Tuesdays Tunes: “GUANTANAMERA”

75 Artistas Cubanos ¨Guantanamera¨ - Playing For Change - Song Around The  World | Portal Del Vídeo Clip Cubano
(2020)

Well, Carlos Varela kicks it off from La Habana (Havana) and he is followed by some seventy five Cuban musicians from all over the world. From Miami to Barcelona, to Tokyo to everywhere. The song was produced by Jackson Browne, the great North American musician and composer who travelled throughout Cuba and who wrapped it up with this statement: “travelling with Playing For Change across Cuba was one of the most rewarding and inspiring musical experiences of my life.”

“Guantanamera” is like the Cuban national anthem. It is a song that has gone around the world several times and by now even the cats and the dogs hum it idly. In this version, the lyrics are a combination of the lyrics of the hundreds of versions this song has had throughout the decades it has existed. In this song the most relevant and important words are the words that relay the message that in Cuba the hope of many is to live in peace, without doing harm to anyone, seeking beauty and that with such beauty one can confront the sadness and the grief of the world, and the hope that at the end one is allowed to die free, facing the sun, not like a traitor in the dark.

But you have to take a look and listen to get a glimpse of the soul of Cuba and the spirit that floats through the music and the heartbeat that brought forth the words…

“Guantanamera” is one of the most popular songs in the world. The words most commonly used to sing the Guantanamera was adapted by Julián Orbón, using the first strophes of the “Versos Sencillos”, a poetry collection by the Cuban poet José Martí. The music is officially atributed to José Fernández Díaz, better known as Joseíto. Who knows how many versions of this song exists.

As Spaniards we all feel a closeness to Hispanic America but Cuba has always been special to us all. It was the last province of Spain in America and always known as the “Siempre española” so we feel tremendously the pain and suffering that is imposed upon the Cubans by the Communist government of the island. The desire to be free has motivated a movement for change and I personally support it fully.

Los últimos de Cuba ¿Podría volver a ser una comunidad española?

Well, hope you enjoy this edition of “Tuesdays Tunes”. I know it is a little different but it will not fail. Consider it a trip through different parts of the world of music. Consider it a tribute to the quest for freedom…

CHEERS!

Edición especial de hoy domingo: “R.I.P. Cuturrufo”

Suena Bien chileno: El adiós al gran Cristián Cuturrufo - Duna 89.7 | Duna  89.7
(Christian Alejandro Cuturrufo Contador,1972 – 2021)

El COVID nos roba un gran músico más…

Fallece uno de los trompetas del jazz mas destacados de Chile, su país. Ocurrió hace muy poco, el 19 de marzo del presente…

No pudo soportar los estragos del virus, sufrió dos paros cardiorespiratorios y dejo de existir a la edad de cuarenta y ocho años…

Tocó por última vez este marzo de 2021 junto a The Chilean Project, para el Festival Rosita Renard de la Municipalidad de Pirque realizado en el Castillo de las Majadas, naturalmente en Chile.

El “Cutu”, apodo cariñoso que le pusieron sus amigos, comenzó tocando latin jazz, y luego se incorporo a diversos quintetos. Trabajó con muchos de los más grandes jazzistas del mundo.

Yo no conocía mucho su obra pero la he estado estudiando desde enterarme de su fallecimiento y reconozco que se nos ha ido uno de los grandes de verdad.

Requiescat in pace…

Cuturrufo, el elemental - El Mostrador

Os dejo su música…

Gracias

Weekend Artists Series, Part 3: “TOP 5 MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS by Living Artists…

Rabbit by Jeff Koons — a chance to own the controversy | Christie's
(“Rabbit” by Jeff Koons)

Here it is. Incredible, but oh, so true! I hope to hear from you on this one. And I would really appreciate if you give the video a look and a like, it would help a lot in placing better on the search engine. After all, the idea is to spread news, knowledge and love of art…

(And, please don’t forget to hit that LIKE button! It’s easy and free! And if you want to spread art news, share! Thanks!)

CHEERS!

Journal Entry No.14: Banksy Again!

La obra Game Changer, subastada por casi 17 millones de libras
(“Game Changer” by Bansky)

This little drawing Banksy made in black and white sold for almost 17 millon Pounds Sterling, and Banksy said it would be donated to the British National Health Service. It was sold on Tuesday, 20 MAR 2021, in London for 16,758 million pounds, the equivalent to 23,1 millon US dollars.

Splendid…

So, has this pandemic generated any interesting art? I frankly do not really think that “Game Changer” is interesting at all and it doesn’t say anything about the devastating effects of the pandemic. I don’t see dancing skeletons, like they painted during the plague pandemics of Europe in the Middle Ages. I don’t see any suffering, any death, any illness. I don’t even see any masks or gowns that have become so popular with this pandemic. All I see is a child playing with a doll that happens to be dressed as a nurse. Yes, it is well crafted and technically rather sound, but reference meaning? I find nothing. I don’t know, nor I suspect any of us will ever know who purchased this little drawing for all that money, but they must have had their reasons…

And now I ask of all you artists out there, have you been motivated to create anything that has to do with the COVID pandemic of 2020? I’ve seen some pretty lame stuff on the internet. Most artists are creating pretty little paintings of the virus, looking so otherworldly and quite beautiful, painted greenish or reddish or colours in between that spectrum. Lots of paintings of the heroes of the pandemic, doctors, nurses, health care folk, but not too many focusing on the pain and suffering and ultimately death brought about by this virus…

I guess you have guessed by now that I use this journal to rather vent and even preach a bit. Yes, I do, and that’s what it’s for. It is my way of saying things that I think are important that I would not say in a post or in anything else that I do. It’s like a conversation with myself. I think that as artists, poets, writers, photographers, dramatists, actors, dancers, singers, composers, musicians, architects et al, we’ve a duty to express what we like or dislike of society and of the things brought to our society. We have been trained, we have been educated and we have experience enough to fully be conversant on many other issues than our own careers and we have to speak up for everyone else, regardless of whether anyone listens to us or not. Those who do not want to get involved are really not keeping up with their responsibilities, but it’s ok, the world has become an “I, Me, Mine” experience anyways.

CHEERS!