Saturday, 13 August 2011
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
- Five leaves left - Nick Drake
- Led Zeppelin III
- Forever Changes - Love
- Best of Friends - Joe and Bing
- Looking for you - Alzo
- Eddie Vedder - Pearl Jam
- Elizabeth Frazer - Cocteau Twins
- Alison Goldfrapp
- Natalie Merchant - 10.000 Maniacs
- Rumble Fish - Stewart Copeland
- Get Carter - Roy Budd
- Ascenseur pour l'échafaud - Miles Davies
- The Thomas Crown Affair - Michel Legrand
- Midnight Cowboy - John Barry
- Once upon a time in America - Sergio Leone
- Rumble Fish - Francis Ford Coppola
- Ascenseur pour l'échafaud - Louis Malle
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - Peter Jackson
- Star Wars Trilogies - George Lucas
- Mad Men
- Downton Abbey
- Lark Rise to Candleford
- Jeeves and Wooster
- Toy Story Trilogy
- The Corpse Bride
- The Simpsons
- Kevin Spacey
- Jeffrey Rush
- Ralph Fiennes
- Robert de Niro
- Al Pacino
- Jodie Foster
- Meryl Streep
- Helen Hunt
- Judy Dench
- Helen Mirren
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Sunday, 6 March 2011
Saturday, 1 January 2011
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
We are now back to working on some new songs, Horses, the first song we record with my own lyrics, which I wrote when I read "Bury my heart at wounded knee" many years ago and brings back the Indian theme. It also counts with the collaboration of Pity Gomes singing as a backing vocal a sacred chant to evoke light from a Brazilian Ayuaska shamanic ritual.
We are also working on a cover from a very cult obscure 60's/70's artist that I love, that I hope you will enjoy, as well as a song for autism charity with lyrics I wrote based on the Option Process, the philosophy behind the Son-Rise Program, the Program I have been homeschooling my autistic son for the last 5 years with great success.
Watch this space!
For more info on the Son-Rise Program visit http://www.son-rise.org
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Max came from a very poor background, he lost his Mom at 6 years old and was abandoned by his Father at the age of 11 to fend for himself. His first job was to sell bananas in the streets of Duque de Caxias, our home town in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. He was helped by a mechanic who felt sorry for him, for even though he was 11 he looked like he was about 7 or 8 because of malnutrition. The guy let him stay at his Garage and so he learnt everything about cars, one of his biggest passions, after Flamengo, one of the biggest Brazilian Football teams. He played football very well and it was playing alongside my uncle that he met my Mum at the tender age of 16, she was only 13. At first she didn't want anything to do with him as she wanted to be an artist and a singer but as persistant as he was he kept saying he was one day going to marry her until she fell for his Italian looking charm. My Dad was always a fighter, he was determined to give my Brother and I everything he never had as a child and so he did, not just to us but to all our friends. Everybody who knows him knows his joy is to give, for nothing in return.
Friends who shared the stage with us know we would always gather at our place for eating and drinking at any time of day or night. He famously bought a bakery display of sweets with 20 containers which decorated our kitchen and was always full. All friends loved to come in and just open the containers satisfying a hidden childhood dream in everyone, eating as many as you wanted.
After working for nearly 50 years he retired and enjoyed some time off with us in Europe when he received a letter from the Brazilian Government that his pension would be cut because there was fraud in the department that issued it. He has been fighting for the last three years to prove his innocence and have his deserved pension back and in the meantime to survive he sells with my Mum sugar cane juice and pastries at a street market, they work really hard and do not have much but never lost their giving personality, they find joy in giving.
I don't believe my Dad ever thought or desired that we were commercially successful, I think in his mind he would provide for us forever, that's what he would have wanted, he is ashamed of taking anything from us but I am absolutely certain he would love for our music to be recognized, to be listened to, for every body's music to be listened to. You could always see him with tears in his eyes when he saw some story of musicians or artists who never made it in life but suddenly got a later break or something of the sort. Perhaps his own story would have made him sensitive to the hardships of life.
As Max is recovering in hospital we would like to play a song we made for him called Sugar Cane, just like he is, so sweet!
Sugar Cane (Willesden Green) by Loosh
Come back to us safe and sound Max, we love you!
Paulo, Simone and Tayo (sign your name below) Your children on children's day
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
6 - Our Gig at the Fulham Greyhound in London, a really cult place at the time, also a great reception
Sunday, 29 August 2010
4 – We decided to have a drink after our rehearsal in Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro. When we came back we found someone had broken into our car. We could actually see the thieves as they run away carrying our keyboards. All the sounds I used for the songs were programmed by myself so none of the songs sounded the same again.
6 – After finishing the sound check for a gig in Rio, Paulo popped out for a drink and found Herbert Viana in the queue at the venue ticket box set. He was a famous Brazilian front man to a Brazilian band called Paralamas do Sucesso who were also embarking in the same Brazilian rock style we were at the time and it would be a great promotion for us if a more famous musician enjoyed our work. Paulo spent the whole night looking for him amongst the faces in the public but he didn't think he was in.
9 - Rough Trade Records got interested in our work just before it went bankrupt in 1991.
10 - We actually won a competition of best band at the Robin Hood Pub and a recording but the prize was never given out.
11 - We got a review from a demo section on NME Magazine with a really grumpy cow whose only purpose was to put down unsigned bands in the best way she could. Thankfully some links to our tracks were also published along with the review and we got some fans who decided not to trust her and listened to the tracks.
12 - While returning from a rehearsal in Rio Paulo and I got stuck in a tunnel during a shoot out between Police and robbers. The longest few minutes of my life. When they were gone we got up from the bottom of the car where we had been ducking down and checked out for any blood, thank God all still tucked in carefully into our veins!
13 - We are still unsigned, but many people say they appreciate our music, now this bit is up to you to change, forward this blog to your friends and spread our songs, our music is our life, we would love to see it grow and see it loved.
There's no luck, there's no chance everything turns out the way it was meant to be
I think the Mill fans the creator when he throws his dice every night after midnight
Friday, 13 August 2010
To celebrate we are launching this podcast with 7 lucky songs each one of them a remake Loosh style for the 7 different stages of our career. We are not going to charge you to download our tracks but would you consider donating $1, that's it, just one American Dollar to the Autism Treatment Center of America - Home of the Son-Rise Program?
I have myself been running a Son-Rise Program for my autistic son for the last five years with amazing results. If you donate for our songs, as a present for us, just one dollar and invite all your friends to do the same we could together help the Autism Treatment Center of America to donate scholarships for more families like mine.
Make Friday the 13th a lucky day for autism:
"The Autism Treatment Center of America™ is the worldwide teaching center for The Son-Rise Program® , a powerful, effective and totally unique treatment for children and adults challenged by Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Asperger's Syndrome , and other developmental difficulties. Our team of committed teachers combines Autism strategies, support and education that combines over 100 years of “real life” experience working with children using The Son-Rise Program®. Over the last 27 years we have worked with more than 22,000 parents and professionals from around the world teaching them a system of treatment and education. We do not put limits on the possibilities for your child. We can help you to bring your child as far across the bridge from Autism to recovery as possible. For some, this means complete recovery. For others, this means improvements in their child's development, human connection, communication, skill acquisition and quality of life far beyond what most would have ever predicted."Autism Treatment Center of America
2080 S. Undermountain Road Sheffield MA
1 - Dreams and Lies is a Loosh song
2 - Seedless Grapes in the Morning is an original recording by Seven Miles High
3 - Victoria She Was is a remake Forro (North Eastern Brazilian) style representing Dancyn Days
4 - King's Road to Rio is a remake of Rio Sightseeing representing Felix Fritz
5 - Tres Mulheres is sang in Portuguese and is representing Kaddish
6 - Mess is a remake of Cleopatra Morreu and is representing Kafka
7 - Procissao is sang in Portuguese and is representing Colonia Penal
Thank you so much for celebrating our anniversary by listening to our tracks and helping a great cause. Enjoy the tracks!
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
|From the beginning|
|Colonia Penal and Kafka|
Monday, 9 August 2010
Dreams and Lies is a montage of some very old obscure version of The Wizard of Oz which coincidentally fits if not metaphorically, literally to what the lyrics say
Dreams and Lies
Loosh (Luz) MySpace Music Videos
Bath Houses features a very snowy home video and some clever drawing montages emphasizing my favourite part of the lyrics: The Holy Spirit, Whole in Spirit, Spirit with the hole, I'm just the hole.
Loosh (Luz) MySpace Music Videos
Maria Del Mar was a video created to celebrate Iemanja's Day on the 2nd of February, it talks about Iemanja the Goddess of the Sea who is part of Afro-Brazilian religions and of Brazilian Folklore.
And finally Quarta Feira de Cinzas which means Ash Wednesday, originally made in Portuguese, was launched on Ash Wednesday, the last day of Carnival in Rio, 2010 displaying real Carnival scenes when Tayo and his family and friends paraded with one of the Samba schools in Rio and also the sinking of a ship, which for those thinking, why, it is because of a play with words in Portuguese in the chorus: "So sobrou voce" means "you were the only one left" while "sosobrou" means "sank".
We intend to launch more videos, follow us on Facebook or one of the links on the right hand side of this blog and we will keep you updated with any new releases.
1. Eerie - Originally called Spirit of the Rattlesnake, it possibly talks about Tayo's connection with Brazilian Indians in his distant family, a very fine example of Brazilian Indie music
2. The Girl from Sacramento - Written after Tayo's trip to Japan and the realization that our Portuguese version of "isn't it?" or "né?" is exactly the same in Japanese. A fine Bossa Nova in homage of the people who love Brazilian music like any other.
3. Procissão - Written in Portuguese, one of our first songs from Colonia Penal times, although the vocal melody from Brent Hieatt was kept almost intact with some minor changes, the song under Loosh was completely changed from a dark post punk rendition to a great Samba Indie version
4. Springtime - Springtime was originally written in Portuguese with the title "March of the flowers" and was cleverly translated into English
5. Bath Houses - A beautiful acoustic song it features my favourite lyrics: "The Holy Spirit, whole in spirit, spirit with the hole, I'm just the hole.
6. Song for a Married Girl - Speculation has it that Tayo has written this one to his Mother but no one will ever know, he doesn't discuss the meaning of his lyrics, when I sing them I give them the meaning it has to me. Although sang in English it features some chorus vocals in Portuguese.
7. Maria Del Mar - It talks about the weird fact that I hated having my hair cut (probably an autistic sensory issue I wasn't aware of) and actually got physically ill when I did it. It's a Homage to the Goddess of the sea Iemanja to whom Brazilians offer flowers on New Years Day. She supposedly gives voice to female singers. It features an extract of a popular song to Iemanja sang in rituals of Afro-Brazilian religions.
8. Tomorrow - Sounds almost a bit Spanish I wonder if it is a homage to Paulo's Spanish Citizenship and love for the Country.
9. The Head that bangs the Drums - One of my favourite songs it has many vocal layers in English and Portuguese and a very onomatopoeic chorus I invented which actually makes sense "O paradeiro do pandeiro, o paradeiro do pandeiro do Para" sounds like scatting when sang but it means where's the tamborine from Para? (A State in Brazil), well I said it made sense not that it was meaningful, but it sounds good.
10. Tres Mulheres - From Kafka times, it is sang in Portuguese, it features a very uptempo jazzy piano and rhythm.
11. August - The month of our anniversary also a month of loss for Tayo, a beautiful slow samba.
12. Emptyness - One of the songs from the titles I gave to Tayo to write about, a beautiful acoustic rendition from Seven Miles High times.
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Sunday, 8 August 2010
Saturday, 7 August 2010
At first, when Tayo started to write in English, he invented that his lyrics were donated to us by a Welsh Poet who wished to stay anonymous, which we nicknamed James Eliot. Surprisingly, since no one knew Tayo was writing the lyrics we never received any criticism of any "mistakes" or misspellings. It's amazing how people will find nothing to criticize about when they are not looking for mistakes. We also noticed when we just presented people our music amongst other people's music nobody noticed any difference in relation to my voice, but tell them I am Brazilian and they will instantly look for an accent to comment on. If Goldfrapp's singer were foreign everybody would criticize the way she doesn't pronounce words very well or how the lyrics are unintelligible, the same goes for Liz Frazer who would be accused of making up words because she forgot the lyrics, or something of the sort, but since they are British it's all artistic and beautiful. For some reason I do not know, maybe I was English in another reincarnation and have some left over nationalist pride in my subconscious, who knows, but if you want to infuriate me, tell me my accent is strong, I think I would get less cross if you said I sang out of tune!
Although we've written many songs under the Loosh title we also decided to revisit songs from our career since Colonia Penal times, rescuing them from obscurity and giving them new clothing. Some of them assumed a completely new format such as the song Procissão, while some others were mashed up together like Rio Sightseeing and King's Road to become From King's Road to Rio and we also made up a few cover versions all following our must be rule for cover making:
There's no point in making a cover exactly the same as the original. We always made sure we put our stamp on a song, in some cases, as the cover of Welcome to the Machine from Pink Floyd, our stamp is a freak Brazilian voiced beat box for drums, sounds crazy but sounds good.
Welcome to the Machine (Pink Floyd cover) by Loosh
Friday, 6 August 2010
Now the journey really starts for we've seen the light...
Thursday, 5 August 2010
... Now as 7 Miles High playing gigs had become a thing of the past, being our last gig one of the Park Royal ones back in 1990, almost a decade before and still with the 5 member formation. As a singer I had never stepped on stage. We are not exactly against gigs but I think the world should rethink music formats and mediums. If you take acting for example, Cinema, Theatre and Television are completely different mediums. I happen to like the three of them but they are generally accepted by everyone individually in their own right. Some stories will be better portrayed in the Cinema while others will have the Theatre as their best vehicle. There's music that only sounds good recorded. I absolutely love New Order, but they definitely don't sound as good live. I think The Stone Roses are one of the best bands ever to grace the face of the Earth but Ian Brown did sing completely out of tune in a gig Tayo watched. People expect all bands to play live, but if you have a studio work, layers upon layers of music played by the same person all you are going to get on stage is recorded music with the singer singing on top, which is not the same as a live band. Why can't people accept that a band exists just as a studio work? In the digital era where people date online, shop online do everything online, why do bands need to play live to exist? This is the question we asked ourselves as for us it was not just a matter of personal preference but inability to live in the same country. so in 1999 at the dawn of the new Millennium we totally embraced the world phenomenon called the Internet.
We were already on many sites it had been a long time thanks to Tayo early use of computers and computer programming. Sites did not have easy access to bands, if you wanted to have a page on a site you had to write it in html and not everybody could do it. In 1999 I bought my first home computer and started creating a community for Seven Miles High in several sites mainly on the site, not so popular nowadays, mp3.com
It was on mp3.com that I met fellow band The Plain Healers from New Jersey which has amazing songwriting and lyrics. We found a great parallel with our stories and recently Tayo even played as a guest in one of their gigs playing sitar of all things.
During our Internet years we generated loads of traffic to our pages and sites and won popularity contests such as the Burbs soundroom. It was gratifying to be able to be listened to in several parts of the world and have messages being sent to us from Canada, United States, Japan or China, Countries we would never be able to reach in our unsigned situation. Now we could just record our songs and put them online and people all over the world could listen to them.
What at first was a novelty then became Record Companies and musicians nightmare as now no one pays for listening to music anymore. What helped us also now limits our ability to earn a living as a musician, a tricky question that the world is trying to answer inventing different formats and ways of preventing people from pirating tracks but so far it seems music is free to the world to listen to.
This format remains with us today as only after a few years Paulo and I were together in England our famous recession hit again and he got transferred to Madrid so now we are still in three different countries, at first myself in England, Paulo in Spain and Tayo in Sweden but Tayo got transferred to America and has been there for the last 2 years. Even though we wouldn't change format there was still one more change up our sleeve, we decided to go back to our roots...
...To be continued
Seven Miles High Logo by Soter França
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Continued from blog 15 - One of Us is in the Wrong Place...
In my native Brazil you don't need to go to a seance or consult a fortune-teller to know about your future, your own friends, anybody, will volunteer information you haven't even asked. The Spiritualist faith or philosophy is the second faith in the country after Christianism and it takes all forms from Kardecism, the ones who simply study and follow the studies of Allan Kardec, a French philosopher who communicated with spirits, the many forms of African religions, brought to Brazil by African slaves in the 19th Century, such as Candomble and Umbanda and even the Shamanism of Brazilian Indians. One could say Brazilians are very superstitious, but in my opinion Brazilians just have a lot of faith, which I think comes from that feeling of what the heck, what have I got to lose? Poverty has this freedom, when you have nothing, you have nothing to lose so you might as well believe in the impossible.
When I was debating the name Zen Arcade this story came to my mind and I thought, ok we have been waiting for a long time anyway so why not give destiny a hand and name our band something with the number 7? We had also received a really sympathetic answer back from an independent label who seemed to have enjoyed our work, but couldn't afford hiring anyone at that moment. Amongst many compliments they did suggest that having your band named after someone Else's record or song is quite misleading. I thought that was my cue to intensify my demands to change our name and since naming after another band's song or album was not in I suggested 7 Miles High, after the Byrds' song 8 Miles High, which also sort of fit with our record of being an "almost" band, always "almost" there but not quite.
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
To be continued...
Sunday, 1 August 2010
As Redskin we composed a great number of songs, many never got to be recorded, some of my favourites were: Heartbreaker, Psalm, Seedless Grapes in the Morning, Grandfather, Premonitions, What's left to be done, Chart Song, Echoes in a Tunnel, Eerie, The Head that Bangs the Drums, Magdalena, even though none of us can remember now what this song sounded like, The Right Time, Hollow Man, Sugar Cane, Two Reasons, You're like no other, Manor House and Bath Houses.
In 1994 we recorded a demo at KKO studio with Heartbreaker, Psalm and Seedless Grapes in the Morning, this time on a CD instead of a cassette tape, and started contacting again record companies using our old list, now even more out-of-date, and some new contacts that Tayo managed to fish from the slow Internet, by today terms, in his home computer, a luxury at the time, as very few people had them. Many came back as non-existent addresses and the usual sorry-we-are not-hiring-at-the-moment or we-don't-listen-to-demos.
Another Celestine Prophecy moment in my life was when in August 1994 I met my English Husband, Mark Taylor, just by chance, in my own home actually! He had a Passion for everything Brazilian since the 70's, as a DJ and avid record collector of Brazilian Jazz and Bossa Nova, Funk, Soul and new Beats. He hosts today a radio show called Happy Jazz and also has his own work re-editing tracks which is called La Homage. We were originally friends, as he came over my place as the boyfriend of one of the girls who played basketball with my Sister-in-Law, as my house was again, as in old gigging days, the meeting point after practice and matches. Before going to Brazil for the first time in January that year he had got from his Aunt a contact number from an acquaintance of hers, a British woman who now lived in Brazil and had a flat to rent for tourists, which was walking distance from my flat. He then had befriended the Housekeeper's daughter who also played in the basketball team and that's how he got to date one of the girls. For me it was love at first sight, an Englishman, handsome, into music and at my doorstep, could it be the old saying, when you wish so hard for something it does happen? Nothing happened between us and I sadly said goodbye to him thinking I would never see him again. A couple of weeks later I received a postcard thanking my Brother, Sister-in-law and myself for the hospitality, but with a special thanks to myself for helping him finding records and meeting Brazilian musicians. I replied and we started writing to each other regularly. In December 1994, when I announced I was going to spend Xmas and New Year with my Sister-in-Law's family in Spain and visit my friends in London, he invited me to visit him where he lived at the time in Amsterdam, but I couldn't make it and he offered then to meet me in London for a week when he could stay at a friend's house. We started dating in January 1995 here in London and have been together ever since. At the time however, after a week of a dream, I had to go back to Brazil wondering if that is what was going to be, a fleeting dream. I started working like crazy to save money to go back to him and in the meantime kept in touch through letters and once a week phone calls, as it was so expensive in those times. No such a thing as Internet at home or cheap/free phone calls abroad in those days. There was however something very romantic about waiting for the post and opening a letter from your loved one so far away. At difficult times it is looking back at the days when we couldn't be together that our relationship finds its strength from, pretty much like our music work to be honest. I now managed to get myself both a band and a boyfriend no one thought really existed, but meant everything to me.
Paulo left Brazil before me, this time as an EU Member Partner, so much easier visa wise and I stayed behind working 13 hours a day teaching at an English school and 5 hours a night at home doing translations to finance my new venture. In July 1995 I left Brazil again, this time I had no idea it was going to be for good.
Friday, 30 July 2010
... I landed back in Brazil in July 1992 trying to pick up my life where I had left it 2 years and 3 months earlier, not easy. Our following had moved on, the rock scene seemed to be dead and everybody was listening to traditional Samba in the big cities and in the countryside to Brazilian Country music.
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Paulo returned first, I stayed for a further 6 months tying up lose ends in London, Tayo had come later than us and while here had studied further and was now one of the pioneers in the use of computer technology in his field of telecommunications engineering. He landed a contract with Erickson in Sweden so he actually ended up going there instead of going back to Brazil and Brent went on to study music production. He went back to Brazil some time after Paulo too.