Let’s hear some good music

out 092012

Feeling romantic today?

Brazilian people are romantic by nature and this is revealed through thousands of love songs already written in past decades and the ones waiting to be written. The Bossa Nova and even the samba brought us many romantic songs, however the MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) offers the most beautiful romantic melodies and lyrics.

Some of these composers and interpreters are Roberto Carlos, Vinicius de Moraes, Tim Maia, Alcione, Caetano Veloso, Cartola, Lulu Santos, Maria Bethania, Simone, just to name a few. And I am not including here the “country” duos (duplas sertanejas).

If you know more love songs from Brazil tell me and I’ll find a good video and explain the meaning of the lyrics for you. For now, enjoy these two wonderful Brazilian songs.

Marisa Monte and Paulinho da Viola singing “Carinhoso”, by Pixinguinha. Marisa is amazing, all her CDs are an art piece. This is the first one, from 1991 : Mais

Luciana Melo singing “As rosas não falam”, by Cartola.

Want more CD’s suggestions? Just ask!


out 082012

Today let’s listen to some really good Bossa Nova. I would say that all Bossa Nova is good but I have my favorites 😉

Let’s start with Tom Jobim (1927 – 1994). For me, there’s no one better than him although Chico Buarque is close.

Tom is one of the most important songwriters of the 20th century. More than 45 albums were launched between 1956 and 1994. Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra featured Tom Jobim’s songs on their albums Ella Abraca Jobim (20 bit mastering)
(1980, reissued in 2003), and Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (1967, reissued in 2010).

There is a wonderful DVD of a concert with the three masters of Bossa Nova, Tom, Vinícius and Toquinho. One hour of Brazilian Jazz. Check this DVD Masters of Bossa Nova: Jobim/Toquinho/Vinicius. It’s a classic.

Now, some classic videos. The first one show Tom Jobim telling us how the Bossa Nova started. Incredible video with some really important songs and valuable information.

The second video below shows Tom and Miucha (Chico’s sister) singing “Águas de Março”. It’s from 1978 (subtitles in Portuguese). This song is considered the best Brazilian song ever.

The third video is the same song, this time featuring Elis Regina (another favorite of mine). It’s from 1973 (English subtitles added). Enjoy it!

Tom Jobim interview. Learn about Bossa Nova from the master.

You can listen to this song and 13 more wonderful pieces of Brazilian music on this CD: Elis & Tom

There is another CD with Tom and Frank together. 20 songs. Look at this! Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings

Let me know if you need more CDs suggestions!