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VOA常速英语新闻:佛罗里达蓝调音乐人格雷用一首《这条河》回家(双语)

Cherie207 于2013-04-07发布 l 已有人浏览
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JJ格雷是个天生讲故事的人。
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JJ Grey is a natural storyteller.
JJ格雷是个天生讲故事的人。

His songs are inspired by people he grew up with and the rural swamplands of his childhood home near Jacksonville, Florida.
他的歌曲也受到和他一起长大的人们及佛罗里达州杰克逊维尔附近自己童年家园的乡村湿地启发。

His new album is named for a prominent feature of the Jacksonville landscape, the St. John's River.
而他的新专辑也以杰克逊维尔一处特别的景观圣约翰河命名。

For JJ, songwriting is all about observation, a recollection of the people and places in his life,
对于格雷而言,作曲都是关于观察、回忆人们及他们生命中的地方,

and “This River,” his sixth album for Alligator Records, is no exception .
而鳄鱼音乐公司为他打造的第六张专辑《This River》(这条河)也不例外。

“On this album the songs just kind of come together and more often than not they wind up being stories, either about my own ‘craziness' or about friends of mine," he said.
“不管是对于我自己的“疯狂”或者对我的朋友们来说,在这张专辑中歌曲是串联到一起而不是它们最终成为故事,”他说道。

"Or, sort of a composite or a mixture of people I know, and myself.”
“或者是我了解的人们及我自己的复合或混合。”

Grey says if you want to find the true source of "swamp" music, go south.
格雷表示如果你想发现真正 “沼泽”音乐的来源,那就去南方。

“It varies from the New Orleans ‘super swamp' style of it all the way over to more of the singer Jerry Reed ‘Alabama wild man' more Country side of it, or Tony Joe White Country side of it.
“这不同于来自新奥尔良的“超级沼泽”乐风,这种风格一直有更多的歌手涌现,如杰瑞·里德的“阿拉巴马州野人”更多展现乡村的一面,或者托尼·乔·怀特的乡村风。

And that swamp music, you know, swamp funk, swampy blues, swamp rock, whatever, it sounds like those places.
而沼泽音乐,你知道,沼泽韵律,沼泽蓝调,沼泽摇滚等等,它听起来像那些地方。

It sounds like those swampy places in Florida, in Georgia, in Alabama, in Mississippi and all those places, Louisiana.
这听起来像在佛罗里达,在格鲁吉亚,阿拉巴马州、密西西比州、路易斯安那州及所有那些沼泽的地方。

I can't put my finger on exactly what it is.
我也不能用指尖具体演奏出它到底是什么。

I know that a clavinet with a little wah-wah pedal on it, if you play it right, it sounds just like a frog.”
我知道一架配有小哇音踏板的击弦古钢琴,如果你弹奏得到,听起来就像一只青蛙。”

Grey and his band Mofro begin a three-month tour of the U.S. and Europe in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on April 5.
格雷和他的乐队Mofro从4月5日在佛罗里达州布纳维斯塔湖开始3个月美国和欧洲巡演。

He says he loves to tour but nothing compares to the sights and sounds of home.
他表示他喜欢巡演但什么也比不上家乡的音乐和风景。

“If I'm on tour way up north somewhere, and it's beautiful and I love it, and I've been gone from home for a while,
“如果我的巡演是去北方,那个地方非常美,我会爱上它,而我已经离开家一段时间,

when we start to get down there around South Carolina I start seeing palm trees, pine trees and oak trees; and you know you're not too far from the ocean and I know we're getting close to home,” he said.
当我们停留在南卡罗来纳,我开始看到棕榈树,松树和橡树,而且你知道你离海洋不远,我知道我们快要回家了,”他说道。


词汇解释:
1.inspire v.鼓舞;激发
to make someone feel that they want to do something and can do it

eg. We're trying to inspire him with confidence.
我们在努力鼓舞他的自信心。

2.prominent a.显著的;杰出的;突出的
very well known and important

eg. That school is prominent in baseball.
那个学校以棒球著称。

3.exception n.例外;不合规则;反对
someone or something that is not included in a rule, group, or list or that does not behave in the expected way

eg. There is always an exception to any rule.
任何规律总有例外。

4.pedal n.踏板;乐器的脚踏键
a small part of a machine or object that is pushed down with the foot to operate or move the machine or object

eg. The pedal of a cycle is attached to a crank.
自行车的踏板与曲柄相连。

5.palm n.手掌;棕榈
the inside part of your hand from your wrist to the base of your fingers

eg. He rubbed his palm across his forehead.
他用手掌揉了揉前额。

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