Lucky you, who can listen to Brazilian music and don’t understand Portuguese. At the same time, unlucky you who can listen to Brazilian music and don’t understand Portuguese. Yes, this is ambiguous, but totally true. I’m suspect to talk about that, but I think I have enough arguments to explain my point of view.
I have been observing people who like Brazilian music, but don’t speak Portuguese. They usually have eclectic taste, listening to a variety of rhythms, from jazz to rock. On the other hand, I’ve never seen a rock fan dancing while listening to our beats, as well as a teenager, in love, listening to our romantic music. Therefore, for those who don’t understand Portuguese, Brazilian music is a cultural experience, a Latin expression, a good music to release their sensuality, or just relax after a hard working day. Who listens to Bossa Nova or MPB knows what I mean when mentioning Latin expression and relaxation. Who listens to Samba, Lambada or Reggae knows what I mean when mentioning cultural experience and sensual expression.
So, if you don’t know Portuguese, then you will probably just fell happy, sensual, fun or relaxed, but if you know… Wow! Guys, you and me actually live in an emotional wave… suuurfing on it! Yeah! The Brazilian music + lyrics has the incredible ability to describe your moment. Sometimes you can find more than one music to describe the same moment, each one by a different perspective. That’s why I’m saying you are unlucky. Because it’s very difficult to find something similar in other cultures. This was, indeed, a motivation to write this post, because I have read many lyrics and all I found was small sentences describing my feelings, unlike Brazilian composers, who write so well about emotions that you might imagine them almost as witnesses of what happened.
This girl above is Ivete Sangalo. She has a special ability to describe your moment when you are happy :D, when you want to be happy :), when you are sad 🙁 and even when you want to be sad ;(. She is Bahiana (born in Bahia) and who is Brazilian knows how humble and loved she is.
Ivete is the new generation and you probably don’t know her. But your eclectic taste most have already introduced you at least to one of these three guys below. Caetano Veloso, who composes music using complex Portuguese sentences and when you realize the real meaning behind the words you begin to laugh unexpectedly and start using that expression to feel that same feeling in a special moment. The second guy, Tom Jobim, has the ability to do the same as Caetano, but with simple sentences that everybody understands and uses to be explicitly clear. The last one, Roberto Carlos, I don’t like him ;D. I’ve kept him to avoid interfering on the talented work of Batistão, a famous caricaturist in Brazil. But Roberto has his value. He is not a composer but sings very well and moves crowds there.
I have material to write a book ;), but this is just a blog and its intention is just to excite your curiosity. You are invited to listen to some Brazilian Music in my new radio on the right dedicated to Ivete Sangalo.