Un poema para un lunes de Valencia: “Por la ventana”

(foto propiedad de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

El aire se humedece como los ojos verdes que al mirar con alegría
reforman el ambiente, caluroso y algo incomodo,
que se filtra con la luz del mediodía
y despeja la tensión que dejó el roce de mi mano
por su piel.

El ruido de la noche ya ni es eco.
Los besos son recuerdos que entre copas se formaron
y en susurros se olvidaron de besar.
Ya pasó el tiempo.

La mano ya no es mano sino garra,
los labios son gemidos de pasión,
la guerra entre dos almas, dos guitarras, y un melón…
Ya llegó el día.

La locura del amor despierta y calma la rabia de tanto amar sin compasión.

La hiel, el ancla, que mantuvo tu amor en las tinieblas de mi alma
sufriendo atado dentro del zurrón.
Ahora, en libertad, el trago amargo en la garganta es la guitarra, es la canción.
Ya es por la tarde.

Por la ventana miro y veo que hay otra casa agazapada, verde oscura.
Veo flores dentro de una verde taza
y alacranes de alquitrán que adornan el salón.
y me transformo en la mirada que repasa
un gato de cartón y de ocasión…

Por la ventana se transforma la palabra en un viajero
y se cuece el almíbar de tu piel.
Por la ventana atravieso el mismo cielo
para lograr alguna vez ser fiel…

C.2021, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 05 de abril de 2021, Valencia, España

Weekend Artists Series, Part 3: Ukrainian Revolutionary Artist Isaak Brodski

I hope you like the video and the works of this great exponent of Socialist Realism…

And tell me what you think…

(Friends, all we ask is if you would please give it a like…of course if you did…and a share…if you would…and subscribe)



Weekend Artists Series, Part 1: Hieronymus Bosch

Una partitura en el culo: La canción secreta del jardín de las delicias |  LAS MIL HISTORIAS DEL ARTE
(“Flores por el culo” … Detail from the Garden of Earthly Delights by H. Bosch)

I apologise because YouTube removed the video because the cover photo…identical to the one above…was considered “nudity” and went against their norms. I want to express that I am fully and totally against censorship or any other interference by platforms such as YouTube and others. It is not their position to judge and decide. That is ours. There is already enough interference and erosion of our personal freedoms. Please come back because I will replace the cover photo and reload the embedded video of the works of Hieronymus Bosch. If a platform is too stupid not to know he difference between art and pornography I will not even waste my time correcting them, but they’re not going to scare me away. I will be back!

And what do you think of this great master…


A Poem for a Friday Afternoon in April: “The Tree”

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

Far from the salty spray,
away from the currents strong,
here where the clouds are grey
and the roots are long,
I let my fingers dig the earth below my feet.

Close to the beating heart of Mother Earth and Father Sun,
embracing the shivering shadows of the silver mirror.
while bracing for eternity in the ground that’s home,
there are many needs but no imploring.

The sun does not slow down to warm my path,
nor does he change his route to strengthen me,
and so I learn to live within my wrath,
and so I doubt I will become what I have been.

The tree is huge, enormous, ever-green,
the trunk is twice the size of three large men,
the roots may reach the centre of the sea,
and I may find my way back home again…

C.2021, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 02 APR 2021, Valencia, Spain

Thursdays Middle of the Week “Classic” Rock Album: “Sons of Anarchy Soundtrack”

Imaginacion al poder: Hijos de la anarquía, una epopeya de nuestro tiempo
(Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1–4)

Very well, I know what you’re going to say, it’s not “classic” rock! But…

Listen to the songs they’ve covered:

  1. “This Life”
  2. “Son of a Preacher Man”
  3. “Forever Young”
  4. “John the Revelator”
  5. “Fortunate Son”
  6. “Slip Kid”
  7. “Girl from the North Country”
  8. “Someday Never Comes”
  9. “Gimme Shelter”
  10. “Bird On a Wire”
  11. “Hey Hey, My My”
  12. “What a Wonderful World”
  13. “Los Tiempos Van Cambiando (The Times They Are a-Changin’)”
  14. “Strange Fruit”
  15. “The House of the Rising Sun”

You have everything from Dylan to Pete Townshend, to John Fogerty and to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards! Now, you’re going to say it isn’t a “classic”?

Actually, to me it is. And “Sons of Anarchy” besides being a kick arse great series, with quite a story, super good acting and a very interesting way of using background music, has produced an album of covers done exceptionally good.

You also have quite an interesting mix of well-known to somewhat known musicians, including Katy Segal who I did not know was a singer-songwriter, but she is and she sounds pretty good. These are the others: Anvil, Franky Perez (of Scars on Broadway), Lions, Alison Mosshart (of The Kills and The Dead Weather).

Sons Of Anarchy Jax Teller Wallpapers - Wallpaper Cave

The release date was November 29, 2011, on Columbia Records. The album peaked at number 9 on the US charts and places at number 130 on the US Billboard Top 200, US Billboard Top Rock Albums, at number 18 and on the US Billboard Top Soundtracks at number 12.

Covered are some of my favourite tunes, including “Gimme Shelter”, “Someday Never Comes” and “Fortunate Son”.

I did not watch this series when it was released back in 2008 (played through 2014), but I am watching it now and I’m really hooked. I guess way back when I was a wee lad I always wanted to be an outlaw biker. Actually learned to ride, but a crash back in the late seventies took away my enthusiasm for “heavy metal thunder” on the open road.

20 series tag!! :) – Anarchic heart.

Now friends, it is your turn to say something. What do you think of the show, if you’ve seen it, and of this really cool album?

(“Sons of Anarchy” Soundtrack Seasons 1-4, relased 2011)


Tuesdays Tunes: “GUANTANAMERA”

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

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…