Thursday, July 23, 2015

I Will Remember, Ingatan TOTO Akan Seorang Sahabat

I Will Remember bukan cerita romantik. Ini adalah catatan Steve Lukather untuk Jeff Porcaro, drummer sekaligus salah satu pendiri Toto yang meninggal dunia beberapa tahun sebelumnya. Porcaro adalah salah satu sahabat terbaik Luke. I Will Remember rilis tahun 1995 dalam album Tambu.




Dibentuk tahun 1977 Los Angeles, California, Toto memiliki Joseph Williams (lead vocal), David Paich (keyboard, vocal), Steve Porcaro (keyboard), Steve Lukather (guitar, vocal), David Hungate (bass), dan Shannon Forrest (drum). Mereka mengombinasikan beberapa elemen musik seperti pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B, blues, dan jazz. 
Awalnya adalah David Paich dan Jeff Porcaro yang sering bermain musik bersama. Mereka kemudian memutuskan membentuk band. David Hungate, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro, dan Bobby Kimball direkrut untuk persiapan album pertama mereka. Nama 'TOTO' konon tak dirancang dengan sengaja. Ada yang mengatakan, Jeff Porcaro menulis kata Toto pada pita demo berisi lagu-lagu mereka agar tidak tertukar dengan pita demo dari grup musik lain. Ada juga yang menyebut Toto berasal dari Toteaux, nama keluarga Bobby Kimball yang ‘sebenarnya’. Alkisah nama TOTO kemudian disepakati setelah David Hungate menjelaskan bahwa kata Toto dalam bahasa Latin berarti memasukkan segala. Jadi cukup pas dengan band mereka yang memainkan berbagai irama musik. Nama ini sempat memancing tawa pada tur pertama mereka ke Jepang karena TOTO adalah merek produk saniter Jepang.
Album perdana Toto langsung melesat. Lagu Hold the Line, Georgy Porgy, dan I'll Supply The Love langsung masuk tangga lagu. Mereka mendapat pengakuan internasional dan dinominasikan sebagai penerima Grammy untuk Artis Pendatang Baru Terbaik. 
Toto IV yang rilis tahun 1982 dianggap album paling sukses Toto. Grup ini juga menjadi salah satu grup best-selling. Selama berkarya Toto merilis 17 album dengan total penjualan 30 juta kopi. Tahun 2007 mereka sempat merilis album ke-18, Falling In Between Live,  Steve Lukather mengundurkan diri. Toto pun bubar setelah menyelesaikan konser keliling tahun 2008.

I Will Remember

I was born in the land of the sun
And the tall green grass
And I don't understand
How all this has come to pass
How we've come to surround ourselves
In a sea of thieves
In a land without learning
Only the fools believe

I went driving last night
On a dark canyon road
Had the sky to myself
But I wasn't alone
Had the pain of my lifetime
For my company
How did it end up like this
For you and me

When love breaks the promise
The heart has to keep
It leaves only truth here to find
When the spirit is crushed
And the hurt is so deep
Between you and I

Even when love has come and gone
And our hearts have moved along
I will remember
There was a time we had the trust
And that always was enough
I will remember
I will remember you

As I open my eyes to one more day
The wind burns my face
As it whispers your name
As it's pulling me forward
It tears me free
And the only thing left
Is the tears for and me

'Cause when love breaks the promise
The heart has to keep
It leaves only truth here to find
When the spirit is crushed
And hurt is so deep
Between you and I

Even when love has come and gone
And our hearts have moved along
I will remember
There was a time we had the trust
And that always was enough
I will remember

Even when love has come and gone
And our hearts have moved along
I will remember
There was a time we had the trust
And that always was enough
I will remember
I will remember you

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

One of Us, Berandai-andai Tentang Tuhan

"What If God Is One Of Us?" Itulah pertanyaan pada refrain lagu yang berhasil memberi Joan Osborne sejumlah penghargaan, One of Us. Lagu ini rilis tahun 1996 bersama album Relish.


Lewat One of Us, penyanyi Amerika ini pada tahun 1996 memborong 3 Grammy Award yakni Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Record of The Year, dan Song of The Year. VH1 juga memasukkan lagu ini dalam daftar 100 lagu terbaik era 90-an. Lirik lagu yang sempat menuai kontroversi ini ditulis oleh Eric Bazilian. Sang penulis sendiri mengatakan, "For me, the song was more about what happens to you when you look at something that has completely changed your world view, which could be meeting God, it could be meeting an alien, it could be a near-death experience, it could be anything like that. Just how everything you know is wrong, or everything you know is right, and you didn't know it."
Lagu ini ditulis Brazilian dua tahun sebelum rilis. Ia ingat, pada sebuah hari saat istrinya baru pindah dari Swedia, mereka menonton televisi yang tengah menayangkan 'The Making of Sgt. Pepper', tayangan dokumenter tentang The Beatles dan George Martin. Istrinya rupanya sangat terkesan dengan tayangan itu dan meminta sang suami untuk merekam sesuatu. Meski awalnya Brazilian merasa enggan, akhirnya jadi juga lagu tersebut.

Meski menurut Brazilian lagu ini tak terkait dengan relijiusitas, namuan One of Us terpilih sebagai theme song program CBS TV bertajuk 'Joan Of Arcadia'. Program ini tayang pada kurun waktu 2003-2005, tentang seorang gadis muda yang menjumpai Tuhan dalam bentuk manusia biasa.

One of Us

If god had a name, what would it be?
And would you call it to his face
if you were faced with Him in all His glory?
What would you ask if you had just one question?

And yeah, yeah, God is great.
Yeah, yeah, God is good.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
What if god was one of us,
just a slob like one of us,
just a stranger on the bus trying to make his way home?

If God had a face, what would it look like?
And would you want to see
if seeing meant that you would have to believe
in things like heaven and in Jesus and the saints
and all the prophets?

And yeah, yeah, God is great.
Yeah, yeah, God is good.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
What if god was one of us,
just a slob like one of us,
just a stranger on the bus trying to make his way home?

Just trying to make his way home, back up to heaven all alone.
Nobody calling on the phone,
'cept for the Pope maybe in Rome.

Yeah, yeah, God is great.
Yeah, yeah, God is good.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
What if god was one of us,
just a slob like one of us,
just a stranger on the bus trying to make his way home,
just trying to make his way home, just like a holy rolling stone?
Back up to heaven all alone, just trying to make his way home.

Nobody calling on the phone,
'cept for the Pope maybe in Rome.