Monday, July 11, 2005

Music review by Agent Rock-Steady

Hush-a-bye, don't you cry
go to sleep you little baby
when you wake, you shall have cake
and all the pretty little horses
blacks and bays, dapple and greys
all the pretty little horses
hmm, and mama loves, daddy loves
oh they love their little baby
when you wake, you shall have cake
and all the pretty little horses
blacks and bays, dapple and greys
all the pretty little horses
blacks and bays, dapple and greys
coach and six white horses
way down yonder, down in the meadow
lies a poor little child
the bees and the flies are pickin' out its eyes
the poor little child crying for its mother
oh, crying for its mother
hush-a-bye, don't you cry
go to sleep you little baby
when you wake, you shall have cake
and all the pretty little horses
blacks and bays, dapple and greys
coach and six white horses
blacks and bays, dapple and greys
all the pretty little horses
blacks and bays, dapple and greys
all the pretty little horses

-Calexico- All the Pretty Horses


Calexico, a Tucson collective of musicians focused around Joey Burns and John Convertino, forged an eclectic identity through their exploration of Southwestern culture. Composer Ennio Morricone's spaghetti Westerns as well as Portuguese fado; Afro-Peruvian music; and '50s and '60s jazz, country, and surf music all factored into Calexico's music.

www.casadecalexico.com

I find that this band is great for reflections. The southwestern influence
and Spanish guitar is gentle and soothing on hot evenings. While listening to the song, it is easy to imagine yourself in a little Cantina, with no air condition, sipping a cold margarita or perhaps a Corona.

The joy of this band is their use of instruments. The instrumental songs
explode with flavor and variety. Like the most delicious fruit salad, but instead of flavorful fruits, you get acoustic guitars, Spanish guitar, electric guitars, horns, keyboard, bass, and drums.

Fakie readers, if you're looking for music to add to your collection that is rich in culture, or for something that will provide a romantic background music, I suggest treating your ears to Calexico.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, I recognized these lyrics as a lullaby, but didn't quite understand your commentary about the cantina. Then, after listening to the song, I like the image and feeling you've described. I really like your analogy of the fruit salad to different instruments the band uses.
I have never listened carefully to the lyrics in the lullaby before, but after reading the part about the baby getting it's eye's picked out, I don't have the same feeling about it now!

Rock-steady said...

That line does make the song a little haunting.

I am glad you caught that. I post the lyrics, so people can see the poetry within the song. So often, the only part of a song we get to know is the rhythm and beat, but there is so much more within the lyrics. The lyrics are where you find the meaning of the song and why it was written in the first place.