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What Would You Do?

https://versetones.com/track/1694799/what-would-you-do-up-tempo-version

Music: Alain Mercier Words: Robert Kramberger (Copyright 2019)

You, you’re my only friend 
‘Cause you remind me, I should never pretend 

You, you’re my closest friend 
Who sees me, for who I really am 

Why should I worry what others see, 
Just need to imagine what you want me to be… 
…if you think so. 

Tell me, something, 
Please tell me, something true 
What should I do? 

You, you’re my only friend 
‘Cause you remind me, to never offend 

You, you’re my closest friend 
Who knows me, for where I truly stand 

Why should I worry what others see, 
Just need to imagine what you want me to be… 
…if you think so. 

Tell me, something, 
Please tell me, something true 
What should I do?

Quiet Games

https://versetones.com/track/1693009/quiet-games

Music: Alain Mercier Words: Robert Kramberger (Copyright 2019)

You came here to suffer again 
You came to deliver some pain 

It’s the same, the same old game 

Going through that silence again 
Trying to find someone to blame 

It’s the same, the same quiet game 

Go ahead, whisper your thoughts 
Play it soft and don’t get caught 

It’s the same, the same old game 

Play it cool and play with fear 
What is that sound you hear? 

It’s the same, the same quiet game 

What have you become? 
What have you won? 
The game is done

So Brave

https://versetones.com/track/1693488/so-brave

Music: Alain Mercier Words: Robert Kramberger (Copyright 2019)

You’ve been wandering through this emotional haze 
That envelops your mind and soul for days upon days 
So brave, so brave 

As this black shroud conceals (all) your dreams and desires, 
Through the darkness you search for a light that inspires 
So brave, so brave… so brave 

Facing your fears that haunt you day and night, 
You try to convince everyone of your readiness to fight 
So brave, so brave… so brave 

Looking for the courage to go on, 
Finding the will to get it all done 
So brave, so brave… so brave 

Help and guide my way, help me find my way 

But every day is an effort just to get to the next 
Mark off each battle as you prepare for the rest 
So brave, so brave 

So, stand up to your challenges, real or not 
And overcome all the barriers that you have brought 
So brave, so brave… so brave 

You’ve been wandering Through this emotional haze 
That envelops your mind and soul for days upon days 
So brave, so brave… so brave 

Looking for the courage to go on, 
Finding the will to get it all done

THE THE: New Single, ‘We Can’t Stop What’s Coming’ – The Inertia Variations

“I have been waiting for tomorrow (all of my life)”, Matt Johnson (THE THE)

After a decade of absence from the music scene (not including film scores), Matt Johnson (THE THE) returns with a new single: ‘We Can’t Stop What’s Coming’.  And guitarist Johnny Marr — formerly with The Smiths and THE THE —  is back working with Matt.

The song, dedicated to Matt’s brother, Andrew, (an accomplished artist, illustrator on THE THE’s albums) who passed away in 2016, is from a new documentary ‘The Inertia Variations’, Inspired by the poem by John Tottenham, with the theme revolving around performance anxiety and fear of both success and failure.

Click below for video of new single, as well as clip of a THE THE classic ‘Uncertain Smile’ performed live in 1993.

THE THE – ‘We Can’t Stop What’s Coming’ – from the film The Inertia Variations

 

THE THE ‘Uncertain Smile’ Live

Take 1, Take 2: Original Songs and their Interpretations

Greetings music enthusiasts…and those just curious about matters cultural or just plain trivial.

I will be posting songs/videos from various artists, both recent and not so recent, comparing original versions with some crafty cover interpretations.

The songs…and their cover versions were not chosen because they were/are popular, but rather because of the unique impact each version had, stylistically or lyrically, at the time of their respective release. Some may be familiar, others not so familiar. I hope you enjoy!

After much review and thought, I have chosen ‘Gimme Some Truth’ (click first link below) for the first installment. Released by John Lennon on his 1971 album, Imagine, the song is a particularly biting response to the heated political climate in the early 70’s. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

The cover version is by Generation X, with a youthful Billy Idol (click 2nd link below). Released in 1978, the song is slightly updated to reflect the angst felt by British youth in that decade.

John Lennon _ ‘Gimme Some Truth’ 1971

 

Generation X version 1978:

 

Mutant Jazz: CD Concept

Mutant Jazz (Jazz Butcher + Split Enz): CD concept (From a series of CD compilation concepts I am creating for my blog)

Concept, Selection, Design, Copywriting: Robert Kramberger

Jazz Butcher:

Think of garage punk, Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground, a smattering of Pop, Blues, Country, New Age – seasoned with Lounge Jazz. That’s the JBC.

Pat Fish (A.K.A. The Jazz Butcher) and original partner in crime, Max Eider are back together after a 15 year split! Mr. Fish has been kicking around with a whole slew of musicians (some have actually been bonafide, talented Jazz folks) since the early eighties.

All this time, our pals, Pat and Max have been drinking way too much. Please enjoy the collateral damage.

 

Split Enz:

This is the original lineup(s) of Split Enz from the mid to late seventies. Most people only know the New Zealand/Australian band from their poppish incarnation in the eighties –

I Got You – through the Finn brothers (Neil and the original Split Enz founder, Tim) other musical outfit, Crowded House.

This stuff is really out there. Influenced by pioneers like David Bowie and Genesis (avec Peter Gabriel), these odd boys combine Pop, Classical, Traditional, and Jazz (particularly, 20’s Ragtime) with a style that defies classification. This is music that needs to be studied.

– Robert Kramberger 2015