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Morante

 

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Strange fruit 

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Today, while having lunch, I was listening to music as usual. This time "The Lady sings the blues" (Billie Holiday). I almost always stop this record before the last track (Strange Fruit) and have not heard it for years.

Today I listened again: "Pastoral scene of the gallant South, the bulging eyes, the twisted mouth...."

Probably the best track on the record. Possibly one of the best tracks ever recorded.

But I can hardly listen to it because of the letras.

Anyone else have a favourite song that you cannot bear to listen to??
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Ricardo

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RE: Strange fruit (in reply to Morante

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Anyone else have a favourite song that you cannot bear to listen to??


Anything by Jewel pretty much is oddly overwhelming for me. But that Billie Hodiday song is very dark and disturbing.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 17 2012 15:20:22
 
srshea

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RE: Strange fruit (in reply to Morante

I can’t think of a specific song, but I think I understand where you’re coming from. For me it’s more to do with a specific quality of a singer’s voice rather than the actual content of the song. One example is Chrissie Hynde who at times has this keening, plaintive catch in her voice that just hits me a bit too hard and makes it tough to listen to. I often go to music for emotional catharsis, but sometimes it’s a little too much to handle.

Similarly, there are a few films that I regard in the highest possible terms and would definitely rank at the very top of my “favorite” films, but which have been so overwhelmingly intense on an emotional level that I can’t bear to watch them. And there’s a Paul Taylor dance to two that really put me through the wringer. Each time I attend a performance of those particular dances I go in with a shaky, nervous energy, fearful of having such an emotionally intense experience in the mixed company of a crowded auditorium, but also fearful that maybe that emotional meltdown won’t happen this time and that I’ll be robbed of that experience!

Art’s some pretty spooky stuff, sometimes…
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RE: Strange fruit (in reply to Morante

Yes, Warren Zevon's "Keep Me In Your Heart" I get misty just listening thinking about that song. Next to Neil Young, Warren Zevon was one of my all time favorite singer/songwriters. Talk about great Letras...
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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 17 2012 22:17:41
 
Escribano

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RE: Strange fruit (in reply to Ricardo

Personal reasons.... she just grabs me and it hurts.



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 17 2012 23:26:04
 
Tomrocker

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RE: Strange fruit (in reply to Morante

this one reminds me of her.. a bad broke up but i'm totally cured now It is just that sometimes you can't easily erase memories.. the pain heals, the memory remains.. Should've put Metallica's song but this is the one

Glen Hansard. Sleeping

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 18 2012 9:16:17
 
vigrond

 

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RE: Strange fruit (in reply to Morante

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this one reminds me of her.. a bad broke up but i'm totally cured now It is just that sometimes you can't easily erase memories.. the pain heals, the memory remains.. Should've put Metallica's song but this is the one


ahh, I remember watching Once with an ex once. Funny how all those Glen Hansard songs remind you of it.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 19 2012 5:27:32
 
Estevan

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RE: Strange fruit (in reply to Morante

Don't know of any song as devastating as 'Strange Fruit', which I never want to hear.


But this one always works (especially since 12/2010):



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 20 2012 3:12:40
 
Ruphus

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RE: Strange fruit (in reply to Morante

Alan White´s "Ramona", or at the risk of being cheeky: "Concierto de Aranjuez", certainly with Pepe Romero´s playing, gets on me.

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aarongreen

 

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RE: Strange fruit (in reply to Morante

Here's one not to listen to when drinking

Gives me shivers everytime

  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 20 2012 19:59:24
 
Ron.M

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RE: Strange fruit (in reply to Morante

For years I liked this Fandangos.

Little did I know back then, that the story would become reality for me.

  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 20 2012 20:23:26
 
Chiste de Gales

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RE: Strange fruit (in reply to Morante

I like Stir It Up by Bob Marley, but I cant stand listening to it because the bass is out of tune.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 22 2012 21:18:18
 
Paul Magnussen

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RE: Strange fruit (in reply to Morante

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Anyone else have a favourite song that you cannot bear to listen to??


There are a couple (both folk music as it happens) that are beautiful music; but they have what used to be called a bad tape splice in the middle, where two separate performances have been joined together -- and the pitch shifts. One is these Breton Gavottes:

http://www.amazon.com/Portland-Kevin-Burke-Micheal-ODomhnaill/dp/B000005CMF/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1329957198&sr=1-1

The other is (the song) Traveller's Prayer:

http://www.amazon.com/Travelers-Prayer-John-Renbourn/dp/B000007MZJ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1329957299&sr=1-1

That's one thing about the old days when they stuck you in front of a mike for three minutes, and whatever you did is what went on the record. That couldn’t happen.

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