史爺搖滾 (18): 一個絲絨的早晨


第一次聽到它是在1967年。

還記得是個深夜的節目,美軍電台的廣播中出現了這首「如夢似幻」又不知如何捉摸的歌曲,吸引了我。當時自己的英文聽力不好,就是聽不清DJ 播報的歌名….

Some vidvid morning?
Some voodoo morning?
Some Vietnam morning?
….

也不知過了多久才弄清,是”Some Velvet Morning” 。好一個美麗又夢幻的名字。

這也是我頭一次聽到 Lee Hazlewood 這個人。深沉的歌喉,十分引人,不在話下。後來才知道此兄是位大有來頭的製作人。那時對一般人而言,在兩人中較有名的是Nancy Sinatra,她是 Frank Sinatra 的女兒,當時也是個已有了幾首暢銷曲的 pop star.

「一個絲絨的早晨」這首歌,就如它的歌名,是首充滿夢幻意味又讓人不知它到底在說些什麼的曲子,我想一定和當時的「迷幻藥文化」有那麼點關係。聽來 歌中這位漢子中了這名叫 “Phaedra“ 姑娘的邪,在一個「絲絨的早晨」,他回憶著自己與姑娘的邂逅以及姑娘的慰語。Nancy 無邪又略帶性感的歌聲很適合扮演這個女聲的角色,與 Lee Hazlewood 低沉的男聲形成了強烈的對比。倒要提一句,Nancy 的嗓音是不錯 (應是父親遺傳之賜),當時也以性感小貓的姿態出現。但現在再看看她當時的照片,在氣質上是差了一些。當然,這話又說回來了,在這世界上又能有幾個 Grace Kelly 或 Audrey Hepburn 呢?

花了不少時間製作了 “Some Velvet Morning” 的 video. 困難不少但都能一一解決。要的是能捕捉歌中的風格。望你喜歡。

歌詞:

Some velvet mornin’ when I’m straight
I’m gonna open up your gate
And maybe tell you ’bout Phaedra
And how she gave me life
And how she made it end
Some velvet mornin’ when I’m straight

Flowers growing on a hill, dragonflies and daffodils
Learn from us very much, look at us but do not touch
Phaedra is my name

Some velvet mornin’ when I’m straight
I’m gonna open up your gate
And maybe tell you ’bout Phaedra
And how she gave me life
And how she made it end
Some velvet mornin’ when I’m straight

Flowers are the things we know, secrets are the things we grow
Learn from us very much, look at us but do not touch
Phaedra is my name

Some velvet mornin’ when I’m straight
Flowers growing on a hill
I’m gonna open up your gate
dragonflies and daffodils
And maybe tell you ’bout Phaedra
Learn from us very much
And how she gave me life
look at us but do not touch
FADE
And how she made it end

這是 Lee Hazlewood 生前最後的一次訪問,時間是2006年。他在此訪問中敘述了製作Some Velvet Morning時的故事:

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