甜蜜如軟糖 Blossom Dearie

22 Dec

Blossom Dearie 的歌聲很甜很嬌美, 就像一個惹人憐愛的小女子,羞澀地在耳邊唱着她的戀愛心事, 期待著心愛的人能夠讀懂她的心; 她也像一個搗蛋的小精靈, 俏皮而可愛.

Blossom 是她的真名, 有花朵之意. 據說她出生的時候, 她的哥哥正好捧着一大束梨花回來, 所以就取了這個名字. 有人說Blossom歌聲中有一股清淡幽遠的花香,自眼未及處便繞進鼻裡﹔又彷彿像是鮮紅嫩綠的果實,滋味特別甜美. 不知是巧合還是造物者的精心安排呢?

Blossom 在紐約城的多個樂隊裏都演出過, 最後在朋友的建議下跑到了巴黎尋求發展, 很快她就在巴黎走紅, 之後她遇到Verve的創辦人Norman Granz, 亦為她帶來她人生的另一個事業高峰. 1973年 Blossom大胆的開設了自己的唱片公司 “Daffodi Records” 是少數能自營唱片公司的歌手.

blossom-time-at-ronnie-scotts.jpg羽首次聽的是她的Live大碟 “Blossom Time at Ronnie Scott’s”. 這是一張很捧的唱片, 整張唱片的氣氛都很輕鬆, 舒服簡單, Blossom也充分表演出她那種嬌與俏. 羽除了欣賞Blossom和觀眾間的互動外(有誰能告訴羽, Blossom說的那個老鼠笑話是說怎麼的, 英文很差的羽聽了很多次都不明白最後的部份T_T), 更喜歡她那種非常樂在其中, 非常享受的感覺. 而且這張碟收錄了一首羽很喜歡的歌曲 “Once Upon A Summertime” (不過羽更喜歡Monica Zetterlund with Bill Evans 的版本). Blossom 給羽的感覺是沒有哀愁, 只有對舊情甜蜜的回憶, 羽希望有一天也可以忘記當日的痛, 只記當日的好….

Once Upon A Summertime

Once upon a summertime if you recall
We stopped beside then in a flower stall
A bunch of bright forget-me-nots
Was all I let you buy me
Once upon a summertime just like today
We laughed the happy afternoon away
And stole a kiss in every street café
You were sweeter than the blossom on the tree
I was as proud as any girl could be
As if the major had offered me the key, the key to Paris
Now another wintertime has come and gone
The pigeons feeding in the square have flown
But I remember when the vespers chime
You loved me once upon a summertime

另一張羽喜歡的是 “My Gentleman Friend”, 首先這張唱片的封面拍得Blossom很漂亮, 另外, 整張碟的風格很統一, 選曲都很輕柔的, 配合Blossom柔情似水的演繹, 令人有種好像躺在如棉花糖般柔軟舒服的雲端裡的感覺. 而當中的 “Someone to Watch Over Me” 更是一級的捧, 首先曲子本身就已經很美很美, Blossom的演繹, 更充分表演出對愛情的渴望和憧憬, 令羽彷彿再次回到少女時代, 發起那公主與王子一起快快樂樂直到永遠的白日夢…

Someone To Watch Over Me

There’s a saying old
Says that love is blind.
Still we’re often told
“Seek and ye shall find.”
So I’m going to seek a cenain lad I’ve had in mind.
Looking ev’rywhere,
Haven’t found him yet;
He’s the big affair I cannot forget –
Only man I ever think of with regret.
I’d like to add his initial to my monogram.
Tell me, where is the shepherd for this lost lamb?

Refrain

There’s a somebody I’m longing to see:
I hope that he
Turns out to be
Someone who’ll watch over me.
I’m a littLe lamb who’s lost in the wood;
I know I could
Always be good
To one who’ll watch over me.
Although he may not be the man some
Girls think of as handsome,
To my heart he carries the key
Don’t you tell him, please, to put on some speed,
Follow my lead? Oh, how I need
Someone to watch over me.

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