Music for Winnetou & Old Shatterhand

Loved the books of Karl May and also the films made by Harald Reinl about the Apache Chief Winnetou and his white ‘blood brother’ Old Shatterhand. Large part of the appeal of the films was the co-production between Italy, France, Yugoslavia and Germany (where Karl May came from). The wonderful landscape of Velebit, Zrmanja and Plitvice in Croatia was used in the films, and inspired me to make this music:

 

 

 

here is the clip I made :

 

 

 

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Vindication for Athena

 

here are  the lyrics. For fun I translated them with Google translate into latin:

 

Oh Athena
they put a price on your soul
and corrupted your spirit
and were deaf to your call

Under the light of Alexandria
Behind Rome’s sword & shield
these unnatural men
only desire profit & yield.

oh Athena
pretium autem animam tuam
et perdidisti spiritus
et vocaveris défuit

Sub lucem Alexandrini
post gladius & scutum Romae
haec contra naturam hominum
& putant lucrum cedat.

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Thrown games – 2 songs about corruption

 

Toxic Tuxedo

Ooh yeah!
Hm-ah
–mmm

You can’t blame it on me
I could use the money
I was ready for your hand
What is there to understand?

Everybody needs a bit
From needy girls to
Dough or shit – I

Loved that purse in shady black
I could hear it singing back
’twas dying to be taken
With chances on the sly

And I was glad to do it
The dirtier the better
The greasier the fatter
‘Cos I could get away with it

trumpets

You offered me a gainful job
And she gave me a joyride,
She’d also heard your call
And gladly took an upside

But now the feds are closing in, and
Who’s to lose, and who’s to win

I’m dueling the choice
Of money or some inner voice

The flipside of the coin, mocks
Dancing round on heads and tails
Your yaught in Athens’ still for sale
To bulge another fairytale

(creaky radio voice)
They’re knocking on your door
Your pants are down
As you were having fun
But face it, you’re too fat to run
The years have plumped your gait
The weight of always being right
I didn’t pay you back
I just paid you your due

together with Pleudoniem’s Toxic Tuxedo this song was inspired by recent Fifa / Sepp Blatter corruption stories. If half of these are true it still is a crying shame.

Match fixing
Album Thrown games

Hide behind your hedge
banker swears a hollow pledge
fix that match
cash that catch
find that referee
willing to take that secret fee

Thruth belongs to no-one

Here comes the fixer
Game is set & done
Who cares about a verdict
when you’re on the run

The Chop-Chop Café
on Athen’s western outskirts
that’s the place to be
for a gamble & a samba

I am innocent
& have nothing to do
with these accusations
you know it wasn’t me
Besides, I’ve got a lawyer

Truth belongs to no-one

 

 

 

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New music on Reverbnation, Chunjié, year of the snake

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Recommending Kamilya by Youmna Saba

Interesting music from Beirut, Lebanon

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Wrong – featuring Linda Heirbaut

 

I was happy to get in touch with Dave (Snowman) Todd again. He is a prolific musician and fine online companion. He proposed to make this song with Linda Heirbaut from Belgium. She had the lyrics and main melody , Dave came up with the chords. Eric played bass and I did the violin, guitars, percussion and the mix. Hoping to work more with these guys.

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Copenhagen – Bent Cousin & mark Hoogslag

Pat & Amelia, the amenable Bent Cousins were kind enough to ask me to do something with their song Copenhagen. I was lucky to get a saxophone part from Mark Hoogslag almost immediately after asking him. So the mix I made and backing track I made was sort of jazz oriented.

You can hear & follow Bent Cousin here:

https://soundcloud.com/bentcousin

and Mark Hoogslag:

https://soundcloud.com/mark-hoogslag

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