Monthly Archives: 四月 2011

方大同 15

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方大同的新碟15出版了,據方在kkbox自己的介紹這碟源起是這樣的

“15 = 我開始學結他的年齡。我最喜愛的許多藍調結他手包括有Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, BB 等。

在我寫作的發展歷程中,意識到拓展寫作及製作的技能,必須要使用鋼琴,因而疏離了一直以結他為中心樂器的習慣。這新專輯“15” 使我與結他重拾舊緣。 "

“約在三年前在“橙月” 出版之際,我被邀請出席北京“音樂風云榜” 的頒獎典禮,在獲獎嘉賓中有位名“張嶺” 的音樂人( 後來我得悉他曾經是崔健的合作樂手), 在他獲獎的致謝辭中,突然說了一句“方大同,我知道你很喜歡藍調。” 這對我來說實在是個驚喜,因為在這個地域,理解R&B 及騷靈音樂都是源自藍調及福音音樂的沒有幾人。從那個時候開始,我不時在腦海中揣摸如何在以後的專輯中介紹藍調給大家。 "

方大同是我很喜歡的一位歌手,在他soulboy年代我已經覺得驚為天人,在香港這個樂壇,唱soul唱R&B的,主流應該沒有罷?有的,最多可能只是以前蘇永康試過加以一點jazz一點R&B在幾首歌曲罷?

果然,方在香港一點不紅,我還記得當時我的前女友還跟我說,佢尐歌好唔得喎(我諗,係因為當時方似呆板書生多過韓國偶像吧),仲有,就係我去睇方嘅live(響未裝修前幾emax),我老外老闆話乜香港有人唱R&B嘅咩???

結果方走咗去台灣發展,紅爆後回流香港(其實應該係尐fans回流,香港應該係方最細嘅市場吧),突然方就變成好靚仔同有型(香港好似係得好靚仔,無咩歌手人話好有天分)

15開宗明義係吉他為主嘅藍調,但係其實並唔係好重口味嘅藍調,佢亦提過用rock/blues點綴R&B,所以有尐好有趣嘅作品,好似情勝策略我覺得有尐五十年代rockabilly味道,最藍應該係二人遊,係傳統藍調。

雖然如此,主打仍然係非藍調嘅因為你同好不容易…因為你是首小品,好不容易特別尐,有尐英倫 band feel,雖然內容只係一首普通情歌。

總來講,方的唱片仍然高水準,希望香港多幾個咁高水準嘅歌手,帶多尐唔同風格俾呢個咁死氣沈沈嘅樂壇(雖然我知道響香港咁好容易餓死)..

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Good Night and Good Luck

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早排響網上買咗尐bluray,其中一隻係05年嘅Good Night and Good Luck。套片當年應該並無在在香港上映。

影片講述1950年代美國嘅白色恐怖和一群勇敢的新聞工作者,在五十年代,美國在第二次世界大戰後開始步入康復期,當時世界剩下兩個超級大國,美國和蘇聯,兩者亦代表相反的政治體系。在五十年代初,美國參議員麥卡錫利用公眾對共產主義嘅恐懼,一次又一次打壓異己,政敵,科學家,公眾人物,知名人士,明星都紛紛成為打壓對象;而麥卡錫響政壇影響力亦越益增加。當時整個美國社會霾漫著白色恐怖,連電視台也要求新聞員工簽署聲明從未參與任何支持共產或參與任何共產團體,什至沒有看左傾報紙。

在這種氣氛下,一個被受尊重嘅新聞主播Edward Murrow決定打破傳統所謂新聞中立嘅原則,響自己節目內播出一個關於麥卡錫嘅特輯,響特輯內,Murrow聰明地以麥卡錫自己在不同時候的講話顯露麥卡錫的自相矛盾和用心。Murrow的節目被普遍認為使大眾輿論傾向反麥卡錫,亦加速麥卡錫的沒落。

此片為George Clooney第二次導演嘅影片,影片獲得六項奧斯卡金像獎提名。影片沒有大製作,沒有特技,沒有爆炸;全片只有十幾個演員和來來回回幾個場景,並不符合大多數香港人,或者睇慣荷里活大片嘅人口味;不過如果你有興趣睇劇情片,我個人極力推薦。我不知道此片有沒有香港版本,如果有機會我覺得值得買返隻外版。

響今日香港/中國睇,好似和自己很遙遠,但真是嗎?

Edward Murrow在片末(1958年時一個新聞人員晚宴演講)講話,其中一段係咁講(關於電視媒體)

We are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable and complacent. We have currently a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late.

五十年後的今天,我們只能說,Murrow擔心的,很可惜已經成真

現實中的 Edward Murrow,對,戲中的,的確是麥卡錫本人,Clooney決定不用演員演麥卡錫而用佢本人片段

一提,性格演員David Strathairn為戲中男主角,表現出色,獲提名奧斯卡影帝

Robert Palmer and Bryan Ferry

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I was just thinking what shape my view in personal fitness (which for all those who know me personally, you know it is pretty close to none). I think the 2 gentlemen below probably contribute to part of my psyche. For those who are under 30 you will have absolutely no clue of who I am talking about.

Robert Palmer was known for his dressing style as well as MTV which feature loads of heavily make up pretty girls. Palmer died in 2003 at age 54. RIP Robert.

 

Bryan Ferry was a very famous singer back in the 70s and 80s (as part of the group Roxy Music as well as a solo singer), not your typical handsome idol he was regard as one of the coolest male singer with his dressing style. He is also well known with his many relationship with beautiful women.

For me, that is probably what mid 30s/40s guys should look like, someone who got a bit of style and not someone packing a six-pack abs who tried to fight for girls with 20 years old.

Songs are Simply Irresitable by Robert Palmer and Slave to Love by Bryan Ferry

Original on 5 Jun 2007 on my old blog

明光社

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One of my friend is talking about 明光社 in his blog and I think this might be a good time to jump on the bandwagon.

Personally, I am disgusted with this bunch of GOD’s crusader who marched around as if they are the absolute divine representatives straight from heaven. My personal 2 cents, get your fucking ass back to your so called heaven would you? Shame on them about gay right issue, shame on them on RTHK (program about gay marriage) issue, shame on them about 秋天的童話.

That one of you who is faultless shall throw the first stone, said Jesus.

Judge, not lest ye be judged, said Jesus.



And on the other hand, we have…明光社

Orig post from old blog, 31 May 2007