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I'm Afraid of Americans

"I'm Afraid of Americans" is a song by English singer-songwriter David Bowie, released as a single from his 1997 album Earthling. The song, co-written by Bowie and Brian Eno, was originally written during Bowie's studio sessions for the 1995 album Outside but was not released until a rough mix appeared on the soundtrack to the film Showgirls, and was subsequently remade for Earthling. A top 20 hit in Canada, the rework also peaked at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 16 weeks on that chart. This was the final Bowie single which charted on the Hot 100 until "Blackstar" and "Lazarus" following his death.


Roger & Brian Eno – Ultramarine

Brian Eno and Chilvers have worked together on videos for the album "Mixing Colours" that distil the album’s essence, marrying the simplicity and contemplative qualities of its soundscapes with suitably uncomplicated, mesmerising imagery of slowly-changing, dreamlike panoramas. Whether or not these settings are familiar, their impressionistic character lends them an enigmatic anonymity, encouraging the mind to wander into worlds both real and imagined. “The more you listen to this,” says Roger, “particularly with the fabulous worlds that Brian has created, you can really walk into this enormous landscape and stay.”

Eno on Apollo

Filmed to commemorate the extended edition of ‘Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks’ and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing this documentary by Grant Armour features new interviews with Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno and looks at the making of the ‘Apollo’ album and its 2019 counterpart ‘For All Mankind’.

Brian Eno - The Ship

"‘The Ship’ started as an Ambient work intended for a multi channel sound installation in Stockholm, but during the making of it I discovered that I could now sing a low C - which happens to be the root note of the piece. Getting older does have a few fringe benefits after all. From that point the work turned into an unusual kind of song...a type I've never made before where the vocal floats free, untethered to a rhythmic grid of any kind."

Brian Eno

Stop, pause. We're in record.

A frase que dá título a este post provém da que é provavelmente a minha canção favorita de Laurie Anderson (o que já é dizer muito), "Same Time Tomorrow". É uma música e uma letra que me atormentam ao longo dos anos. Atormentam no bom sentido.

Lembrei-me dela depois de me pôr a pensar no aborrecimento do Brodsky, da maneira como ele fala da natureza essencialmente repetitiva e entediante do próprio tempo.

Não muito tempo depois apareceu-me à frente este texto do Brian Eno, que vai divagando sobre coisas semelhantes, a importância da lentidão e da paciência, temas que entraram também de alguma forma na minha vida em tempos recentes. O próprio texto é de 2001. Curioso nestes dias em que o twitter de há dez minutos já está ultrapassado.

Diz o Eno: "‘Now’ is never just a moment. The Long Now is the recognition that the precise moment you’re in grows out of the past and is a seed for the future. The longer your sense of Now, the more past and future it includes. It’s ironic that, at a time when humankind is at a peak of its technical powers, able to create huge global changes that will echo down the centuries, most of our social systems seem geared to increasingly short nows."

Eu sei que o senhor Eno estava mais a pedir-nos para sermos responsáveis e termos perspectiva sobre o passado e o futuro, mas eu sempre disse "quando for grande, quero ser irresponsável". Gosto só da ideia de um imenso aqui e agora.

Dito isto, apetece-me passar umas horas na cama, na ronha, a apreciar a sonolência e o calor do edredon.

E enquanto escrevo estas palavras, ouço a Billie Holliday a cantar "Darn That Dream". Não é engraçado quando tudo se encaixa?