OBSCURE COVER SERIES #5

One of my favourite songs covered by one of my favourite artists – another example of how Miles Davis can claim an already strong song and make the composition his own – ‘Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio, 2nd Movement)’ by the Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo.

It was said by his wife, pianist Victoria Kamhi de Rodrigo, that the composition was “was both an evocation of the happy days of their honeymoon and a response to Rodrigo’s devastation at the miscarriage of their first pregnancy. It was composed in 1939 in Paris.” more info…

I loved this song as a child. It moved something eternal in me each time I listened to it, but because I was a child, I could not put words to the emotions it stirred. I loved the sound of the classical guitar and the Moorish timbre. I just dug up a bunch of my parents old albums and I realized that many of the ones I was pulling out to keep were Spanish in musical style. In a past life, I must have lived in Al-Andalus and danced through the corridors of the Alhambra.

Below is a version more true to the classical nature of the original piece.