ESL Video Quiz: syoneda: Jesse Cook: Cecilia

Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
Quiz #: 12765
(ESL Category: listening) Who but Toronto-based Jesse Cook could take on a Simon and Garfunkel standard and update it successfully?
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Cecelia

Cecilia, you're breaking my heart
You're shaking my confidence daily
Oh, Cecilia, I'm down on my knees
I'm begging you please to come home

Cecilia, you're breaking my heart
You're shaking my confidence daily
Oh, Cecilia, I'm down on my knees
I'm begging you please to come home
Come on home

Making love in the afternoon
With Cecilia
Up in my bedroom
(Making love in my bed)
I got up to wash my face
When I come back to bed
Someone's taken my place

Cecelia, you're breaking my heart
You're shaking my confidence daily
Oh, Cecilia, I'm down on my knees
I'm begging you please to come home
Come on home

Jubilation
She loves me again
I fall on the floor and I'm laughing

Jubilation
She loves me again
I fall on the floor and I'm laughing

songwriters: Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel

performed by: Jesse Cook

date released: 2009 by Jesse Cook

Jesse Cook is a Toronto-based guitarist, born in Paris to Canadian parents. Like other guitarists of his style of music, he incorporates funky jazz, latin & world music into his playing.

As a toddler he was fascinated by the guitar and tried to copy the sounds he heard coming from his parents' recordings of Manitas de Plata, a famous Gypsy guitarist from the region of Southern France known as the Camargue.

After his parents separated, Jesse followed his mother to Canada while his father remained in Arles, France, where his neighbour just happened to be Nicolas Reyes, the lead singer of the Gipsy Kings. During visitations with his father, Jesse was influenced by the rhythmic, flamenco and/or rumba beat which is evident in his cover of Cecilia.

In 2001, Cook won a Juno Award in the Best Instrumental Album category for “Free Fall.” In 2009, he was Acoustic Guitar Magazine's Player's Choice Award silver winner in the Flamenco category (gold went to Paco de Lucia). He is a three-time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz award for Guitarist of the Year and numerous other awards.



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