天長地久

天長地久

你在懊惱應選 Pachelbel 的 Canon in D,Handel 的 Largo 還是 Bach 的 Air on the G String 來作婚禮進行曲嗎?

聽過 Ennio Morricone 這個名字嗎?

他是當今荷里活首屈一指的配樂大師,首本名曲包括了為人熟悉的 Gabriel's Oboe (電影 The Mission 的主題曲)。 他是奧斯卡的常客。從 1976 年開始被提名了 6 次最佳電影原創音樂,卻在 2007 年先得到了奧斯卡終身成就獎,才在今年初以 88 歲的高齡憑電影 The Hateful Eight 的出色配樂摘下了最佳電影原創音樂獎項。

這次介紹的是他在 1970 年為電影 La Califfa (The Lady Caliph) 寫的配樂。這齣電影我暫時還沒有興趣看。倒是這首插曲令我一聽傾心,神魂顛倒。由 Milva 於 1972 年原唱的歌曲,四十多年來出現了無數的版本,既有純音樂(可聽馬友友拉奏的),Stay Tuned String Quartet 的弦樂四重奏,也有分別由 Sarah Brightman  ﹑ Katherine Jenkins 和小號樂手 Steve Sidwell ﹑Hayley Westerna  The Tenors 主唱的版本。曲風也由最初帶 pop 的味道,慢慢走回古典音樂的路線。其中 Hayley Westerna 的版本更譜上了英文歌詞。

You look down at all you see
Throw your broken words at me
A flower fair a whisper in the air
Your heart is blind to all that I see

You say love is like the tide
Nothing lasts for all of time
But I believe that love is here with me
And for eternity


意大利歌詞原文︰
Tu non credere perche
Questa crudelta di padroni
Ha visto in me
Solo una cagna che
Mi mett' anch' Io alla tua catena

Se attraverso la città
Questa ipocrita, tua citta
Il corpo mio
Che passa tra di voi
Eun invettiva contro la viltà

Tu ritroverai con me
La pì splendida proprietà
Un attimo di sole sopra noi
Alla ricerca di te


如果你和我一樣,都是在某個年代長大的,我們都會是因為周潤發和吳倩蓮而認識 La Califfa 的。這個在1993 首播的鐵達時廣告,是當年少數以史詩式電影製作的廣告,當年要緊守在電視旁才能看到的,非常難能可貴。這個以新婚夫婦因二次大戰而短暫分離的故事作為骨幹,跟梅豔芳的那一個舊上海情懷系列堪稱香港廣告創作的表表者。



看完這個廣告後,再細閱 Hayley Westerna 的歌詞,別有一番感受。

You say love is like the tide
Nothing lasts for all of time
But I believe that love is here with me
And for eternity

我在 2010 年籌備自己的婚禮時便決定選用了這首歌作為新娘步入禮堂的曲目。

中文科的老師曾抱怨,鐵達時是這樣一個成功的品牌,卻浪漫化了短暫的愛情。但願天下有情人如老師所說︰不在乎曾經擁有,只在乎天長地久。 

"But I believe that love is here with me
And for eternity"

假如你和我一樣都很喜愛這首歌,可選擇在 iTunes 購買。
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I love you, for sentimental reasons

I love you, for sentimental reasons

How much do you know about Nat King Cole? He was a rare gem in the music industry in the last century. Having so many popular and beautiful hit songs, this one song (I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons remains my all time favourite.

He was, however, not the first performer of this song, written in 1940 but published in 1945. William Best from The Brown Dots was credited for composing and writing the music and lyrics, originally titled as For Sentimental Reasons. It is no doubt safe to say that Cole popularised this it and helped peak the song on Billboard in 1946. 

This is a rare footage of Cole himself playing the piano singing this rendition, making the song even more effortlessly beautiful:

 

 
"I'll think of you every morning"
"Darling I'm never lonely"
"Whenever you are in sight"

 

"Dream of you every night"  

 

"I love you for sentimental reasons"

All beautiful images by Jenny Tong Fine Arts Photography

 

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To purchase this song:

Visit Tunes and make your purchase here.

 

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Would you lie with me and just forget the world

Would you lie with me and just forget the world

Song of March 23, 2017

 

Song Title: Chasing Cars

Perfomer: Sleeping at Last 

I have often been a big fan of Sleeping at Last after watching the movie Twilight when one of his songs, Turning Page, was featured. 

A pleasant YouTube search has fatefully led me to this rendition of Chasing Cars (originally written and performed by Snow Patrol) and I have since fallen in love with the melody and the lyrics. A little Google search told me this song was a big hit in the UK almost a decade ago. (Hm, where have I been?) Many of the leading artists including Ed Sheeran also sang cover version. It could have been love at first sight/hearing. The dreamy voice of Sleeping at Last will probably be my all time favourite.

There is also an interesting background story about how Snow Patrol composed this song and naming it. Perhaps you can do your own little research and find out!

In the meantime, enjoy the song and the lyrics.

 
 
We'll do it all
Everything
On our own

We don't need
Anything
Or anyone

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

I don't quite know
How to say
How I feel

Those three words
Are said too much
They're not enough

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we're told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that's bursting into life

Let's waste time
Chasing cars
Around our heads

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we're told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that's bursting into life

All that I am
All that I ever was
Is here in your perfect eyes, they're all that I can see

I don't know where
Confused about how as well
Just know that these things will never change for us at all

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?
 
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?
Beautiful style shoot by Jenny Tong Fine Art Photography

 

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Purchase these two beautiful songs from iTunes:

Chasing Cars by Sleeping at Last can be purchased here.

Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol can be purchased here

 

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