Y bandana – “Dŵr, Tân, Cân” (Water, Fire, Song).

Hey people! 🙂

Today I’d like to share with you a song from Y Bandana – one of the bands which Gwilym Bowen Rhys (one of my faza subjects) used to be a member of. – I said it already before on here but I really like how it shows Gwilym’s musical versatility and diversity – when you’ll listen to what he does with Y Bandana, with Plu and then solo, it all feels quite a lot different yet he’s thriving in all those music realms. Y Bandana was a rock band that he and his cousins and his friend founded as teens, and they were really successful in Wales, and recognisable for their humorous, kind of cheeky, mischievous and sometimes a bit silly lyrics. The song that I want to share with you however is different, because it really has quite a different style than all of their other songs. It comes from their final album Fel Ton Gron, which to me has a bit more musically adventurous and mature feel to it but at the same time is still very much their style and I think it’s my favourite album of theirs. But, like I said, this one song has a different feel to it than their music in general or the rest of the album, more folky in a modern way than rocky definitely, yet at the same time it complements the album as a whole very well and it doesn’t feel out of place at all. And I like the differentness of it, so that’s mostly why I want to share it with you.

Cornelis Vreeswijk – “Tomtebloss” (Sparkler).

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I thought that today I’d share with you this lyrical piece by Cornelis Vreeswijk. I like it a lot because, well, Cornelis being one of my faza subjects, I’ve been very interested in him as an individual, and this song tells us a whole lot about what his love life and relationships generally looked like. I once found a Swedish programme called “Cornelis Och Kärleken” (Cornelis and Love) where a few people analysed in quite an interesting way some of his lyrics that are about love and women – since a lot of his lyrics and poems talk about various women – and how they illustrated the way his relationships looked like. Having had lived a stormy life overall, it was no less stormy and intense with love, because while on one hand he was seeking love and closeness quite desperately, he had some extreme difficulty with forming and maintaining relationships and whenever there was indeed a possibility of having a closer, deeper relationship with someone, he would basically run away almost in panic immediately. It’s flamin’ difficult having fears which conflict with your basic needs. He was also pathologically jealous – largely due to abusing alcohol and all sorts of drugs and other things, many of which can do such things to your brain – so it also wasn’t easy for the other side to be with him for sure.

And in this song, it really shows, in a both lyrical and raw way. Its lyrics weren’t awfully difficult to translate so I tried my best to do it although there may be some errors in here.

  My beloved is like a sparkler,

like a sparkler easily ignited.

She burns so hot when she catches fire,

my beloved is like a sparkler,

like a sparkler easily ignited.

Red-hot like a kiln are my sweetheart’s embers,

but no fire is eternal.

Cold it is for the charcoal burner when his kiln dies out,

my sweethearts embers are so red, so red,

but no fire is eternal.

My beloved is like a race,

a race where neither of us can win.

Where no one catches the other,

my sweethearts lovemaking is like a race,

a race where neither of us can win.

Yes, love is like a sparkler,

like a sparkler easily ignited.

It burns red when it reaches us.

My soul – i am like a sparkler,

and no fire is eternal.

Question of the day.

Fire, Earth, air or water elemental?

My answer:

I remember that I once took some sort of an elements-based personality test or something, and it said I’m most like water, and I would agree with it. But then I am an Aquarius and that’s apparently an air sign. I don’t feel much like an Aquarius though, maybe apart my curiosity. I feel some sort of a liking to all of the elements, but I guess water and fire most of all, hugely because they are my synaesthetic associations with a lot of things and people I feel a close connection to.

How about you? 🙂

Janet Devlin – “Things We Lost In The Fire”.

Hi guys! 🙂

I discovered this song during my monthly hiatus from blogging and any other online activities when I didn’t have my laptop and the only music I had was on my Plextalk, so, although my collection is rather impressive and I try to refresh it even once a week if I can, it is limited. Still though, turns out I don’t even know what exactly I have on my Plextalk. 😀 ‘Cause when I first heard this song, I could swear that I’ve never ever heard it before, I didn’t even recall ever hearing about anyone named Janet Devlin! :O 😀 But I really liked this song, and Janet’s voice too.

Janet Devlin comes from Northern Ireland, though she lives in london now. She became known at the age of 16 when she took part in the Irish “X Factor”.

There are quite a few versions of this song on Youtube, but I’ve got used to this one, I mean the one I want to show you, and I like it the most, and it doesn’t seem to be on Youtube, so I am forced to use Spotify, though I hate that it is so mean and pseudosnobbish that only those who already have it can listen to the full song. What so bad would happen if others could too?!…. I am not sure it’s really good for their business, doing it this way. But well who am I to talk about such things. 😀 Here is this song by Janet Devlin. 🙂

Question of the day.

Have you ever known anyone whose house has caught fire?

My answer:

My Polish teacher at the integration school where I was for two years in primary. She had terrible scars after that and I remember she once told me that since then she’s deadly afraid of anything to do with fire. Also at the time when I was in the primary school the boarding part for girls of the school for the blind where I was going to has caught fire. I also know about my Dad’s friend to whom it happened, but I don’t know him personally.

How about you? 🙂


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