A Song That’s Changing My Life: At the Root of Helan Mountain

来自张之白 By Zhang Zhibai (James) 苏阳的歌有一种土的味道,像一片广阔的黄土地,也像黄河里厚重的泥沙。千百年来,中国西北地区最原始的声音正在以一种新的生命形式向我们传来。在这最朴实的声音里,我听到的是无数鲜活的生命与故事、劳动与爱情……今天我把苏阳的这首《贺兰山下》带给你。这首歌的作者苏阳站在贺兰山下一马平川的景象中,看着自然景象,畅想了很多很多,电贝司、吉他和民族的伴奏乐器让我不由得听到了西北苍凉的风声,也能强烈感受到歌手对生命的尊重与敬畏,我爱这种音乐风格,这种最朴实无华的艺术表达。 Chinese...

Listening to music without words?

Why listen to music without words?  As a jazz trumpet player, I have a personal stake in this question. Recently I proposed to a local coffee shop to host some Jazz concerts. They responded positively, but insisted that I include a singer in my group (which I don’t...
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