DD TV Playlist – 22nd October 2017

Duran Duran –  Girl panic

Andy Taylor –  Stone cold sober

Michael Kratz feat. Dom Brown –  What did I …?

Anna Ross – Karman line

Arcadia –  El diablo

The Power Station –  Go to zero

Warren Cuccurullo –  The third eye

John Taylor –  Just good friends

The Devils – Signals in smoke

Neurotic Outsiders – Feelings are good

Autohypnosis –  The numbers

Luke Skyscraper (Fashion)  – Silver Blades

Michael Des Barres –  Rock n’ roll Santa

The Gravity Drive – Shooting star

The Cars – Heartbeat City

Paolo Conte – Con te

Charlie Puth – How long

Jayin – Dynabeat

 

 

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DD TV The viewer – October 2017

October 2017

Aside the only official Oscar’s ceremony held in LA every year, this is the place where we post our feedback on the most impressive movies we have watched in these past few months.

We use the following “rough” method for the rating.

*** (3 stars) good movie, but not excellent

**** (4 stars) great

***** (5 stars) don’t miss it, highly recommended

IAN FLEMING 2016 with Dominic Cooper

It wasn’t a proper movie, but a mini fiction of two episodes, a biopic on the life of the mister Ian Fleming, the author of all stories that generated the 20-more movies of James Bond that aired on the Italian TV in early September.

He actually created the character of James Bond.

Mister Fleming hasn’t had a quiet life: he was a sort of spy for real, during the World War II, he contributed to create the today CIA, he contributed to decode “Enigma”, the cryptic system used by the Nazis to communicate. He was a brave man, even in love affairs, he led a life similar to the Bond’s one. I expected someone like Ernest Hemingway, because I read Fleming wrote the James Bond’s venture tales in Jamaica (Hemingway was in Cuba).

This delicious two-parts- movie told all of the life of the mister Fleming with a little fiction, some sex scenes were explicit. There was  not so much blood or violence, but much action and venture.

It was interesting, funny. It was a thrill just like whenever I watch any of the 007 Bond movies !!

**** 4 stars out of 5

THE LGIHT OF YOUR EYES with Marguerite Yourcé, France, 2014

From a real fact: we are in the 1920s, in France, and the protagonist is a young girl affected by a severe neuro-disease that led her to be blind and to be deaf, since her birth. Her family wasn’t rich and they could not feed her or educate her normally, like any other child, not to mention her particular condition.

One day they bring the girl to a Catholic institute where a nun finally, after a long time, manages to take some little cares for her, because the young girl, untrusting anyone, let the nun approach to her, gradually.

This story turned into a movie is a poignant story and I have to admit that few tears rolled down on my cheeks. It recalled me a classic film of the French director Francois Truffaut, titled “L’Enfant sauvage”, that at school, when I was about 12-13 years old, our teachers forced us to watch!! The Truffaut movie shares few similarities, although the “Wild Boy of Alveyron” was abandoned in the jungle during his childhood and he was brought up by the apes; both these unfortunate   children share “animal approach” towards anything human beings.

In the end, you come supporting the girl and her nun/tutor. Once she is turned into a human, so to speak, then she has to face the discrimination in real life.

*** 3 stars out of 5

THE INTERNATIONAL – (USA/Germany – 2009) with Clive Owen and Naomi Watts

It was an amazing spy story and some portions of it were shot in Italy, too, although in the credits it is not acknowledged.

I found actor Clive Owen half a way between Nicholas Cage and Aaron Eikherart, two of my fave actors off the new generation.

The story is very simple and maybe not so original: An agent of Interpol has to find the murderer of a co-worker: papers, visits, travels in other counties to get the clues, but the other colleagues of the same agency and other spy agencies make their best to put the man in difficulties. With wrong information or fake information, or corrupting the media to say another version of the truth. ….

The story is very simple: I think the best points on it were the suspense à la Hitchcock, the action, the 2.0 technology that recalled me also “Mission impossible”.

Glad to point out that there was not much violence, no obscene language and finally the right share of blood.

This was maybe a spy “B movie”, a little underrated, but it deserves to be watched more than one time.

**** 4 stars out of 5

 

Next update in February 2018

 

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DD TV Playlist – 15th October 2017

Duran Duran –  Medazzaland

Andy Taylor –  Take it easy

Michael Kratz feat. Dom Brown –  What did I …?

Anna Ross – First day

Arcadia –  The promise

The Power Station –  Living in fear

Warren Cuccurullo –   The experiment

John Taylor –  Winners and losers

The Devils – Come alive

Neurotic Outsiders – Better way

Autohypnosis –  Middle management

Luke Skyscraper (Fashion)  – Bike boys

Michael Des Barres –  Sold me down the river

The Gravity Drive – Shooting star

Blur – Coffee and TV

PFM – Quartiere generale

The Revivalists – I wish I knew you

Craig David – Heart line

 

 

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DD TV Danceophobia – October 2017

Our argument every time is developed in the three different phases, whose names took inspiration from groove and whose content changes according to the mood of the discussion. The “forerunner” is like an introduction, the “tour de force” is the place hosting the hottest words, and the “slow dance” is the conclusion.

“Lyrics are the engine of the song and might influence the groove”

FORERUNNER

This is a quote from the last week blog we uploaded, about lyrics. It is clear rap music is out of this, due to the nature of the music.

The context is that words are sometimes so intense, so important for the singers to be heard well by the fans that lyrics in this case get the main factor and can decide the groove of the song: slow to have the people better listening, fast groove to the lyrics featuring less serious lyrics. Is it true or it is a coincidence?

TOUR DE FORCE

In our long time listening career  we have noticed that in the drumbeat is set to slow in order to hear the voice and so the words louder and better, but there could be an another alternative version: the slow drumbeat can be slowed for the vocals only. In both cases, the vocalist is forced to “stay behind” the groove. It is around the drum that you hear most of the other instruments playing, so the voice tries to not fall in that noise and tries to stay behind it: it is a technique we heard many times before. If you have intense or important things to say, your voice should be out of the noise to be heard and that’s why it is better to use the slow songs for this aim.

There is no rule on the order of recording, that is what should be in before, the music or the lyrics, but mostly it is well known that the instrumental parts are often recorded before the lyrics. Lyrics are written “aside” the music, because creativity is harder to find on the music, you have only seven notes you can use, whereas there is not limit on the words. The final choice is the best one: in order to arrive into the listener’s heart and ears, an enjoyable, “sticky” groove should be related to good, fresh lyrics. Awesome challenge!

There is not doubt that catchy songs are the ones that get stickiest in people’s mind  for the refrains, unless the  authors want  to sing out something really important, or deep to their fans, so they might choose to focus in particular on the refrains, featuring the best concepts and words. The epic refrains are the ones that for the fans are referred to as “top listens”.  Again the groove is the hook for “hammering”  words.

Lastly, but not important, we recall the power of drums or of whatever beat: anthropologists tell us that even the apes are attracted by the beat, the beat is the primary “language”. In the same way, the drum beat, the groove is to us: thus is to mean that the groove is the “magnet” for the lyrics

SLOW DANCE

Having said that we must admit that the drummers play the backbone of the songs and the lyrics: they have a huge responsibility, but also a huge honour.

DJ SET:

This is another “ironic” DJ set, that is we picked up few songs whose titles can ironically match with these key words are: words – rhythm –hear(listen)

Enjoy!

Duran Duran – You kill me with silence

Michael Jackson – Beat it

Joan Armatrading – Kind words

F.R. David – Words

Bob Geldof – Beat of the night

U2 – With or without you

Spandau Ballet – Communication

Led Zeppelin – Communication breakdown

Depeche Mode – Enjoy the silence

The Verve – Bittersweet symphony

 

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DD TV Playlist – 8th October 2017

Duran Duran –  Notorious

Andy Taylor – End of the world

Michael Kratz feat. Dom Brown –  What did I …?

Anna Ross – Karman line

Arcadia –  Goodbye is forever

The Power Station – Babyin’ you

Warren Cuccurullo –  Intermission possible

John Taylor –  Girl Raw

The Devils – Memory palaces

Neurotic Outsiders – Good news

Autohypnosis –  Hopeless American Summer

Luke Skyscraper (Fashion)  – Die in the West

Michael Des Barres –  Boy meets car

The Gravity Drive – Shooting star

Tom Petty – Free fallin

Paola Turci – Off line

Ed Sheeran – Perfect

Kelly Clarkson – Love’s so soft

 

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DD TV – Lyrics do matter

When I listen to a song today what my music heroes tell me is important and it is sometimes the factor that determines if that songs deserves to be removed from my heart, my head and from my playlists!!

The progress. It was towards 1990 that I noticed I kind of “heard” the words, I think I was getting more concentrated and curious on the lyrics; in my English classes the international pop songs of the moment were taken to be the basis of English lessons: that was the beginning of all! Thanks to school my “naivety”, so to speak, of when I was 12 or 13 years old from 1990 was beginning to fade. The peak was in the 2000s, when I was conscious of my fluency in English, I was lucid and “adult” after my rehab off my coma. From since, I started to not neglect the lyrics, to not underestimate them at least. I learnt the meaning of a song is very often the “engine” of the groove; what the  performers mean determines the music. Funny that when I dislike a lyric, I miss the time when I was a kid that I didn’t listen to the words.

By the way of lyrics type that are intriguing, I love the introspective ones, the political/protest ones, the “visionary” ones (which usually features colours, picturesque descriptions, places…) used to describe a feeling, the songs about “running”, “fighting/struggling”, the ones about “aliens and astronauts”, songs on disease and doctors, the songs featuring animals, the songs about weather.

By the way of lyrics type I am not crazy for, I have to say I skip playing songs about death, about the search of a lover, especially when it’s a woman singing, the songs featuring a dad singing about their kids.

The above are mainly my biggest choices and fortunately for my heroes the list of songs featuring lyric types I love is longer than the opposite one. I have to say I’m not so categorical, I am able to be tolerant, or I try to ignore what it is said: in the end it is just a three minutes “brain experience”.

The “Read it and Catch it” featurette is a thing I wanted to create for the DD TV FB version: they’re few lyrics our  FB contacts sometimes ask to review, to share all what we figured out about, our view on what the authors might mean. So I can keep my brain trained and I love swapping ideas and hints with my fellow fans. However, we’re thinking to replace it with something new next year, because we don’t want to be boring.

I never thought lyrics could be important, I still put music at first, though.

Artists just need to communicate, to “say” something to their fans and it is amazing how they do it.

Guys, keep writing and keep up the amazing job, one of you last year was even honoured with the Nobel Prize …  Lol!

 

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DD TV Playlist – 1st October 2017

Duran Duran –  Butterfly girl

Andy Taylor – French guitar

Michael Kratz feat. Dom Brown –  What did I …?

Anna Ross – First day

Arcadia –  Election day

The Power Station –  Fancy that

Warren Cuccurullo –   The Trip

John Taylor –  The anti-wife

The Devils – Signals in smoke

Neurotic Outsiders – Angelina

Autohypnosis –  Beyond beyond

Luke Skyscraper (Fashion)  –  Product perfect

Michael Des Barres –  You’re my pain killer

The Gravity Drive – Wake of the dawn

INXS – Need you tonight

Fiorella Mannoia – I pensieri di Zoe

Depeche Mode – Cover me

George Michael feat. Nile Rodgers – Fantasy

 

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DD TV Glam Pop Party – September 2017

We are impressed how fast time flies: September is finishing. It was a busy and nervous month, but we hope it was a nicer time for you.

However we have to share the new end-of-the-month list!

This time the topic is “Producers” (of music albums, we mean)

Producers vs. The Question

What does it take to be a good music producer?  The big trusty names are few.

Producers vs. Live shows

If the music producer was so talented to help release a fantastic album, we can be sure the new footage will be frequently played live.

Producers vs. Top albums

The milestone albums bring the name of the producers on top, too and these guys get on demand almost immediately (see Mark Ronson, Nile Rodgers, … ). Well deserved! Nice job if you can get it

Producers vs. Legacy

Ditto as above. Both names and albums get stuck on fans’ mind for a long time, for generations. The best music producers become lessons to learn, benchmarks, “lighthouses in the sea” for the younger generations.

Producers vs. The challenge

The music producer has to act as a fan, first, then as one who has the tech and organization skills. He also needs to be “neutral” in particular when working in the Studio for and with bands. He necessarily needs to be a good mediator with the record labels. He doesn’t need to be a “Controller”. Rock on!

Producers vs. Music Awards

The “Best Albums” category winners honour the best producers. Is it right, or is it a limit? Let’s say the Best Album Award is a good beginning on the road.

Producers vs. Video clips

We always wondered if the producers of the amazing songs and albums off the 80’s really loved the video clips shot for the music they produced ??? In the end, we think they did not care at all, it was just not their business.

Producers vs. radio

Without the radio DJs first, who passed the best music out, certain music producers would today be unheard. And the producers knew and know very well that they should try attracting the radio DJs first.

Producers vs. covers and remakes

The guys tend to be recruited to make new music, new material, new music, because they have their own vision. Their perspective is sometimes also used to make covers of older hits. Covers and remakes are a more limited business, although it is a trend

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DD TV Playlist – 24th September 2017

Duran Duran –  The man who stole a leopard

Andy Taylor – Choices

Michael Kratz feat. Dom Brown –  What did I …?

Anna Ross – First day

Arcadia –  The flame

The Power Station –  Living in fear

Warren Cuccurullo –   Breaking down

John Taylor –  Losing you

The Devils –  Memory palaces

Neurotic Outsiders – Always wrong

Autohypnosis –  Meanwhile

Luke Skyscraper (Fashion)  –  Product perfect

Michael Des Barres – Carnaby street

The Gravity Drive – Wake of the dawn

Level 42 – Lessons in love

Gisnna Nannini – Fenomenale

Miley Cyrus – Younger now

Jason Derulo – If I’m lucky

 

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DD TV The Reader – September 2017

I’VE READ “The Martian” by Andy Weir

It actually is the sci-fi novel (I can guess it was underrated, at the release moment) of the movie “The Martian” out in 2016, starring actor Matt Damon

It’s the story of an astronaut working for the “Ares 3” mission to Mars, who actually landed with some other guys on the Red Planet, but a Martian sand storm destroys part of their equipment and forces almost all the crew to escape back to Earth. The guys, during their escape to salvation, see their mate Mark Watney (Matt Damon, in the movie) apparently deadly wounded and wrongly realize they got nothing they could do to save and to rescue him, so they leave him on Mars.

Things are different: astronaut Mark Watney isn’t dead, he manages to recover from his wounds using the medical tools he finds on the vehicles and uses all his knowledge on mechanic engineering and botanic to find ways to survive, until the moment other astronauts from Earth come back on Mars to save him.

The way the guys save him is the same as on the movie: I write this because the ends on the books are usually different than to the ones off the movies, whenever, of course, the novels become movies.

The parts of the book “from Mars” are written in first person, because he’s the surviving astronaut who reads his Martian daily diary. The portions “from Earth” are in “third person” and are in the past tense.

By the way, this novel, which reads in the beginning naive and a little silly, is today a world best-seller!!

I’M READING

“Italia nei secoli d’oro” (the Italian Renaissance, 1250 – 1452)  by Indro Montanelli and Roberto Gervasio

It’s a history book on the Italian Golden Age from 1250 to 1452, written by two of the major writers. Apart from cultivated, they had an amazing mind, wit and used lot of irony in their serious books.

I’m reading about, within the most celebrated people and Italian facts in the world now, Petrarch, Dante, Cola di Rienzo, Boccaccio, the charismatic Popes of that period, the plague who infected Europe, the births of the Italian universities, the very first Trade Unions, the story of the four Sea Republic, Genoa, Pisa, Venice and Leghorn… updates in the next Reader in January.

MY READY-TO-READ LIST

Glenn Cooper – “Down – Pinhole” one of the latest thriller novels of one of the most critically acclaimed authors of this generation.

Antonio Capranica – “Intramontabile Elisabetta”, a biography on the Queen of England written by a long time Italian journalist who was a special reporter for the Italian TV news from Buckingham Palace, so to me, a good (and ironic, when due) connoisseur on the Kingdom.

 

Next update: in January 2018

 

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