In a Life Full of Wednesdays

I dropped her off early in the evening. On the way back to Hatfield the melody and the opening line came to me and I recorded it on my phone. I played it to Joanne and she suggested the key. It was just a great day, I bunked work, we bought food and we talked over a long lunch. Nothing more, nothing less.

In all honesty, neither of the recorded versions (see below) are anywhere near as good as this song sounded in the Abelarde Sanction, with the Fender Deluxe Reverb on super-sparkly and the Epiphone Sheraton on heavy-thud. Those were the days.

 

 

This song is featured on the second Sharkbrother album, Life Full of Wednesadays. You can purchase the album here.http://rhythmmusicstore.com/music/231/Sharkbrother/Life-Full-Of-Wednesdays

If you are interested in the first Sharkbrother album, Taj Mahala, which was SA Rock Digest Album of the Year 2000 you can purchase the album here http://rhythmmusicstore.com/music/214/Sharkbrother/Taj-Mahala

My current solo project, 88 Kilos of Sunshine is available as a free download at http://www.88kos.com or at http://www.reverbnation.com/88kilosofsunshine or, if you’re that way inclined, you can “like” the 88Kilos facebook page and download all the songs for free at http://www.facebook.com/88kilosofsunshine

Suicide is Painless – A Cover

This one requires a confession. When “Aha!deda” asked me to cover this song I had never heard it before. I thought it was an instrumental, but I checked and, sure enough, there are lyrics!!!.

And what a song. It’s worth checking out the story behind the song, but in short, the lyrics were written by a 14 year old.

It’s a great song to sing and it just ended up meaning a lot to me. I hope you enjoy my version, if you don;t well, I’m precious about this one, so go easy on the criticism.

PS – to all the aspiring sound engineers out there: I am aware of every pop and scratch and I’m not going to do anything about it. Not because I don’t care but because these covers are just the equivalent of ideas on the back of a cigarette packet. If you want the fully fledged stuff head on over to my site or to my facebook page.

My Favourite Songs – Der Hölle Rache – Mozart

Hell’s vengeance boils in my heart. You’d have to go a long way to find a better opening line to a song.

It’s a pity that opera holds itself so aloof. It’s entertainment, it’s mostly thin on storyline and the acting is ham, at best, so it might as well be pop. In it’s day it was pop music, deliberately silly so that it would appeal to the masses. It also has incredible darkness and some of the epics would do well in a graphic novel.

As for this song, it remains one of my favourite arie, even if the overall opera has little appeal for me.

My favourite version is the studio version, sung by Christina Deutekom. There are moments when her voice transcends and becomes one with the violins and at extreme volume listening becomes voodoo. Trust me on this and try it.

 

Here are the lyrics along with a handy translation, if you want to sing along. 🙂

 

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen,
Tod und Verzweiflung flammet um mich her!
fühlt nicht durch dich Sarastro Todesschmerzen,
so bist du meine Tochter nimmermehr.

 

Verstoßen sei auf ewig,
verlassen sei auf ewig,
zertrümmert sei’n auf ewig
alle Bande der Natur
wenn nicht durch dich Sarastro wird erblassen!
Hört, Rachegötter, hört der Mutter Schwur!

Hell’s vengeance boils in my heart;
Death and despair blaze around me!
If Sarastro does not feel the pain of death because of you,
Then you will be my daughter nevermore.

 

Disowned be forever,
Forsaken be forever,
Shattered be forever
All the bonds of nature
If Sarastro does not turn pale [in death] because of you!
Hear, gods of vengeance, hear the mother’s oath!

PS – yes, it was a bad day, so the song, aside from being a favourite, is also apt. See, I feel better already.