Tuesday, February 24, 2009


only caught a bit of obama's speech before congress tonight. but is it just me or are you still as stoked as i am to see a young handsome black man standing before a large group of mostly elderly and stiff-looking [as in square - like uncool, dig] white guys and women as president of the u.s.? this nation ain't post-racial -- yet, but the world is moving toward a kind of globalization where names and persons become hybrids of cultures and races and whatever else can be thrown into the mix. and i hope the presence of obama is just the beginning of this kind of global mixing.

and speaking of hybridizations [is that a word? very well, i'll make it a word if it ain't] after watching last night the live video of the swedish electronica duo the knife performing their song 'heartbeats' i then clicked on another swedish artist, jose gonzalez, doing the same song. oh shit, i'm always the last to catch on. gonzalez' version has been featured in a commercial and he's been around for a few years now. but the only thing i knew about him was that he was born and raised in sweden but his parents had emigrated from argentina and that he's part of the indie lo-fi movement. but man! what an interpretation of a song. fucking wonderful. gonzalez' vocals reminds me a bit of cat stevens. and yes, i'm a fan of cat stevens. so here is a swede with a very unswedish name singing in english. it gives me hope for our fucked up world. really does.

i'll end this rant by pointing out geof huth's poem that really is the shit. fell out of my chair when i first laid eyes on it last night. my god, it's wonderful and i dig huth's enjambed lines as he packs a wallop of the foods and drinks you can use or avoid when having a dose of the shits. this is my kind of poetry.

that's right. just call me the new hippie. below is jose gonzalez' version of 'heartbeats'. groove.


At 2:08 PM, Blogger Okir said...

What a lovely song, which I haven't heard before. Love the guitar-playing too. Makes me want to graduate from soprano to tenor uke. Heh.

At 10:25 PM, Blogger richard lopez said...

gonzalez is totally new to me too, jean. do see his version of massive attack's 'teardrop'. astonishing.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger gina said...

I saw Goonzalez live once a few years ago when he opened for The Books in NYC. I hadn't been familiar with him at the time, but Andy new his version of Heartbeats, and that song definitely was the highlight of his set that night.


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