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Seruling sakti

Beberapa tahun yang lalu di sebuah stasiun televisi swasta di Indonesia pernah disiarkan sebuah acara yang sangat populer dimana salah seorang lakonnya sangat terkenal dengan “suling sakti”nya. Tentu saja acara ini sangat banyak pemirsanya. Padahal sang lakon tersebut tidak benar-benar bermain seruling, tapi cuma bergaya seperti orang yang sedang main seruling alias main seruling bo’ong-bo’ongan sambil berjoget. Sedangkan suara seruling ( kalau ada ) tentu saja berasal dari pemain seruling yang tidak kelihatan di layar televisi.  Dan acara ini berakhir dengan cukup menyedihkan bagi para pemirsanya dengan dihentikan oleh KPI. Sang lakon sesudah itu juga tidak pernah terdengar lagi kabarnya.

Tapi acara tersebut bukannya  dihentikan gara-gara sang lakon yang bermain seruling pura-pura,  melainkan karena sebab lain. Padahal acara tersebut cukup merakyat dan musiknya pun juga musik rakyat yaitu dangdut yang identik dengan seruling. Berbeda dengan para pemain seruling sungguhan seperti yang dibawah ini , karena mereka memang betul-betul pemain seruling yang jempolan. Jadi bukan asal bergaya saja.

Dimulai dari jaman musik klasik, seruling sudah merupakan salah satu primadona instrumen musik klasik. Salah satu pemain seruling klasik adalah Jean Pierre Rampal.

Tidak hanya pada era musik klasik saja seruling menjadi salah satu primadona. Tapi juga pada era musik jazz, banyak dikenal pemain seruling yang handal seperti Bud Shank, Hubert Laws, Herbie Mann, Dave Valentin, Alexander Zonjic, Jorge Dalto dan lain-lain.

Dua video dibawah memperlihatkan kepiawaian Dave Valentin dan Alexander Zonjic yang keduanya merupakan pemain flute jazz. Tapi kebetulan keduanya juga kadang memainkan musik klasik.

Bahkan ketika memasuki era yang lebih modern lagi yaitu rock, ada juga pemain seruling yang handal dan terkenal yaitu Ian Anderson. Ia juga merupakan vokalis dari group band Jethro Tull yang beraliran folk rock yang dicampur dengan progressive dan hard rock. Tapi kebetulan juga ia kadang-kadang memainkan lagu klasik.

 

Bagaimana dengan di Indonesia ? Bagaimana dengan peta musik di tanah air kita ? Di Indonesia banyak sekali pemain seruling dan sudah barang tentu mereka tidak kalah handal  bila dibandingkan dengan para pemain seruling dari luar negeri.  Cuma sayang nama mereka kurang terkenal bila dibandingkan dengan para penyanyi maupun para instrumentalis alat musik lain.

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Susi vs Suzi

Pada pelantikan menteri Kabinet Kerja Jokowi tanggal 27 Oktober lalu tampak ada beberapa hal yang menonjol. Ada 8 orang menteri wanita. Ada seorang guru besar perempuan pertama dari Papua yang bernama Yohana Susana Yembise. Tapi selain itu disaat para menteri wanita yang lain memakai baju batik dan  celana panjang atau rok panjang, ternyata ada juga  seorang menteri yang memakai kebaya dan kain jarik serta memakai sanggul. Ia memakai kaca mata warna gelap pula. Dia adalah Susi Pudjiastuti. Menteri kelautan dan perikanan kita.

Tak ayal sehabis pelantikan itu, media pun segera menyoroti penampilan dan dandanannya. Tidak berhenti sampai disitu saja, tapi media juga mengulas kembali kehidupan dan gaya hidupnya yang nyentrik serta suka merokok. Bisa dibilang kalau ia jadi sasaran empuk pers media. Apalagi kehidupannya  seperti seorang “pemberontak”, pendobrak norma-norma yang ada.

Tapi jauh sebelum itu, beberapa dekade sebelumnya ternyata ada juga seorang Susi yang juga pemberontak. Tapi nama Susi nya memakai huruf  “z” di huruf ketiganya. Ia adalah Suzi Quatro. Tapi ia tidak hidup di Indonesia, ia hidup di Amerika. Suzi yang ini juga seorang pemberontak dan pendobrak di masanya. Ia adalah seorang penyanyi dan pamain bass rock dimasa itu. Dimasa dimana masih jarang ada seorang wanita menyanyi rock.

Walaupun  Suzi Quatro ini adalah seorang rocker, tapi kecantikannya tidak diragukan lagi dan tidak kalah bila dibandingkan dengan artis-artis cewek pada umumnya. Demikian pula dengan Susi Pudjiastuti walaupun usianya hampir setengah abad, tapi kecantikannya juga masih terpancar dari wajahnya.

Tubuh si rocker Suzi ini pun mungil bukannya gagah perkasa seperti rocker pria. Demikian pula dengan Sri Pudjiastuti, walaupun tidak mungil tapi tubuhnya cukup singset. Apalagi waktu beliau memakai kebaya.

Suara kedua wanita ini pun berbeda dan punya kekhasannya sendiri-sendiri. Suzi Quatro walaupun seorang rocker, suaranya tidak berat dan serak. Tapi melengking tinggi. Sebaliknya walaupun Susi Pudjiastuti adalah seorang executive dan bukan seorang rocker, tapi suaranya berat dan serak.

Suzi Quatro dikenal  nyentrik dalam hal berbusana. Karena hampir selalu memakai outfit pullover tertutup dari kulit yang menutup tangan dan kakinya, sehingga sebagian orang menduga kalau tubuhnya tidak mulus dan perlu ditutup dengan pakaian. Walaupun pada akhirnya Suzi membuktikan kalau tubuhnya mulus dengan mamakai pakaian minim.

Suzi in leather outfit  Suzi wore bra and panty

Maka sebaliknya dengan Susi Pudjiastuti, dalam hal berbusana ia  tidak eksentrik tapi malah menunjukkan keanggunannya dengan sering berkain kebaya.  Busana tertutup dan sopan, seolah-olah mau menutupi tubuhnya. Memang  ternyata tubuhnya tidak mulus, tapi bertattoo dikakinya. Dan ia malah menunjukkan tattoo yang ada dikakinya dengan memakai jarik yang tersingkap tinggi.

Tato-Susi-Pudjiastuti

Kalau Suzi Quatro lebih sering memakai celana panjang, karena memang sesuai dengan bidang musik rock yang digelutinya yang pada umumnya lebih sering digeluti para pria. Maka Susi Pudjiastuti lebih sering memakai kebaya pada acara-acara formal yang dihadirinya. disaat yang bersamaan dimana para executive lebih sering menghindari memakai kebaya.

Kalau dulu Suzi Quatro merupakan satu salah perintis  penyanyi rock wanita dan sekaligus seorang pejuang emansipasi wanita di bidang musik rock, tapi sekalipun begitu tidak ada suara-suara minor  yang mengatakannya sebagai orang gila. Maka Susi Pudjiastuti walaupun bukan seorang menteri wanita yang pertama di Indonesia, tapi sebagian orang mengatakannya sebagai “orang gila” termasuk dirinya sendiri sewaktu ia ditawari untuk menjadi menteri oleh Jokowi. Karena tingkah lakunya yang nyentrik. belum lagi kebiasaannya merokok. Nada-nada sumbang pun terdengar seiring pengangkatannya menjadi menteri. Apalagi latar belakang pendidikannya cuma SMP.

Kalau dulu Suzi Quatro boleh dibilang sebagai revolusi mental untuk seorang wanita sebagai penyanyi rock, maka Susi Pudjiastuti boleh dibilang sebagai hasil revolusi mental dari Jokowi. Begitulah paling tidak pandangan  minor dari pers. Bahkan seorang gembong juru kampanye koalisi KMP yang jadi rival Jokowi sewaktu Pilpres ikut mengatakan kalau perlu ada menteri yang bertattoo.

Tapi diluar semuanya itu seperti halnya Suzi Quatro yang pernah meraih beberapa penghargaan di masanya, Susi Pudjiastuti pun adalah seorang wanita yang berprestasi tinggi khsususnya di bidang bisnis dan pernah meraih berbagai penghargaan di Indonesia. Gebrakannya sangat diharapkan untuk menata kembali kelautan dan perikanan di Indonesia. Semoga bapak presiden kita tidak salah pilih orang untuk diangkat menjadi menteri kelautan dan perikanan. Selamat bekerja sambil menguri-uri busana nasional kita. Salam tiga jari ! SelamALAManya Tetap Ingin GAya dengan  JARIk !

 

Picture This

New year already arrived ! A special moment that we all wait and expect. Even many of us willing to sacrifice their time just to celebrate this moment. Even we maybe need to book a room with a special view.

It’s reasonable. Because after we already worked almost  throughout the year, now it’s the time for us to celebrate a very special moment. A moment of the coming of the new year.  A year that we still don’t know what will happen inside, but we just hope that the new year is a year with new hopes. Hopes that better than before. A year that we must face with optimistic.

Every people has a different way to celebrate this special moment. Some like to go to public area and watching firecrackers. Some like to go vacation. Some like to go to a quiet place to muse and meditate. Some like to spend the coming of a new year with no special activity. They just do some activities like any other days.

That is what I did this end of year, 31st December 2013. Had to go working, because my office didn’t close. The rain fell throughout that morning and I felt less healthy.  So I just spent that evening at home watching television. I went to bed not so late at night.

But in the middle of that night I woke up, probably by the sound of fireworks explosion. I tried to continue my sleep, but I couldn’t. So I woke and sat on my bed. My bed room has a large window faced the street in front of my house. Through that window I could see the firecrackers. It obviously seen because there’s no high buildings in front my house. So I enjoyed that scenery.

The next morning I just realized that I have a special room with a view. A room that maybe we must order in a hotel  several days or weeks or months in front. Maybe I should be thankful for what I have. A bed room although just a simple bed room and not luxurious, but I can sleep in with comfort.

But one thing that I missed about this, I forgot to take a video of it. So I had proof about this event. I was sorry about this.

Blue nights of Valencia

I take a morning train
The sky is pouring rain
I dream of Spain and I remember you

The sun is shining there
And music everywhere
My Spanish harlem is here once again

Blue nights blue nights blue nights blue nights of Valencia
Nights of love and stars above
Blue nights blue nights blue nights blue nights of Valencia
I hear a song of love then my Spanish dream is here again

And you and me and you and me A thousand guitars in my ear

I’m back in my home town
And when I’m feeling down
I dream of you  got yourself far away

You’re lying  by the sea
Where I were loved to be
I’m coming back if you just wait for me

Blue nights blue nights blue nights blue nights of Valencia
Nights of love and stars above
Blue nights blue nights blue nights blue nights of Valencia
I hear a song of love then my Spanish dream is here again

And you and me and you and me A thousand guitars in my ear

Don’t think the texts above is a poem, because it’s a lyric from a song with the title above “Blue nights of Valencia”. It’s my one of favourite songs that I already knew since I was a kid.

Too bad I don’t have that song in any forms of audio records. So I keep searching it on internet for several years. But I can’t find it anyway. Even when I search it on Youtube. I still can’t find it. Until today when this posting I wrote. Finally I find it. It’s in a form of audio. But not on Youtube.

Too bad again when I try to find the lyrics on internet, I can’t find it. So i write this lyrics.

Writing the lyric of a certain song that I like is one of my old hobbies too.  I still remember when I tried to write while the song was playing. It’s difficult for me. First, that time I still began to learn English. And English is not my native language. Secondly, that time  the audio form of a song that is popular is still audio cassette. Not in mp3 or any digital records. When we play it and rewind it over and over, the audio cassette may broken.

Now when I try to write this lyrics, it’s more easier for me. First, I am already  familiar with English. Secondly, I can play it and pause it over and over with out having a risk that the song will be broken. Because it’s in the form of mp3.

Finally, I hope it’s useful especially for those who like this song.

http://www.4shared.com/mp3/0CKh63CX/isabel_-_blue_nights_of_valenc.html

Only Women Bleed

Man’s got his woman to take his seed
He’s got the power – oh
She’s got the need
She spends her life through pleasing up her man
She feeds him dinner or anything she can

She cries alone at night too often
He smokes and drinks and don’t come home at all
Only women bleed

Man makes your hair gray
He’s your life’s mistake
All you’re really lookin’ for is an even break

He lies right at you
You know you hate this game
He slaps you once in a while and you live and love in pain

She cries alone at night too often
He smokes and drinks and don’t come home at all
Only women bleed

Black eyes all of the time
Don’t spend a dime
Clean up this grime
And you there down on your knees begging me please come
Watch me bleed

Only women bleed

Once I read the lyric from this song, I feel touched. This song was written by Alice Cooper with someone else named Dick Wagner. For you know that Alice Cooper is a rock singer who also known with his horror performance. I don’t know about his life and personality.  But this song seems sympathetic to women.

It is a ballad about a woman in an abusive marriage. A very stereotyped view about a bad husband and a devoted wife. A husband needs a wife only to take his seed in relation to reproduction and continuation of his generation. He spends his nights outside of their home and without his wife or just smoking and getting drunk. Instead of making intimate relationship with his wife, he shows his power and plays rough. While his wife spends her life through pleasing  her husband,  feed him  and has to  live in  pain and lies with her marriage. In biology,  it’s like a relation that called as a parasitic  simbyosis. The one gets profit, but the other gets loss.

It’s a picture that the writer of this song told us. And the writer is an American. A country where  gender equality and women liberation come from. What about in Indonesia ?

These days around  April 21st we are celebrating the birth day of a heroine named RA Kartini. Someone who is famous with her letters “Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang”.  She is a heroine who is famous because of  her struggle for her  gender equality.

What about her own marriage ? Happy, although her husband was not her own choice. But it’s her parents’ choice. She had to face the reality between to obey her parents or to marry her own choice, someone she loves. Fortunately, her husband loves her.

What about her struggle ? Nowadays, women are getting appreciated her rights. In career, they can get a job or position where it’s used to be occupied only by a man. From a low job like driver until a high job like a government head even until the president.

But  with the situation like this,  whether such abusive marriage as told in the song is not exist anymore? We can only hope and pray, hopefully the situation  may no longer exists. The rest, maybe we need to educate ourselves.

Just the way you are

What’s on your mind if you read this posting title in relation to a song ? It may depends on your age. If you are  young and  from  MTV generation, you may be  remembered  a song of  Bruno Mars. But if you are born decades before,  you may be remembered a song of Billy Joel.

Yes, both songs are equally entitled “Just the way you are”. And both songs are equally sung by their composers who both play the same musical instrument, piano.

Although both songs equally told about love between 2 humans and told that the couple is perfect in natural way and also about the faithfulness. But both songs don’t  resemble each other. The older song which composed by Billy Joel can be said sounded more ballad, blues and jazzy.  While the newer song which composed by Bruno Mars can be said sounded more cheerful. Maybe it’s more suitable to dance.

So, is it just a coincident ? Or Bruno Mars tailed the popularity of Billy Joel by using the same title of a master hit of Billy Joel ?

Because Billy Joel’s song was  very popular a long time ago earlier before the song of Bruno Mars becomes popular. And not only that, but also sung by the other singers. Beside that, it becomes a must song for  jazz singers like  Diana Krall, Salena Jones and Susan Wong who ever sang it.

No Llores

This post is made in  sudden and incidentally. With fad I search a video of Gloria Estefan which sang a certain song of her Spanish album “90 Millas” and I find this video that is so interesting. So I post it.

What makes it so interesting ? According to me. First, the color of the video that is sepia or dark brown-gray color. Make it classic. Then the appearance of Gloria Estefan with white hat and white tuxedo that makes her masculine. Not to mention  the appearance of Carlos Santana, Jose Feliciano, Sheila E and Arturo Sandoval. After that, I also read this at Wikipedia” : “No Llores” became Estefan’s 14th number-one on Billboard’s Latin Songs chart.

For you know that I like Gloria Estefan especially when she sang in Spanish language and traditional latin song like this song. Altough I can’t speak Spanish and don’t understand any words of it at all. But I like to imitate speaking in Spanish, after I try to find out the meaning of it.  In my opinion, Spanish language is a sexy language. Not only that, I like to imitate and pretending  playing percussion with knocking something during the song. I’m glad if I don’t make any mistakes when following the beat.

For you know as well that I collected her Spanish albums from her first Spanish language album “Mi Tierra”, her second Spanish language album “Abriendo Puertas” until  her third Spanish language album “Alma Caribeña”.

So, what else ? Enjoy this song, sing if you like. I include the lyrics below. Or knock something if you like to follow the beat. Like the title of this song “No llores” which means “Don’t cry”. Be optimistic. Especially facing this new year.

No llores, no llores, no llores, no llores x 4

Si vas a entregar el alma
Hazlo libre de temores.
Si del amor mucho se aprende
Se aprende más de los errores, ¡ay!

Deja de llorar, deja de llorar, deja de llorar
¡Ay! no llores, no no no ¡qué va!
Deja de sufrir y suelta los temores
¡Ay! no llores

Si un día no me quisieras
Dilo de frente y sin traiciones.
Toda la dicha que vivimos
Se queda en nuestros corazones

¡Ay! no llores por mí mi amor
No llores por mí, no llores por mí, no llores más
¡Ah! no llores por mí
No, no llores

El día que yo me muera
No quiero que me manden flores.
Lo que me des, dámelo en vida
No habrá razón pa’ que me llores

¡Ay! no llores, no llores por mí
No hay razón para que llores así
No te preocupes, deja el llanto
Y escucha mi canto que dice así

No llores, no llores, no llores por mí, por mí

Si no disfrutas de la vida nunca podrás ser feliz.
¡Ay! no llores, no llores, no llores, no llores por mí
Que la vida es muy corta pa’ seguir sufriendo así

¡Ay! no llores, no llores, no llores más
¡Ay! la vida es pa’ gozarla na’a más
Oye mi amor lo que yo quiero es que tú me digas
Que a mí tú no me vas a llorar jamás

Don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry x 4

If you are going to surrender your soul
Do it free of fear.
If one learns much from love
One learns much more from mistakes, oh!

Stop crying, stop crying, stop crying
Oh! don’t cry, no no no no way!
Stop suffering and let go of your fears
Oh! don’t cry

If one day you should not love me
Say it up front and without deceit (lit: treachery).
All the happiness that we lived through
Remains in our hearts

Oh! don’t cry for me my love
Don’t cry for me, don’t cry for me, don’t cry any more
Oh! don’t cry for me
No, don’t cry

The day that I die
I do not want them to send me flowers.
What you would give, give me it in life
There will be no (lit: it will not have) reason for you to cry for me

Oh! don’t cry, don’t cry for me
There is no reason for you to cry so
Do not worry, stop your crying
And listen to my song that goes (lit: says) like this

Don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry for me, for me

If you do not enjoy life you will never be able to be happy.
Oh! don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry for me
Life is too short to keep suffering this way

Oh! don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry any more
Oh! life is for enjoying, nothing else
Listen (lit: hear), my love. What I want is for you to tell me
That you are never going to cry for me