the USA thinks of the UK / in the music

好久沒有寫這麼認真的網誌了噢。
前日正好說到,英國唱英國的音樂好像很多,美國唱美國的也不少,那美國唱英國的呢?我想到的是以下:



Transatlanticism – Dead Cab for Cutie
“The Atlantic was born today, and I'll tell you how…”


雖然是在認識阿爾弗雷德與亞瑟很久以前就聽了這張專輯,不過後來就覺得,這實在是太適合米英主題曲了啊…!
來自華盛頓州的俏妞死的士,另外還有求婚(?)名曲‘I Will Follow You Into The Dark’,不過,我還是更喜歡這首Transatlanticism:
The Atlantic was born today, and I'll tell you how
The clouds above opened up and let it out
I was standing on the surface of a perforated sphere
When the water filled every hole
And thousands upon thousands made an ocean
Making islands where no islands should go
oh no

Most people were overjoyed; they took to their boats
I thought it less like a lake and more like a moat
The rhythm of my footsteps crossing flatlands to your
Door have been silenced forevermore
And the distance is quite simply much to far for me to row;
It seems farther than ever before
oh no

I need you so much closer
So come on

從開頭就仿若水波盪漾的音符紋理,美國男孩說:大西洋是今天生成的,讓我告訴你整個過程…。人們興高采烈地乘上小船,我卻覺得,這個湖泊更像是圍繞你的護城河,而我們之間的距離甚至比任何時候都來得更遠…我需要你在我身邊。
美麗而堅決的跨大西洋戀情,大西洋當然不是今天生成的,愛情才是。(最後的come on真是聽了都心碎,不過,接續前四分鐘的沉鬱,最後兩分鐘才是情感大爆發的鳥肌之處> <)



Back to London – Christopher Owens
“Back to London, back to love / Everything I didn't know what happened…”


(對我來說)美麗到不行的一首歌,第一句就是‘Back to London, back to you…’
現在目前單飛活動的Christopher Owens,前身是女孩樂團(Girls)雙人組之一。生於邁阿密的克里斯多福有個多舛且陰暗的童年過往,在Girls的夢碎俱樂部EP中,他唱:我就是不知道,這個世界怎麼能夠毫無目標地前進下去…?
不過,看起來他是很喜歡倫敦的:
Back to London, back to you
Vivian girls and Micachu

Back to Jack, oh you beautiful boy
Oh, and it hurts to love
I fell in love in London

Back to London, back to love
Everything I didn't know what happened

Back to, you know,
I never want to say goodbye
maybe it's not goodbye
Until next time in London

Back to London, Jessica,
I sang you Beatles and Everly Brothers songs

On the park bench,
beside the London night
All into your eyes,
Beautiful eyes in London

倫敦眼是你美麗的眼睛,你知道,我從來不想道別。又或許這不是道別,我將再度與你在倫敦相見…好像又是一個在倫敦墜入愛河的古老故事,但年輕男孩還是可以撥弄出新的旋律唷。



England – the National
“You must be somewhere in London, you must be loving your life in the rain…”


來自俄亥俄的the National一直都能在沉鬱中灌注相當濃烈的感情(尤其是鼓編得有夠出色!)團員中有對感情很好的雙胞胎,還有聲音超級性感的男主唱,用DCFC的話來說,就是那種聽了會願意‘follow you into the dark’的聲音…哈。
收於第五張專輯High Violet的這首England,雖說歌詞與詞義似乎不是唯一解,但:
Summer sent her running through the weather that I'm under
for the feeling that I lost today
Summer sent her running for the feeling that I lost today

you must be somewhere in London,
you must be loving your life in the rain
you must be somewhere in London
walking Abbey Lane

I don't even think to make
I don't even think to make
I don't even think to make corrections

famous angels never come through England
England gets the ones you never need
I'm in a Los Angeles cathedral
minor singing airheads sing for me

put an ocean and river between everybody ever
between everything, yourself and home
put an ocean and river between everything, yourself and home

afraid of the house stayed the night with the sinners
afraid of the house stayed the night with the sinners
afraid of the house cause they're desperate to entertain

你應該在倫敦的某個地方,享受你雨中的生活。而我在洛杉磯的教堂裡,聽著不同教派的天使歌唱,我從未想要改正任何事。在你與故鄉,以及所有東西之間,橫亙著一整片海洋與一條河流,我從未想要改正任何事…。
與其說是對話或敘述,感覺更像是意識中的自我呢喃,沒有遺憾也沒有怨懟,只是我在這裡再度想到你。



Night Sky / Sifter – Andrew Bird
“What if we hadn’t been born at the same time…?”


在 Fingerling 4 (2010) 及 Break it Yourself (2012) 中的Sifters,在2011的Norman原聲帶中稱做Night Sky,但都是同一首歌。傳奇般的芝加哥才子安朱鳥譜出可能是人類所能想像出最接近自然的永恆影像:
Sound is a wave, like a wave on the ocean
Moon plays the ocean like a violin
Pushing and pulling from shore to shore
Biggest melody you never heard before
What if I were the night sky
Here’s my lullaby to leave by

What if we hadn’t been born at the same time?
What if you were 75 and I were 9
Would I come visit you?
Bring you cookies in an old folks home
Would you be there alone?
When the late summer lightning fires off in your arms
Will I remember to breathe?
No I never will
And if I could convince you that I mean you no harm
Just want to show you how not to need
What if I were the night sky
Here’s my lullaby to leave by

What if we hadn’t been each other at the same time?
Would you tell me all the stories from when you were young and in your prime?
Would I rock you to sleep?
Would you tell all the secrets you don’t need to keep?
Would I still miss you?
Would you then have been mine?

聲音是波幅,就像海洋的波潮。月亮推拉著潮汐,拍打堤岸,有如拉奏著一把小提琴,這是你從未聽過的巨大旋律…
也許我們沒有在相同的時代出生,假若你75歲,而我才9歲呢?我還會去找你嗎?如果我帶著餅乾過去,你會一個人在那裏等我嗎?你會不會告訴我你年輕、壯年時的所有故事呢?還有那些你不需要再保守的秘密?我會想念你嗎?這個時候,你會是屬於我的嗎?
雖然從頭到尾都沒有提到英國,但越聽越覺得你說的應該就是英國吧(不是)似乎也可能是關於天空或海洋的故事,但其實也可以是所有關於時間與不那麼像是時間的時間的故事?



London – Third Eye Blind
“To a club that's pounding in the London rain / The world could end and we won't hear it…”


與上面的調性完全不同,還是很想私心加Third Eye Blind的這首London。這首是吵架的歌!故事大綱:美國男孩的倫敦戀人愛偷吃,男孩自忖:是否你只是想要我為了你和別人打架以證明我的愛…?不過,我真是已經受夠了,你知道我根本不想去倫敦,因為每次去都找不到你。

Through the satellites, I fight with you
That local brew is spillin'
I know just how you spend your time
I want to get my hands on him
Somebody's party in a London flat
You're where it's at and I know
You want to see me loose my mind

I'm tired of chasing after you
The residue is jealous
See me on the dark side of your mind
I want to get my hands on him
To a club that's pounding in the London rain
The world could end and we won't hear it
I know just what's on your mind

I see the way your face has changed
We're no good for each other
You tricked me into coming here, So let go
l don't want to go to London
I told you I don't care
I don't want to go to London
To live there
I don't want to go to London
All your friends afflicted
I don't want to go to London
She's addicted

I saw you with him
I know where you've been
That nose is broken wide open
Your way has got me out of line
I want to get my hands on him
You're so sick just to make me prove
It takes a fight to move you
I know just what's on your mind

It's been this way a thousand years
We torture each other
So why the hell did you call me here when you know
l don't want to go to London
I told you I don't care
I don't want to go to London
To live there
I don't want to go to London
All your friends afflicted
I don't want to go to London
She's addicted

l don't want to go to London
I told you I don't care
I don't want to go to London
Cause you're not there
Even when I see you, You're somewhere else in London



搖滾音樂裡的地緣情結真是說也說不完,今年正好是Transatlanticism十周年,DCFC要在西雅圖完整表演整張專輯。就像我們好像可以選擇把心放在海洋另一側,我的心也在那裡…> <

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在summer小姐這裡總是能翻到好歌
無論是放鬆時聽或是當作BGM對我來說都很適合
不過聽著歌詞會不自覺融入歌詞,稍稍的感傷和甜蜜

很喜歡summer小姐的分享:)

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> 在summer小姐這裡總是能翻到好歌
> 無論是放鬆時聽或是當作BGM對我來說都很適合
> 不過聽著歌詞會不自覺融入歌詞,稍稍的感傷和甜蜜
>
> 很喜歡summer小姐的分享:)

這大概是我的最愛出清(???)作了...XD 很高興你也喜歡!
很喜歡感傷和甜蜜的說法,畢竟也已經不是POP的年齡了(....
不過英美卻會一直出現POP的樂手啊。那麼這也算是一種安慰了吧?哈:-)