Disc de la setmana: Ben Bedford “Land of the shadows”

La música de Ben Bedford, es troba en aquesta línia tan prima que hi ha entre el folk i la música Americana. Cançons profundes on l’emoció i les lletres son expressives i commovedores. Ben s’endinsa en l’experiència humana d’una forma única i sovint recorrent a la recerca d’inspiració pels seus treballs.


El discs del 2009 “Lands of the shadows”, és el fidel exponent del que comentava, Ben ens porta a un viatge a través del paisatge de la humanitat, des de la vida de la dona d’un soldat confederat a temes d’actualitat com ara la manca d’habitatge, passat i present dels Estats Units. La seva música és commovedora, però poques vegades sentimental, les seves cançons són retrats que capten la vida i la vitalitat dels seus personatges.

Artista

Ben Bedford

Àlbum Land of the shadows
Cançó que escoltes Land of the shadows

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És compositor i intèrpret de veu suau i fàcil, però a la vegada també segura i forta. Ben recolzada per una banda de folk-roots (arrels populars). Només és el seu segon Cd però sona com si portes tota la vida fent això, és un treballa sòlid sòlid en tots els aspectes, lletres quasi fotogràfiques, arranjaments simples però molt interessants que acompanyen perfectament la veu d’en Ben. En general un disc força agradable d’escoltar.

Os deixo una petita mostre de les seves lletres.

 

LAND OF THE SHADOWS (song for Emmett Till)
(Ben Bedford)
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Emmett flashed her a smile from across the room
like a sulfur match in the growing gloom
‘gainst his smooth brown skin they were shinning white
in the land of the shadows, dark and light

He winked and he whistled and stepped into
the glaring glint of the afternoon
his 14 years of wrong and right
in the land of the shadows, dark and light

Chorus:
Just a Northern boy, didn’t mean a thing
only seen Mississippi in magazines
gonna tear his momma’s heart apart
in the land of the shadows, light and dark

With his cousins down that dusty road
he didn’t think on it, how could he know?
They was just teenage boys seeking girls and fights
in the land of the shadows, dark and light

His granddad stood in his white night gown
in the rough hewn door without a sound
they was two white boys, he wouldn’t give no fight
in the land of the shadows, dark and light

(Chorus)

Across the threshold, their plan in gear
they smelled like cigarettes, dry leaves and beer
with a 45 colt and the right of might
in the land of the shadows, dark and light

Pulled by four strong arms from sleep
where he prayed to the lord his soul to keep
to that half ton Chevy on a starry night
in the land of the shadows, dark and light

(Chorus)
[Instrumental break]

The river runs muddy in the summer time
they pulled a rusty wheel from an old turbine
didn’t look like nobody in the morning bright
in the land of the shadows, dark and light

Emmett flashed her a smile from across the room
like a sulfur match in the growing gloom
‘gainst his smooth brown skin they were shinning white
in the land of the shadows, dark and light
in the land of the shadows, dark and light
in the land of the shadows.

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