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Music that shaped my life part 6 of N…

I think I’ll let J.S. Bach and the baroque beside for a while( for sure, I’ll get back to him!) , to refer to a band, that started my affinity with rock n’roll, what later became love for metal…

I’ve told you that my dad had a great music collection, but, my mom had her own too… she loved one band over all .. the Beatles… I don’t remember exactly what age I was, I think about 9, when I asked her what music she liked the most, she said.. “ohh… the beatles”, I said,  “the what????”, “the beatles” she replied me… “I don´t know what is that!!!” was my answer.

 When we got back to home, I asked her to show me what was the beatles, then, she went to the library room, and picked up one LP (a very special one, I should say!!) it was “The beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl”. She started to play it… have you ever heard it?  it starts with a giant crowd yelling uncontrolled… a total hysteria.. the first song was “twist and shout” a very known one…  I must say, that the most impresive feature of this album was the nonstop yelling and hysteria, it was so shocking to me , I could just imagine the crowd.  I’m pretty sure that, this album,was the responsible of my affinity to prefer the live performances from artists than the studio albums.  I think it was so astonishing to me, never heard or seen something like that before, just awesome. Remember that, at this time, these were the first BIG gigs of rock and roll bands; nothing like these happened before!!

Let me show you what I mean, even with this song, that isn’t theirs, they made a great impression on me… now look this footage!!!

Twist and Shout..


There were many songs that I liked from this album… again, it shocked me!! Can’t buy my love, Ticket to Ride, A hard day’s night, All my loving, Boys, Help!, Things we said today…  Roll over beethoven.. I’d better say  that the whole album was great, the crowd madness created an undescribable atmosphere around those songs… awesome.

Hear this:

Boys, A hard day’s night, Help!


Ticket To Ride, Can’t Buy Me Love, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven


All My Loving, She Loves You, Long Tall Sally


When you’re a 9 years old boy, and you hear this, recomended by your own mother, you simply, absorb it!!! I got hooked on them… the following months I started to hear the studio albums and discovered a lot of great stuff that really got tatooed in my brain forever!!

Hope you enjoy it!!

Ricardo Gonzalez

Software Development Consultant


Music that shaped my life part 4 of N…

As I said before, J.S. Bach will take many posts in this series, and the reason is … just because he worth it, he’s the greatest!

Many of you, know that I’m not religious, I think your fate is made by yourself, so religion has no place in this way of thinking. But one thing I really admire is the religious art, maybe from paintings, architecture, maybe from literature or music, I’ve always been seduced by the respect, the humility and solemnity that the artists put in their works. I love church architecture, specially the gothic and reinassance, paintings from gothic, and in latam, paintings from the colony period are great… In music I can’t thing in any other composer better than J.S. Bach when related to religious music. He has been known because of that, and during the “discovery” of his works, many researchers and the general public understood how deep in his mind and heart was his love for god due his lutheran faith. Most of the religious works from Bach were Chorales that in their lyrics and music show deep beliefs and humility to gods creation.

There are many works from J.S. Bach in the category of religious music, motets, corales and masses… a very nice introduction to his religious work is “Jesu meine Freude”, one of the six  motets written by Bach. The structure includes 11 movements that when it’s analysed more in deep, you can see the symetry of the structure, where the sixth movement (a double fuge) acts as a structural mirror for the other movements, what  I mean is that the structure of the movements 1-5 is mirrored in the 7-11 movements in reverse order what shows the evident sense of bach related to symetry and perfection.

Jesu, meine Freude


Other great religious work from J.S. Bach is the “jesu nun sei gepreiset” cantata, BWV 41. The vocal part in this work is beautiful and the instrumental part also, i really like it. It’s a lovely piece with a very relevant part for corno, oboe and trumpet in the first movement, but he wonderfully changes the most relevant instrument in each movement, in the end, he returns to the corno, and trumpet.. magnificant.


Having seen those previous works, just prepare you for the greatest religious work of J.S. Bach (in my opinion), the Mass in D minor, a 27 part work, that simply, makes you feel as a dust particle in the universe, which is what we are in the end… the solemnity, humility and admiration that this work inspires is undescribable. It took me a lot of time to know this work, to absorb it, it’s very long and doesn’t spare any effort in the pursue of perfection.  Here are some excerpts from this great work:

 Kyrie eleison


Gloria in Excelsis Deo


Et in terra pax


Ladamus te


Patrem omnipotentem




Osanna in excelsis


As I said before, and I won’t get tired of saying it… J.S. Bach rules!! and his work opened my mind since I was a kid. I feel just lucky to have known him(his work, you know).

Again, hope you enjoy it!

Ricardo Gonzalez Vargas

Software Development Consultant


Music that shaped my life part 2 of N…

I think it will be more frequent than I thought, to write this series. I felt really good doing the first post.

Some people who know me may be astonished about the content of this series, just because I’m usually associated just to Death Metal, but, even being one of my favorite genders, and basically, the music that I use to play the most, the purpose of this series is exactly to find the way of how I got bounded to the music and how it had an important influence in me.

As I mentioned, my dad’s vynil collection was very diverse, and included many important latin american artists. Two of them were Facundo Cabral and Joan Manuel Serrat. Definitively two of the most influential and important spanish speaking  singers/songwriters. I remember that they seemed a little hippie to me, but  slowly I got used to hear them… Mom still loves them…specially Serrat.  Her heart melts every time she hears him. I think that the effect that this music used to have over mom and dad was so impressive to me and when you hear them  in deep detail  you can understand why was it. While I’m saying this, I am mapping this words to a time when I was between 7 and 12 years old; maybe too young to understand, but nice age to get used to the music, and later, I really learned to appreciate it.

I found a very nice performance of a great song, “No soy de aqui, ni soy de alla” by Facundo Cabral. In general, I am not a big fan of this kind of music, actually don’t like artists like Silvio Rodriguez or Pablo Milanes, even being in the same musical category, but I really like Cabral, not just one song, there are many great songs that come from him, and are worth to admire.


In this particular performance, this man makes a great display of inspiration trough the song introduction… In particular, this song reminds me that sometimes, the commonly considered “small” or “insignificant” things can be so valuable, the important thing is that we are able to realize it..

The other song that I would like to share is “Mediterraneo” from Serrat,  this song es very nice, i think it’s very fluid… this guy really knows how to write songs:


At the last minute I remembered another song from Serrat, I like the voice’s melodic line, and the lyrics, but I think that from the middle of the song it’s a little bit saturated with background lines… anyway, the lyric content is great,  and in many ways I agree with the song, life is the result of what you do with the situations that are placed for you to face, there’s nothing pre-written, there’s nothing that you cannot change by yourself.  “Cantares”.


At this point I could predict that I will need at least 60 or 70 posts to vaguely describe the topic… but I’m willing to do it!!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did or do …

Ricardo Gonzalez Vargas

Software Develpment Consultant


Music that shaped my life part 1 of N

It’s so hard to list a small set of songs that, as the title of this note says, sumarize everything about someone. I guess this list could be a never ending one, but I decided to formally start it. 

When I was a kid (I feel it was a long ago, by the way…), my dad used to work at a Discographic company… obviously, he had as many vynils as you can guess.. hundreds of them ranging from classic music to gay disco like Village People!!, from The Beatles to Led Zepellin… from je’taime to Joan Manuel Serrat a very diverse collection. I think this was a very important ingredient for me to be a deep admirer of music. As we returned to Colombia, 3 of my dearest cousins were studying @ UN Conservatory.. at this moment, I tought that was the greatest thing to do ever (I was 7)!! I was not bounded to any style, rhythm or band… just loved music, but there were certain songs that I’ll allways remember, that I think, shaped the way I became a grown man, and sometimes, they can express much of how I feel or how I see the world.

I’ll start this list with one of the best performances ever made for this two songs; My dad loved them, and he used to hear them frecuently, amongst other great songs. I remember so deeply how my mother used to enjoy to see my father delighted with those songs, her eyes used to shine, and of course, her smile was impossible to hide…

The first song I will include in this list is “Cambalache”, originally written by  Enrique Santos Discépolo in 1935, wonderfully performed by Carlos Gardel, Serrat, Julio Inglesias, Calamaro, Nacha Guevara and many others…

This is my prefered performance, with Roberto Goyeneche (“The polish”) and Astor Piazzola (original audio over a new brand video):


Some times it’s hard to think that this song was written so much time ago, Its message is as current (or more than) as before.

The second one is “Balada para un loco” originally written by Astor Piazzola & Horacio Ferrer. Performed by many singers like Amelita Baltar, Anna Saeki (japanesse version), Claudia Pannone and many others. It was considered a big milestone in what is considered the “New Tango”.

Again, my prefered performance includes Roberto Goyeneche and Astor Piazzola. My dad used to play this same vinyl… (original audio… no video)


You tell me, if Roberto Goyeneche wasn’t one of the best tango singer ever, and what about Astor Piazzola?  Tango music couldn’t be so great as it is whithout them. 

This one shows you that sometimes the reality and sanity are not necesary, and basically, are not useful to express your feelings…
A third song that worths to be included due the genre that I’ve mentioned today is “Malena”, written by Lucio Demare and  Homero Manzi in 1941. This song has been also performed by many artists, including  Roberto Goyeneche, Serrat, Adriana Varela, Libertad Lamarque, Rossana Falasca (recently heard her (thanks to cch)), Fernando Farina… the list is endless.. In my opinion, the best performer for this song is Sussana Rinaldi, here are two great versions of “Malena” performed by her, the first one is a classic version, not sure about the acompanying band, but surely is a great version. The second one is performed by Sudestada Tango Lounge with Sussana Rinalidi, it is a very good electrotango version  of the song, if you like the original, you will love this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQfv3422Jio  – S. Rinaldi classic version

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnSx7ny3yYI   – Sudestada Tango w/S. Rinaldi

For this one, I guess it was one of the first songs from wich I learn that the music is the gate of your soul, that even the deepest sadness could be expressed with music and even better, you can take a lot of pleasure in that

I’m not sure about how often I will write these notes, what i’m sure is that I will. I guess it helps me to rediscover myself for what I’ve probably forgot, or for what I unconsciously just wanted to bury deeply in my memories.

I hope you enjoy them, even being something very personal (I think as personal as religion o politics… things that I don’t like to argue about)  I’ll value your point of view…

Ricardo Gonzalez

Software Development Consultant