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My idea of hell

 

I often fill my Sundays with music.

Usually a rich and eclectic mix of sounds from all over the world.

Different genres, different, times, different countries.

I long ago realised that I like music the way I like people.

Diverse in age, sex and sexuality, ethnicity, colour, language and culture.

I realised too that my idea of hell is a place entirely populated by straight white people.

Like me.

 

 

NB  Obviously the painting represents more my idea of heaven than one of hell.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by Larry Poncho Brown

 

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2019 in Music, Still Life, Uncategorized

 

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Musical

 

I love music

It has been a constant joy throughout my life.

And my tastes are eclectic

Dirty, raunchy rock.

Desperate, yearning, aching blues.

Bold and brassy soul.

Eloquent, erudite jazz,

Opulent, rich, passionate opera.

Clever, cool classical.

Brave new country

Hypnotic trance,

Inspired indie,

Vibrant African,

Gorgeous Arabic,

Magical South American,

Fiery, Spanish flamenco,

Tortured French torch,

Powerful Portuguese Fado,

Earthy English Folk,

I love all kinds of music

Most of all.

I love music that reminds me of you.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

First posted this time three years ago. I realise that I missed plenty of genres and origins first time round : Indian, Caribbean, Grime. Soul, and hundreds of variations and fusions. It would be easier to list what I don’t like.

Portrait of Lana del Rey – provenance unknown

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2019 in Music, Poetry, Still Life

 

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Lux Prima

 

Anyone who has followed my ‘ songs I like but you might not know’ series of posts will be aware that I listen to a lot of new music.

I do like ‘old familiar stuff’. But there is so much incredible music from every corner of the globe that I have never heard before, new and old. I just want to keep unearthing it.

This is new. It is Lux Prima off the album of the same name. It is a collaboration between Karen O (wonderful lead vocalist with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Danger Mouse (Brian Burton – an incredibly talented producer, musician and songwriter who has worked with Gorillaz, Black Keys, Norah Jones, Adele, Beck … actually the list is too long to bother with – he created Gnarls Barkley with Ceelo Green for example)

Anyway. This collaboration is one made in heaven. It is one of the most compelling albums I have heard this year. Yes, I know it is only March, but I listen to a lot of albums, and I think it is going to be a favourite at the end of the year. It simply has everything I adore.

This is the opening track. It is nine minutes long – but worth every second. Also listen to Woman, and Redeemer. Powerful, emotional and sexy. No. Listen to all of it. And give it a chance. It might not be the kind of music you usually listen to, but it is more than worthy of your undivided attention.

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Lux Prima performed by Karen O and Danger Mouse

© this post the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Lux Prima
Faithful
Sunshine
Faithful
Sunshine
No eyes open
No eyes closed
No smoke on your breath
No eyes closed
No sun on the glass
No darkness
No eyes
Nobody but you
I’m nowhere
I’m no one
I’m nobody
There’s nobody, but you
I’m nowhere
I’m no one
I’m nobody
There’s nobody, but you
We’re gonna stay up and ride
We’re gonna stay up and ride
We’re gonna stay up and ride
We’re gonna stay up and ride
No eyes open
No eyes closed
It’s not what you said
No eyes closed
No drops in the glass
No one listening
No sound
Nobody but you
I’m nowhere
I’m no one
I’m nobody
There’s nobody, but you
I’m nowhere
I’m no one
I’m nobody
There’s nobody, but you
No one listening
No sound
Nobody, but you
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Songwriters: Sam Cohen / Brian Burton / Karen Lee Orzolek
Lux Prima lyrics © BMG Rights Management
 
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Posted by on March 25, 2019 in Music

 

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Sweet Disposition

 

Recently I have been sharing songs I like that are brand new. This one isn’t. But I heard it again in the car yesterday after a long time, and it won’t leave me alone.

I am sure many of you will already know it.

The band is The Temper Trap, an Australian group formed in 2005. The song is Sweet Disposition, which is by far their most successful track, and was released in 2008/9. I’m not sure what else I can say about it except that it is rather beautiful, musically and lyrically.

If you have never heard it before, play it a few times, and immerse yourself in its warmth.

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 this blog post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Sweet Disposition © written by Abby Mandagi / Lorenzo Sillito, performed by The Temper Trap

 

Sweet Disposition
Sweet disposition
Never too soon
Oh, reckless abandon
Like no one’s watching you
A moment a love
A dream aloud
A kiss a cry
Our rights
Our wrongs
A moment, a love
A dream aloud
A moment, a love
A dream, aloud
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So stay there
‘Cause I’ll be coming over
And while our blood’s still young
It’s so young, it runs
And won’t stop ’til it’s over
Won’t stop to surrender
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Songs of desperation
I played them for you
A moment, a love
A dream aloud
A kiss, a cry
Our rights
Our wrongs
A moment, a love
A dream aloud
A moment, a love
A dream aloud
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Stay there
‘Cause I’ll be coming over
And while our blood’s still young
It’s so young, it runs
And won’t stop ’til it’s over
Won’t stop to surrender
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And won’t stop ’til it’s over
Won’t stop ’til it’s over
Won’t stop ’til it’s over
Won’t stop to surrender
 
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Posted by on February 28, 2019 in Music

 

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Jupiter 4

 

 

There are a few times when you hear a new album and are mesmerised immediately. I am by this one.

I have been a fan of Sharon Van Etten for a long time. But this album – Remind me Tomorrow – released only a few days ago (Jan 18), is exceptional. Beautiful music, wonderfully textured and layered, lovingly constructed and such moving lyrics. And of course, her excellent voice.

I am playing the album on repeat and finding it impossible to choose a favourite track. I almost used a pin. This one is superb.

Her style of music may not be for you, but if it is, then you will adore this.

(another of my ‘songs I like but you might not know’ blog posts)

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Jupiter 4 © written by Sharon Van Etten and Sam Cohen, and performed by Sharon Van Etten

This blog post @ the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Jupiter 4
Our love’s for real
How’d it take a long, long time
To let us feel
Try to relate in my state
And the aura around me says
My love is for real
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Touching your face
How’d it take a long, long time
To be here
Turning the wheel on my street
My heart still skips a beat
It’s echoing, echoing, echoing, echoing, echoing, echoing
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Baby, baby, baby
I’ve been searching for you
I want to be in love
Baby, baby, baby
I’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting my whole life
For someone like you
It’s true that everyone would like to have met
A love so real
A love so real
Baby, baby, baby
I’ve been searching for you
I want to be in love
Baby, baby, baby
I’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting my whole life
For someone like you
It’s true that everyone would like to have met
A love so real
A love so real
A love so real
A love so real

 

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2019 in Music

 

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Hunger

 

 

It seems to be a good time to share one of my favourite songs and videos of the year.

I have been deeply impressed by Florence Welch since the the first Florence and the Machine (now Florence + Machine) album (Lungs) in 2009. There is poetry, eccentricity, energy and sensuality in everything she/they do, and musically it is a unique and driven sound.

This song – ‘Hunger’ – comes from “High as Hope’, their fourth album, released in June. I will let it speak for itself.

I adore, the lyric, the music and, unusually for me, the video.

I hope you enjoy.

(This is another of my ‘songs that I like but you might not know’ blog posts)

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Song ‘Hunger’ written and © by Tobias Jesso, Thomas Wayland Bartlett, Emile Haynie, and Florence Welch and performed by Florence + Machine

This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Hunger

At seventeen, I started to starve myself
I thought that love was a kind of emptiness
And at least I understood then the hunger I felt
And I didn’t have to call it loneliness
We all have a hunger
We all have a hunger
We all have a hunger
We all have a hunger
Tell me what you need, oh, you look so free
The way you use your body, baby, come on and work it for me
Don’t let it get you down, you’re the best thing I’ve seen
We never found the answer but we knew one thing
We all have a hunger (we all have a hunger)
We all have a hunger (we all have a hunger)
We all have a hunger (we all have a hunger)
We all have a hunger (we all have a hunger)
And it’s Friday night and it’s kicking in
And I can’t dress, they’re gonna crucify me
Oh, but you and all your vibrant youth
How could anything bad ever happen to you?
You make a fool of death with your beauty, and for a moment
I thought that love was in the drugs
But the more I took, the more it took away
And I could never get enough
I thought that love was on the stage
You give yourself to strangers
You don’t have to be afraid
And then it tries to find a home with people, oh, and I’m alone
Picking it apart and staring at your phone
We all have a hunger
We all have a hunger
We all have a hunger
We all have a hunger
Tell me what you need, oh, you look so free
The way you use your body, baby, come on and work it for me
Don’t let it get you down, you’re the best thing I’ve seen
We never found the answer but we knew one thing
We all have a hunger (we all have a hunger)
We all have a hunger (we all have a hunger)
We all have a hunger (we all have a hunger)
We all have a hunger (we all have a hunger)
And it’s Friday night and it’s kicking in
And I can’t dress, they’re gonna crucify me
Oh, you and all your vibrant youth
How could anything bad ever happen to you?
You make a fool of death with your beauty, and for a moment
I forget to worry
 
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Posted by on December 30, 2018 in Music

 

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Woman

I have always been a fan of Cat Power (Chan Marshall). She has a voice full of warmth and sensuality and her songwriting is first class – a wonderful talent for melody.

‘Woman’ is off her current (2018) album ‘Wanderer’. This song features the fantastic Lana del Rey, and their voices combine beautifully. The whole album is very lovely.

I first heard this in the early Autumn driving back from the gym. It was a golden day and the car was filled with the honeyed magic of this track and of September and the world was suddenly a better place.

If you like it, do listen to The Greatest (from the album of the same name) – a song recored eight years ago – which is absolute heaven.

 

(this has been another of my songs that I like but you might not know’ series of sporadic blog posts)

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Song ‘Woman’ written by Chan Marshall © and performed by Cat Power.

This blog post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Woman

Woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman
If I had a dime for every time
Tell I’m not what you need
If I had a quarter I would pull it together
And I would take it to the bank and then leave
Yes, I would take it to the bank and then leave
If you know people who know me
You might want them to speak
To tell you ’bout the girl or the woman they know
More than you think you know about me
More than you think you know me
See you walkin’ in circles (circles)
See you talkin’ in circles (circles)
See your thoughts runnin’ in circles
And walk around all day long, followin’ me
The doctor said I was better than ever
Man, you should have seen me
Doctor said I was not my past
He said I was finally free
Taking the charge (taking the charge)
I took the lead (I took the lead)
I need you to believe
I’m a woman of my word, now haven’t you heard
My word’s the only thing I’ve ever needed
I’m a woman of my word, now you have heard
My word’s the only thing I truly need
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Your money’s like a weapon, a tool to get me
You think I’m like the other ones
Well, my money’s like a weapon (weapon), tool for me
No, I’m not like those other ones
A cage is like a weapon, a tool for me
You think I’m like the other ones
Well, my cage is a weapon, it’s perfect for me
It’s the one suit they seem to not see
I’m a woman of my word, now haven’t you heard
My word’s the only thing I’ve ever needed?
I’m a woman of my word, now you have heard
My word’s the only thing I truly need
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman
I’m a woman, woman, woman, woman
I’m a woman, woman, woman, woman
I’m a woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman
 
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Posted by on November 19, 2018 in Music

 

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