Hand on Your Heart Video

And now a short interlude for some musical satiation. Some of my friends know how much I love the sounds of Jose Gonzalez. If you’ve followed this blog of late, you might have seen that I am also interested in sharing with you the musical tones of diasporas of all sorts. These are sometimes the sounds of the geography of labor flows, or of persecutions, or likewise, the musical chronicles of “uneven development”. They’re also the musical results of globalization forcing commercial aural geographies one way, but people down below reinventing it another way, so to speak. Anyway, enough rambling… (but feel free to peruse the music category here).

Himself a first-generation Swede of displaced parents from Argentina, one thing that Gonzalez is known for is how he mutates other people’s songs through his guitar. His style is said to be inspired by Cuba’s Silvio Rodriguez (who, by the way, was just denied an entry visa into the US for Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday; way to reform…)

Now take a look at this one… First, Australia’s Kylie Minogue bubbles through a plaintive break-up song (“put your hand on your heart and tell me it’s all over”)

But then see how Gonzalez transforms it into the melancholic song it probably had to be anyway.


3 thoughts on “Hand on Your Heart Video

  1. Fabulous. Reminds me of when she stood up and self-mockingly recited “I should be so lucky” as poetry at the Royal Albert Hall during her Cave years, which was the end of the bubble gum and start of pop-goddess.

  2. Speaking of “the musical tones of diasporas of all sorts,” have you seen the musicologue “Latcho Drom” (1993), a doco-fic on the music of the Roma people? You’ll be right to tag it “sad” but I haven’t encountered any movie before or since whose numbers are so infectiously joyful, they make you wanna get up and just dance, dance, dance. An unconventional (and my favorite) musical. Worth tracking down is Jonathan Rosenbaum’s full review of the film, published in “Movies as Politics” (1997), but also could be found in The Chicago Reader.

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