Blackmore’s Night – Fires At Midnight

Blackmore’s Night – Fires At Midnight

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Blackmore’s Night 是一家夫妻店。老公Ritchie Blackmore,他在1968年和朋友一起组建了后来在重金属摇滚乐界名声煊赫的Deep Purple(深紫)乐队,1975年离队组建Rainbow(彩虹)乐队,1993年更名为Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow。小他26岁的老婆Candice Night曾是职业模特,有一副天赐的清冽甜美歌喉,深爱着文艺复兴时期的欧洲文化。1997年,两口子分别贡献了各自的名号,组成Blackmore’s Night——一支横跨World Music、Renaissance、 New Age、Folk等多种风格的清新派中世纪民谣乐队诞生了。Ritchie洗尽铅华呈素姿的吉他演奏,加上Candice尘埃不染的纯净歌喉,Blackmore’s Night在欧洲流行乐坛上树立了别样风情。他们的现场演出,简直堪比一场遥远异域的民俗篝火晚会。台上载歌载舞,台下拍掌应和,宛如丰收在即,其乐也融融。

这首《Fires At Midnight》来自同名专辑,近20首歌曲一口气听完没有疲倦之感,其中,《Written In The Stars》、《Home Again》、《Crowning Of The King》等旋律更是流畅中听,过耳难忘。《The Times They Are A Changing》翻唱的是Bob Dylan,《Benzai-Ten》则漂洋过海,讲述了一个远在东方的日本古代传说。

“午夜之火”把我们带到了灵动、神秘的古森林。烟雾缭绕的午夜,落叶满地的林中小路引着夜行之人走入幽谧之境、这里月光如练、鹿鸣啾啾,山顶篝火熊熊,北斗星辰的七姐妹微笑低语……简单的旋律在主副歌之间重复交替,伴奏乐曲如登山一般层层推进,到了歌曲的三分之二处,Ritchie献上了一段金属华彩Solo,其后人声与配乐如潮水袭来,午夜之火燃烧到天际,火星点点化为漫天星光。突然想起何其芳的那首《预言》,这样的一种梦境何其相似,令人忧伤而又神往:

这一个心跳的日子终于来临。
你夜的叹息似的渐近的足音
我听得清不是林叶和夜风的私语,
麋鹿驰过苔径的细碎的蹄声。
告诉我,用你银铃的歌声告诉我
你是不是预言中的年轻的神……

I stood out here once before
With my head held in my hands
For all that I had known of this place
I could never understand…

On the hills the fires burned at midnight
Superstition plagued the air
Sparks fly as the fires burn at midnight
The stars are out and magic is here…

I wished on the seven sisters
Bring to me wisdom of  age
All that’s locked within the book of secrets
I longed for the knowledge of a sage…

On the hills the fires burned at midnight
Superstition plagued the air
Sparks fly as the fires burn at midnight
Stars are out the magic is here
The stars are out the magic is here…

So, the sisters smiled to themselves
And they whispered as they shone
And it was from that very instant
I knew I would never be alone…

While on the hills
The fires burned at midnight
Superstition plagued the air
Sparks fly as the fires burned at midnight
Stars are out and magic is here
The stars are out and the magic is here…
Many stars were forgotten
Many faded and became ghosts
Still my sisters glittered down from heaven
Always there when I needed them most…

And on the hills the fires burned at midnight
Superstition plagued the air
Sparks fly as the fires burn at midnight
Stars are out and magic is here
The stars are out and magic is here…

I stood here once before
With my head in my hands
For all that I had known of this place
I could never understand

On the hills the fires burned at midnight
Superstition plagued the air
Sparks fly as the fires burn at midnight
Stars are out and magic is here
Stars are out and magic is here
Stars are out and magic is here
Stars are out and magic is here

以泪洗面
2011.03.09.

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