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Monday, January 25, 1999

En un libro que tengo por aquí, el diccionario antológico del pensamiento universal, aparecen algunas frases muy bonitas sobre lo que es la música para nosotros. Me gustaría compartirlas con ustedes: Cervantes, Miguel de: Donde hay música, no puede haber cosa mala (Don Quijote, p. 2, cap. XXXIV)/ Platón: Nunca llegaremos a ser músicos, a menos de entender los ideales de la temperancia, la fortaleza, la liberalidad y la magnificencia (La República.)/ Shakespeare, William: la música tiene a menudo un encanto particular para transformar el mal en bien y provocar el bien al mal (Medida por Medida, acto IV, esc. 1.)/ Miles, John: La música fue mi primer amor y será mi último. Música del futuro y del pasado. Vivir sin mi música sería imposible. En este mundo problemático, mi música me hace sobrellevarlo. (Music)
Miles Davis, la Autobiografía - Este es un libro que todo músico y amante de la música debe leer. Si uno es admirador del mejor trompetista del universo, pues le cogerá un enorme cariño. Miles Davis es el genio innovador más radical que haya podido dar la música en mucho tiempo. Un tipo que le gustaba oir música, disfrutarla, saborearla, tocarla y aplicarla en su modo de pensar. Su personalidad fuerte y vehemente le hizo ganar muchos admiradores y también enemigos, hasta el punto de aplicarle unos cuantos balazos, de los cuales salió ileso. Y es que Miles sabía bien lo que hacía y lo que significaba en su sociedad el hecho de ser negro y triunfador, porque Miles era las dos cosas y estaba tremendamente orgulloso. Quincy Troupe escuchó a Miles hablar y hablar durante horas sobre su vida, lo anotó todo, le acomodó ciertas cosas aquí y allá, y lo publicó. Sería esta la única biografía de Miles contada por él mismo y autorizada por él; puesto que, como él dice en el libro, muchos plumíferos escribían cualquier cosa de él con tal de ganarse algo. Fue trompetista a sueldo, adicto a la heroína y compañero de pinchazos de Charlie Parker, casanova de las mujeres de color más hermosas de Nueva York y de algunas europeas blanquecinas, crítico severo del racismo y uno de los músicos más consecuentes que haya existido. En pocas palabras, un personaje. En 1959 graba el super disco Kind of Blue, y revoluciona el Jazz. Si lo revolucionó una vez, lo haría con In A Silent Way de nuevo en 1969. Si con estas revoluciones no estaba contento, en 1970 lanza el Bitches Brew, la más grande de sus revoluciones y su obra más importante para la música rock, al ser ésta una fusión de Jazz con psicodelia que dejaría a más de un crítico hablando estupideces. Después de BB, el Jazz antiguo dejaría de serlo. Se abrirían muchísmas puertas más. Leemos sus opiniones de muchos temas, sobre todo su ácida crítica a la injusticia racial en Estados Unidos, y nos sentimos identificados con él. Miles cuenta cómo luchó para salir de la heroína y, en verdad, no es nada fácil hacerlo... lo que si me molestó un poco fue cuando Miles habla mal de Steve Miller, ya que en un concierto en el Fillmore, en 1970, el buen Steve tocaba después de Miles, como si el trompetista fuera su telonero. Imagínate, que Miles Davis sea tu telonero. Qué universo tan raro en el que vivimos.Existen muchas páginas sobre Miles Davis. Nosotros recomendamos ésta. Bueno, es un libro maravilloso. ¡Tienes que leerlo!

On the beginning there was nothing. Just blackness and white noise. It wasn't either good or bad because nobody could feel anything. Nobody was there. All of a sudden, everything exploded so violently and sounds and shapes were created. We are talking about the Big Bang. The big Rock and Roll bang. It expanded dramatically and made waves of millions of dollars and created gold idols and clay ones. Thanks to records, cassettes, compact discs and, ehem, MP3s and iPods, music keeps coming and coming all over again. Silly love songs.

Rock and Roll was like rice, it was all over, and it combined with other foods perfectly. Rock and Roll diversifies itself, and finds niches in certain geographical parts you wouldn't ever think it would be. It is a phenomena caused by the people of the U.S., the black culture, the blues and jazz and of course us. You and I, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley. John Lennon said it best: "Everybody is a member of Plastic Ono Band."

This blog is about rock, jazz, blues and its chances to reach to World Music. It's about my personal experiences with music. It's about my life, in a way for everybody to enjoy new music and not to mess around with my private life. This is the continuation of my work for several other publications, without the interference of third-party editors.

CacaoRock was created with the purpose of not keeping track of what’s trending now but what was trending before and elsewhere. For what’s going on now we have lots of websites, TV, radio, magazines and newspapers.

It is my website. It’s more about me than anything else because I am the recepient of all this fantastic music that goes around in record stores, garage sales and live venues and I want you to hear, discover, search and share as well.

I believe Rock And Roll as a way of life is pretty much dead now, and nowadays there’s not too much of a movement, of real idols and frontmen who could express an open, free opinion about society. We left things to happen and didn’t take action and we saw the consequences. In 1999 I never thought I would see and experience real dangers like global warming (which exists) and the economic collapse of the U.S. I never thought a president like Bush would be elected with the majority of the popular vote in 2004.

And they ask me why I keep living in the past! No, I’m not. Is that I don’t care what the modern top chart artists have to say. If we step back and look at the single timeline of hits, we find out the real rock and roll star age died on a single day: when Kurt Cobain shoot himself. After that, no real, struggling musicians were able to express their opinions and sing about us. We saw a parade of mediocre artists, one worse than the previous one, claiming they were the best thing ever. There was a band called Oasis that claimed to be greater than the Beatles. Can you believe it?

CacaoRock tries to shine a light on those forgotten artists who really sang the blues, played their chops, and gave us that heart-pumping feeling with great songs.

What do you have to do? Enjoy, and learn a little bit of spanish. When I started this site I never thought I would reach a wider audience than the Spanish–Latin American one, but I guess English is our modern day Esperanto.

You will find a lot of articles about The Beatles, The Police, Pink Floyd, Pat Metheny and Steely Dan. It’s ok, they’re my favorite artists and if this site is about me, I’m gonna be talking about them as well.

And of course, don't forget my comics. Sometimes I look at them and I think they suck big time. I never took any art classes, and I’m colorblind. But then I realize these drawings are also what I have to express, what I can do, and I learn to fall in love with them again. Not only that, I wish I had time to re-work on them and give them higher qualities.

Concerts, my comics on the adventures of the Great Emilio Cacao and of course, lots of album reviews and music essays are posted here. It's about my continuing journey throught the sounds of the world. Welcome to CacaoRock, the last outpost of that kind of music you thought it was forgotten, but it wasn't. A splendid time is guaranteed for all. Excelsior. Así es como es.