There’s nothing better than a band who understands that classical instruments have a place in rock music!
I’m a book person but I make exceptions for Tolkien. Plus, I really enjoy Howard Shore’s work in these movies.
This one’s my favourite in The Hobbit. It gives me chills!
I doubt that there is anyone who identifies as “Portuguese”and does not know this song. Young and old, we all know it.
We have many songs created during the dictatorship that speak of freedom and tell of the struggle for democracy. We all know them. But this one sits on top of all those.
I find it very interesting that these types of songs are very unique. They are not inspired by famous songs going around at the time, but instead events or people from the particular situation a nation, a people, is in.
Of course you can find these types of songs all around the world but the specifics of the song are always idiosyncratic. They belong to one people and no other.
Grândola Vila Morena is our song. It is not possible to pass it on to another country or another people. It belongs to the Portuguese people. Always the People.
I have spoken about Zeca Afonso’s work here many times. I have even shared this song before.
But I was very happy to watch these imagines from my country. Another civilized demonstration against this ridiculous government. I’m proud the Portuguese are standing up (even if those in the power seats refuse to listen and step down).
I also suspect that today, Zeca would have been proud that his song, his gift to us, to the Portuguese People, was used, once again, to unite us all.
What this dog is doing is quite interesting. But perhaps only the result of conditioning. If not, if this dog is entraining to the music rhythm, it is an amazing event!
Either way, I am sure any researcher in this field, particularly those interested in evolutionary musicology, would love to take a closer look at this dog!
I don’t have an extensive Fado repertoire in my head. Never really enjoyed listening to it until about a year or so ago.
But, for some reason, woke up with this one in my head. Only the music though, because I really didn’t know much of the lyrics. It turns out, it’s about what Fado is.
I went to my first kiwi wedding last weekend. The location was beautiful and it was a lot of fun.
While I stood there watching that lovely couple exchanging vows, all I could think was that every couple should be able to share such a day with their family and friends.
I hope New Zealand follows on Portugal’s footsteps and makes marriage equality a reality.
On another note, this one has been in my head ever since!
People can be so creative through song! This one brighten up my day!
I dedicate it to my special dog
Humankind has achieved such greatness. Yet, more often than not, our displays of stupidity are in equal measure. Oh, the humanity!