Blue Bayou – Linda Ronstadt tribute

Picture1Blue Bayou was originally recorded by Roy Orbison on his 1963 album In Dreams , but it only scored as high as #29 in the US. He wrote a lot of songs with themes of loneliness and yearning. In an interview with the British paper NME, he said, “A song like Blue Bayou for instance, simply a song about being on the road. And that is really a happy song, probably sounds strange to you. The fellow’s bound and determined to get back to where you sleep all day, the catfish play and the sailing boats, the girls and all that stuff. Now granted that it is a sad song, but it’s a loneliness that precedes happiness. So I’m not sitting here trying to tell you, I don’t sing lonely songs or anything like that”. Then Linda Ronstadt took it to far greater fame as gold-selling single and her signature song. Linda has been called, the most successful and certainly the most durable and most gifted woman rock singer of her era, in Andrew Greeley’s book God in Popular Culture. She has all but been forgotten by today’s music standards. For me, Linda has one of the most amazing voices of all time. Just listen how it seems like she is almost crying when sings Blue Bayou. Me and colleagues make a tribute to all of them in this video. (nDy)

Roy Orbison, penyanyi berpengaruh di era 60an, juga penulis lagu bergaya emosional. Dibalik lirik yg sederhana, ia sering menyisipkan kontradiksi antara ekspresi bahagia namun kecewa, contohnya lagu Pretty Woman atau In Dreams. Begitupun lirik pembuka Blue Bayou terasa mencekam, “I feel so bad .. since I left my baby behind”. Aku bersalah sejak meninggalkan kekasihku. Secara umum menyalahi kaidah romantis tema cinta, serta dihindari pihak perekam sbg resiko blunder. Namun resep ini kelak jadi fenomena khas bagi lagu legendaris musisi lainnya seperti God Only Know, atau Since I Don’t Have You. Maka Roy sering ditanya, sebetulnya Blue Bayou mewakili niat sedih atau itikad senang? Ia hanya membayangkan lagi liburan di Danau Sentarum, hening bersampan sendirian di antara ikan berloncatan. Penduduknya ramah meski gak kenal, biaya hidup murah tapi sehat, tidur kapanpun lalu bangun sesukanya tanpa internet. Nikmat apalagi yg kau dustakan, padahal lagi sorangan patah hati. Memang tentang kisah kesendirian tapi bukan kesepian, menikmati sedih sbg awal bahagia lantas merdeka. Kemudian Linda Ronstadt melantunkan dgn ekspresi menangis tapi lantang, Blue Bayou langsung terkenal sekaligus mengubur pamor Roy Orbison. Mungkin karma buat si penulis lagu, juga topik menarik. Video ini penghargaan bagi mereka, kunyanyikan bareng empat rekan smule. Plus sisipan dokumentasi pribadi saat pernah nginap di Danau Empangau, Kapuas Hulu. (nDy)

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