A Greek Hero and Musician

February 17, 2012

As some of you may have noticed on my facebook … I was and still angry that my favorite composer just a couple of  days ago got peppered sprayed in Greece for...

As some of you may have noticed on my facebook … I was and still angry that my favorite composer just a couple of  days ago got peppered sprayed in Greece for protesting  the political mess. Then a few of my students asked me who is Mikis Theodorakis exactly.

Here is the bio as written from his website:

Mikis Theodorakis

For those who don’t know what happened … here is an excellent article 21570

I can’t believe that one – that cops would pepper spray old men and war heros at that!!!! Has Greece lost it’s tradition, it’s heritage?? We honor our heros, our elders – not treat them like criminals? Theodorakis has one of the most unmistakable faces in Greece — don’t tell me, they didn’t know who Theodorakis was? And even if they didn’t – why would you pepper spray old men?

But my respect for Mikis Theodorakis has grown even more! Imagine an old man in a wheel chair after being pepper spray refusing help and returning to protest more! Wow! Just imagine that! We have a lot to learn from his spirit – his patriotism!

Why do I love Theodorakis’s music? Well – he can move from traditional Greek music, to classical, to jazz to rock … yet creating a unique sound that is unmistakably Theordorakis. Lol the Beetles even covered one of his compositions. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzy2J1MLvOQ] He wrote music for such classic movies such as Never on Sunday, Serpico, Zorba the Greek just to name a few. His music is Greece — if i say Zorba the Greek — you may not have known it was Theordorakis – but you knew it was uniquely Greek! A sound that pays respect to the past, present and future. A sound that overcomes adversity and finds joy in the simplicity of life. There’s no way to say it except — IT’S GREECE!!!

If you listen closely to Zorba – you will see two things: one it’s built only a few notes but he uses the notes in the most  methodological and creative manner. The chord structure barely changes but through changes in tempo and dynamics — the entire piece grows and changes. Very few composers have mastered this technique to create a rich tapestry of sounds and often when other composers attempt this compositional technique – the result is boring and often awkward to play.

I just found this amazing documentary on Theodorakis — so interesting.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJx4SnCw7bk]

Here’s my attempt at giving him credit to one of his most famous songs ….

Never On Sunday

Sigh lol now that’s a person I wish I could meet and study with.

As Anthony Quinn tells us in Zorba the Greek — “let’s dance!” One might find it a strange philosophy but to me it means being able to survive the evil the world throws at us and create something beautiful among the struggles and tribulations.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6cW779sBF8&feature=related]

Many wonder if Greece will overcome her struggles.. as Abraham Lincoln said, “one must find the future from examples of the past” We will and be better from it! Greece will dance again! 🙂

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