"Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.."- Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Phoenix , the Romanian Whistle in the Sky

Phoenix – Fluier in cer / Whistle in the Sky

“Fluier in cer, noaptea e ziua-n care pier/ Whistle in the sky, night is the day when I die
Fluier in cer, liber si prizonier/Whistle in the sky, free and prisoner
Viu vioriu, singur de cand ma stiu /Alive blue, alone since I’ve known myself
Ochiul de apa-n pustiu/The pond of water in the desert
Viu si iar viu, chiar s-a facut tarziu/Alive and still alive, it’s really late
Fluier in cer sangeriu/Whistle in a bloody sky

Fluier de foc, viata si moarte la un loc/Whistle of fire, life and death together
Fluier de jar, ceru-i de cihlimbar/Whistle of glow, the sky is of amber
Lumea se lumina, din lumini eram/The world was getting filled of light, I was made out ou light
Lumea se auzea, cantec si balsam/One could hear the world, song and balm
Lumea se lumina ca si la inceput/The world was getting filled of light like in the beginning
Lumea se limpezea, se auzea cum batea inima/ The world was getting clear, one could hear the heart beatting

Fluier de vant, sunt cel mai singur pe pamant/Whistle of wind, I am the loneliest on Earth
Fluier de vant, ceru-i asa rotund/Whistle of wind, the sky is so round
Viu vioriu, singur de cand ma stiu/Alive blue, alone since I’ve known myself
Ochiul de apa-n pustiu/The pond of water in the desert
Viu si iar viu, iar s-a facut tarziu/Alive and still alive, it’s llate again
Fluier in cer sangeriu/Whistle in a sky of blood

Fluier si-aud vuietul marilor din sud/I whistle and I hear the roar of the southern seas
Fluier si-aud tipat de ne-nascut/I whistle and I hear scream of unborn
Lumea se lumina, din lumini eram/The world was getting filled of light, I was made out ou light
Lumea se auzea, cantec si balsam/One could hear the world, song and balm
Lumea se lumina ca si la inceput/The world was getting filled of light like in the beginning
Lumea se limpezea, se auzea cum batea inima/ The world was getting clear, one could hear the heart beatting

Lumea se lumina, din lumini eram/The world was getting filled of light, I was made out ou light
Lumea se auzea, cantec si balsam/One could hear the world, song and balm
Lumea se lumina ca si la inceput/The world was getting filled of light like in the beginning
Lumea se limpezea, se auzea cum batea inima/ The world was getting clear, one could hear the heart beatting”

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translation: memyselfandela, 2012
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Phoenix is one of the most prominent Romanian Rock bands of the latest decades, and also the first one to take musical inspiration from ancient Romanian folk themes.Formed in the 1960s, it began by doing covers of Beatles songs. However, they soon had to change their style since the Romanian communist regime disliked any form of western culture. The communist regime suggested that all rock oriented bands should look for inspiration within the Romanian culture. These restrictions made the band’s leader Nicolae Covaci search within the Romanian folklore, which gave them a unique sound.
Phoenix band (or Transsylvania Phoenix, the way it’s known abroad) was born in Timisoara, Romania, in 1962, under the name of “Sfintii”, which means “The Saints”. Due to the harsh nature of political measures, regarding the limitations of freedom of speech, the name was changed into Phoenix, a curious movement, considering the future events and the destiny of the band.

Their original music style was influenced by the most famous bands of the 60’s, such as The Kings, The Beatles, especially the highly-appreciated Lennon-McCartney duo, but soon, Phoenix found it’s own style, free of other external influences. A highly-cultural type of music, based on romanian processed folklore and crude force of instrument, is what made the band Phoenix unique in Romania and other Balkan countries…But then again, using a powerful social message and influencing the masses was qualified as illegal and dangerous by communist state authorities, circumstances that led to a foreseeable verdict: the band was banned in 1974. In 1975, Phoenix releases the album “Cantafabule”, considered to be Romania’s best rock album of all times, despite being banned. Wishing to perform and create in conditions of freedom, the band members leave communist Romania in 1977, hidden in the sound installation that was crossed overboard by the leader Nicu Covaci, in illegal conditions. Between 1977 and 1990, Phoenix was reborn in Germany, choosing different types of music, in need to accommodate with western requirements, but keeping the background substance that defined their origins and beliefs.Still, the ashes were kept in Romania, the music was alive in the souls of millions of people, the educative message was not forgotten – a fact that was proven in 1990, when the band returned home, to reborn once again from it’s own ashes and to continue the education offered to the masses, through rock music and responsibility. Over the years, more than 50 artists have put their mark on the Phoenix music and shared their creations on the stage, adding a personal note to every concert and song, but keeping the original direction and feeling, avoiding commercial music and compromises. Phoenix band remained until today a tremendous, vast, boundless project, with it’s own personality, insensitive to changes that occure in music fashion, appreciated and respected by all music listeners, of all categories.

Over the years Phoenix approached over the years different genres: beat, ethno rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock.

4 responses

  1. That’s a very cool song. And a great bit of history. Thank you for sharing.

    November 14, 2012 at 18:14

    • 🙂 It’s a bit that I’m very proud of, this music runs through my veins… Phoenix has the most outstanding music. I’ve seen them in concert 2 times and they are monumental… They have taken a lot from the Romanian spirit, essence, soul, and distilled this all to give us a music that many other countries don’t have…
      Thank you for reading and listening. 😉 😀

      November 14, 2012 at 18:19

  2. t

    I’m going to have to dig deeper here!

    November 15, 2012 at 01:04

    • Yeap, you will find a looooooooooooot of good music. 🙂
      Thank you so much T. 🙂

      November 15, 2012 at 01:07

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