27.5.06

Night List (Macorina - The Order of Things)

...and we must understand by this a sort of communal opinion, a collective representation that is imposed on every individual; we must not understand by it a great anonymous voice that must, of necessity, speak through the discourses of everyone; but we must understand by it the totality of things said, the relations, the regularities, and the transformations that may be observed in them, the domain of which certain figures, certain intersections indicate the unique place of a speaking subject and may be given the name of author. 'Anyone who speaks', but what he says is not said from anywhere. It is necessarily caught up in the play of an exteriority
- Michel Foucault, The Order of Things.

A late night note at the margin about desire and being free. I have to admit being a momentary optimist here, in which the playlist ends with Les McCann ballad. A lyrical soul top charter about paradox of love as a solution to freedom. One relinguishes it is the answer. It makes a hopefull narrative I suppose. The list is my rendition of early MdM posting styles. In the list: "Macorina", the more interesting song in the list, comes from 2003 live recording at Carnegie Hall. Chavela Vargas dallies seductively about night encounter in context of earlier century social constrain on personal identity. "A Change Is Gonna Come" is a memorable Sam Cooke 1964's top chart song. Next to Les McCann, they both are key players during the turbulent decades where stylistical development of R&B and soul coincide with social turmoil. On the background of all that, muted description and without vocals are post-rock pieces. Tarentel (the title of this playlist), Mono, and Zorn's film work.

Totality of things said? Who knows. Once my optimism wears out, I am sure I will agree with any alternative reading but optimistic.

01. Mono - A Heart Has Asked for the Pleasure
02. Chavela Vargas - Macorina
03. Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come
04. Tarentel - Popol Vuh
05. John Zorn - Seductress
06. Les McCann - With This Hand

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6 Comments:

  • At 11:34 AM, May 27, 2006, Blogger Moka said…

    beautiful playlist as always, squashed. I was surprised at you having Macorina in a playlist and half-naming the post after it. You can't imagine how much I love Chavela Vargas' music. I've heard she's was re-recording a few months back some of her most famous renditions but played with pre-hispanic instruments.

     
  • At 2:15 PM, May 27, 2006, Anonymous papa chango said…

    nice! my english not too good, see? but this is good music. thank you.

     
  • At 9:28 PM, May 27, 2006, Blogger carlkruger said…

    very introspective and lovely, as always ...

     
  • At 11:00 PM, May 29, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    Moka said... You can't imagine how much I love Chavela Vargas' music. I've heard she's was re-recording a few months back some of her most famous renditions but played with pre-hispanic instruments. "

    It'd be pretty amazing to watch her perform live, or meet her in person even. she is incredible.

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    papa chango said...

    thanks.

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    carlkruger said...

    I steal some of your ideas. :D

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    more notes.

    Macorina (lyrics+translation+ comments)

    Musically, her iconoclasm consists of extreme contrasts in tempo and volume and the artful manipulation of the whole range of the human voice: Whispers, cries, growls, laughs, shouts, and murmurs of desire. These unexpected surges create an effect of excess that disrupts the conventional level of the lyrics, opening the music to other readings, and other pleasures.
    http://www.lolapress.org/artenglish/chabe13.htm

    http://www.k-state.edu/english/nelp/american.studies.s98/a.change.is.gonna.come.html

    (lyrics)
    A Change Is Gonna Come
    (Sam Cooke)
    As Performed Sam Cooke (1964)

     
  • At 1:15 PM, May 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    THANK YOU FOREVER for the Sam Cooke song. I'd been looking for it for a while- it's just amazing. :-)

     
  • At 11:38 PM, June 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    back in the early days of the internet, I was always happy to find Sam Cooke tracks.
    Today i'm jaded.
    Squashed-keep it up

     

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