The Doobie Brothers: cuando la música no tiene color

Por las venas de la banda americana The Doobie Brothers, circula sangre caliente californiana y energía desenfrenada balanceándose entre el pop-rock, folk o country principalmente. Ellos inciaron su carrera en 1970 como una banda de rock obteniendo un gran éxito comercial, sobre todo con la incorporación de Michael McDonald, que dió al pop-rock inicial de la banda, un estilo más elegante influenciado por el soul. Su fantástica voz recubierta de un alma soul, ofrecieron al grupo un arco iris musical más amplio; el sonido blue-eyed soul les venía como anillo al dedo.

Surgieron canciones tan maravillosas como este "What A Fool Believes", compuesta por Michael Mcdonald y Kenny Loggins, y con la que obtuvieron varios Grammys. Estaba incluida en el álbum 'Minute by minute' de 1978, y permaneció durante varias semanas en lo más alto de las listas de ventas gracias a este sencillo que ya es todo un clásico. Otras grandes canciones son "Listen To The Music" o "Long Train Running" de estilo más country-rock.

Ellos son un grupo de una gran armonía vocal con un falsete escalofriante, letra adictivas, y melodías enérgicas o envolvente que te atrapan desde el primer momento. Es uno de esos momentos en que la música no tiene color y lo blanco se solapa con lo negro, universalizando uno de los lenguajes más bellos.
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What A Fool Believes
He came from somewhere back in her long ago 
The sentimental fool dont see 
Tryin hard to recreate 
What had yet to be created once in her life 

She musters a smile 
For his nostalgic tale 
Never coming near what he wanted to say 
Only to realize 
It never really was 

She had a place in his life 
He never made her think twice 
As he rises to her apology 
Anybody else would surely know 
Hes watching her go 

But what a fool believes he sees 
No wise man has the power to reason away 
What seems to be 
Is always better than nothing 
And nothing at all keeps sending him... 

Somewhere back in her long ago 
Where he can still believe theres a place in her life 
Someday, somewhere, she will return 

She had a place in his life 
He never made her think twice 
As he rises to her apology 
Anybody else would surely know 
Hes watching her go 

But what a fool believes he sees 
No wise man has the power to reason away 
What seems to be 
Is always better than nothing 
Theres nothing at all 
But what a fool believes he sees... 
Long Train Running
Down around the corner
A half a mile from here
You see them long trains runnin'
And you watch them disappear

Without love
Where would you be now
Without love

You know I saw Miss Lucy
Down along the tracks
She lost her home and her family
And she won't be comin' back

Without love
Where would you be right now
Without love

Well the Illinois Central
And the Southern Central Freight
Gotta keep on pushin' Mama
'Cause you know they're runnin' late

Without love
Where would you be now - now, now, now
Without love

[Instrumental]

Well the Illinois Central
And the Southern Central Freight
Gotta keep on pushin' Mama
You know they're runnin' late

Without love
Where would you be now
Without love

When pistons keep on churnin'
And the wheels go 'round and 'round
And the steel rails lie cold and hard
For the miles that they go down

Without love
Where would you be right now
Without love

Where would you be now

Gotta get ya, baby, baby
Won't you boogie down?
Won't you boogie down?

Baby, baby, baby, baby
Won't you boogie down?

Where the big trains run
When the trains are movin' on

Ya gotta keep on movin'
Keep on movin'

David Bowie; inmortal en su recuerdo

Creativo, vanguardista y transgresor, David Bowie, también conocido como el Duque Blanco o el Camaleón del Rock por su facilidad de adaptarse a las nuevas tendencias e incluso adelantarse a ellas, nos abandonó un 10 de enero del año 2016 tras una dura batalla contra el cáncer. Es uno de los británicos más respetados e influyentes de la historia del rock. Siempre extravagante, provocador y ambiguo en su imagen y música, el glam-rock, la electrónica experimental, o el dance-pop, algunos de los géneros por donde ha discurrido su música desde los años 60 hasta nuestros dias. Su particular voz, y su extraordinario talento lo han convertido en alguién único, genuino, y desde luego inmortal para el mundo de la música.

Su recuerdo siempre permanecerá vivo, con canciones como "Let's Dance", "Space Oddity", "Changes", "Fame", "China Girl", o "Young Americans", perteneciente a su etapa más cercana a lo que él llamaba Plastic soul, con las que comparto su recuerdo.
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Young Americans
They pulled in just behind the bridge
He lays her down, he frowns
"Gee my life's a funny thing, am I still too young?"
He kissed her then and there
She took his ring, took his babies
It took him minutes, took her nowhere
Heaven knows, she'd have taken anything, but
CHORUS (SHE)
All night
She wants the young American
Young American, young American, she wants the young American
All right
She wants the young American
Scanning life through the picture window
She finds the slinky vagabond
He coughs as he passes her Ford Mustang, but
Heaven forbid, she'll take anything
But the freak, and his type, all for nothing
He misses a step and cuts his hand, but
Showing nothing, he swoops like a song
She cries "Where have all Papa's heroes gone?"
CHORUS (SHE)
All the way from Washington
Her bread-winner begs off the bathroom floor
"We live for just these twenty years
Do we have to die for the fifty more?"
CHORUS (HE)
All night
He wants the young American
Young American, young American, he wants the young American
All right
He wants the young American
Do you remember, your President Nixon?
Do you remember, the bills you have to pay
Or even yesterday?
Have you have been an un-American?
Just you and your idol singing falsetto 'bout
Leather, leather everywhere, and
Not a myth left from the ghetto
Well, well, well, would you carry a razor
In case, just in case of depression?
Sit on your hands on a bus of survivors
Blushing at all the afro-Sheilas
Ain't that close to love?
Well, ain't that poster love?
Well, it ain't that Barbie doll
Her heart's been broken just like you have
CHORUS (YOU)
All night
You want the young American
Young American, young American, you want the young American
All right
You want the young American
You ain't a pimp and you ain't a hustler
A pimp's got a Cadi and a lady got a Chrysler
Black's got respect, and white's got his soul train
Mama's got cramps, and look at your hands ache
(I heard the news today, oh boy)
I got a suite and you got defeat
Ain't there a man you can say no more?
And, ain't there a woman I can sock on the jaw?
And, ain't there a child I can hold without judging?
Ain't there a pen that will write before they die?
Ain't you proud that you've still got faces?
Ain't there one damn song that can make me
break down and cry?
CHORUS (I) (repeat 3 times)
All night
I want the young American
Young American, young American, I want the young American
All right
I want the young American
Space Oddity
Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills 
and put your helmet on

Ground Control to Major Tom
Commencing countdown, 
engines on
Check ignition 
and may God's love be with you

[spoken]
Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One, Liftoff

This is Ground Control 
to Major Tom
You've really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it's time to leave the capsule 
if you dare

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating 
in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

For here
Am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do

Though I'm past 
one hundred thousand miles
I'm feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much 
she knows

Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit's dead,
there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you....

Here am I floating 
round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do.

Roy Orbison: Only The Lonely

Como muchos de los blancos pioneros del rock and roll, Roy Orbison empezó haciendo country. A lo largo de sus casi 4 décadas en la música, realizó giras con The Rolling Stone, The Beach Boys y The Beatles, siendo punto de influencia para ellos y otros como Elvis Presley o Bob Dylan. Con una imagen muy particular -pálido, con gafas oscuras e inamovible en el escenario- las baladas más románticas y sensibles surgían de su voz de tenor, bella, de registro alto, en ocasiones en falsete y sobre todo misteriosa en su tono.

No obtuvo un éxito continuado en sus comienzos, y tuvo que ser tras su muerte cuando se empezaron a valorar grandes temas como su primer número 1 "Only The Lonely", "Oh, Pretty Woman", "In Dreams" y canciones póstumas como "I Drove All Night" o "You got it". Todo un lujo recordar esas canciones tan llenas de magia y candidez.
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Letra
Dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah
Ooh-yay-yay-yay-yeah
Oh-oh-oh-oh-wah
Only the lonely

Only the lonely (dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah)
Know the way I feel tonight (ooh-yay-yay-yay-yeah)
Only the lonely (dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah)
Know this feelin' ain't right (dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah)

There goes my baby
There goes my heart
They're gone forever
So far apart

But only the lonely
Know why
I cry
Only the lonely

Dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah
Ooh-yay-yay-yay-yeah
Oh-oh-oh-oh-wah
Only the lonely

Only the lonely
Know the heartaches I've been through
Only the lonely
Know I cried and cried for you

Maybe tomorrow
A new romance
No more sorrow
But that's the chance - You gotta take
If your lonely heart breaks
Only the lonely

Dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah

George Michael: Fast Love

Comenzó su andadura en solitario en 1987, después de una exitosa etapa acompañado por Andrew Ridgeley en Wham!. George Michael llevaba la faceta de composición, producción, cantante..., por lo que el salto a la individualidad era un hecho inevitable. Cambió a una imagen más agresiva y canciones más elaboradas que llegaran a un público más maduro, logrando un éxito inmediato. Temas con un componente alto de comercialidad, dotado con una voz capaz de sacar todo el provecho en la interpretación..., un artista 100% que lo ha llevado a vender más de 100 millones de discos, numerosos números 1 y varios Grammy.

Baladas pop, funky, dance..., en sus manos lograba darles el aliño adecuado para que no pudieras evitar sucumbir a sus encantos. Así podemos encontrarnos con estremecedores temas como "Jesus To a Child" , "Father Figure", "Heal The Pain". Ritmos contagiosos como "Faith", "Too Funky" o "Fast Love", éste último es uno de sus indiscutibles números 1.

Tristemente numerosos escándalos públicos motivados por sus problemas con las drogas y el sexo, al igual que sus etapas depresivas, lo sumieron en un bajón de popularidad, llegando a anunciar su "retirada" de la música, pero tristemente esa retirada definitiva fue consecuencia de un fallo cardíaco un 25 de diciembre del 2016.

Letra
(Gotta get up to get down)
(Gotta get up to get down)
(Ooh ooh, baby baby)

Looking for some education
Made my way into the night
All that bullshit conversation
Well baby can't you read the signs?

I won't bore you with the details baby
I don't even wanna waste your time
Let's just say that maybe
You could help to ease my mind
Baby, I ain't Mr. Right

But if you're looking for fastlove
If that's love in your eyes
It's more than enough
Had some bad love
Some fastlove is all that I've got on my mind

(Ooh ooh, baby baby)
Ooh, yeah yeah
(Ooh ooh, baby baby)
What's there to think about baby?
(Ooh ooh, baby baby)
Hey baby, oh yeah
(Ooh ooh, baby baby)

Looking for some affirmation
Made my way into the sun
My friends got their ladies
And they're all having babies
But I just wanna have some fun

I won't bore you with the details baby
Gotta get there in your own sweet time
Let's just say that maybe
You could help to ease my mind
Baby, I ain't Mr. Right

But if you're looking for fastlove
If that's love in your eyes
It's more than enough
Had some bad love
Some fastlove is all that I've got on my mind
Get yourself some lessons in love

So close
I can taste it now baby
So close

In the absence of security
Made my way into the night
Stupid cupid keeps on calling me
But I see nothing in his eyes
I miss my baby, oh yeah
I miss my baby, tonight
So why don't we make a little room
In my BMW babe
Searchin' for some peace of mind
Hey, I'll help you find it
I do believe that we are practicing the same religion

Oh you really oughta get up now
That's right
Oh you really oughta get up
(Ooh ooh, baby baby)
Oh yeah
Looking for some affirmation

Versiones en español Queen...Ketama: Cómo Librame De Ti - I Want To Be Free

Se iniciaron en los años 80 en pleno apogeo de la movida madrileña, pero su estilo -bebiendo igualmente de la frescura y el ambiente de libertad de la década- era de raices más profundas, el flamenco. Ellos eran Ketama, estando al frente de la formación a Antonio Carmona, biznieto de "Habichuela el Viejo", nieto de José Carmona, hijo del guitarrista flamenco Juan Habichuela y sobrino del también guitarrista Pepe Habichuela.

Fueron considerados los "Nuevos Flamencos". Flamenco-fusión, que hizo desconfiar a los más ortodoxos del género, pero que dieron un revulsivo al panorama musical español. El mestizaje se convirtió en su seña de identidad, flamenco, rumba, salsa, jazz, reggae..., llegando a convertirse en un grupo de culto, con admiradores en todo el mundo y llegando a actuar abriendo los conciertos ni más de menos que de Prince, The Rolling Stones o Frank sinatra. Canciones con ricas armonías y exquisitas melodías como "No estamos lokos", "Agustito", "Miénteme" o "Problema" son el legado de este genial grupo compuesto casi siempre por la familia Carmona. En esta ocasión los vamos a recordar en la canción "Cómo Librarme De Ti". Una versión que realizaron para un disco homenaje al grupo británico Quenn bajo el nombre de Tributo a Queen: Los Grandes del Rock en Español, en una versión de la canción "I Want To Breakfree".

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Cómo Librame De Ti
yo quiero salir, yo quiero salir
me quiero escapar
y no puedo escucharte mentir otra vez
no te necesito,
no se como librarme de ti

y caigo en tu red,
y caigo en tu red al hacer el amor
tan profundo que duele estar atrapado
no se como arrancarte de mi

y es cruel estar a tu lado
y hay veces que te arrancaria el corazon
tengo que decidir si es que voy a partir
como arrancarte de mi,
como arrancarte de mi,
como arrancarte de mi,

yo quiero salir, me quiero escapar
y no puedo escucharte mentir otra vez
no te necesito, no se como librarme de ti,
no se como librarme de ti,
no se como librarme de ti
I Want To Break Free
I want to break free
I want to break free
I want to break free from your lies
You're so self satisfied I don't need you
I've got to break free
God knows, God knows I want to break free

I've fallen in love
I've fallen in love for the first time
And this time I know it's for real
I've fallen in love, yeah
God knows, God knows I've fallen in love

It's strange but it's true, yeah
I can't get over the way you love me like you do
But I have to be sure
When I walk out that door
Oh, how I want to be free, baby
Oh, how I want to be free
Oh, how I want to break free

But life still goes on
I can't get used to living without, living without
Living without you by my side
I don't want to live alone, hey
God knows, got to make it on my own

So baby can't you see
I've got to break free
I've got to break free
I want to break free, yeah
I want, I want, I want, I want to break free

Incognito: catalizando energía

Si sumamos la magia de voces que rebosan calidad, la genialidad compositiva de Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick, y la fusión de sonidos jazz, soul, funk, disco o house, nos topamos de pleno con la elegancia de un grupo mítico de la escena Acid Jazz llamado Incognito. Y es que la formación liderada por Maunick, lleva varias décadas dando muestra de su originalidad y buen hacer. Con el atractivo de su sonido, y apoyado siempre por grandes vocalistas como Maysa, o Jocelyn Brown, nos ofrece una pócima con ingredientes medicinales extraidos por la inspiración de artistas como Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye o Kool & The Gang, que son capaces de catalizar la energía necesaria para sanar un alma necesitado de buena música.    

Así es Incognito, un grupo que se deja querer, y con sólo escuchar sus primeras notas, te invita a disfrutar a lo grande con su música. Energía que contagia positivismo, colorido en su sonido, y encanto en su melodía. Ese es el caso de canciones como "Pieces Of A Dream", una canción de principios de los años 90 que cuenta con la espectacularidad de la voz de Maysa Leak, una de las voces más maravillosas del planeta, y sin quedarse atrás la voz de Jocelyn Brown en "Always There". Un estilo que define a un increible grupo que ha sabido mantenerse a lo largo de los años.

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Pieces of a Dream
Oh, holding)
(Still holdin´)
(Oh)

Before you go
I'd like to say
You give me so much satisfaction
Started up a chain reaction
Tryin' to work out in my mind
A way to let you know
Oh darling

You're asking me to be strong
But I can't see the wrong
In what I'm doing
Just want to hold you every day
Locked inside this feeling
I want you here to stay


Chorus:
(Holding)
Cause I'm holding (I'm holding)
I'm holding on
To the pieces of a dream
Holding
I'm holding on (Still holding)
Still holding on
To the pieces of a dream

What can I do
But to be true
I'm getting such a strong sensation
And it's not my imagination
It's not me to pretend
So try and understand
Oh darling

My heart is chosen to belong
And I don't see the wrong
In what I'm feeling
I know it's time to say goodbye
But I'm not living in a lie
I want you here to stay

Chorus x 2

Oh, baby
You're asking me to be strong
But I still can't see the wrong
In what I'm doing
Just want to hold you every day
Locked? inside this feeling
I want you here to stay

Chorus x 2
Always There
Such a good feeling
That's where I wanna be (Yeah)
Locked in your prison
Of total extacy (All right, all right)
You're so strong and you're so together (Baby)
Next you there is nothing better

Always there (To please you)
Always there (When I need you)
Always there (To love you)
Always there (Thinkin' of you)

And if you wanna
If you wanna do it too
There's nothing better than being here with you
'Cause your love is a precious treasure (Baby)
Only you can bring me joy and pleasure

Always there (To please you)
Always there (When I need you)
Always there (To love you)
Always there (Thinkin' of you)

Always there
Always there (Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Always there
Always there (Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)