26/11/2009

Ensor

O estadounidense grupo indi They Might Be Giants fan una música de tipo experimental que algúns definen como rock intelectual polo pouco convencional da temática das súas composicións, a miúdo conteñen referencias á historia, ciencia, cine, literatura, arte ou música doutros artistas.
No 1994 publican o album John Henry e nel incúen a canción Meet James Ensor.
O pintor belga James Ensor (1860-1949) está considerado como precursor do expresionismo tanto pola temática como polo tratamento pictórico de forte cromatismo. O seu interese polo grotesco e polo macabro, levouno a tratar os temas máis dolorosos da Paixón.


Meet James Ensor, Belgium's famous painter
Dig him up and shake his hand
Appreciate the man
Before there were junk stores, before there was junk
He lived with his mother and the torments of Christ
The world has transforemed
A crowd gathered round
Pressed against his diwndow so they could be the first to meet James Ensor
Belgium's famous painter
Raise a glass and sit and stare
Understand the man
He lost all his friends
He didn't need his friends
He lived with his mother and repeated himself
The world has forgoten
The world moved along
The crowd at this window went back to their homes

Preséntoche a James Ensor, famoso pintor belga
Desenterrao e dalle a man
Apreciao
Antes de que existiran as tendas de segunda man
Antes de que existira o lixo
El vivía coa súa nai e cos tormentos de Cristo
O mundo cambiou
A multitude agolpouse na súa fiestra
Así que eles deberon ser os primeiros en coñecer a James Ensor
Famoso pintor belga
Ergue a túa copa, senta e fíxate
Entendeo
Perdeu todos os seus amigos
Non os necesitaba
Vivía coa súa nai e repetíase
O mundo esqueceu
O mundo cambiou
A xente da fiestra voltou os seus fogares


Aínda sen ter relación coa arte, non podo deixar de poñer esta canción, particularmente o video, referido ós reis de Mesopotamia: Sargón, Hamurabi, Asurbanipal e Gilgamesh (non van en orde cronolóxica). Foi publicada no album Else en 2007.


We've been driving around
From one end of this town to the other and back
But no one's ever seen us (No one's ever seen us)
Driving our Econoline van (And no one's ever heard of our band)
And no one's ever heard of our band
We're the Mesopotamians
Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, and Gilgamesh
Then they wouldn't understand a word we say,
So we'll scratch it all down into the clay
Half believing there will sometime come a day
Someone gives a damn
Maybe when the concrete has crumbled to sand
We're the Mesopotamians
Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, and Gilgamesh
The Mesopotam-ish sun is beating down
And making cracks in the ground
But there's nowhere else to stand
In Mesopotamia, (No one's ever seen us)
The kingdom where we secretly reign (And no one's ever heard of our band)
The land where we invisibly rule
As the Mesopotamians
Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, and Gilgamesh
This is my last stick of gum
I'm going to cut it up so everybody else gets some
Except for Ashurbanipal who says my haircut makes me look like a Mohenjo-daroan
Hey, Ashurbanipal,
I'm a Mesopotamian
Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, and Gilgamesh
We're the Mesopotamians
Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, and Gilgamesh
"Hey, man, I thought that you were dead
I thought you crashed your car"
"No, man, I've been right here this whole time playing bass guitar
For the Mesopotamians"
We're the Mesopotamians
Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal
Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, and Gilgamesh
We're the Mesopotamians
Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, and Gilgamesh

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