In the end, I chose going to the coast for a relaxing time.
Well, not that relaxing because I ended up in Rio, a city so vibrant one can hardly find calm – and that’s ok.
I’m sorry about not being creative, but every time I’m there I sort of hear bossa nova music everywhere, so I decided to post this song in an attempt to illustrate how it feels like being in Rio:
I’m in love (again) with the Marvellous City.
Brazilian middle-class makes me sick. With the enormous choice of national rhythms and music, they choose to go to the otherwise lovely Ouro Preto to attend a jazz festival amidst the 35° heat of this Indian Summer of ours. Not that I can’t appreciate that beautiful type of music, it is just that I get very upset and frustrated that there arelots of funds and festivals to value something that is quite alien to most Brazilians.
Basically, everyone who knows how to read or at least those who have a fine ear know that Brazil is a very musical country. Apart from the world-famous samba and bossa nova there is also:
All those music styles are quite popular, in the sense that the common man likes them. Quite interestingly, they are all heavily influenced by African musicality, thus dissociated from the richer, European-American upper classes.
In their attempt to distance themselves from the people, the uncreative dominant classes go on copying external cultural movements, ever trying and pretending to be something that they just are not.
On a much more positive note, here’s a taste of a band which in my mind was going to save Brazilian pop music from boredom and mediocrity with their mixture of rock and maracatu instruments. Enjoy:
Unfortunately, the lead singer and creative mind of the group tragically died in a car crash years ago.
Who’s to save us now?
PS: May the Jewish new year bring newness and novelty to all of us. !שנה טובה
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Tagged axé, bossa nova, Brazil, Brazilian art, choro, frevo, Judaism, maracatu, misanthropy, Music, ouro preto, samba