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The Best of Folk Music from Latvia - CD
The popular music of this country is based on the Daines, compositions with one or two rooms, whose content ranges from mythological themes and descriptions of moments of daily life or special events such as weddings and funerals: in general, it can be said that the Daines reflect the reality and way of thinking of the Latvian peasant society of the 19th century.
The first collection of paintings by Latvju Dains was published between 1894 and 1915 under the title "Latvju Dains". "The " Best of Folk Music from Latvia " is a valuable vade mecum of Latvian folk music, offering a variety of styles, from a cappella singing, violin, accordion and drums to interesting arrangements influenced by classical music, as well as jazzy and skittles.
"The " Best of Folk Music from Latvia " is a kaleidoscope of melodies that well represents the cultural wealth of this country. The album also contains a booklet with interesting information about the presented songs and artists.
A few months ago, on Sky, I saw "I'm not there", Todd Haynes' biopic about the life of Bob Dylan, which appeared in the cinema in 2007. Very visionary movie with a certain construction, which I recommend only to those who know (and know well) the biography of the artist. Otherwise it would be impossible to capture the many references and quotations and the movie would be almost incomprehensible.
But even more interesting for me than the movie was the soundtrack to "I'm not there". It collects songs that have been reinterpreted by Dylan and others by other artists: One song that impressed me particularly, though not at first glance, is Moonshiner. Recorded by Dylan in 1963, it was first released in 1991 in "The Bootleg Series, Vols.
In the soundtrack of the movie the song is well played by Bob Forrest, the boss of the indian rocking act Thelonious Monster. When I listen to it and am at home in a good spirits, I may find myself feeling inspiring to grab my guitars and mouth organs and make my best ever impact.
A folk song with origin that is still disputed, according to some Moonshiner is an Irish song that is then spread in America, according to others it is a traditional American song that then had success in Ireland. The first tracks are from the 30's, in the recordings of the Irish singer Delia Murphy, and it can be assumed that this is the version that is more relevant to the original and who knows how many years ago.
Needless to say, this is a very different melody than the one Dylan will record a few decades later. Dylan has masterfully rearranged the piece, and even his performance is considered vocally one of the best, as his most famous critic Greil Marcus says in the book "Bob Dylan Schriften: 1968-2010": "I make all the notes," Dylan said in 1965 in response to the interviewer who called Caruso, "and if I want, I can hold my breath three times as much.
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