Abstract Jazz Arrangement (AJA), Bodo y Bakero…

(foto propiedad de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Menudo enredo…primero Bodo Vespaciano, ahora Francisco…pero C’est la vie, las cosas cambian, la gente igual y todos vamos madurando y mutando mientras vamos creciendo y desarrollando nuestro arte y talento. Al fin y al cabo, el talento es el resultado de horas y horas de dura faena artística.

Quisiera que conocieras la música que tocabamos cuando hicimos AJA (Abstract Jazz Arrangement, que significa “arreglos de jazz abstractos” o “arreglos abstractos de jazz” como quieras). El siguiente enlace te lleva a un website donde podrás escuchar piezas de piano y contrabajo:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

Ese CD lo grabamos en el 2004 un gran pianista y yo en el bajo.

Y aquí te dejo el vídeo “Aranaki” con la canción “Yerushalahaim” de fondo. Y preparate porque durante esa etapa me llamaba Bakero. Toco la guitarra y el bajo en la grabación:

(Música original de FBC, cuadros y fotos de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Te invito a suscribirte a mi canal YouTube donde todos mís vídeos contienen mís cuadros y fotos igual que la música que he compuesto con AJA y solo.

INSTAGRAM: @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

JaZzArt en Valencia: http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

Grupo AJA: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja2

gracias…

Ojalá que Pase…

Resultado de imagen de letra de ojala pase
(imagen de “Ojalá Pase” de Orishas)

Biatrís Luengo le pone el estribillo de la canción “Ojalá” a la canción “Ojalá Pase” del grupo Orishas y Silvio Rodríguez, autor de “Ojalá”, la acusa de plagio y de robarse la obra de sus manos. Venga tío, que tú, sirves un régimen comunísta que se lo ha robado todo, ¿con qué, moral puedes acusar a nadie?

Orishas es un grupo musical formado, en 1999, en Paris y compuesto por cubanos que salieron de La Habana como parte de un intercambio escolar. Usualmente sus temas hablan de las injusticias y de la desigualdad social. Además son los mas populares exponentes del Hip-Hop cubano en el mundo.

Ahora con el tema “Ojalá Pase”, Orishas le responde a las mentiras de la dictadura cubana, recordándole al régimen que en Cuba “…somos humanos aunque no pensemos iguales.”

Creo que es importante esta canción por lo que dice y mas porque la han lanzado al mundo unos cubanos que quieren que vosotros sepais las verdades relacionadas con Cuba. Y yo quiero que todos lo conozcáis pues todo esfuerzo por decir las verdades que la dictadura de Cuba oculta, vale la pena y en España no sabemos la verdad. Todos tenemos que ganarnos el puesto en la historia

Aquí os dejo el vídeo clip de “Ojalá Pase” y la letra.

Eres tú mi canto de sirena
Porque con tu voz se van mis penas
Este sentimiento ya está añejo
Tú me dueles tanto aunque estés lejos

Hoy yo te invito a caminar por mis solares
Pa’ demostrarte de que sirven tus ideales
Somos humanos aunque no pensemos iguales
No nos tratemos ni dañemos como animales
Esta es mi forma de decírtelo
Llora mi pueblo y siento yo su voz
Tu 59 yo doble 2 (2020)
60 años trancado el dominó
Bombo y platillo a los 500 de la Habana
Mientras en casa en las cazuelas ya no tienen jama
Que celebramos si la gente anda deprisa
Cambiando al Che Guevara y a Martí por la divisa
Todo ha cambiado ya no es lo mismo
Entre tú y yo hay un abismo
Publicidad de un paraíso en Varadero
Mientras las madres lloran por sus hijos que se fueron

Ojalá que se acabe la mirada constante
La palabra precisa, la sonrisa perfecta
Ojalá pase algo que te borre de pronto
Una luz cegadora, un disparo de nieve
Ojalá por lo menos que me lleve la muerte
Para no verte tanto, para no verte siempre
En todos los segundos, en todas las visiones

Hoy yo te invito a que camines por mi campo
Sin luz, agua potable y en carretera de fango
Donde los niños sueñan con un Superman que vuela
Y que le ahorre las 6 horas de botella hasta la escuela
Esta es mi forma de decírtelo
Una vez más en forma de canción
Por un mañana tal vez mejor
Vuelva mi isla bella la de tabaco y ron
Flores y ofrendas a médicos en hospitales
Para que te libren y te curen de todos los males
Publicidad de sanidad gratuita
Si no le llevas algo el dolor no se te quita
Prendo una vela pa’ todos mis santos
Pa’ que nos ayuden a levantarnos
Por qué no somos justos y no nos engañamos
Los santos no resuelven el deber de los humanos

Ojalá se te acabe la mirada constante
La palabra precisa, la sonrisa perfecta
Ojalá pase algo que te borre de pronto
Una luz cegadora, un disparo de nieve
Ojalá por lo menos que me lleve la muerte
Para no verte tanto, para no verte siempre
En todos los segundos, en todas las visiones

(Escrita por Biatrís Luengo y Orishas y el coro de Silvio Rodríguez)

Os pido vuestra opinión…y si os ha gustado, favor de darle al me gusta y que lo compartáis para que se extiendan, de esta manera, las verdades.

Gracias…

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JaZzArt en Valencia: http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

Piano Jazz de mi grupo AJA: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

Ataturk, Great Hero of Turkey

(short video clip I made to honor this great warrior, statesman and thinker)

I do not mention great men and women in history because I agree or not with their political philosophies but because they have done great things for humanity. History recalls many greats but sometimes we do not…

Thank you for watching, if you have any comments, please, positive or negative…as long as they are civilised…are encouraged and accepted. If you did like what you saw, please like, and follow and subscribe to my YouTube channel. I will greatly appreciate it.

My Instagram is @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

My jazz group AJA can be heard here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja (piano jazz)

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The Blue Aegean Sea…

(Aegean Coast of Turkey, photo property of FBC, All Rights Reserved)

I’ve never seen a bluer sea, and I’ve seen many, because if there is one thing that I love is the water…I was born near the water and I’ve always lived in a coastal city or town…but the Aegean Sea is incredibly beautiful.

Here are some shots I took while sailing in Turkish waters…

And areas along the coast heading south from Bodrum, and Bodrum is more or less in the middle of the Turkish Aegean coast, about a one hour flight from Istanbul.

It’s a very relaxing time, the time you spend on the water, and since most of the coastline is composed of coves and small bays, you can anchor and jump in any time of the day or the night that you like…

(Our saiboat, we rented it with friends, for one week, photo property of FBC, All Rights Reserved)

When you hire a boat, it comes with a captain, a chef and a first mate. You then purchase everything and anything you wish to eat along the voyage as well as everything and anything you would like to drink. We had a great chef and ate gourmet quality food throughout the seven days of sailing the Turkish Aegean.

It is a very relaxing and refreshing time, a most enjoyable experience. You eat, you drink, you take in the sunshine and the gorgeous waters of that blue, blue Aegean Sea…

I leave you with a little video clip that I made of my trips and journeys in Turkey, a country I know very well, although I should say that I know the western, Aegean coast, because Turkey is a huge country and I know very little of all points east, north or further south…

Turkey, at least some of it…

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Raw Emotion is not Art

(“Botitas” acrylic on canvas, 70x80cm Private Collection United States, foto property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios, All Rights Reserved)

In the theatre, or in films or in anything where an actor performs, there is a transmission of ideas, emotions and dynamics. The dynamics are the ups and downs and the inevitable way they lead…or they should…to the climax. It’s what we see, feel and identify as energy. But the emotions, the feelings, the exchanges of dialogue, whether it is spoken or non-verbal, are all contrived.

In other words, the emotions are an artistic recreation that the actor, through his training, talent and ability, transmits. The great Theatre Director Konstantin Stanislavski, Director of the Moscow Art Theatre and writer of several books on one of the most popular acting forms, the Method, said, and I paraphrase, that raw emotion is not art.

Therefore it may be wise to apply this very important lesson, this idea, this profound statement, to all forms of art, because all art must be a means of expression and the expression is in the form of emotions.

I realised that when I was a Theatre student in university. I thought about that phrase for a very long time until it sank deep into my brain and I was able to make it a motto for myself and my work in art, in every form of art that I’ve been involved in, namely music, painting and poetry. Funny thing is that I did theatre work, writing, directing and producing but never acting…well, only once…as I never aspired to be an actor, instead I wanted to be a playwright.

In any event, I ended up painting and trying to express emotions with acrylics, oils, watercolours, pencils and pens, on paper, on canvas or on wood…

In conclusion I just wanted to state that all art is contrived and serves an artistic purpose, which is either to express an idea, a thought or an emotion but keeping in mind that it must also entertain…

(Francisco, by FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios)

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2 mins…Cuadros y Dibujos/Drawings & Paintings

(foto de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia, Derechos Reservados)
Un nuevo esfuerzo por llevar mis cuadros y mis obras por el mundo entero

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JaZzArt en Valencia: http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

Jazz by AJA: Piano Jazz, http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

Gracias…no olvides de darle al me gusta, compartir y comentar…

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DIS OR D ER…The “Toxicity” of our Social Order…

(Polluted Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, foto property of FBC, All Rights Reserved)

SHOUT THIS:

“You, what do you own the world?
How do you own disorder, disorder…”

These are lyrics from the song “Toxicity” from the album Toxicity by System of a Down, released in 2001. I will leave the link to the video clip of the song. It was written by Serj Tankian, (lyrics), and the music by Daron Malakian and Shavo Odadjian. The song reached number 14 in VH1’s top 40.

Malakian said the song dealt with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), however…

I think, after hearing it again after all these years…and believe me, I always loved this song and had the CD Toxicity when in came out…that the song deals with much more than that.

“You, what do you own the world?”

Can that line be a question? I hear it as an affirmation, an accusation perhaps, filled with anger, ire, desperation. Isn’t it fitting that we ask that to some of our present world leaders?

Some of these leaders really are fascinated by their own personalities, or by their own perceived wisdom…

Some really think they can change the course of history…

One thinks he owns the world…

“How do you own disorder, disorder…”

But the world is not the property of a politician, of a dictator or of a supposed elected president. The country he or she represents is unimportant because in the great scheme of things countries are not important. The world does not belong to the leader of a nation no matter how strong (militarily) or powerful (economically) or ancient (cultured and wise) that nation or group of nations or states may be.

But the world is in a state of disorder…

No! They’ve created disorder! Order from chaos…but first create chaos…and we shall rule! This is the theology of those who think they are above all else and want to own the world, rule the world, and they’re only creating disorder!

Here is what the world looks like in the dawn of 2020:

Refugees are walking thousands of kilometres to get to safety and peace…fanatics are killing people that disagree with their strange ideologies or contrived religions…other refugees…they’re just people…are risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean looking for a better life in Europe, and Europe’s “leaders” don’t want them. What! They own the world?

In the industrialised countries of the West, there is a growing number of people without homes, without means, without food…In countries in America there are people suffering insurgencies and guerrilla wars because their governments are corrupt and have not the moral high ground to stand firm against the armies of liberation fighting in their hills, mountains and jungles. Violence rules, from drug cartels, from gangs, from dissatisfied lunatics running rampant in the streets.

There is unchecked political persecution, dictatorships stealing the life blood of the people, depriving entire nations the items they need for daily life, mainly their daily bread.

Throughout the world, industrilised, Third World, whatever, children are being exploited, stolen, sold, prostituted. Young women are kidnapped and trafficked and turned into addicts and used as sex slaves. Everywhere people are getting poorer, the middle class is quickly vanishing…

There is a growing gap, a chasm, between the rich, the very very rich, and the poor who are now the ultra poor…the unequal and unfair distribution of richness is destroying the fabrics of Western society and changing the values of the people…and the Western World continues to rape the so-called Third World, while those poorer nations, in their lack of abilities, are polluting the oceans, the air and the green lands…

People are struggling to be heard, to be recognised and respected, yet there is much anger and hatred towards those who are perceived as being different from the norm. What is the norm?

Women are still being abused, harassed and treated as inferior…hatred and violence against the female gender is at an all time high and yet there are those from some political parties that do not want children to be sensitised to gender violence and be taught about diversity, and be taught that we are all equal and that women are to be respected and not used…

There is a growing right wing, ultra-right wing, whose sentiment is being fueled by those who hate and destroy and who want to rule the world, rule disorder…

And even if those who insist on continuing to use fossil fuels, who resist the proliferation of electric cars, reusable energy and a simpler life that leaves behind a much smaller carbon footprint, do not want to acknowledge it, the Earth is a living organism and it is rebelling against their atrocities.

This last decade has been the hottest on record and every decade since the beginning of record keeping has been hotter than the one before. There are enormous hurricanes, record breaking tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanic explosions, enormous, almost unstoppable forest fires. What more proof do we need that those that are in positions of authority are destroying the world?

I know the song “Toxicity” does not talk about most of the things I’ve ranted and raved about but I hope you find something relevant or akin to today’s reality, either here in Europe or in America or in the East, or in Africa or Australia.

One thing that is true is that the name “Toxicity” does describe the world today…

If you liked what you read, please hit that like button, share and comment. I would really like to know what you think, especially if you have more examples or if you disagree, as long as we all remain civilised…

I am a poet of the brushes, canvas and paints and you can see my artwork on INSTAGRAM @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

You can also see my “JaZzArt en Valencia” collection (2019, 2020 coming soon): http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

and…as I am a musician and with my group AJA (Abstract Jazz Arrangement) made some pretty good music, you can listen to my piano jazz at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

THANKS!