Thursday, June 19, 2014

Royalty

There are two kinds of songs in the world -- good and bad. There are two kinds of good songs in the world -- naughty and nice.

I had a friend, an accomplished musician, who was invited to sit in with the Gipsy Kings one time. He found the experience crushing -- sweat poured down his face as he struggled to keep up, while the Gipsy Kings just looked rather distracted and bored. Maybe wondering whether they could catch an earlier flight that evening, or if they stayed, what about dinner -- French or Spanish.

20 comments:

  1. I bet that is one experience he will always remember... he got through it and that's what's important... hmm, 'naughty/nice'.... I choose naughty... more of a challenge there. :-)

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  2. Yep, that's pretty zippy. Might have liked the second one better.

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  3. I'm not a musical person, so I have no notion of how difficult your friend's experience was. I did sit beside a guitarist on a plane once, and he'd been a backup guitarist for John Mayer, maybe? I forget. You do know the most interesting people.

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  4. It reminds me of the time I saw "Madama Butterfly" at the LA Opera. The sets and costumes are glorious. All these fabulous LA choristers come out singing their hearts out. Everyone's working so hard and it's really good. Then Placido Domingo enters, barely opens his mouth and the entire place shakes.

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  5. M - More often, I have known people who have known the most interesting people.

    K & P, it's a story I'm working on. Personally, I'm too cursory to ever be good at anything. But if you're the best at something, do you wake up each morning feeling satisfied by your excellence. Or instead, do you ache, long, to find someone in the world who is better.

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  6. I can't answer that. But I know Placido was originally a baritone. He had to train, train, train to become a tenor. So maybe he knows how that feels.

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  7. I like so much flamenco style.
    Love the music "Hotel California" performed by The Gipsy Kings on the film "The Big Lebowski", a crime comedy written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Link here: Hotel California-Gipsy Kings.

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  8. Hilarious.
    Hey. ck out me on 6/19 and 20.
    Surprise!

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  9. Musicians and singers who are phenomenal are only so because they constantly strive for excellence. It doesn't happen by accident. And hey, if a little ego slips in, so be it!

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  10. Yes, I know, it takes years of effort to veil the effort. To quote my favorite deodorant commercial, never let them see you sweat.

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  11. Years of effort to veil the effort. Yes, the performance is about music and not the musician.

    I think of Buddy Rich on drums, all effort and grimacing and teeth bared, and then Jo Jones, on his drums, ever grinning, in control, making pure magic.

    You find the most wonderful things. Never heard of the Gypsy Kings. Thank you.

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  12. I must be in iPad purgatory as all I see are two blank spots. If it had been anyone else but the Gipsy Kings in that clip I tagged you in I don't know that I would have found it so wonderfully ridiculous. To be so intense and so effortless at the same time.

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  14. Here's a link just for you, Paula. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8u5WJ2QG7Y

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  15. How exciting and terrifying. I'll stick to listening.

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  16. Perhaps it pays off to be nerdish and a drudge to tackle an instrument. Those qualities come in handy in sitting down to Hanon for yet another morning.

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  17. Nervous or not, that's an experience he will never forget. My grown-up sons just had a chance to see the NHL Draft up close and personal - something they will talk about for a long time. I met Phil Donahue after a taping of his talk show [I'm aging myself now] and even that brief interaction was memorable.

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  18. Some folks don't deserve the fame they get. That should have been an amazing experience for your friend.

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