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Of A Fanatical Football Fan

And lo™, this morning GMT+8 saw the aggregate lost of Manchester United to Bayern Munich at their own home stadium. Around two months prior to that match, the same opponent had beaten Firenze’s Fiorentina, despite unjust decisions from the referee. For the latter, I still cannot accept the lost. I was supposed to betray Manchester United this year, as I favour the Italian side more than the English. But yeah, shit happens, no further argument.

Anyway, a lost is always, has always been and will always be hard to accept, but that’s it. There must be a team which loses, and this year it’s our turn. And as I said months ago, I don’t make any contribution whatsoever to the teams I support, so I should not be drawn into a deep gloom.

Therefore, I’d like to offer my felicitation to Bayern Munich for beating the two teams which I take side. Congratulations! And for our sides, let’s do our best in the next season. Glory glory Man United, and Viva Il Gigliati!

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Now for a little catharsis.

I myself value chivalry, a medieval knightly spirit of sportsmanship. The keyword is humility. When we win, I try to appreciate the opponent objectively, especially when they have played so well, and strive for an honourable lost when such  ending is inevitable. I understand that contrary to me, however, many Man Utd’s fans are snobbish. Overly snobbish, such that they still detriment and further mock the losing opponents, often using swear words, but are not able to accept lost and instead becoming cranky. In Javanese, this is called “ora sembada“. As such, there has been a growing anti-Manchester-United sentiment (which in my opinion is quite weird, since it raises out of the action of the fans, not the club itself: I hate Real Madrid for being an under-achieving capitalistic team and for being a rubbish dump of bright talents, Steve McManaman and Robinho to name some), and it involves snobbish counter-attack towards us. Therefore, in many cases, it seems like my chivalry does not get appropriate responses.  I don’t think I should expect it anyway.

So, how?

Well, I still follow my old way. Chivalry is always chivalrious. 🙂

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Pink Floyd — The Return of The Son of Nothing

Maaf tiga video. Lagu ini aslinya berdurasi sekitar 23 menit.

Ehm. Jadi, walaupun sebenarnya sudah tahu mereka lama lewat lagu standar Another Brick in The Wall Pt 2, saya mulai menyukai Pink Floyd sejak dipinjami CD mereka oleh teman Papi saya yang memang demen progressive rock dan jago main gitar beberapa tahun lalu. CDnya sendiri sih CD album The Division Bell, album terakhir mereka yang beraroma progresif kental. Kurang tertarik sebenarnya, tapi dari situ saya juga mengeksplorasi karya-karya lawas mereka, semisal film The Wall (jadi ingat orang bermuka pantat…hiii), dan sampailah saya di album-album pertama mereka, yang tak dinyana, sangat psikedelik. Lagu-lagu macam See Emily Play, Arnold Layne dan Corporal Clegg pun masuk ke daftar lagu favorit saya.

Tapi tidak berhenti sampai di situ. Pada saat yang bersamaan saya juga mendengarkan lagu-lagu Hawkwind, band seangkatan mereka yang juga berasal dari UK. Lagu dari mereka yang pertama kali saya dengarkan adalah Master of The Universe, dari album mereka In Search of Space. Saya pun mulai menyadari bahwa Pink Floyd juga memiliki karya-karya yang bisa dibilang jatuh di topik yang sama, luar angkasa, seperti tersurat di lagu macam Set The Controls for The Heart of The Sun, Astronomy Domine dan Interstellar Overdrive. Tidak hanya di lirik, elemen-elemen luar angkasa pun terdengar dari efek-efek suara yang direkam, tapi karena saya tidak terlalu kompeten di bagian sini, tidak perlu saya lanjutkan lah. :mrgreen:

Nah, akhir-akhir ini saya berdiskusi dengan Pak Guru *halah* tentang Pink Floyd. Debat kusir sebenarnya. Buat dia, lagu terbaik mereka adalah Echoes, sedangkan saya menjagokan lagu-lagu psikedelik era Syd Barrett, macam Corporal Clegg dan See Emily Play tadi, yang dirilis di dalam dua album pertama mereka. Bukan berarti saya menafikkan Echoes. Konon saya menonton penampilan mereka memainkan lagu ini di Live At Pompeii dan sangat terkesan. Efek latar belakang bekas amphitheater di Pompeii, lagu epik super panjang Echoes serta potongan-potongan gambar yang disajikan di lagu Set The Controls for The Heart of The Sun tak ayal meingatkan saya pada satu hal: ancient astronaut theory. Tetapi karena saya punyanya dua album pertama Pink Floyd sahaja yang masih psikedelik, lagu Echoes, yang bisa dibilang transisi dari era psikedelik mereka ke era progresif ini jadi jarang didengarkan dan terlupakan.

Jadi, setelah debat kusir ini, saya pun mulai agak sering mendengarkan Echoes lagi, dan menemukan bahwa lirik aslinya juga bertema luar angkasa, tidak seperti lirik Echoes yang sekarang. Judul aslinya pun berbeda: The Return of The Son of Nothing. Lirik asli tersebut bisa didengarkan di tiga video di atas. Mari kita amati beberapa bait awal liriknya (diambil dari sini).

Planets meeting face to face
Bound to the air of light, how sweet!
If purposely we might embrace
The perfect union deep in space

Ever might this once relent
And give us leave to shine as one
Our two lights shining better than one light can

And in that longing to be one
The parting “suns” shine as one
I see you’ve got to travel on
And on and on, around the sun

Sungguh indah, epik, melankolis dan menawan. Yep, boleh dikata, Pink Floyd, di samping Hawkwind dan Muse, adalah band yang membuat saya tertarik untuk menggunakan metafora-metafora luar angkasa dalam sajak-sajak picisan saya: link 1, link 2, link 3.

So? Ya sudah, cuman pingin cerita kok. :mrgreen:


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