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Jhonny Silva


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mandolinquent

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This is a song based on snippets from a conversation I'd had with a man in Cali on 10 Dec this year.

The following night I woke at 4am in a small room in the Hotel Des Delphines in Buenaventura, Colombia; it's on the Pacific coast; the tropical rain there falls constantly. The buildings are black with mould; the whole town feels like it's rotting. I was tired. The huge military presence in the town and the relentless talk of violence, detentions and disappareances makes for strange dreams.

The noise of rain and car horns outside the hotel woke me. I had these lines from the conversation I'd had still bugging me, going round in my head. So I made up this track.

Because I didn't have any instruments with me it was made initially entirely with software synths which is a new venture for me and Rebsie. My vocal is sung into the pinhole; you can hear the thick rain, the car horns, and my TV. It's poor quality - but I love GB because it allows you to make songs like this at the drop of a hat. To re-record it at home would have been nonsense. It's more of a diary entry than a full production.

When I came back to the UK, Rebsie added gorgeous harmony vocals and some bass guitar to lift the choruses.

Jhonny Silva Aranguren: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/11/328162.html
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Lyrics
Stuff a newspaper in your ear
Everything's going to be all right
I know a place where they dance the salsa
Everything is going to be alright

chorus:
I've never been to Agua Blancas

Would you like to come to a party
Everything's going to be alright
I work in agriculture
Everything is going to be alright

chorus

The rebels are on the edge of town
They occupy the higher ground
Out there, oh yeah

chorus

(I've never heard of Jhonny Silva
They stopped the traffic I was late for work)...
Song Stats
Hits: 7051
Comments: 44
Fans: 18
Plays: 739
Downloads: 234
Votes: 27
Uploaded: Dec 21, 2005 - 01:47:45 PM
Last Updated: Dec 21, 2005 - 02:00:46 PM Last Played: May 28, 2017 - 04:24:42 PM
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Hardware:
Rebsie's Aria SB bass.
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Comments
Epileptic Gibbon said 4294 days ago (December 21st, 2005)
It's Revolving Doris but not as we know it!
One of the nice things about Revolving Doris is that you never
know what you're gonna get next… but even I had never expected
you two to do something quite like this. This could be Moby or
someone. Sounds really good. And great that you're talking about
a serious issue within a framework of music. It's subtle without
ramming it down anyone's throat… thought-provoking but
without being cliched. And the fact that it stands up in its own
right as a piece of ambient electronica is even more impressive.
What a great idea and an impressive piece of work, you guys.
Sorted.
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andreainfinita said 4229 days ago (February 24th, 2006)
Jhonny will always be alive!
Hello guys, my name is Andrea, I'm a 21 years old girl, thank you for reading this. I'm a chemistry student in University of Valle, yes, the place where my classmate Jhonny, the protagonist of this song, was infamously murdered by police. We have been passed through five months of too much pain, sadness, anger... I just can't understand what kind of sick monster could take away the life of almost a child, a defenseless child whose only sin was being in the road of the damned police of this country.... I just can't understand...I was there on September 22/2005, I had to run when the police entered into the campus (which is illegal, not any police forces can go into the campus) but they did, and I had to run, I heard when police was striking my classmates and any student who was near them, we weren't even participating in a small pacific protest that some students where making against the US/Colombia free trade agreement ,police didn't care, they get into the university hitting everybody, and shooting fire guns, Jhonny had physical problems, was very sick as a child, and he couldn't run away, two shots in his neck finished with his promising life... It could be me, could be a friend of mine, could be any person who was in the university that day... I am still so sad...I can't sleep peacefully since that day, have nightmares very frequently...but, what I feel is not important. I cry everyday when I think in Jhonny's family, his mother Enerieth, his father Wilman, his sister Jenny, it must be a killing pain what they feel, Jhonny is now fine in a better place...but his family...they are dying in pain!!!

Well, just want to say THANK YOU, to all you people that in distance care about this new crime of the fascist Uribe's government, we need your help, we feel alone, the day after the murder, the president, Alvaro Uribe, said that HE SUPPORTED WHAT POLICE DID, almost called Jhonny a terrorist, so he could justify his "democratic security politic" which is based on torturing and killing any person who doesn't think like him or support his terrible economic politics. Everybody who criticizes his government is a terrorist. Any similarity with George Bush, is just a coincidence, I guess.

And IT’S NOT TRUE that Uribe's government is popular here. Uribe is just popular in high society and very rich people, but this rich people is owner of all the mass media so they say whatever they want on newspapers, and TV news, so the international community is cheated. The truth is very different. The days after Jhonny's death giant protests were done in the whole country, but the mass media did not show anything. Everyday they try to conceal the monstrous political crimes that they commit. Jhonny is only one of the victims of this infamous government, of course supported by USA.

Thank you again, thank you for this beautiful song, really amazing...I know I will never stop thinking' on Jhonny, I know this sadness won't leave me never, so the only thing I can do is trying to make the people know about this, trying my classmates and all the Colombian students not to forget this, and fighting for a free country.

Thank you....excuse me for my English mistakes... you know I only speak Spanish. if you want to know something more about this sad case, please enter to:

http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=72141

http://www.waronwant.org/?lid=10737

http://www.colombiasolidarity.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=177&Itemid=65

http://chiapas.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=115284

http://colombia.indymedia.org/news/2005/10/31692.php

http://64.233.179.104/search?q=cache:tyQcyT2Re-YJ:www.colombiasolidarity.org.uk/index2.php%3Foption%3Dcom_content%26do_pdf%3D1%26id%3D178+jhony+silva+police&hl=es&gl=ar&ct=clnk&cd=4

http://www.utropia.no/nyheter/3004.html

http://www.cpa.org.au/garchve05/1247colombia.html

http://www.nearinternational.org/alerts/colombia820050923en.php

http://www.selvas.org/newsCO0705.html

http://eltiempo.terra.com.co/naci/cali/2005-11-23/ARTICULO-WEB-_NOTA_INTERIOR-2622817.html

http://campus.univalle.edu.co/2005/octubre/edicion24/jhonny.html

http://elpais-cali.terra.com.co/paisonline/notas/Septiembre232005/univalle.html

http://eltiempo.terra.com.co/naci/cali/2005-09-24/ARTICULO-WEB-_NOTA_INTERIOR-2543765.html

http://colombia.indymedia.org/news/2005/10/32074.php



Peter Greenstone said 4294 days ago (December 21st, 2005)
very different
Different and extremely cool. I like the simple electronic arrangement.
The ambient sounds captured in the background of the vocals is plus.
Very original and atmospheric and thought-provoking even though
details are vague. Mysterious. It's great to be able to spontaneously
create something like this, to capture the feeling live almost.
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caroline said 4294 days ago (December 21st, 2005)
this is amazing...
what on earth are you two going to pull out of the bag next? yes - very
different from everything else and just as listenable, interesting, enjoyable
and all sorts of other nice things - merry and happy to both of you xxx
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eltopo said 4294 days ago (December 21st, 2005)
Utterly great
Brilliant ambient space pop and a great little change of direction. Very
different but still very Revolving Doris. Were there any extra synths
plugins?

Where's that CD? And where's Rebsie's Leafblower song - that was
great.

I know what you mean about making music anywhere with the
computer - my last one was brobably 45minutes of actual recording
and lots of chopping around wih Logic in bed. It's all very cool.
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Tom Atwood said 4294 days ago (December 21st, 2005)
Utterly great
I see you have adopted, or at least utilized, the ledebutant method of clipping
lyrics, although it sounds like yours have been clipped from a much more
immediate and personal source. (She uses the Farmers Almanac I think.) I had
thought about doing this for lyrics to "An Error Thinly," using sound clips
from interviews I conducted with teenagers who cut themselves, but there are
copyright issues.

So, where does this leave us? With a far more complex and even more
interesting Revolving Doris than before. With a Revolving Doris that we now
cannot be sure what to expect. With an expanded, and more textured sound.
With endless possibilities!

The vocals are beautiful. The synths & ambient sounds perfect.

Just like the singer, I have never heard of Jhonny Silva. However, if I met
Jhonny Silva on the road, I would tell him to consider changing the spelling of
his name.

As for scores? I have altered my thinking on that, preferring now to grade in
colors (or, if you prefer, colours). This one is definitely green.

green-green-blue-green


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Tom Atwood said 4292 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
Utterly great
Sorry, upon further reading about Jhonny Silva, the University student with
polio shot to death at point blank range by Colombian police, I realize my
comments in the previous post were inappropriate. Had no idea.

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Rebsie said 4292 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
Utterly great
Not inappropriate at all, Tom. The story doesn't seem to have made it
into the mainstream news so hardly anybody knows about it. Your
comments were taken in the spirit in which they were intended, so many
thanks!
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mandolinquent said 4289 days ago (December 26th, 2005)
Utterly great
No, 'topo. It was just the synths on GB 1; I messed with the sounds a little
though. It's a whole new world for me..

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Mystified said 4294 days ago (December 21st, 2005)
It's the 'realness' ...
...that makes this song. Like a journal entry: thoughts, snippets of
conversation, the rain, the car horns in the background.
A snapshot of another place, another world.

Revolving...
Just like your name.
Thanks for posting this one. Very well done.
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Mcboy said 4293 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
damn...
what a story.....u have a very very creative piece of reporting/songwriting
here.....!
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Rebsie said 4293 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
damn...
What a story indeed. Everyone should know about Jhonny Silva.

Thanks for your nice comment, it's appreciated.
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Jim Bouchard said 4293 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
I was just listening to Rebsie's SOS
on my iPod while walking the dog. It struck me how well it's mixed and
all. This is another great orchestration but I think the bass might be a
little high in the mix, and the synth parts jab a tad too severely, but I'll
have to download it and take it for a walk and see how it flies then.
Good job and an excellent change of pace!
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Doadars Uncle said 4293 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
Nice moment...
Dark and cold. Nice setting. Hypnotic movement.
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said 4293 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
Unique blend...
of vocals and electronic synth really creates the mood for
your diary in song. I could almost picture you there, the surrooundings, the tension in the background. I love the
transition into the chorus vocals. The whole thing has a
surreal sound and feel... probably how it is for many there
in that country.

Jack
Joshosh said 4293 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
Yikes!
Very moving. The well-performed airy vocals complement the dark ambient electronica very nicely. And that synth sound, I don't even know how to describe it, but it goes right from my ears to my gut. Great tune.
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urbnite said 4293 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
sweet
what a groove!

this is very cool. i love that growling beeping thing after agua blancas.

this is the kind of music i wish i had any clue how to make!

a bit of a diversion for you two, but i'd be happy if you kept churning out
diary entries!
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dwwave said 4293 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
Transcending another place
Ambient musical and vocal places have always intrigued me. Very interesting beat, somewhat hypnotic but aware enough to focus on the lyrics as well. Definatlty a different place for you musically, could have been the (major) change in location and seeing military (or rebals) wandering
I would not change a thing, so often the best take is the first take
even if there is a section you think might benefit from a a change.
KInd of like a idea to remix Robert Johnsons Delta recordings
rather than leave them in he original state.
Now who is:Jhonny Silva?

well done


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Rebsie said 4292 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
Transcending another place
Jhonny Silva was a student at a Cali university where, three months ago, a
peaceful protest against a US/Colombia trade agreement was violently
suppressed by the police. Jhonny was shot dead at point blank range; he had
polio and couldn't run away.



Justice
for Jhonny Silva




Thanks for your support, David, as always.
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dwwave said 4260 days ago (January 24th, 2006)
A senseless tragedy
Absolutely Shocking Demise
To shoot anyone wwith a diffrent opinion is cold blooded
To shoot a person with a serious disease is un Godfully painful to hear
While Columbia is such a mess
America is fast following its tracks
Spying, (Illegal) Illegal wars, Graft, Crooked(and finally one snared) Lobbysit
a President (not mine) in bed with a Right wing so warped its indescribable
Is Religion gone?

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Komrade K said 4293 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
Disquiet
There's an uneasy hallucinating tense feel to this amplified by the
understated accompaniment and almost diffident vocals.

Dark and affecting

KK
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echoroom said 4292 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
unsettling
If this song was a kid, It'd be the sweet little blue-eyed boy who turns out to be the antichrist.

Soothing but unsetting, the vocals are playground scary, like a hymn sung by asthmatic children..

Love the lyrics .
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Macaudion said 4292 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
You are gifted
Oh so very nice - This is the kinda nice that you rarely find anywhere,
let alone here, at MJs. Strangely intelligent - Way out there while being
ridiculously present... Very hip...

Thank you for sharing this, Mandolinquent

Cyd


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crucial_d said 4292 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
even so.
even with this not being a full blown production,i enjoyed this track a
lot.
it's very calming.
the arrangement is very simple,but it works very well with your voice.
i like the lyrics,and they make me wonder about the whole
conversation you had.
great song.
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underdog. said 4291 days ago (December 24th, 2005)
very tasteful
this is a very interesting song - i like what you've done with GB - i
appreciate how youve used synths sparcely and tastefully - this song is
well balanced as a result.

underdog.
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jiguma said 4290 days ago (December 25th, 2005)
unexpected set of sounds
Fantastic piece of work guys! Really unexpected set of sounds, great
song - standout for me is the clarity of the instruments against the
tentative nature of the vocals. Sometimes being forced to go places
you wouldn''t normally tread can lead to unexpectedly positive results
- this would be one of those times I suspect. A sad story very cleverly
presented.
Thanks,
Neil
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kristyjo said 4288 days ago (December 27th, 2005)
Scary because it's real
I'm thinking the uneasy combination of airy vocals with the slightly
sinister synths is the feeling many people who live in Columbia and other
'zones of conflict' have all the time - telling yourself everything is all
right, while you know it's not really, but there's not much you can do
about it without getting yourself or a family member in danger. Fantastic
post that has a lot of depth. Just wondering - was there a reason you
ended with a major chord? To me it sounds a little too hopeful after that
whole song, but maybe you know more about the situation than I do.
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mandolinquent said 4287 days ago (December 28th, 2005)
Scary because it's real
Thanks for such a thoughtful comment. I usually write songs v e r y slowly -
as Rebsie knows!... but this one came out in one splurge without
intellectualising it at all. The final chord is just what happened and you may
well have a point about it tieing things up too much, because as you guessed
the situation in Colombia is far from resolved. Although the US-backed
presidency is popular in the cities there's a big mess in the making in the
rural areas...

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screamalexz said 4287 days ago (December 28th, 2005)
nice
nice, i like the vocals. they're peaceful. ill put this on a sleep track on my ipod :)
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dreadmon said 4287 days ago (December 28th, 2005)
Remarkably like
Gorillaz in its production, very moody, mysterious, catchy as all-get-out and supremely cutting edge. I can't add anything that hasn't been said already here, though the vocals in the beginning seem a mite low in the mix. Sweetness borne from tragedy - some of the best songs are these un-affected channelings of events not heard 'round the world. Excellent job you two!
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JOAN said 4266 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
really nice song
this is a great song and sound. really nice the singing is sooo pretty. great JOB
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stacey said 4238 days ago (February 15th, 2006)
AWESOME!
Please don't rerecord the vocals! The ambiance is amazing, and it just
adds to the mood of the piece! I wish I knew how to use my pinhole mic
so well, for when inspiration strikes away from the studio!

I love this very much. It's going into my library, asap.
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ctaylor said 4230 days ago (February 23rd, 2006)
Nice mix
Have you thought of redoing/appending the drumkit? Synth drums
under a synthy tune is sort of expected, isn't it? I'd recommend a
distant, distorted kit, but then, I'd always recommend a distant,
distorted kit.

Nice feel, nicely created space, nice palette. Can you believe that this
is the first song of yours I've ever heard? I'm apprehensive about going
back to check out earlier stuff if this is, as people say, leaps and
bounds ahead. ;)
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andreainfinita said 4229 days ago (February 24th, 2006)
Jhonny will always be alive!!
Hello guys, my name is Andrea, I'm a 21 years old girl, thank you for reading this. I'm a chemistry student in University of Valle, yes, the place where my classmate Jhonny, the protagonist of this song, was infamously murdered by police. We have been passed through five months of too much pain, sadness, anger... I just can't understand what kind of sick monster could take away the life of almost a child, a defenseless child whose only sin was being in the road of the damned police of this country.... I just can't understand...I was there on September 22/2005, I had to run when the police entered into the campus (which is illegal, not any police forces can go into the campus) but they did, and I had to run, I heard when police was striking my classmates and any student who was near them, we weren't even participating in a small pacific protest that some students where making against the US/Colombia free trade agreement ,police didn't care, they get into the university hitting everybody, and shooting fire guns, Jhonny had physical problems, was very sick as a child, and he couldn't run away, two shots in his neck finished with his promising life... It could be me, could be a friend of mine, could be any person who was in the university that day... I am still so sad...I can't sleep peacefully since that day, have nightmares very frequently...but, what I feel is not important. I cry everyday when I think in Jhonny's family, his mother Enerieth, his father Wilman, his sister Jenny, it must be a killing pain what they feel, Jhonny is now fine in a better place...but his family...they are dying in pain!!!

Well, just want to say THANK YOU, to all you people that in distance care about this new crime of the fascist Uribe's government, we need your help, we feel alone, the day after the murder, the president, Alvaro Uribe, said that HE SUPPORTED WHAT POLICE DID, almost called Jhonny a terrorist, so he could justify his "democratic security politic" which is based on torturing and killing any person who doesn't think like him or support his terrible economic politics. Everybody who criticizes his government is a terrorist. Any similarity with George Bush, is just a coincidence, I guess.

And IT%u2019S NOT TRUE that Uribe's government is popular here. Uribe is just popular in high society and very rich people, but this rich people is owner of all the mass media so they say whatever they want on newspapers, and TV news, so the international community is cheated. The truth is very different. The days after Jhonny's death giant protests were done in the whole country, but the mass media did not show anything. Everyday they try to conceal the monstrous political crimes that they commit. Jhonny is only one of the victims of this infamous government, of course supported by USA.

Thank you again, thank you for this beautiful song, really amazing...I know I will never stop thinking' on Jhonny, I know this sadness won't leave me never, so the only thing I can do is trying to make the people know about this, trying my classmates and all the Colombian students not to forget this, and fighting for a free country.

Thank you....excuse me for my English mistakes... you know I only speak Spanish. if you want to know something more about this sad case, please enter to:

http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=72141

http://www.waronwant.org/?lid=10737

http://www.colombiasolidarity.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=177&Itemid=65

http://chiapas.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=115284

http://colombia.indymedia.org/news/2005/10/31692.php

http://64.233.179.104/search?q=cache:tyQcyT2Re-YJ:www.colombiasolidarity.org.uk/index2.php%3Foption%3Dcom_content%26do_pdf%3D1%26id%3D178 jhony silva police&hl=es&gl=ar&ct=clnk&cd=4

http://www.utropia.no/nyheter/3004.html

http://www.cpa.org.au/garchve05/1247colombia.html

http://www.nearinternational.org/alerts/colombia820050923en.php

http://www.selvas.org/newsCO0705.html

http://eltiempo.terra.com.co/naci/cali/2005-11-23/ARTICULO-WEB-_NOTA_INTERIOR-2622817.html

http://campus.univalle.edu.co/2005/octubre/edicion24/jhonny.html

http://elpais-cali.terra.com.co/paisonline/notas/Septiembre232005/univalle.html

http://eltiempo.terra.com.co/naci/cali/2005-09-24/ARTICULO-WEB-_NOTA_INTERIOR-2543765.html

http://colombia.indymedia.org/news/2005/10/32074.php



mandolinquent said 4223 days ago (March 2nd, 2006)
Jhonny will always be alive!!
Thank you so much for this message. It is wonderful to hear from you.

I wrote the song because the day after I heard about the murder of Jhonny
Silva and met students at the university who were still shaken by it, I met an
expatriate - a fellow Englishman - who spoke the words I used in the song.
He was just pissed off because the demonstration following the illegal killing
had delayed his journey to work, and he was annoyed that the students had
grafitted a church in person.

He wasn't a bad person; but I was so depressed at how easily he dismissed
the crime. I'd met so many people in Cali who had had loved ones killed or
who had been threatened themselves. It's the old Edmund Burke quote about
all it needs for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.

I couldn't sleep the following night because I couldn't get his words out of my
head, so I tried writing the song.

I'm incredibly moved that you replied. And very grateful that you did. And
thank you for the links.

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Rebsie said 4218 days ago (March 7th, 2006)
Jhonny will always be alive!!
I think about Jhonny every day.

Rebsie



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andreainfinita said 4208 days ago (March 17th, 2006)
Oscar Salas is alive!!
Thank you very much for your precious words. It is an honor to me to receive that message from you. Thanks a lot, Rebsie and Mandolinquent. Unfortunately, I hadn’t answered because there’s a new victim of the CRIMINAL COLOMBIAN POLICE, Specifically of (ESMAD - Mobile Anti-Disturbances Squadron) and that victim is again, an innocent student. OSCAR LEONARDO SALAS, a 20-years-old linguistic student, was brutally murdered by police, during a student protests in which he was not taking part. The same history AGAIN!!! This new crime of Uribe’s government happened into the campus of the National University of Colombia, the most important university of our country, in Bogotá.

In march 8 2006, the youg student of the District University of Francisco Jose de Caldas in Bogota went to the National University to meet some friends. Then began the protests. At around 1.20pm, Salas was hit in the face by either a tear gas grenade or a rubber bullet which apparently passed through his eye and lodged in his brain. He was then taken to a local clinic, but doctors were unable to save him; he was pronounced brain dead and disconnected from artificial life support early the next morning.

I just don’t know what to say, in this moment I would kill a police with my own hands…but I’m not a killer like them. But this is just ENOUGH… who will be the next? me, my brother or a friend of mine? I don’t know… and I don’t want to know.

There are no words…. Me and all Colombian students are feeling terrible, WE’RE AFRAID… I will continue informing you what should happen in this new case of blood…thanks a lot for reading this.

Rebsie and William, I really appreciate both of you.

http://www.colombiasolidarity.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=5&Itemid=72

http://www.nearinternational.org/alerts/colombia920060308en.php?PHPSESSID=fecb1fd5b54ee94ac755b0dcbd8e1e92

http://www.nearinternational.org/alerts/colombia920060308en.php

http://www.cmaq.net/fr/node/23867#comment

http://argentina.indymedia.org/features/internacionales/#2469

http://www.socialistunitynetwork.co.uk/news/oscarsales.htm

bronco said 4219 days ago (March 6th, 2006)
Too Many Sad Times
Life feels so filled with sadness and madness these days. I know it has
always been that way but in prior decades it seemed we had something
to counter balance it like the Beatles. I grieve for the victims of so
much horror around the world. That the bad guys have won seems self
evident. That I sometimes seem to be too cynical and removed from
this makes me shudder!
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andreainfinita said 4208 days ago (March 17th, 2006)
Another crime...but Oscar Salas is still alive!
Thank you very much for your precious words. It is an honor to me to receive that message from you. Thanks a lot, Rebsie and Mandolinquent. Unfortunately, I hadn%u2019t answered because there%u2019s a new victim of the CRIMINAL COLOMBIAN POLICE, Specifically of (ESMAD - Mobile Anti-Disturbances Squadron) and that victim is again, an innocent student. OSCAR LEONARDO SALAS, a 20-years-old linguistic student, was brutally murdered by police, during a student protests in which he was not taking part. The same history AGAIN!!! This new crime of Uribe%u2019s government happened into the campus of the National University of Colombia, the most important university of our country, in Bogot.

In march 8 2006, the youg student of the District University of Francisco Jose de Caldas in Bogota went to the National University to meet some friends. Then began the protests. At around 1.20pm, Salas was hit in the face by either a tear gas grenade or a rubber bullet which apparently passed through his eye and lodged in his brain. He was then taken to a local clinic, but doctors were unable to save him; he was pronounced brain dead and disconnected from artificial life support early the next morning.

I just don%u2019t know what to say, in this moment I would kill a police with my own hands%u2026but I%u2019m not a killer like them. But this is just ENOUGH%u2026 who will be the next? me, my brother or a friend of mine? I don%u2019t know%u2026 and I don%u2019t want to know.

There are no words%u2026. Me and all Colombian students are feeling terrible, WE%u2019RE AFRAID%u2026 I will continue informing you what should happen in this new case of blood%u2026thanks a lot for reading this.

Rebsie and William, I really appreciate both of you.

http://www.colombiasolidarity.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=5&Itemid=72

http://www.nearinternational.org/alerts/colombia920060308en.php?PHPSESSID=fecb1fd5b54ee94ac755b0dcbd8e1e92

http://www.nearinternational.org/alerts/colombia920060308en.php

http://www.cmaq.net/fr/node/23867#comment

http://argentina.indymedia.org/features/internacionales/#2469

http://www.socialistunitynetwork.co.uk/news/oscarsales.htm

andreainfinita said 4201 days ago (March 24th, 2006)
Jhonny is still alive, we feel him everywhere...
Dear Rebsie and Mandoliquent:

Last March 22, we commemorated 6 months of Jhonny Silva's murder. It was a day full of sadness, pain, anger but also of optimism and hope. We know today more than ever that our friend is still alive between us. A night manifestation of torches was done crossing the principal streets of Cali. Though the weather did not help, (it rained almost the whole night) many students went out with Jhonny’s family, representatives of the Church, and of human rights, in a great pacific manifestation in which we said to Colombia and to the whole world that our classmate and friend, will never be forgotten. But not only we sang and shouted for Jhonny, also for Oscar Salas, student murdered by police on March 8 in Bogotá. Justice for both!!

I am so much happy that Revolving Doris's beautiful song "Jhonny Silva" has started to be played on radio as Rebsie said. It is exactly what we need! Since the mass media here in Colombia prefers being accomplices of Jhonny’s killers, the music is a great way to be heard of the whole world and to denounce the barbarism and the terror in which we live. I am, personally, going to start promoting Revolving Doris in the University of Valle, because incredibly nobody knows the song that you, our friends in distance, composed for Jhonny. Now our struggle is for doing the international denunciation of this horrible crime and Revolving Doris's music is going to be a great help. Thank you again and again.

Some images of the manifestation of torches, please enter to:

http://colombia.indymedia.org/news/2006/03/39475.php

In the first photo, the one who wears an orange t-shirt is Jhonny’s father. I walked in the manifestation next to his mother. A friend of mine and me saw she cried several times…

Rebsie, I read that you have had problems with Spanish translations. If you need help, just email me. (I guess you have my email address?)

A big embrace for you.


composerclark said 4140 days ago (May 24th, 2006)
Wow.
This might be the most moving experience I've ever had listening to a
song here. I was immediately drawn in to by the quirky opening, hiss
and all (which I actually thought was intentional... somehow, it adds to
the bleak feel of this song).

I thought the words were intriguing and moving without knowing
anything about the story, and I thought the way you present it is
haunting--I know I'll be hearing this one in my head for a long a time.

Then I started reading the comments, and I came to Andrea Infinita's
posts, and I suddenly realized what it was about, and I felt chilled,
apalled, shocked, whatever, but very deeply moved.

I admire the simplicity of your presentation.

Like Krystyjo, I found the way you end the song to be disconnected
from the mood of the rest of the song. I'm not sure you end on a
major chord--it sounded to me like you were singing a bare octave
together, with no harmony that I could hear--but "ti" - "do" (scale
degree 7 to scale degree 8) is usually associated as a kind of "up" or
even victorious way to end a composition. It isn't a big deal, but to me,
the way to end this would have been with some sort of unresolved
chord, or just end on the V chord that accompanies "blancas."

Great work. 10-10-10-10
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67JM said 3750 days ago (June 18th, 2007)
wow
blimey. who programmed the synths? sounds great!
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ktb said 3740 days ago (June 28th, 2007)
fantastic
some really spectacular ideas and really cool overall mix. Luv'd the vocals esp. The synths were great.
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Feter said 3604 days ago (November 11th, 2007)
Jhonny Silva
wonderfull ...Ambient and beat engage with folk
cool singin friends ..I liked this ..its quite new
as a style to me . welldone ! !
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