“ Christmas is a time of very mixed intense emotion for me, and the existing canon often sounds like a forced smile. Christmas is a typical time for superficial happiness, but also a time for reflection and mourning the sad events throughout the year. The songs of A very chilly christmas make room for a more authentic interpretation of this very peculiar 2020 holiday season. ” Chilly Gonzales
From feudal oldies to newer holiday pop canon, A very chilly christmas surveys a broad scope of seasonal repertoire and sentiment. There’s grandeur and solemnity, there’s austerity and merriment, an original featuring Feist and covers featuring Jarvis Cocker. And, of course, there’s Mariah Carey.
As a whole, the album’s gift is the space it creates for quieter moments amid the flurry and noise of the season.
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“I wrote a book about Enya and the mystery of taste. It’s a musician’s memoir and a treatise on unguilty pleasures.” — Chilly Gonzales
Chilly Gonzales is one of the most exciting, original, hard-to-pin-down musicians of our time. Filling halls worldwide at the piano in his slippers and a bathrobe—in any one night he can be dissecting the musicology of an Oasis hit, giving a sublime solo recital, and displaying his lyrical dexterity as a rapper.
In his book about Enya, he asks: Does music have to be smart or does it just have to go to the heart?
In dazzling, erudite prose Gonzales delves beyond her innumerable gold discs and millions of fans to excavate his own enthusiasm for Enya’s singular music as well as the mysterious musician herself, and along the way uncovers new truths about the nature of music, fame, success and the artistic endeavour.
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Watch Chilly Gonzales and good friend, pianist Malakoff Kowalski, LIVE at the Frankfurter Buchmesse Book Fair, talking about taste, reading from Gonzo’s first book, Enya: A Treatise on Unguilty Pleasures, and uncovering new truths about the nature of music, fame, success and the artistic endeavour…
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Learn to play all 14 songs of « Solo Piano II »
50 pages sheet music book written by Chilly Gonzales
Sheet music from “Solo Piano” and other Gonzo classics from over the years
PLUS full “Solo Piano presented in Piano Vision” concert from 2005
Sheet music from “Solo Piano” plus “Empty Music”, unreleased track
He looks like Jon Spencer but sounds more like Eminem, with a lo-fi 808 nightmare pushing Dr. Dre out of the producer’s chair. Still, Gonzales is definitely not the worst MC, as he styles himself on a track heard on his first pure rap LP, The Entertainist. He’s actually a great rapper, as iconoclastic and inscrutable a figure as Kool Keith or Ol’ Dirty Bastard, with an irresistible sense of rhythm, hilarious lyrics, and a raw, kinetic production approach that benefits on several skeletal tracks from Digital Hardcore colleagues Patric Catani and Bomb20. One of the best productions, though, was actually recorded by Gonzales’ associate Peaches. The track, “Futuristic Ain’t Shit to Me,” appears to set out the Chilly Gonzales agenda (“Being futuristic these days means being futuristic on your own terms”), though subsequent lyrics (“Being futuristic means loving worms/Saving your sperm/Wearing your pubes in a perm”) resist any attempt at analysis. Besides rapping white-boy nonsense like Beck or MC Paul Barman (“Jimmy Carter in the place to be!/Hangin’ with Chilly G!”), Gonzales also pokes fun at the legion of sex-crazed rappers out there, with amusing parodies (we’re assuming) like “Candy” and “Cum on You.” It’s unclear whether he’s attempting to save rap from the mainstream blahs or ridicule it out of existence, but The Entertainist is a brilliant left-field hit for fans of oddball hip-hop production and zany lyrics. allmusicguide.com