modalmayhem

abr. 07

no more heroes anymore.

no more heroes anymore.

abr. 06

mar. 22

fev. 25

we’re words upon a windowwritten there in steamin the heat of the momentat the birth of a dreamvapors passing reallyso i’m touched by the thoughtsin the fleeting minutes afterthe time that we’ve comecome and go, you know, where the wind blowsan’ though i couldn’t definei can only tell you that igot a heavy soul.

we’re words upon a window
written there in steam
in the heat of the moment
at the birth of a dream

vapors passing really
so i’m touched by the thoughts
in the fleeting minutes after
the time that we’ve come

come and go, you know, where the wind blows
an’ though i couldn’t define
i can only tell you that i
got a heavy soul.

fev. 23

fev. 22

the late 60’s, early 70’s in brazil.above: raimundo fagner, caetano veloso and nara leão in their respective houses, with richard avedon’s the beatles photograph posters circa ‘67 on the wall.

the late 60’s, early 70’s in brazil.

above: raimundo fagner, caetano veloso and nara leão in their respective houses, with richard avedon’s the beatles photograph posters circa ‘67 on the wall.

fev. 06

dare!

dare!

fev. 03

fev. 02

dez. 21

[video]

dez. 18

dez. 10

what i just love about nina simone's rendition to “don't let me be misunderstood” is the fact that it is, as it was intended when composed¹, for her to sing, her song and nobody else - i could say that it is “a woman singing” but that sounds just terribly pejorative and naive in my mind and, of course, i’m certain (as you all) that nina is not just “a woman” or “a ethnic”, “a singer”, “a being”.those words sang through this living alive being that is nina simone just takes the breakthrough meaning that justify all praise that this R&B classic has since 1964. yes, it is a beautiful song, a catchy song, but it is, above all things, a breakthrough song.there’s no pleasure in be humble, to admit your faults and errors and in the imaginary of music, like in the majority of places, it’s common (non)sense that it is the male figure always the one who “bounds in front of, above all on his pedestal”. here, no: it’s nina showing a strength to be able to be her like that (as I’m pretty sure, it’s not an easy thing for her to do) refusing to consequently simplify her being as “a woman”, “a singer”, “a race”, “a being” as she is, above all, the singer and the song, the being and simone.obviously, she was all that (and whoever wants to simply identify just with this or that, that’s what freedom is for and ignorance is bliss) but… try to sound like nina in the chorus of this song… well, forget that: try to make your life sound like nina’s singing the chorus of this song - it should be the main goal of everybody’s life, just like the life of nina simone is.¹ to be free: the nina simone story, 2008. david nathan, RCA/Legacy 88697 38192 2.

what i just love about nina simone's rendition to “don't let me be misunderstood” is the fact that it is, as it was intended when composed¹, for her to sing, her song and nobody else - i could say that it is “a woman singing” but that sounds just terribly pejorative and naive in my mind and, of course, i’m certain (as you all) that nina is not just “a woman” or “a ethnic”, “a singer”, “a being”.

those words sang through this living alive being that is nina simone just takes the breakthrough meaning that justify all praise that this R&B classic has since 1964. yes, it is a beautiful song, a catchy song, but it is, above all things, a breakthrough song.

there’s no pleasure in be humble, to admit your faults and errors and in the imaginary of music, like in the majority of places, it’s common (non)sense that it is the male figure always the one who “bounds in front of, above all on his pedestal”. here, no: it’s nina showing a strength to be able to be her like that (as I’m pretty sure, it’s not an easy thing for her to do) refusing to consequently simplify her being as “a woman”, “a singer”, “a race”, “a being” as she is, above all, the singer and the song, the being and simone.

obviously, she was all that (and whoever wants to simply identify just with this or that, that’s what freedom is for and ignorance is bliss) but… try to sound like nina in the chorus of this song… well, forget that: try to make your life sound like nina’s singing the chorus of this song - it should be the main goal of everybody’s life, just like the life of nina simone is.

¹ to be free: the nina simone story, 2008. david nathan, RCA/Legacy 88697 38192 2.

dez. 08

nov. 30

nov. 27