Who said Yoga? La parola Yoga in certa musica.

Lo Yoga si trasforma, si trasforma anche la parola Yoga, si trasforma soprattutto il contesto sociale, culturale, economico, che porge allo Yoga spazi e menti e corpi e mezzi in cui manifestarsi e prendere forma, differenziarsi, mutare, moltiplicare la sua immagine. Ci sono gli yoga, ci sono le pratiche yoga, c’e’ poi l’immaginario intorno allo yoga.

Di quest’ultimo c’e’ chi ne gode, chi ne soffre, chi approva, chi disapprova, chi scarta, chi include, chi si indigna, chi sorride e si diverte, chi studia, chi pratica, chi si fa fotografie su instagram, chi non se le fara’ mai.

Ondeggiamo osservando la diffusione estesa dello Yoga nel contemporaneo, in particolare nella western culture, a volte ritenendola eccezionale e meravigliosa, a volte scivolosa e virale.

Mi sono chiesta in quali brani musicali si nominasse la parola Yoga. Un modo anche per provare a guardare, in tal caso ad ascoltare, cosa accade allo yoga quando viene decontestualizzato dai testi e dalle pratiche, rispuntando in contesti che plasmano e riplasmano l’immaginario, come ad esempio quelli della musica contemporanea occidentale, dal pop alla trap, dal soul al rock&roll, dal rap all’elettronica, dagli anni ’60 al 2017.

Ho cercato, ascoltato, e stilato una lista assolutamente minima, che e’ anche un invito a continuare insieme. Ed ecco quindi una lista sparsa per cantare “yoga” senza pensarci troppo, e per ri-pensarlo, comunque.

Janelle Monae, Jidenna – Yoga – 2015

…Let yo booty do that yoga…got my black yoga pants on me… flexing like a yogi, drop it down with your hands up. Do handstand, bend it back, put your legs up. I ain’t got no worries…Flex Yoga, Flex Yoga, Flex Yoga. Let yo booty do that yoga

Elvis Presley – Yoga is as Yoga Does – 1967

…Well I can see that you and yoga will never do. Yoga is as yoga does there’s no in-between. Your either with it on the ball or you’ve blown the scene. I can see lookin’ at you, you just can’t get settled. How can I even move, twistin’ like a pretzel. Or you’ve blown the scene. Come on come on, untwist my legs. Pull my arms a lot. How did I get so tied up. In this yoga knot. You tell me just how I can take this yoga serious. When all it ever gives to me is a pain in my posteriors. Or you’ve blown the scene. Stand upside down on your head, feet against the wall. A simple yoga exercise done by one and all. Now cross your eyes and hold your breath, look just like a clown. Yoga‘s sure to catch you if you come falling down. Or you’ve blown the scene.

John Lennon – God – 1970

…I don’t believe in magic. I don’t believe in I-Ching. I don’t believe in Bible. I don’t believe in Tarot. I don’t believe in Hitler. I don’t believe in Jesus. I don’t believe in Kennedy. I don’t believe in Buddha. I don’t believe in Mantra. I don’t believe in Gita. I don’t believe in Yoga. I don’t believe in Kings. I don’t believe in Elvis…

Erykah Badu – I want you – 2003

…You can pray to early May, fast for 30 days. Still it won’t let go, oh. Got a good book and got all in it, tried a little yoga for a minute. But it won’t let go, oh. Tried to turn the sauna up to hotter, drunk a whole jar of holy water. But it won’t let go, oh…

Tori Amos – Purple People – 2006

…Well hey do you do Judo when they surround you. A little mental yoga, will they disappear…

Swae Lee – Do Yoga -2017

…All my girls do yoga. All my girls do yoga, hey. All my girls do yoga. All my girls do yoga, hey. Then get high at night. Then get high at night. Then get high at night. Then get high at night…

Madonna – American Life – 2003

…And you know I’m satisfied. I do yoga and pilates. And room is full of hotties. So I’m checking out the bodies and you know I’m satisfied…

No Doubt -Push and shove – 2012

…Just when you think its over we be on another level like we doing yoga. My love is toxic, stretch like elastic, drastic share the pilot inna mi cockpit…

The Kinks – Skin and Bone – 1971

…Do the meditation and yoga. And she’s thrown away the good food guide. And she’s given up the alcohol and pizzas and the pies and now she looks as if she’s ready to die…

MC Yogi, feat East Forest – Breath Deep – 2016

Peter Murphy – Socrates the Python – 1988

Hatha Yoga, Omm, Bennett, Gurdjieff, Jesus. Old Testament and New. Libraries full of keys. Libraries full of keys. Where’s your lock?…

Los Tigres del Norte – La Dieta – 1991

…Y yoga tambien vamos a praticar. Se pone feliz pues bajo 30 gramos el puro esqueleto me voy a quedar. Su pura figura siempre me ha gustado…

Miley Cyrus – I forgive Yiew – 2015

…How dare you bring another chick in my bed. You lucky I’m doing my yoga or you might be dead. I ain’t doing nothing that would take away my zen. If you are no enchanting then you park it up and then. Life’s a bunch of texta and we all do our best. Searching for something outside ourselves to bring us happiness, yes…

Lo Stato sociale – Piccoli incendiari non crescono – 2014

…Non ho provato ad assumere tisane. Non ho provato yoga o meditazione. Non ho provato una vera relazione. Non ho mai provato quel che non mi va. Fare carriera e’ davvero importante. Dormire la sera e’ davvero importante. Bruciare calorie e’ davvero importante. Ma e’ piu’ divertente bruciare le cose…

Le luci della centrale elettrica – Chakra – 2017

…Ci sono le prove e risvegli la tua vita una ninnananna inventata. C’e’ il teatro di Grotovski, lo yoga la meditazione al mercatino dell’usato c’e’ ancora quel piccolo amplificatore…

Aesop Rock – Lazy Eye – 2016

…Started eating kale and came to terms with my lazy eye. Putting on the yoga lady, cutting off the cable guy. Whistle while you’re waiting…

Quasimoto – Broad Factor- 2013

…Don’t say jack, then walk quiet like a ninja. I enter, freaks, so you should expect (what?) To practice yoga so we can get other positions set…

Carl Brave X Franco 126 – Argentario – 2017

…I tossici mi fermano in una piazza vuota. Mi chiedono una firma per dire no alla droga. E tu eri nervosa e hai detto “Bah, ora faccio yoga“…

Future – Incredible – 2017

…We gonna go crazy with this money. We do hot yoga, 92 degrees. Can you stretch it out? Stretch it out for me. I got somewhere to be, but it’s hard to leave…

Daniel Wirtz – Wenn du willst – 2015

…Fang ich ab morgen mit Yoga an. Verkauf das Auto, fahr Straßenbahn. Nein, im Ernst, wenn du willst. Sing ich am Sonntag im Kirchenchor Und freu mich…

Tété – Les envies – 2001

…Puis elle me parle de yoga, de tai-chi, Alors là je lui dis: “Non, non, non tu n’y es pas baby, C’est juste que je me laisse un peu pousser les envies…

to be continued…