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Balearic Brunch | Episode 2 | Winterish Moods...

Updated: Mar 2

NTS Radio broadcast the 2nd episode of Balearic Brunch live on December 3rd 2023.

 

About this show. – There is a change in the air; can you hear it in the Music? It took me two listening sessions to get the picture and the lingering message of the show. Of course, the whole vibe is relaxed, but, nonetheless, it holds in it some concern about tomorrow, about the future; nothing is everlastingly Joyous here, though the sun does get out a little bit; there is still a balance here, between now, what has been and what will be, hence the title of this post which precisely reflects that. And it makes me think about The Little Prince; in fact, I just found that quote that I forgot, and it perfectly fits this show's soul: "Of course, I’ll hurt you. Of course, you’ll hurt me. Of course, we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence means accepting the risk of absence."

This second edition of Balearic Brunch is all about that Joy that should be there, that can be there, but that is often if not always, slightly shadowed by the struggles, the changing, Life's instability and decorated with our own subjective fears. It's all in the Music and the lyrics, so, without further due, let's dive into this beautiful show!


 

PLAYLIST


Calm Presents Moonage Electric Ensemble – Noon at the Moon

Camelle Hinds – Sausalito Calling

Maze ft Frankie Beverley – Golden Time of Day

Cecilio & Kapono – Someday

Seawind – Free

Ned Doheny – To prove my love

Xavier – Love is on the one

Leonidas & Hobbes – Web of Intrigue (extended mix)

Blue night Turn me loose

 

THE LISTENING EXPERIENCE



Starting with two Gorgeous tracks that perfectly blend together, Calm Presents Moonage Electric Ensemble – Noon at the Moon [1999 - Discogs] & Camelle Hinds – Sausalito Calling [1996 - Discogs], Colleen sets the leading tone of this episode, which is one of relaxation, calm but with that icy spicy taste on the top of the cake, somewhere! For your information, Calm Presents Moonage Electric Ensemble was reissued a few days ago both on vinyl and on CD; a special CD version includes beautiful remixes by talented artists, including Davide Lovato whom we interviewed here on the blog.

This light uneasiness gets its confirmation in the following songs. Please look at the next five tracks; you'll see the equilibrium point I discussed at the start of this post. Maze ft Frankie Beverley – Golden Time of Day [1978 - Discogs] perfectly fits Sausalito Calling's rhythm, bringing a free moment of pure happiness. It is about enjoying the moment and considering what Life is all about when you change your point of view. Though we keep the Musical Balearic Spirit on the next song, Cecilio & Kapono – Someday [1975 - Discogs], we can't help but feel this song's message is much stronger; there is a need for change here, obviously. This need for a change is still present in the following song by the jazz fusion group from Hawaii, fronted by the vocals of Grammy-winning singer Pauline Wilson which is Seawind – Free [1979 - Discogs]. Keeping the pulse absolutely alive, Colleen then takes us to the next number, the absolutely Balearic but nonetheless a little bit weary track that is Ned Doheny – To Prove My Love [1978 - Discogs] There is a wonderful page about Ned just here.

Ending the show, the following three songs, Xavier – Love is on the one [1982 - Discogs], Leonidas & Hobbes – Web of Intrigue (extended mix) [2019 - Discogs] & Blue night turn me loose [1983 - Discogs & Bandcamp for the 2022 reissue] keep a worried musical touch with almost invocative lyrics, letting winter slowly enter your soul...

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