Song of the day – Kortez – “Dla Mamy (for mum).

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Wanted to continue with my favourite Gabrielle Aplin songs, but put aside for today because… because today is my Mum’s and my brother’s birthday, yes, they have birthday on the same day, so I wanted to celebrate it somehow.

And this song seems perfect for this purpose. Kortez is a Polish singer, whom my Mum has a pretty big crush on, almost as big as my crush on Gwilym is right now. Kortez’s music is quite speciffic and he’s rather speciffic too, and I think people most often love his music  or hate it, rarely something in between. His songs are very melancholic, depressive even, but beautiful. I like him too and this song is the first song by him I’ve ever heard. It describes Kortez’s relationship with his mum which apparently is very close.

But it also describes perfectly the relationship between my Mum and Olek. She showed me this song last year and asked me if I also think it does and then when we listened to it, we both started to cry. The text is fairly easy so I’ll try to translate it:

 

For mum

I will bruise myself
I will get lost somewhere
I will lie to you
you will refrain from anger.
I will desire stars,
You will give everything
and I will take everything.
I will dance a night away,
I will believe in something,
I will hit the bottom,
I will travel far and wide,
I will make a mistake,
I will shout out the anger
because you stand firmly behind me

I will give you field flowers for that,
I will send you a letter,
I will take you for a walk
I will make a present for you
I will tell you a bedtime story.

I will stand up to somebody,
I will achieve my goal
I will feel ashamed
and I will be upset.
I will raise my voice,
I will build a house
and you will be proud.
I’m not afraid
I know what I want
and I will keep going
I will keep going ahead
I will look back
I will look for you
and I will not find you.

I will give you field flowers for that,
I will send you a letter,
I will take you for a walk
I will make a present for you
I will tell you a bedtime story.
Isn’t it a great description of son-mother relationship?

So here’s the song:

Song of the day – Gabrielle Aplin – Coming home.

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Thought I will continue with some more widely known singers and the first singer of those more popular that I like and that came to my mind was Gabrielle Aplin. I have an impression she is liked by very many people with very wide music tastes, so if by any chance you still don’t know her and her music, I strongly recommend you to listen to some of her music. I will post three of my favourite songs by her, and the first is “Coming Home”.

I think it’s very lovely and so expressive and just great, especially live. I love her voice, which is very subtle, but kind of magnetic at the same time.

Song of the day – Julia Sheer – Call It What YOu want.

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Today’s song will be a bit different, I suppose. I don’t know why, but many people that know me quite a bit, tend to think I listen to some very very niche music and then they’re always surprised when they realise I like people like Ellie Goulding or Black Eyed Peas or any other that are or were in the top charts recently. In fact, I really appreciate so called niche music, I listen to a lot of alternative stuff, I suppose folk is also kind of niche thing, or sometimes I listen to very hard rock, plus I think what makes people think my favourite music is kind of  more avant-garde or however they call it, is that a lot of my favourite music is in a bit niche  languages.

But it absolutely doesn’t mean that I don’t like any music that is very popular everywhere. Most often I don’t care about it, but I have some artists or songs that are commonly liked and I like them too, the fact that they are so popular doesn’t instantly make their quality lower or something, there are pretty many great songs that are mainstream, not everything mainstream is rubbish. The more that the idea of mainstream is very flexible. Things that are mainstream in Sweden, for instance, don’t have to be popular over here and people may not know it at all because of language barrier, and vice versa.

OK, but let’s go on to the song.

So today’s song of the day is originally a Taylor Swift’s song. While I’m pretty indifferent about Taylor Swift, I really like the girl who made this cover.

Her name is Julia Sheer, she’s from Colorado and she became famous through her Youtube channel. She mainly does acoustic covers of popular songs and I like most of them. She’s not my very very very favourite artist, but I think she has something very expressive in her voice and is just definitely cool.

I found her through my friend when I was in secondary and we both had a crush on mentioned here some time ago Declan Galbraith and she was also a bit obsessed with children and teenagers covering famous songs and liked to make new discoveries in that area, so Julia Sheer was one of those discoveries and she showed her songs to me and I thought immediately she’s really good. And I still think so.

So here she is:

Song of the day – Maja Koman – Babcia Mówi (Grandma Says).

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I wanted to share another Enya’s song with you today, but then realised that oh wow it’s International Mother Language Day, so, well… mother language, yay! It’s definitely a time to show you something in Polish, this blog exists almost for a month and still nothing in Polish here.

The truth is… I don’t listen to Polish music very much. It’s not I don’t listen to it at all, ’cause I do at times,  and it’s not I’m not patriotic or don’t like my mother tongue, in fact I love it and (pretty obviously I think) it’s one of my around 12 favourite languages, I think me and my whole family are very patriotic. But I just listen to so much music in other languages, in Swedish, in all the endangered languages I love, in English obviously, so that most music I listen to in Polish are just random things I hear in radio in the kitchen or somewhere else, and when Ilisten to something in Polish just because I really want to and enjoy it, I mostly like it for the lyrics, it’s most often something alternative, or reggae, some folk at times. So I felt like it would be hard for me to make you like it if you won’t be able to understand the lyrics. So I wondered for quite a while what to pick.

But finally I picked something. It is a humourous, ironical, but also very true song and although lyrics are most important in it, I think you’ll like it.

Maja Koman is a young artist from Greater Poland, she writes songs for herself and plays ukulele, is a bit of an eccentric and her lyrics are usually ironic, honest, funny, a bit sarcastic. She also writes songs in English and French, but most of them are in Polish.

This particular song – “Babcia Mówi” – is basically about how men and women, very generally, changed since our grandparents were young. This song should be definitely taken with a grain of salt and it’s surely not a generalisation, but it says that men become less masculine, more like females, while women aren’t as feminine as they used to be either. 😀 By the way, I feel like it’s a perfect example of that hiraeth thing I wrote about a few posts ago. 😀 And although if I’d take it literally, there are some things I can’t agree with, generally, as a person with quite traditional views, I think it’s pretty true. I really like this song and it still makes me smile when I listen to it even though I know it since  a few years already.

It’s a pity there aren’t any English lyrics to it anywhere, I tried to translate it on my own, but realised I’d probably only make a bit of a hash of it, because there are lots of colloquialisms, metaphors and words that are more or less emotionally charged and I’m not sure of their adequate English equivalents, so it wouldn’t be as funny and natural. But still I hope you’ll enjoy this song.

Song of the day – First Aid Kit – Ruins.

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Today I have a very new and fresh song for you. First Aid Kit are pretty famous so I think I won’t write a lot about them as a band, for those of you who haen’t heard about them before, they’re a Swedish duo consisting of tsisters – Johanna and Klara Söderberg. I really like their music.

Song of the day – Candelas – Colli Cwsg (lose sleep).

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Here’s the last song of my three most favourite songs by Candelas.

The title “Colli Cwsg” can mean “sleep loss”, but in the context it would rather mean “lose sleep”. I like this track more and more. Hope you will like it too. The album version of this song doesn’t exist on YT either, but there is another version which I think I like as much or maybe even a bit more than the album one, so I picked this one, especially that not everyone has to have Spotify:

Song of the day – Candelas ft. Alys Williams – Llwytha’r Gwn (Load the gun).

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This will be the second of my three favourite Candelas songs I want to show you. I absolutely love it, mostly because of Alys Williams who is featured in this song.

It took me a lot of time to figure out who is this woman with such a powerful voice, because Candelas consists only of guys and I listened to this song on Spotify where she weren’t mentioned as performer. It was hard with my very poor Welsh skills back then to find out who she is, but I did it.

Unfortunately, although Alys is a very active artist, she didn’t release any albums yet, but she featured many artists and made rock, electronic and hip hop music with them. She participated in The Voice UK a few years ago and I think it’s really weird she didn’t win, because in my opinion she was the best in her edition.

I rally love the expression in her voice and how feminine but at the same strong and a bit hoarse her voice is. It’s a pity that the album version is again only on Spotify so people who don’t have Spotify wouldn’t be able to listen to her solo, but I don’t think I can do anything with it as when I type a timestamp in URL, it doesn’t work, so I put it as usual. :/