marți, 5 decembrie 2017

"A case of you" - povestea unei melodii extraordinare

         Muzica m-a fascinat mereu. A avut mereu capacitatea sa ma faca sa aflu lucruri despre mine, prin ascultare si introspectie, m-a facut sa cercetez si sa ma regasesc mereu in timp. Si sa fac cercetari, pas cu pas, cine cu cine, cand si unde. Am revenit adesea sa ascult piese care au reusit  mereu sa sune altfel in urechea si simturile mele, de fiecare data. In mine schimbandu-se lucruri in rastimp, melodiile ramanand absolut aceleasi.
        Prin George Michael am descoperit odata intreg filonul de jazz-bossa nova, pe Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto, Joao Gilberto. Apoi pe Sting, cu a sa Roxanne, si apoi pe The Police. De la Pink Floyd am inceput si m-am regasit si inspirat creativ din jazz. De Pat Metheny am devenit depedent prin 2010, muzica lui initiaza adevarate calatorii imaginare in peisaje miraculos de insorite (The road to you, More travels). Exersand la chitara bass, inca din anul 1 de facultate, am auzit rapid de celebrul Jaco Pastorius, poate cel mai virtuoz om de bass din toate timpurile.
Cand am aflat ca cei doi au cantat impreuna, prin 1980, in echipa fiind si Michael Brecker (cel pe care il stiam de pe discul meu favorit, “One more angel, al lui John Patitucci) nu am ramas indiferent si am cautat concertul. Am aflat astfel despre “Shadows and light”. Nu erau singuri pe scena, ci o acompaniau pe Joni Mitchell. Nu stiam nimic despre ea, parea generatia flower power, Woodstock. Asa si era.


Joni Mitchell, Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker - concertul din 
1980  

         Jaco face un solo antologic aici:


Peste ani, in toamna trecuta, am vazut un film, Love actually, in care Joni Mitchell semneaza una dintre cele mai “grele” piese ale coloanei sonore. Cu o cu totul alta voce, mult mai grava, decat cea pe care o stiam din 1980. Ma apuc de studiat, suna fantastic. E vorba de melodia “Both sides now”. Mi-am cumparat imediat albumul, extrem de profund. Greu de ascultat, cand iti tresalta sufletul la fiecare piesa. Album de maturitate, de om trecut prin viata.

De atunci ma urmareste una dintre melodii “A case of you”

       Acum, dupa un an, piesa imi revine obsesiv in minte. Cu putin curaj, imi infrunt starile si o ascult. Si devin curios sa cercetez ce se intampla in spatele ei.   
       Intr-un interviu tv, Joni, acum in etate, isi priveste viata cu un ochi detasat si impacat si face marturisisi care devin magnetice, ma uit la ea ca la un intelept.

O parte dintre noi devenim filosofi. Daca ai o casnicie (relatie) reusita, esti binecuvantat, totul e bine. Dar daca nu, devii filosof


           Aflu absolut uimit ca a scris melodia si versurile cand avea 21 de ani.

"Just before our love got lost you said


I am as constant as a northern star and I said,

Constantly in the darkness

Where's that at?

If you want me I'll be in the bar

On the back of a cartoon coaster


In the blue TV screen light

I drew a map of Canada

Oh Canada

With your face sketched on it twice

Oh you are in my blood like holy wine


You taste so bitter

And so sweet oh

I could drink a case of you darling and I would

Still be on my feet

Oh I would still be on my feet

Oh I am a lonely painter


I live in a box of paints

I'm frightened by the devil

And I'm drawn to those ones that ain't afraid

I remember that time that you told me, you said

"Love is touching souls"

Surely you touched mine 'cause

Part of you pours out of me

In these lines from time to time

Oh you…"


            Exista o pagina dedicata studiului acestei piese:

“At that period in my life, I had no personal defenses. I felt like a cellophane wrapper on a pack of cigarettes. I felt like I had absolutely no secrets from the world and I couldn’t pretend in my life to be strong. Or to be happy. But the advantage of it in the music was that there were no defenses there either.” it starts out with an admission that the relationship in question has run its course, as Mitchell sings in the very first line: “Just before our love got lost.” Her lover’s promises of stability are ones that he just can’t keep, and she calls him on it: “You said / “I am constant as a northern star”/ And I said, “Constantly in the darkness.”
In the refrain, she acknowledges the push and pull of his relationship once more: “You taste so bitter and sweet.” Her concluding thought is one of those lines that songwriters will envy evermore, a line that evokes passion and love in a strikingly original way: “I could drink a case of you/ And still be on my feet.” It’s hard to say it any better than that.

Mi-a placut sa caut si alte interpretari, fiind una dintre melodiile cu  multe cover-uri. Linia melodica si armoniile sunt fascinante.

A case of you”  (early)   - ascultati armoniile, suna fabulos!

K.D. Lang are unul dintre cele mai sensibile cover-uri.

         Ana Moura

         Emil and Zandra Ernebro


       “Muzica spune lucruri pe care le simti, dar pe care nu le poti explica. Dupa ce asculti, esti transformat de aceasta experienta”

        Viata lui Joni Mitchell, intr-un film document

*sursa foto: google commons

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