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I thought I had my little dose of stardom when I collaborated with Lester Bowie years ago - but I've just received the rather shocking news that one of my tunes has been recorded, and played on tour, by Al DiMeola (the recording is a live CD).

 

What's even stranger is that although I'm a jazz guy, and have written hundreds of jazz and fusion tunes, Al played a song which has been written in a rock/mediterranean fashion, to be sung with lyrics.

 

The story goes like this: I had written the song, "Amargura", for singer Andrea Parodi, who wrote the lyrics and recorded two versions of it: one, more rock-oriented, with the group Indaco, where I was playing at the time; and another, more on an acoustic/ethnic vibe, in a solo work.

Now, DiMeola has started collaborating with Parodi; they're doing a tour together. Al liked my song and included it in the song list for the show.

During the Italian branch of the tour, they recorded a show, and the CD is now out in Italy; it's sold on newsstand (this is quite common lately).

 

There's no other excuse for this thread than sharing my joy.

 

Life is strange - but it can be good sometimes!

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Congratualtions are in order! :D Forum members are hereby instructed to hold lighters in the air if they go to a DiMeola show and hear this song live!

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Carlo

fantastico! You must be really proud of yourself!

I will look for the CD as soon as I can.

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Excellent, Carlo. Congratulations. :thu:

 

Let's party with some BBQ, Cole Slaw, Hush Puppies, and Sweet Iced Tea. For dessert we'll have some banana pudding. :)

 

 

Don't laugh. :rolleyes: That's how we do it here in the South. :P

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." - Victor Hugo
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Originally posted by Is There Gas in the Car?:

Excellent, Carlo. Congratulations. :thu:

 

Let's party with some BBQ, Cole Slaw, Hush Puppies, and Sweet Iced Tea. For dessert we'll have some banana pudding. :)

 

 

Don't laugh. :rolleyes: That's how we do it here in the South. :P

You forgot the beer?

 

Marino, congratulations!

No guitarists were harmed during the making of this message.

 

In general, harmonic complexity is inversely proportional to the ratio between chording and non-chording instruments.

 

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Originally posted by Dave Horne:

You forgot the beer?

 

Marino, congratulations!

Ooooops, you're right Dave. :rolleyes:

 

For those of legal drinking age, there will be beer... Lots and Lots of BEER! :thu::P

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." - Victor Hugo
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Wow, what a response! Thanks a lot everybody.

 

Originally posted by MidLifeCrisis:

You must be very proud. You will have to post a link to the tune so we can all give it a listen.

Well, the point is that I haven't heard the CD yet. I don't even know the CD title! But I've requested a copy to the publisher, and I hope to receive it soon.

I'll have to ask permission to upload an mp3. You know how the record labels are...

In the meantime, here's a link to two snippets of the original Indaco version, from the CD "Terra Maris". The first is from the intro, the second is the song ending. Beware - that's all they allowed me to put on the net for downloading, and you don't even get to hear the main melody beginning to end. They're more fragments than anyting else.

 

www.carlomezzanotte.com/mp3/amargura1.mp3

 

www.carlomezzanotte.com/mp3/amargura2.mp3

 

It's just a really simple, expressive song. I'd really love to get Al to hear my jazz stuff as well... :D

 

The lyrics are sung in the language of Sardegna (Sardinia), which is quite different from Italian. Andrea Parodi is quite known in Italy for having fused the traditional chants of that land with a more modern sound.

The song tells of the love/hate relationship that the people from Sardegna have with their homeland. "Amargura" is an untranslateable word, somewhat akin to the Portuguese "Saudade".

 

And since we are on KC... :D On the intro, you'll hear a nice breath-controlled synth sound which is a combination of VL-1 and something else, while the synth solo on the second snippet has been done very quickly on the AN1x. Enjoy!

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It's a beautiful song Carlo, I'm not surprised Al DiMeola chose it. It has a lovely simple floaty quality that keeps you listening, and the synth solo is excellent - it has just the right combination of virtuosity, tunefulness and length. I'm struggling for the right words here....what am I trying to say?....It's great!! :)

 

Cheers,

:DTR

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Carlo,

beautiful, expressive song with deep mediterranean influences. The synt solo is simply great.

:thu:

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Add me to the list of those respectful of your skill & happy for your situation!

As to the reasons AD may've chosen this tune over your "hundreds of jazz/fusion compositions", who knows---he's got a taste for Latin/Spanish tinged song but more important might be the strength of "simple" melodiousness.

 

In any case, kudos!

[& a reminder, you've been a great aid &, no doubt, inspiration, to many here at KC. Thanks for that, too!]

 

BTW, you've probably discussed this previously but I for one would be greatly interested in hearing about your collaboration w/Lester Bowie.

The AEC group has always been one of my favorites.

If you have time, please describe that, either in a new thread or via PM.

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