Tonina Saputo: Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (Live at Berklee)

“Ms Saputo’s voice is haunting in a unique way… She’s something to behold.”

— A comment from the comments sections

This song is quite ordinary. The melody isn’t too alluring, and there’s nothing too excellent about it.

But I love it. This song is extraordinarily ordinary. The song feels alive, and it feels like a community. You can hear each instrument shine in its own way, and yet they beautifully compliment one another. And need I say anything about the main singer’s voice? Amazing. Her voice just seems like a bunch of contradictions! It is both smooth and coarse. I find it hard to even describe her voice. I almost wonder if singing in Spanish really highlights her warm, complex voice in a way that English wouldn’t be able to do. Ah, the beauty of languages!

Siempre que te pregunto
Que, cuándo, cómo y dónde
Tú siempre me respondes
Quizás, quizás, quizás

Y así pasan los días
Y yo, desesperando
Y tú, tú contestando
Quizás, quizás, quizás

I am always asking you
When, how and where
You always tell me
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps

The days pass this way
And I am despairing
And you, you always answer
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps

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“Jazz is the Mother of Hip-Hop”

Wow, wish I could take a course on this:

“If you’re a hip-hop producer that wants a lot of melodic stuff happening,” pianist Robert Glasper says, “you’re probably going to go to jazz first.”

Really interesting video and great use of graphics! I thought it would be interesting to include a little history as well. Jazz was born in the African American communities of New Orleans in the 1900’s. Hip-hop was born in streets of the Bronx, New York City in the 1970’s.

I love that jazz is called the mother of hip-hop. Not only is it a poetic statement but also a sentimental one. It speaks to the dynamics of music development and the richness of African American communities. We have to thank the African American communities from days past and present for their creativity, expression, and boldness. (I think some of it also came from a place of oppression and finding outlets of expression). Thank you for making jazz and hip hop! We all know how much hip-hop is really popular these days. It didn’t come out of nowhere… There’s so much history and artistry in these genres. And as we celebrated Mother’s day this past Sunday, Happy Mother’s Day to Jazz. 🙂 Thank you.

DEAN: Half Moon

I don’t listen to Korean music too often. (I go through periods). This is the only Korean music I’ve been listening to lately. The genre is called DEAN- yah, dean boy gets his own genre. 🙂 Sigh. His voice makes me feel like what falling in love would feel like.

Thank you for releasing this on my birthday. Happy birthday to me. [03.23]

The Language of Pop Music

Today, Phoenix began to play in the car, and I mentioned to my friend’s that the music group chose to sing in English. My friend asked, “They’re not American?” To which I replied, “Nope, they’re French.”

Not many of my friends know that the music group, Phoenix, is French. One reason for that may be because their songs are sung in English.

Interestingly, there are international artists, like Björk, who sing in English. When Thomas, the lead singer of Phoenix, was asked why he sings in English, he responded,

English is the language of pop music, pop culture. It is above nationality.

Though the statement could be debated, I am utterly fascinated by it. “English is the language of pop music.” Consider even Korean pop music, in which English is commonly used in parts of songs. (Sometimes even just one word of English is incorporated in a song). Is there a universal, irresistible urge or necessity to utilize or add English to pop music?

I’m sure there are many factors that play into the phenomena of English becoming a language of (pop) music. Take globalization and the increase of teaching English in many foreign countries. That has to have bled over into music as well. Or for the artists, perhaps the switch from their first language to English is exploratory, empowering, or fresh. I would be interested in learning what else has contributed to this phenomena. If anyone has any thoughts, I would love to hear them!