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Kara DioGuardi是American Idol上一季加入的評審,本身是詞曲創作者,很多歌手的製作人包括Celine Dion

和最新合作的Colbie Caillat。


第九季二十四強之一的Didi Benami在好萊塢週演唱Kara所寫的Terrified,唱的很不錯,連評審Simon都說這首歌

好聽。

"Terrified" performed by Didi Benami


事實上這首歌是Kara幫American Idol第五季冠軍Katharine Mcphee寫得,收錄在她最新專輯Unborken。

不過Kara自己唱的比較好聽,完全把Mcphee比下去,有點糗。

Kara DioGuardi singing terrified


所以本日最大的驚奇是,Kara唱歌好好聽喔,為什麼沒有出個人專輯呢?

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  剛好看到同樣在美國唸MBA的網友的Blog上看到他分享兩年來的心情與感想,由於有很多相似的情緒,特別有感覺,就用那個男孩第三人稱來講他的故事吧。

  如果沒有出國唸書,日子會是什麼樣子?這大概是一年多來男孩最常問自己的問題。以大學畢業學歷在104人力銀行一頁一頁的看職缺,剛開始很挑,挑工作有趣待遇不差的,漸漸變成亂槍打鳥,陷入惡性循環的迴圈,開始說服自己有工作就好還挑什麼,總不能一直窩在家裡當米蟲。如果人是因為不想當米蟲趕緊去掙一份工作,大概是屬於管理學理論那種最沒有效率的工人吧。兩年過後除了在學歷欄多勾了一項之外,有沒有更多的籌碼不要落入老鼠賽跑陷阱,這是男孩最近在焦慮的。

  如果沒有出國唸書,一段正在萌芽的感情會不會有結果?想當年這男孩很瀟灑的覺得自己沒有負擔可以義無反顧的出國唸書,他唯一沒有算計到的,是他在出國前重新認識了女孩,開始經營著忽近忽遠的感情。距離是殘酷的,一年之後男孩女孩越來越忙碌,根本不知道如果見了面感覺還在不在,只能不斷的催眠自己如果不是出國唸書,就可以留下來照顧她,一起生活著。

  大家總是說人在異鄉唸書總是孤獨,尤其生活圈比較小,在彼此互相照顧的情況下很容易產生感情。但這男生很傻,一直把已經不知道飄到哪兒的風箏掛在嘴巴上,一直把女孩當作擋箭牌,想與人保持距離。有人說這男孩很癡情,有人說因為他格格不入,其實男孩只是想過著簡單單純的生活罷了,不想被誤會,不想解釋來解釋去,不想有同儕壓力,他寧願一個人待在房間留言給朋友。

  男孩身邊當然有認真的朋友,他們都會很關心這兩年來有什麼自我成長的心得,想知道唸MBA是什麼樣子。這男孩覺得MBA教育除了財務的專業課程之外,其他的課程是一種思考的訓練,告訴你有很多種工具可以用,但MBA學生要學會用什麼工具來分析問題進而解決它。男孩對接收新知識很有興趣,但他發現MBA教育有一個最大的問題也是美國人的問題,所有的文章跟case都在告訴你成功或是失敗的例子,然後分析其中的因素,但男孩覺得這種歸納法是很粗糙也很容易誤導學生的,演繹法的推論比較有邏輯,男孩想知道不是你只要這樣做,就可以像XX公司一樣成功,他想知道的是「為什麼」這樣做會成功。

可惜美國時間也不夠讓美國人想這些問題。

  接近了快畢業的季節,所有畢業生一定面臨著要待在美國工作還是回國的抉擇,男孩也不例外。不管最後的決定是什麼,男孩希望自己還有身邊的朋友不要有那種留在美國才優秀留在美國比較好的偏差觀念,到時才不會與預期落差太大,時間越緊迫越不想做決定卻是預期內的事情。

  留學生有假期一起出去玩,沒事一起吃飯都不會讓人感覺孤單,但對這男孩來說還是會孤獨,有時候他沒有辦法哪麼豁達,即使朋友說他有無法寫在履歷表上的聰明,但他還是無法解開一些枷鎖。

  唉,那男孩怎麼跟我那麼像,網路時代找到知己好像特別容易。

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Rascal Flatts應該是近年來最紅的鄉村團體,有人說他們是鄉村版的男孩偶像團體,男女老少通吃那種,不過我看近幾年他們胖了很多,不宜再走偶像路線。他們有好幾首歌同時佔據了鄉村跟流行音樂排行榜的位置...

蔣爸介紹Rascal Flatts http://www1.iwant-pop.com/a-d0004/?sn=a-d0004_20090130_01

我特別喜歡他們其中的三首歌:《Skin》、《Here Comes Goodbye》、《What Hurts the Most》他們用Skin這首歌從頭講一個少女的故事,跌倒發現血癌,雖然來得及治療卻有副作用。有天早上醒來真的發現掉頭髮,知道自己在舞會上跟情人跳舞的夢碎了,有誰會帶一個生病的女生去舞會跳舞呢?故事的結局當然很老梗,自己去看MV。這是我覺得用一首歌講一個故事最有畫面的經典,不用看MV就可以勾勒出如電影般的劇情。



Sara Beth is scared to death
To hear what the doctor will say
She hasn't been well, since the day that she fell
And the bruise it just won't go away

So she sits and she waits with her mother and dad
And flips through an old magazine
Till the nurse with the smile stands at the door
And says will you please come with me

Sara Beth is scared to death
Cause the doctor just told her the news
Between the red cells and white, something's not right
But we're gonna take care of you

Six chances in ten, it won't come back again
With the therapy we're gonna try
It's just been approved, it's the strongest there is
And I think that we caught it in time
And Sara Beth closes her eyes.

She dreams she's dancing
Around and around without any cares
And her very first love is holding her close
And a soft wind is blowing her hair

Sara Beth is scared to death
As she sits holding her mom
Cause it would be a mistake for someone to take
A girl with no hair to the prom

For just this morning, right there on her pillow
Was the cruelest of any surprise
And she cried when she gathered it all in her hands
The proof that she couldn't deny
And Sara Beth closes her eyes

And she dreams she's dancing
Around and around without any cares
And her very first love is holding her close
And a soft wind is blowing her hair

It's quarter to seven, that boy's at the door
And her daddy ushers him in
And when he takes off his cap
They all start to cry
Cause this morning where his hair had all been
Softly she touches just skin

And they go dancing, around and around
Without any cares
And her very first true love is holding her close
And for a moment she isn't scared


Here Comes Goodbye講的是失去的故事,MV拍得也很正面



最後一首是What Hurts the Most,歌很好聽但MV就拍得比較煽情,尤其最後一句I saw you,讓我想Avatar。


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我必須承認在我很小很小的時候就在唱片行認識Carole King這一號人物,但並沒有真正聽她唱歌。不過認識一首歌就是這麼奇妙,昨天意外的聽到早在1971年就灌錄的單曲You've got A Friend演唱會版本,深深為之著迷...


二話不說去Amazon下載了美國音樂史上第一張發行一年就賣了八百多萬張記錄的專輯《Tapestry》,這張民謠曲風訴說著貼近生活的各種情感的簡單專輯,在搖滾樂盛行的七零年代,這張專輯的熱賣簡直是奇蹟。


Carole King今年已經68歲了,2010還是繼續跟好朋友James Taylor辦世界巡迴演唱會。五零年代出道的她都是幫人作嫁,她寫的歌都是別人唱紅的,一直到71年自己收錄自己作品的《Tapestry》才算是大大的成功。


這首You've got A Friend聽過一次大概就很難忘記它的旋律,寫得很簡單,鋼琴也很純淨,在2010音樂元素越來越豐富,表演越來越花俏誇張的年代,Carole King彈著鋼琴引導聽眾的情緒,我猜想當下觀眾腦海都是身邊好朋友的畫面,Carol King的演唱變成的自己電影的配樂,我猜想這就是現場演唱最厲害的功力吧!


Carole King - You've Got A Friend

另一場演出很經典,我依稀記得我有看過,以前有在電視上錄Shanin Twain參與演出的VH1演唱會好像有這一首。Carole King鋼琴伴奏,其他天后包括Celine Dion、Gloria Estefan還有Shanin Twain一起唱這首經典歌曲。

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他說縱貫線前面五十幾場都省下沒唱,回到家才唱這首給自己的歌。歌詞真是字字精鍊,他唱出來的感覺真是

深刻,外人看他的感情世界總是複雜,他只好用唱的給大家聽......


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我個人在2009年最喜歡的歌曲之一,鄉村音樂的新興團體,台灣好像翻作懷舊女郎...怪...




Need You Now

Picture perfect memories
Scattered all around the floor
Reaching for the phone
Cause I can't fight it anymore
And I wonder if I ever cross your mind
For me, it happens all the time

It's a quarter after one
I'm all alone
And I need you now
Said I wouldn't call
But I lost all control
And I need you now
And I don't know how I can do without
I just need you now

Another shot of whiskey
Can't stop looking at the door
Wishing you'd come sweeping in the way you did before
And I wonder if I ever cross your mind
For me it happens all the time

It's a quarter after one
I'm a little drunk
And I need you now
Said I wouldn't call
But I lost all control
And I need you now
And I don't know how I can do without
I just need you now

Woah, oh

Guess I'd rather hurt
than feel nothing at all

It's a quarter after one
I'm all alone and I need you now

And I said I wouldn't call
But I'm a little drunk
And I need you now

And I don't know how I can do without
I just need you now
I just need you now

Oh, baby, I need you now

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一般人都說唱歌不管投射多少情感,最忌諱的應該就是情緒控制不住影響到聲音的表現,會顯得很不專業。

前年的CMA頒獎典禮上有一位歌手在台上哭得很慘,很辛苦的把這首歌唱完,很令人動容。


來自北卡的Kellie Pickler是American Idol第五季的參賽者,最後只拿到第六名,但她卻是那一屆最早

出唱片的歌手。媽媽兩歲的時候離開她,爸爸在他童年的時候一直都在坐牢,所以她是祖父母帶大的,她寫

「I wonder」來表達自己不一樣的童年。


歌詞裡頭在講說小時候就幻想著如果媽媽在身邊可以幫她挑衣服,幫她綁頭髮,像其他女孩一樣。我聽說加州

的天氣(他媽媽在加州)很好,如果你回來北卡會跟當初還是小女孩但是現在已經長大的我說些什麼。原諒是

很簡單的一個詞,但是做起來卻很困難,尤其當你受傷很深時。


最後一段也是影片中情緒的爆發點,她說到如果你真的回到了北卡,我已經不在那裡了,妳當初認識的小女孩,

現在已經在田納西了。(她住在田納西發展她的鄉村音樂事業,當天頒獎典禮也是在田納西。)


這是我近年看過最動人的現場演出了。



Sometimes I think about you.
Wonder if you're out there somewhere thinkin' about me.
And would you even recognize,
The woman that your little girl has grown up to be.
Cuz I look in the mirror and all I see,
Are your brown eyes looking back at me.
They're the only thing you ever gave to me at all.


Oh I hear the weather's nice in California. There's sunny skies as far as I can see.
If you ever come back home to Carolina.
I wonder what you'd say to me.

I think about how it ain't fair.
That you weren't there to braid my hair like mothers do.
You weren't around to cheer me on.
Help me dress for my high school prom like mothers do.
Did you think I didn't need you here.
To hold my hand, to dry my tears.
Did you even miss me through the years at all?


Oh I hear the weather's nice in California. There's sunny skies as far as I can see.
If you ever come back home to Carolina.
I wonder what you'd say to me.

Forgiveness.
Such a simple word.
But its so hard to do.
When you've been hurt.

Oh I hear the weather's nice in California.
And just in case you're wondering about me.
From now on I won't be in Carolina
Your little girl is off...
Your little girl is off...
Your little girl is off to Tennessee

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