vrijdag 29 juli 2016

Cancion Mixteca (1912)

Canción Mixteca is a Mexican folk song written by Oaxacan composer José López Alavez.



Lopez Alavez wrote the melody of the song in 1912, and composed the lyrics in 1915.
The song won a competition organized by the Mexico City newspaper "El Universal"in 1918.

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Lopez Alavez describes his feelings of homesickness for his home region of Oaxaca after moving to Mexico City. In modern times, the song has become an anthem both for the region of Oaxaca and Mexican citizens living abroad who miss their homeland.


¡Qué lejos estoy del suelo donde he nacido!
inmensa nostalgia invade mi pensamiento;
y al verme tan solo y triste cual hoja al viento,
quisiera llorar, quisiera morir de sentimiento.
¡Oh Tierra del Sol! Suspiro por verte
ahora que lejos yo vivo sin luz, sin amor;
y al verme tan solo y triste cual hoja al viento,
quisiera llorar, quisiera morir de sentimiento.
How far I am from the land where I was born!
Immense nostalgia invades my heart;
And seeing myself so lonely and sad like a leaf in the wind,
I want to cry, I want to die from this feeling.
Oh Land of Sun! I yearn to see you!
Now that I'm so far from you, I live without light and love;
And seeing myself so lonely and sad like a leaf in the wind,
I want to cry, I want to die from this feeling.

Probably the first recording is by Trio Gonzalez in 1920.
Alcides Briceño (vocalist : tenor vocal)
Guillermo González (instrumentalist : guitar)
Francisco Aguirre del Pino (vocalist : baritone vocal)
Recorded April 2, 1920 in New York
Released on Victor 72673


I haven't found a copy of this Victor 78 yet, but if anyone has a soundfile it would be very welcome.

Another one I haven't found yet is the next one

(c) Trio Alvarez (1922)
Recorded October 1922 in New York
Released on Columbia C4164

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And this one:

(c) Lara y Novelo (1928)
Recorded March 1928 in San Antonio
Released on Vocalion 8223

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The oldest recording till now I could find:

(c) Juan Arvizu y Mario Talavera (1928)
Duet with the Orquesta Tipica under the direction of Esparza Oteo
Recorded May 1928 in Mexico City.
Released on Peerless 1122

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Also released on Brunswick 40381

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(c) Trío Garnica-Ascencio (1928)
Julia Garnica (vocalist)
Blanca Ascencio (vocalist : contralto)
Ofelia Ascencio (vocalist)
Raúl C. Rodríguez (instrumentalist : piano)
Recorded October 2, 1928
Released on Victor 81915

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(c) Esther Fernández (1936)
Sung in the movie "Alla En El Rancho Grande" from 1936

Allá en el Rancho Grande - Wikipedia

Watch Esther sing it here (at 17 minutes and 45 seconds in the movie below)

(c) Antonio Paz Flores & Ben Martinez  (1936)
Recorded October 20, 1936
Released on Bluebird 2908

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(c) Los Tres Murciélagos (1937)
Recorded January 20, 1937 in New York
Released on Columbia 5543-X
And on Vocalion 8905

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(c) Lilia del Valle (1948)
Sung in the movie "Alla En El Rancho Grande" from 1948.


Watch Lilia sing it here (at 18 minutes and 30 seconds in the movie below)

(c) Pedro Vargas (1953)
Sung in the movie "Espaldas Mojadas"


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(c) Miguel Aceves Mejia y Luis Aguilar (1957)
Sung in the movie HAY ANGELES CON ESPUELAS 1957

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(c) Lola Beltran

(c) Los Donnenos (1960)
Released early 1960's on the Torero-label

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Also released on the Columbia-label


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(c) Ames Brothers (1960)
Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City, 1960.
Released on the album "Hello Amigos" (RCA Victor LPM 2100)

The Ames Brothers - Hello Amigos (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Ry Cooder (1985)
Vocals – Harry Dean Stanton
With musical help of Jim Dickinson and David Lindley
Arranged By [Traditional] – Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder - Paris, Texas Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Linda Ronstadt (1989)
Recorded in 1989 for the DVD-album "Canciones de mi Padre"

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(c) Texas Tornadoes (1990)
Recorded live in KLRU-TV studio, Austin, TX on October 16, 1990 for "Austin City Limits"


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(c) Chieftains (2010)
In 2010 the Chieftains recorded an album with Ry Cooder and they include 2 versions of "Cancion Mixteca".


The first one with Ry Cooder.

And the second one with Los Tigres Del Norte.

In 2012 the "Paris Texas" actor Harry Dean Stanton is the subject of a film-documentary: "Partly Fiction".
Directed by Sophie Huber and featuring film clips; interviews with collaborators including Wenders, Shepard, Kris Kristofferson, and David Lynch; and Stanton's singing (ao "Cancion Mixteca".

Watch it here:

Here's the soundtrack-version

More versions of "Cancion Mixteca" here:

The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - CANCION MIXTECA

zondag 24 juli 2016

His Eye Is On The Sparrow (1905 / 1912)

"His Eye Is on the Sparrow" is a Gospel hymn. Although today it is a staple of African-American worship services, the song was originally written in 1905 by two white songwriters, lyricist Civilla Durfee Martin and composer Charles Hutchinson Gabriel.

Civilla Martin, who wrote the lyrics, said this about her inspiration to write the song based in the scriptures outlined above: "Early in the spring of 1905, my husband and I were sojourning in Elmira, New York. We contracted a deep friendship for a couple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle—true saints of God. Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for nigh twenty years. Her husband was an incurable cripple who had to propel himself to and from his business in a wheel chair. Despite their afflictions, they lived happy Christian lives, bringing inspiration and comfort to all who knew them. One day while we were visiting with the Doolittles, my husband commented on their bright hopefulness and asked them for the secret of it. Mrs. Doolittle's reply was simple: "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me." The beauty of this simple expression of boundless faith gripped the hearts and fired the imagination of Dr. Martin and me. The hymn "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" was the outcome of that experience".



The song was contained in "Alexander's Gospel Songs" compiled by Charles Alexander and published in 1910 by the Fleming H. Revell Company.



"His Eye Is On The Sparrow" is song # 42 in that book.

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William McEwan, born in Glasgow, Scotland, had learned the song while on a journey to America from 1908 to 1911.
(During this period he also had learned another song penned by Charles Gabriel: "Will The Circle Be Unbroken") SEE ----Joop's Musical Flowers: Will The Circle Be Unbroken (1912).

When McEwan came back to England from his journey to America, McEwan immediately recorded the song, amongst 24 other gospelsongs he had learned in the US.

(o) William McEwan (1912)
Recorded November 1911 in London
Released on Columbia 1852.

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In 1927 William McEwan recorded the song again.
On 3rd June 1927 he boarded the SS Caronia in New York, bound for Plymouth. Presumably he completed his intended tour of Scotland and Wales during the summer before going back into the studio in London in August. 


His 2nd version was released in 1928 on Columbia 4574 (UK)

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(c) Madame Magdalene Tartt Lawrence (1923)
Recorded December 1922, matrix 5090.
Released in 1923 on Paramount 12092

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(c) A.E. Greenlaw (1923)

Recorded around April 1923 and released on the Black Swan label: BS 2124
On this release they have accidentally changed the composers of the B-side with those of the A-side.
Composers should be (Gabriel / Martin)

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In 1924 it was re-released on the Paramount-label: Paramount 12110


(c) Hattie Parker with Pace Jubilee Singers (1927)
Recorded in Chicago on April 18, 1927
Released on Brunswick 7008 and on Supertone 2241 in 1927
and on Vocalion 1167 in 1928


Brunswick Records: Chicago and regional sessions - Ross Laird, Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company, Brunswick Radio Corporation - Google Boeken

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(c) Norfolk Jubilee Quartette (1927)
Recorded September 1927 in New York
Released on Paramount 12630

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And as Georgia Sacred Singers on Broadway 5048  and Herwin 93028

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(c) Coleman Brothers (1944)
Recorded in New York on March 16, 1944
Released in 1944 on Decca 8662 and on Coral 65003

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(c) Five Gospel Souls (1945)
Released on the Harlem label #1013

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And also as by Five Gospel Stirrers on the 20th Century-label #20-54

The Five Gospel Souls and the Five Gospel Stirrers were an early incarnation of the Soul Stirrers.


(c) Soul Stirrers (1946)
Released on the Aladdin-label #2004



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(c) Bill Kenny and the Song Spinners (1951)
Released on Decca 14564 (matrix 80723)


(c) Mahalia Jackson (1951)
Recorded July 17, 1951
Released on Apollo 246

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(c) Ethel Waters (1952)
In the 1952 movie "The Member of the Wedding" With Ethel Waters as Bernice Sadie Brown;

(c) Fairfield Four (1953)


Released on Dot # 1160

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(c) Harmonizing 4 (1958)


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(c) Marvin Gaye 1968
Released on Motown M 1128


Also on the album "In Loving Memory" (Tribute to Berry Gordy's sister, Mrs Loucye Gordy Wakefield)

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( c) Diana Ross (1994)



(c) Deniece Williams (1989)


(c) Lauryn Hill and Tanya Blount ( (in movie "Sister Act 2")

And on the soundtrack:

Whitney Houston recorded a version for the soundtrack of the 2012 remake of the musical film Sparkle.


RCA Records released the song as the second single from the album on June 8, 2012, four months after Houston's death. The song made its debut only one day after the premiere of "Celebrate". AllMusic called it a "piano, organ, and choir" showcase for Houston, citing it as a highlight of the soundtrack although admitting "Houston sounds as commanding as one can expect from a later recording."
Entertainment Weekly editor Melissa Maerz called it "a gorgeously rippling solo" with Houston "testifying ...] that Jesus is watching over her."
Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone panned the cover, saying "Houston sings – and croaks – in a voice octaves lower than in her prime. At times the song has a ravaged magnificence, but mostly it's painful."

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