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9. november 2019

TOWER OF SONG

Well, my friends are gone and my hair is grey
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on
I’m just paying my rent every day in the Tower of Song
I said to Hank Williams, how lonely does it get?
Hank Williams hasn’t answered yet
But I hear him coughing all night long
Oh, a hundred floors above me in the Tower of Song
I was born like this, I had no choice
I was born with the gift of a golden voice
And twenty-seven angels from the Great Beyond
They tied me to this table right here in the Tower of Song
So you can stick your little pins in that voodoo doll
I’m very sorry, baby, doesn’t look like me at all
I’m standing by the window where the light is strong
Ah, they don’t let a woman kill you, not in the Tower of Song
Now, you can say that I’ve grown bitter but of this you may be sure
The rich have got their channels in the bedrooms of the poor
And there’s a mighty judgment coming, but I may be wrong
You see, you hear these funny voices in the Tower of Song
I see you standing on the other side
I don’t know how the river got so wide
I loved you baby, way back when
And all the bridges are burning that we might have crossed
But I feel so close to everything that we lost
We’ll never, we’ll never have to lose it again
Now I bid you farewell, I don’t know when I’ll be back
They’re moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track
But you’ll be hearing from me baby, long after I’m gone
I’ll be speaking to you sweetly from a window in the Tower of Song
Yeah, my friends are gone and my hair is gray
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on
I’m just paying my rent every day in the Tower of Song

 

Fotografen Robert Freeman er død, 83 år

8. november 2019

Fotografen Robert Freeman – kendt for sine coverfotos på Beatles’ With the Beatles, Beatles for Sale, A Rubber Soul og Hard Days Night – er død i en alder af 83 år. Og Paul McCartney giver ham følgende ord med på vejen:

Dear Robert Freeman has passed away. He was one of our favourite photographers during the Beatles years who came up with some of our most iconic album covers. Besides being a great professional he was imaginative and a true original thinker. People often think that the cover shot for  Meet The Beatles of our foreheads in half shadow was a carefully arranged studio shot. In fact it was taken quite quickly by Robert in the corridor of a hotel we were staying in where natural light came from the windows at the end of the corridor. I think it took no more than half an hour to accomplish.

Bob also took the Rubber Soul cover; his normal practice was to use a slide projector and project the photos he’d taken onto a piece of white cardboard which was exactly album sized, thus giving us an accurate idea of how the finished product would look. During his viewing session the card which had been propped up on a small table fell backwards giving the photograph a ‘stretched’ look. Instead of simply putting the card upright again we became excited at the idea of this new version of his photograph. He assured us that it was possible to print it this way and because the album was titled Rubber Soul we felt that the image fitted perfectly.

I will miss this wonderful man but will always cherish the fond memories I have of him.

Joni Mitchell synger Neil Young

8. november 2019

At hedes egen “Circle Game” skulle være et modsvar til Youngs sang, vidste jeg ikke, før nu.

…og Bob Dylan…

I anledning af fødselsdagen har Rolling Stone lavet en “guide” til Joni Mitchells sangskat (heldigvis ikke en “best of”-liste, for det ville have været ubærligt). Men en liste man kan dykke ned i, hvis man vil lære hende at kende eller genopfriske alle de fine stykker, der ligger rundt om på hendes plader. Og så er der også en håndfuld løse sange fra andre sammenhænge.

Flyafgifter

8. november 2019

“Fly me to the moon”, “I’m leaving on an  jet plane”, “Up, up and away” osv. Der er mange sange, der har beskrevet og besunget menneskenes trang til at flyve som fugle. Men som i den græske myte om Ikaros, der ville flyve bort fra Kreta, hvor han var fanget, så endte flyvningen i en tragedie for menneskene. Ikaros kom for tæt på solen, menneskenes flyvninger  har belastet klimaet i en grad, der truer med at udløse tragedier for hele menneskeheden.

Derfor er debatten om, hvad man kan gøre for at begrænse flyveriet blusset op de seneste par år. Og et af forslagene har været at lægge afgifter på flybilletter. Modstandere af afgiften har dog fremført det argument, at afgifter var socialt skæve – underforstået: Afgifter ramte især de laveste indkomstgrupper. Men nu har Klimarådet punkteret det argument, fordi rådet kan påvise, at det især er de højestlønnede, der rejser med fly. Derfor vil en afgift også især ramme dem.

Selv om man også kan mene, at afgifter ikke i sig selv vil stoppe flyveriet (så skal de i hvert fald være meget store), så er der nok ingen tvivl om, at afgifter vil have en afdæmpende effekt på flyvelysten (lige som en afgift på tobak vil have en dæmpende virkning). Og spørgsmålet er også, om indkomstforskellene har det allerstørste betydning i denne sammenhæng? For vi er alle klimasyndere. Vi belaster alle klimaet i et vist omfang. Derfor kan man hævde, at en klimaafgift på flyrejser vil have en generel dæmpende effekt på flyrejser og dermed være et bidrag til nedbringe den CO2-udledning, som vil skal have gennemført snarest muligt.

Lad os alle overleve julen

7. november 2019

Det er alt for længe siden, man har hørt noget fra Kathleen Edwards. Og så dukker hun pludselig op på en ny plade med julesange – A Dualtone Christmas. Og oven i købet med en julesang, der fortæller rigtig meget om den tilstundende begivenhed. Hendes stemme vil jeg gerne høre mere til i det nye år.