Unforgettable Live Performances: Amy Winehouse

Unforgettable Live Performances: Amy Winehouse

One of the best females artists from Britan ever, Amy Winehouse left us too soon. Now a famous member of the 27 club, she left some extraordinary music behind. We take a look at 5 of our favorite performances, some cheerful and with huge crowds, other melancholic and intimate.  We simply can’t pick a favorite.   In December 2006, Amy Winehouse (22 years old at the time) traveled to Dingle, Ireland to record the Irish music TV series “Other Voices“. The recording took place at the church of St. James, a 200-year-old beautiful small chapel.  Her 6 song – performance mesmerized Read more »

Prince: A Tribute

Prince: A Tribute

I don’t even know where to start. First Bowie, now this. Two bonafide musical geniuses gone already in 2016 and it’s only April. What the shitting hell is up with 2016? How do I feel? Shocked. yes; surprised, of course. Beyond that I haven’t yet managed to figure out what to think or what to say. So I won’t say much. I first remember becoming vividly aware of Prince when I heard, for the first time, the song ‘When Doves Cry’ on the radio. In fact, that’s one of those childhood musical moments that really stuck with me. I recall Read more »

Tapestry by Carole King

Tapestry by Carole King

Just like there is such a thing as comfort food, there is definitely comfort music, and for me, nothing makes me feel more at home, protected and warm as Carole king´s timeless  masterpiece Tapestry. I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King Being a member of one of the most famous writing duos of all time, Carole King had already written many hits for almost a decade with her then husband Gerry Goffin. Songs like The Loco – Motion, Chains and Up On the Roof are only a sample of a woman who shaped pop music, so when she decided to listen Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – David Bowie

Unforgettable Live Performances – David Bowie

I don´t think we have fully accepted the news of David Bowie´s death and I am certain we will never recover. I know the cool thing to do is celebrate his life and be happy he was here and my rational self knows that but my heart is in pain and I am also a bit mad I was not eased into this (though my rational self accepts that it was a private issue). In any case, I have to process and heal and grieve and all that so I thought a post on his iconic performances might help. Farewell Speech Read more »

Kind of Blue by Miles Davis

Kind of Blue by Miles Davis

Considered by many critics the greatest jazz record ever, Miles Davis “Kind Of Blue” has influenced jazz, rock and classical music. It is also the greatest selling jazz album of all time. “It must have been made in heaven.” Jimmy Cobb So What – Miles Davis Masterpiece is a common word used to describe this revolutionary album released in 1959. Miles Davis breaks from ordinary chord progressions and starts using modal scales in his composition and improvisation. That is for the musicians who read us, but to me, the album is about setting a mood, an atmosphere, a vibe I have Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Charly García

Música en mi primer idioma: Charly García

Charly García, singer, composer, producer, pianist, songwriter, prodigy, madman, visionary, brilliant, tormented…pure gold. Carlos Alberto García Moreno was born on October 23, 1951 in Argentina. He came from a wealthy family. When he was 5 years old he was enrolled in the Thibaud Piazzini conservatory in Buenos Aires, where he was trained as a classical pianist. He is a piano prodigy. One night, Mercedes Sosa heard him play and praised his talent. His first musical debut was on his participation in Raúl Porchetto´s album “Cristo Rcok” in 1972. Then, along with classmate Carlos Alberto “Nito” Mestre he formed Sui Generis. El tuerto y Read more »

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse´s confessional, soulful, intimate and heartbreak anthem album that is “Back to Black”. Amy Winehouse´s second and final studio album gives us a glimpse into the short life and brilliant musician and sensitive soul that she was. Back To Black – Amy Winehouse   Amy Jade was an English singer and songwriter, sadly now a part of the 27 Club.  Since her debut album “Frank” she gained  critical success with her music showing influences of soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Amy was also known for her struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, bulimia, mental health issues and sometimes violent behavior. Read more »

One on One: “Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer”, “Mack The Knife”, “O Malandro” and “Pedro Navaja”

One on One: “Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer”, “Mack The Knife”, “O Malandro” and “Pedro Navaja”

What is it about this song with a guy´s name and a weapon that has transcended four languages and become a classic? In Germany (and the orgininal version) it is “Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer”, in English “Mack The Knife”, “O Malandro” by Chico Buarque and in Spanish “Pedro Navaja”. Die Moritat von Mackie Messer (Die Dreigroschenoper), Kurt Weill – Bertolt Brecht (Lotte Lenya) The composer of the song is Kurt Weill and the lyrics were written by Bertolt Brecht. Now, I have to confess I am shocked! First, I didn’t even know the song was originally written in German, but the fact that Brecht wrote Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Pink Floyd at Live 8

Unforgettable Live Performances: Pink Floyd at Live 8

After 24 years Roger Water, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright reunited to play on July 2nd for London´s Live 8 concert. Live 8 was a series of benefit concerts joining the voices of many celebrities supporters to obtain promises from world leaders regarding financial aid, debt cancellation and the fight against AIDS in Africa. It was organized and hosted by Bob Geldof who also organized Band Aid (A rock group formed by British and Irish musicians to raise money in the fight against poverty in Ethiopia.) Live 8 had the presence of many of the acts that also played on Band Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Astor Piazzolla

Música en mi primer idioma: Astor Piazzolla

The brilliant and revolutionary and virtuoso Astor Piazzolla and his incredibly strong and vibrant music. If there has been a rebellious musician who pressed all the wrong (and thankfully) right keys in Tango it was Ástor Pantaleón Piazzolla. Still today his name raises controversy among purists, the discussion of whether if his music is tango, neo-tango, classical or a different type of music can take hours, lots of wine and dare I say has costed friendships, but of course no one can deny his genius and unique voice, and by voice, I mean his bandoneon. Libertango – Ástor Piazzolla Now, Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Mercedes Sosa

Música en mi primer idioma: Mercedes Sosa

This time on music in my first language a profile on beloved Argentinean singer Mercedes Sosa. Haydeé Mercedes Sosa, also known as “La Negra Sosa” or “The Voice of America” was the biggest ambassador of Argentinean Folklore music around the world and one of the most important icons of popular Latin American music. She also sang tango, Rock and pop. “Soy pan soy paz soy mas” – Mercedes Sosa “soy agua, playa, cielo, casa blanca soy mar atlántico, viento y américa soy un montón de cosas santas mezclado con cosas humanas cómo te explico? cosas mundanas.” The lyrics in Spanish. Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – Janis Joplin Live at Monterrey 1967

Unforgettable Live Performances – Janis Joplin Live at Monterrey 1967

Janis Joplin´s “breakthrough” performance at the Monterrey Pop Festival in 1967. I remember the first time I heard Janis Joplin. It was the musical background for an advert for Arequipe Alpina in the late 80´s – early 1990´s. Arequipe is similar to Dulce de Leche, and for those of you interested: a cool recipe. Arequipe is one of my favorite flavors in the world, and certainly my favorite dessert. It is decadent, sweet and almost to good to be true. Whoever decided to put Janis Joplin and Arequipe together: thank you anonymous genius! I will treasure that mind connection always! Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Compay Segundo

Música en mi primer idioma: Compay Segundo

The Cuban Icon Compay Segundo: his music and legacy. As the US starts lifting the embargo on Cuba and relationships start to improve after decades of stagnant communications, the eyes of Latin America and the world are once again on the country, with tourism skyrocketing.  I guess questions in people´s minds are how will the small island react to an invasion of companies, whether people will be allowed Freedom to leave and go back to the country, what will happen with the Cuban immigrants in the USA and whether the wet feet, dry policy will still stand. (The policy states that Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – Queen at Wembley 1986

Unforgettable Live Performances – Queen at Wembley 1986

Queen live at Wembley on Saturday, July 12th, 1986, one of the most remembered and beloved concerts of all time. There are artists, there are singers, there are performers and then there’ s Freddie Mercury. I have already given him lots of praise (although there can never be enough praise for him) in a previous post here on MVD which you can find here. On this opportunity I want to talk specifically about the concert given on Saturday, July 12th – 1986 at Wembley Stadium. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen – Live at Wembley 1986 This concert was given at the Read more »

New Reels: “Living For Love” – Madonna

New Reels: “Living For Love” – Madonna

We review the latest Madonna single and ask is the Queen of pop getting too old for this kind of thing? Just because she is not “in” right now, and it is actually trendy not to like Madonna and apparently is amusing to talk about her fall, it does not mean that her new single is not one great dance track! Living For Love – Madonna Ok, ok, so this video has grown on me. I cannot say much for the rest of Madonna´s 13th (unlucky 13th?) studio album, I´ve only heard 6 tracks, of which I like this one and Read more »