Sunday, June 22, 2008

絕唱

曾有一段時間,非常心醉於仍值壯年卻已遠離的歌者旋律,國內例如蔡藍欽、張雨生,國外如 Nat King Cole,除了獨特誠摯嗓音,流暢自然聲線,還瀰漫斯人已遠的感嘆。

1956-1957年 Verve 出版了兩大爵士樂巨人 Ella Fitzgerald 及 Louis Armstrong 攜手合作的專輯三張,分別為 Ella and Louis、Ella and Louis Again 及 Porgy and Bess。

演唱大多由 Ella 開始,Louis 輔以小號伴奏,隨後才加入他的演唱或兩人合唱。這種兩人對唱式的競演,非得他倆才有辦法達到渾然天成的境界。



喜歡Moonlight In Vermont 歌詞的意境,彷彿超然的敘事,最後的 You and I 點出相愛的記憶;果然再美的風景,也需要與對的人共賞,否則買張明信片就成了。更偏愛 Ella and Louis 的版本,在絲緞與沙啞、人聲與小號相襯的樂音中,重溫明月清風暟雪山徑的相逢故事。

Moonlight In Vermont

written by John Blackburn and Karl Suessdorf in 1943

Pennies in a stream,
Falling leaves, a sycamore..
Moonlight in Vermont.

Icy finger waves,
Ski trails down a mountain side
Snowlight in Vermont.

Telegraph cables, that sing down the highway
And travel each bend in the road,
People who meet in this romantic setting
Are so hypnotized by the lovely

Evening summer breeze,
Warbling of a meadowlark,
Moonlight in Vermont,

You and I and moonlight in Vermont.

1971 年手臂強壯先生走了,艾拉夫人一生不停地吟唱,1996年也閉上了雙眼,多麼不能割捨的聲音啊,所幸留下絕唱。

許多人事遠了就淡了,淡了就斷了,唱和的詞句卻跟隨著餘生的腳步;再精采的人都難免一死了,除了遙遙相望的文字,這一生還能執著什麼呢?

5 comments:

L.S. said...

愛拉和手臂強壯的cheek to cheek 臉頰貼臉頰也很好聽

遇見盲醫師彷彿置身天堂
Heaven, I'm in Heaven,

心跳加速 老貍亂撞 不能言語
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak;

尋覓到畢生快樂
And I seem to find the happiness I seek

當我們臉頰貼臉頰大跳黏八達
When we're out together dancing, cheek to cheek.

與我共舞吧
Dance with me

我要抱妳入懷
I want my arm about you;

妳的一顰一笑 千嬌百媚
The charm about you

就是我的極樂天堂~~
Will carry me thro' to Heaven

blinddoc said...

小狸

您的翻譯多妙啊

除了"遇見盲醫師"那一句 :P

Anonymous said...

Interesting post. Of course Lady Ella did not just fade away. Besides the melodies, she had left a lasting legacy in eye research. She had suffered extensive diabetic retinopathy and was hoping for a real cure. For the latter, she had raised quite a bit of money for it.

As to Moonlight in Vermont, IMHO, Sinatra's pop music version is more fitting as it is very hard to link Vermont with jazz. Even Burlington, VT, is no New Orleans, LA.

And Summertime must be performed by Ella and Satchmo. There is simply no other way.

am said...

手臂強壯先生離開的時候
我還沒來呢.....:P

blinddoc said...

Ella 也因 DM 的併發症把雙腿割掉了

(不曉得骨科醫師是否也因此傷透腦筋:P)

如果當時就有 avastin 或 lucentis

或是她體重減輕一些

可能眼部病情會控制得好一點