Beautiful Idiosyncrasy

When I took a break from all the research, segregation, and writing, Bjӧrk suddenly came to mind. To my surprise, after entering her name in YouTube, I discovered that she released a new video late last year. Now who does art pornography music videos better than Bjӧrk? Anyone?

My said curiosity brought me to check her past videos which I compiled a few to share. I’ve been an admirer of her ingenuity and eccentricity since the first time I saw this one. It’s about two robots, each taking the lead vocals and backup, where both of them are undergoing the assembling process in some white cyborg laboratory with machinery, paint, dramatic lighting, the works. It then ended with them finding each other and kissing ergo the title, All Is Full Of Love.

An unforgettable hairstyle, however, was from this next one. I think this video was shot in the streets of New York City while on a 10-wheeler truck. Correct me if I’m wrong. Anyway, I honestly have no idea what she’s singing, but I love the song nonetheless–the mix of buoyant electronica and keyboards I suppose. And imagine how much fun the shoot was to think it looked like all she did was make faces and dance in front of the camera.

For a more jazzy-blues feel and still with a touch of unconventionality, but less, this comes to mind. I don’t have much to say about this video though I really enjoyed watching the mailbox dance and Bjӧrk (or a double) do the backflip off a wall.

This one’s a bit more on the fantasy/cartoon-ish side. The acrobatic choreography kind of reminds me of Pink’s Try video don’t you think? Subtler of course. I like how it ended with Bjӧrk whelmed in an eddy then caught by huge hands which seemed of the Mongolian god or something.

Finally, the most recent art pornography there is…

Need I say more?

It Sure Would Be Prettier With You

I didn’t realize how many people covered the Beca audition from the movie Pitch Perfect until I started Googling it. But you know what? Nothing beats the original.

Today is a remarkable day in musical history. Okay, I’m exaggerating. It’s just that I was so thrilled when a really good friend of mine sent me this link. I’ve been so caught up with work (and searching for Beca audition covers in between) that I failed to find the artist behind the song (or rendition since the original really was from the ’30s). This is what I love most about music: YOU CAN MAKE ONE ANYWHERE YOU GO; WHENEVER YOU FEEL LIKE IT. That’s right, when your aural instincts kick in, you have a myriad of ways to create beautiful rhythms. You can stomp, clap, hum, or use cups, whatever floats your boat.

Without further ado, here it is, the 2nd real genius behind the cup audition. Enjoy!

Don’t F With Me

I’ve been searching for this song for quite sometime now. Luckily I found it posted on one of my good friend’s Facebook page and man was I ecstatic!

There is something about the subdued vocals blended with electronica music that appeals in a soothing, head bopping sense. Although it’s not my typical “inspirational” song choice, I also do appreciate profane-laden tunes once in a while (don’t we all need it?). BTSTU is not heavily composed with malediction though, but it is one mighty hot music.

So stop what you’re doing and listen to the song.

Don’t F with me now.

Those Days When Lyrics Meant So Much

As I was reaching puberty, I was exposed to music by the likes of Michael Jackson, Sting, Mariah Carey, Everything But The Girl, Swing Out Sisters, George Michael, Wilson Phillips, Madonna, Kenny G, and Whitney Houston.

It was during those days when every lyrical piece meant every word to me when I sing along to the songs. I also search for people to dedicate certain personal favorites to even if I was limited to about ten playmates back then. This one in particular, I would always sing and dedicate to lady friends I hold close to my heart who are going through a tough time in their lives. I recall attempting to compose lyrics similar to this one. And when I’m down, I secretly wish that someone would sing it to me too.

All right, enough with the melodrama. But seriously, bring to mind the types of friendships we had before the internet age and all the clubbing and “sexing” music went out. Wasn’t it much sweeter, much more… from the heart? But I give credit to some of our artists now who write pretty well. Pardon my memory I just can’t recall one.

Let me just share my favorite part from this song. It goes:

“There’s a place inside of all of us
Where our faith in love begins
You should reach to find the truth in love
The answers there within, oh
I know that life can make you feel
It’s much harder than it really is
But we’ll get through it, just don’t give in”

I found out about this music when Waiting To Exhale showed in theaters here. Although I have blurred memory of the movie, this song just stung the sentimental in me the first time I heard it.

I just wish that artists these days make more music with meaningful lyrics and not repeated intro and chorus. Or better yet, since I write, I can compose lyrics that I like. Hmmmm…

Music of Spain Mashup

Since I’ve always been a jazz loyalist, I never really  got acquainted with Spanish music until today. The tables have turned when I stumbled upon this YouTube video that is almost an hour-long which features various Spanish artists in one go.

I am surprised by how romantic Spanish music is no matter the beat. Although my favorite musical instrument is saxophone, this particular mashup provided several amazing sounds coming out from the classical guitar, which originated from Andalusia, Northern Spain. In my country, the classical guitar is usually used for acoustic performances, strummed according to renditions of our local artists, often used to serenade women back in the day. The music of Spain, however, opened my eyes to the versatility of the instrument.

Today marks the beginning of a new musical journey for me. Listen to the mashup that changed it all.