Alex Raichev

I wish nothing else...

I wish nothing else but to speak simply
please grant me this privilege
because we have burdened our song with so much music
that it is slowly sinking
and our art has become so ornate
that the makeup has corroded her face
and it is time to say our few simple words
because tomorrow our soul sails away

~ Giorgos Seferis, 1940

Translated by Christos Papadimitriou from the Greek original:

Δε θέλω τίποτε άλλο παρά να μιλήσω απλά,
να μου δοθεί ετούτη η χάρη.
Γιατί και το τραγούδι το φορτώσαμε με τόσες μουσικές
που σιγά σιγά βουλιάζει.

Και την τέχνη μας τη στολίσαμε τόσο πολύ
που φαγώθηκε απ’ τα μαλάματα το πρόσωπό της.
Κι είναι καιρός να πούμε τα λιγοστά μας λόγια
γιατί η ψυχή μας αύριο κάνει πανιά
Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-04-24
Tags: poetry
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Lucky Charm

By Billy Martin from 'Illy Beats Volume 2'.

Lucky Charm

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-04-24
Tags: beatlog, music, drums
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Mahi

Mahi is a traditional Haitian vodou rhythm. Here is a recording of the rhythm from the instructional album Drum by Geoff Johns. And here is a transcription of the rhythm by me.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-04-24
Tags: beatlog, music, drums
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Ozymandias

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert… Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1818
Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-04-24
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Rocking Man

By Billy Martin from 'Illy Beats Volume 2'.

Rocking Man

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-04-24
Tags: beatlog, music, drums
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