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A Nice Find On Vinyl

March 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

This week while visiting an antiquarium my girl decided to pick an old Chico Buarque vinyl to inaugurate our new-old record player… :P And despite being a generic compilation there was a nice, unexpected find in it.

Chico has composed a song–along Roberto Menescal–called Bye bye Brasil to be a part of the homonym movie by Cacá Diegues late in the 70s; and re-recorded it one year later for one of his official albums. The fact is the original movie’s recording was never released again in digital format (even in the late Cacá Diegues music compilation the version there is the wrong one as far as I know) and could only be found in the original (and rare) soundtrack records.

Needless to say how happy I was to find out that the version in that compilation was the older one. I’m pretty sure it was included there by mistake since the sleeve notes talk about Chico’s personal album… :P Lucky me, I guess. :)

Here you can give both versions a listen–I’ve uploaded mine to YouTube. :) The original has more of a black music, 70s mood to it, while the other in more leaned towards latin rhythms.

Enjoy ’em, take care!


An Old Forgotten Song…

October 7, 2013 1 comment

Hi there, how have you been?

Just dug up an old song which was written to be performed by a band but such thing never happened. lol The concept is to use some endless lyrics–by tying the final and the first verses together–while adding instruments to the mix progressively.

I hope you like it, undestanding Portuguese or not. ;) See ya!

I could take you
somewhere far from here,
I would say: "I'm already
ready to go.
No need to ask,
I'm not frightened by deciding.
(Almost nothing to take with,
only recollections of what I've seen...)"
But if you turn me down
I stop and ask myself...

Jobim/Gilberto’s Way of Doing Music

September 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

Lately I’ve been on preparations for a special gig based on Vinícius de Moraes‘ work and that inevitably led me to some Bossa Nova harmony studies.

It can be quite interesting to get into Tom Jobim‘s mind while composing those terrific songs and into João Gilberto‘s as an acoustic guitar player. The first has merged jazz and samba harmonies in unprecedented ways; the second has crafted a particular way of defining rhythm into a single guitar.

This time I want to share the chords progression of Chega de Saudade, a song that starts in minor tone for Vinicius missing his distant girl and then shifts to a Major one when he mulls over her return. A true masters work. I hope you like it! :)

[chords taken from this João Gilberto’s recording]

Chega de saudade

Intro:		Cm7

1ª:		Cm7 Aº Abm6 Cm7
		II  II  II  II

2ª:		Cm7 Aº Gm7(9) | Ab(13) G7 G7(b13)
		         II   |   II

1ª':		Cm7 Bbm6(11) Am6 Abm6 Gº
		             II   II  II*

3ª:		Fm7 G7 Cm7 Cm7(9) | Aº Abm6 Cm7 Dm7 G#º
		                  |              ½   ½

1ªB:		C7M A7(b13) Am6 Am(b6) | G4/Ab G7 B7/F# C7M/G

2ªB:		C F#º Dm7 | Am6 Fm/D G#m6(#5) G#m6
		      II  | II          ½      ½

1ªB':		C7M C7M(9) Am6 | E7(9)/B E7(9) Am7 Abm7 Gm7 Gº
		           II  |                ½   ½    ½  ½

Concl.:		F7M Fm6 E7(9) A7(13) A7(b13) | Am6 Am(b6) E7(9)/B A7(b13)
		                ½       ½    |

		                               Am6 G4 C7M/G
		                                    7   II


June 24, 2013 Leave a comment

A new quick recording on, as the title states, wandering. lol I hope you like it. ;)

Have an awesome week! :D

New Song–Text Over Music This Time.

Hi there, how have you been?

A couple weeks ago I listened to an interview with the Brazillian songwriter Djavan and it was shocking to hear about his composition process. He said that as the voice usually is the last thing to be recorded in an album he makes all the instrumental work first; and WHILE the songs are being recorded he starts writing the lyrics. O.O

That’s an absurd due to how high Djavan sets the bar for his lyrics… and for showing how confident he is when it comes to his creativity. :P

Anyway I tried something like that as an exercise for me–without the pressure, the deadlines, of course lol–and came up with this:

The lyrics are much better in Portuguese but I’ll translate ’em anyway. ;)

See ya, have an awesome week!

Lost and Found

To know:
The "Lost and Found" bill
includes a dress
and what would be a pair of gloves
(if it's the case of the other hand appears).

- Couple's hammock;
- Cups (three all the same);
- An ambergris censer.

Yet to be found:
A record player; a bookmark;
a curtain; a glass jar;
and a mother-of-pearl'd jewel case

- Pics of Paris;
- Letters (a chest);
Useless things.

A New Prayer In Form of Music. :)

April 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

Once again I want to share a recording that came out almost without me noticing it… After meeting a friend who is facing a tough family issue I grabbed my acoustic guitar and recorded this. So take a listen and take my best wishes of strenght for those in need–if that’s your case feel free to call it yours as well. :)

Enjoy, see ya!

The Cure’s Formula.

April 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

The band The Cure is going to play here in São Paulo next Saturday and hopefully I’ll be there… :P In the mean time I’m here to share an article by me for my Brazillian blog :)

Robert Smith by Gabriela Andrade.

Robert Smith by Gabriela Andrade. :) (Click it to go to her Flickr)

In the preparations for the show that’s going to happen here in São Paulo next Saturday I’ve been listening to all The Cure albums again… And finally, as an almost-old man :P, I seemed to have figured out what makes the band special.

The “A” side (at least for the band itself and the fans, since it’s the most… regular way for them to make music) is easier to understand/analyze: a the Doors rehash 10 years later, a… liquid melancholy that drenches their music through the guitar layers, the draggin’ vocals, delays & reverbs, the odd synths, the never-ending intros, the minor tones, the non-definite conclusions… I mean, in the end of the day the song (technically speaking) doesn’t matter that much; the structure, the lyrics, everything else is surpassed by a certain mood. When it comes to this “side” a regular Cure fan can set a random playlist of pretty much any album and be happy (? lol) with any sample of that feeling coming out.

(Example: “The Forest”, from their 2nd album: “Seventeen Seconds, 1980.)

But… That would only make The Cure a band among others. For the good or the bad this “mood” in not a Cure’s exclusive. Joy Division has it, Siouxie and the Banshees has it… Late 70s was favorable for such sounds to flourish, it seems.

(Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, 1980; Siouxies’s “Metal Postcard”, 1978)

Proceeding… lol What makes those guys unique is their “B” side–curiously the “A” side for the media because those tracks are easier to listen to… And they’re only easier because they SOUND (wrongly) happier! lol A more upbeat rhythm, major chords, a more melodic riff/lick… Strangely you can sing pretty much anything disguised that way. lol

(Super-nasty, absurd thematic disguised as pop-song: Oingo Boingo’s “Little Girls”, 1981.)

What’s good about all this in the “Cure case” is how naturally those particular songs fit into their repertory. They’re just another perpective of the same thing instead of being completely new stories… The Smiths has reached that later too; and Belle & Sebastian ultimately got the bottom line in the matter. But in both cases the transition from one side to another is smoother, not so polarized as it happens to be with The Cure.

(Smiths’ “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side”, 1985. Belle & Sebastian’s “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying”, 1996.)

It’s all the same, I concede. :P But the idea–aware or not–is awesome. And knowing all that may help you to realize if what you like is the furry surface or the cold interior. :)

(B/A sides: “Boys Don’t Cry”, 1979; “In Between Days” and my favorite one “Close to Me”, 1985.)

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