Un poema para una tarde valenciana: “Un mundo oridinario y casual”…

(“Ordinary World”, pintura acrílica de Francisco Bravo Cabrera, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

UN MUNDO ORDINARIO Y CASUAL

Las brisas vienen del sur pero se desaparecen,
y los motivos para odiar prevalecen…

Las banderas de piratas
se confunden con las rosas de tu jardín
y las cubatas que me sirves
me las bebo con con bocatas
en abril…

Se me escapa la codicia,
se me esfuma la razón,
y en lugar de confundirme
bailo un son…

Ordinaria y muy casual
surge la vida
entre palabras y quejas,
entre riñas y bebidas,
el abrazo y aquel beso,
de Judas,
me lo has dado tu en un sueño Español
y gastado,
una noche de sol de verano…

Pero el mundo ya no gira,
eran muchas las mentiras
y ordinario siguen siendo los tiempos
cuando las brisas del sur
desaparecen en silencio…

C.2021, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 21 de abril de 2021, Valencia, España

A Poem for a Tuesday in Valecia: “Tell me a Story Dad”

(Photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia 2021)

TELL ME A STORY DAD

Tell me a story Dad,
tell me of the days of your youth,
tell me of the things you did,
of the friends you had,
of the way you lived in those days
back in the past…

We used to smoke some weed
and sip sweet wine,
listen to Beatles and the Stones
and life was fine…
We raced our muscle cars,
we danced in the streets,
we let our hair grow long
and didn’t miss a beat…
We dreamt of all becoming rock stars,
we thought we’d be forever
young and strong and free
in black corduroy and leather…
But some of us were called away,
were trained to kill and sent far from the lonely streets
where we used to dance and used to sing.
They dressed us in camouflage and green,
a rifle on the shoulder,
a needle in the arm…
We left so many dreams back in Vietnam…
And though I lost some friends,
others returned.

This is the story I leave behind,
I hope you will remember me,
as years do fly,
I only hope the dreams and hopes you live for
will never lead you son,
to war…

C.2021, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 20 APR 2021, Valencia, Spain

Tuesdays Tunes: “Libertango”, Ástor Piazzolla…

Libertango de Astor Piazzolla en Amazon Music - Amazon.es

“Sí, es cierto, soy un enemigo del tango; pero del tango como ellos lo entienden. Ellos siguen creyendo en el compadrito, yo no. Creen en el farolito, yo no. Si todo ha cambiado, también debe cambiar la música de Buenos Aires. Somos muchos los que queremos cambiar el tango, pero estos señores que me atacan no lo entienden ni lo van a entender jamás. Yo voy a seguir adelante, a pesar de ellos.”
(Ástor Piazzolla, 1954
)

The purists called him the enemy of the tango, the “tango killer”. This was Piazzolla’s reply:

“Yes, it is true, I am an enemy of the tango, but of the tango they seem to understand. They continue to believe in the ‘compadrito’ and I do not. They believe in the ‘farolito’ and I do not. If everything has changed, the music in Buenos Aires also has to change. There are many of us who want to change the tango, but these people attack me and they do not understand it and they never will. I will push on in spite of them.” More or less, I’ve taken the liberty of a rather direct translation from the original quote in Spanish that you see above. He said this in 1954.

“Libertango” he composed in 1974 and appears in the album of the same name. The title is the union of the words ‘libertad’ and tango. Piazzolla was demonstrating that he sought the freedom to create. And that he did. He sought freedom to develop a new tango that would sound, feel and steer quite far from the classical one…

Piazzolla played “Libertango” in Milan for the first time in 1974. Since then the song has had many interpreters and interpretations. It is a hybrid tune, part tango, part jazz, and all tango-jazz open to improvisation in many ways and with many instruments, although most still include the bandoneon, Piazzolla’s instrument in the mix…

Here is a modern rendition by the Cuban saxophonist and band leader, Paquito D’Rivera:

But here is the original featuring Ástor Piazzolla:

CHEERS!

Monday Morning Journal…Pt. 1

(Photography by GAB, property of Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

BLUE SKIES OVER VALENCIA IN APRIL

The weekend is over and it has been a lovely one indeed. The weather was sunny and cool and overall quite pleasant. For me the weekend was filled with friends and loved ones, wine, good food and conversation. And it seemed like everyone in Valencia was out in the street. All the bars were full. Every terrace on every corner or in the middle of the block was full to COVID regulated capacity. And of course we had to do it all before 1800 hours which is when the bars are mandated to close. There’s no sense in doing anything at night because our curfew begins at 2200 hours. So nights are for the tele…

I just want to say to my friends on this blog community that I am looking forward to another week of great posts from all of you and also to providing some posts as well that you might enjoy. It has been an interesting ride through this unique sort of experience, meaning the experience of writing a blog, of reading other people’s posts and commenting as well as getting to know some fine people from all over the world. I feel close to many blogger friends out there and I miss their entries when they take off for a few days or a few weeks. But we all do that, we must, after all we’ve got lives and things to do besides sitting in from of the portable and posting, reading and liking posts on the blogosphere.

But it is interesting and I like it, especially intercommunicating with a few good friends that always read, always comment and always support and encourage. I hope I am doing the same for them and I want to thank them. I want to tell them that it is an honour to be able to place before them my art, my poetry and my music and that every nod of approval I get from them is sincerely appreciated. The fact that they actually look, listen and read is something that leaves me humbled and quite happy. I also know they know who they are and how much I also enjoy reading their poetry, short stories, historical accounts, book reviews, album reviews, musical information, advice and fabulous travel articles with incredible photography. The whole time I have dedicated to this blog has been a learning experience in many, many ways and as well a pleasure as I have met lovely people.

So, today is the first day of the week and I just wanted to kick it off with these few words. My hopes, wishes and desires for this week are the same ones I have always, that there be peace in this world, that there be health and well-being for all and that we strive for happiness and walk far and away from hatred and violence.

CHEERS!

Weekend Artists Series (Special Musical Edition): Bebo Valdés

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(Bebo Valdés, 1918 – 2013)

Truly one of the greatest of the more “percussive” side of Jazz, the Cuban born pianist, composer, arranger and band leader and international “Latin Jazz” performer…

This is my tribute, hope you like it and I do hope you see it and tell me what you think.

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And now listen to Bebo…

CHEERS!

Weekend Artists Series, Pt. 2: “Where are the Arms of the Venus de Milo?”

A most intriguing question. Did the statue ever possess arms? Did they break off? Why was the statue abandoned in a field somewhere on such an insignificant island as Melos (Milo)? Was this just another unfinished statue that was discarded? Nobody knows, we just like to guess…

Take a look, let me know what you think, after all this is one of the most famous statues in the world…

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CHEERS!