis of Awesome show us that, in fact, writing a pop song is not a Herculean task. All you have to know is how to play 4 chords – whether it is on a piano, on a guitar, or in some other instrument, it doesn’t matter -, and then you play those 4 chords and you will most probably (not) get a hit.

Well, this is the basic idea behind the song I bring you today: that “every” hit of the past forty years was composed with just 4 chords – E, B, C#m and A, by the way.  This is not true, of course, but there is a kernel of truth in it. The Axis of Awesome show this by playing a medley with a lot of pop songs, mixing them in a very funny way,  in my opinion. You’ll listen to songs you know, songs you did not know you still knew, and songs you have never heard (my second video is with one of those songs you most probably never heard, unless you already knew the 4 chords song).

Hope this amuses you 😉

And now a funny song from Tim Minchin, that besides being a comedy song is also a political one with a strong environmental message.