Yearly archive: 2008

Brazilian Sounds

Posted by on 11 Dec 2008 at 10:51 in Music

♫ Paralamas do Sucesso – Uma Brasileira ♫

There are only a few brazilian musicians that I actually like. Zeca Baleiro, Marisa Monte & Adriana Calcanhoto are on my list. estão nessa minha lista. But I’ve been a bit nostalgic so I decided to look things up on YouTube and ended up on memory lane. I went all the way back to 1996. when I used to go to the old concert hall Metropolitan in Rio very often. In that year I saw Paralamas do Sucesso, Skank, Cássia Eller, Raimundos, O Rappa… I remembered how I used to think Raimundos was very “heavy”. I looked up their video Puteiro em João Pessoa and had a blast (the song title translated to Whorehouse in João Pessoa). In 1997 in moved to João Pessoa and years later I saw Cabruêra perfome live in Roda Viva, the famous whorehouse in João Pessoa. In my trip down memory lane I realized how good brazilian video clips were. I don’t know if they still are, but compared to european and american clips, the brazilian ones were very creative.

The Lady of Shallot

Posted by on 04 Dec 2008 at 10:02 in Art

♫ Tori Amos – Tear In Your Hand ♫

John Williams Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shallot is my all time favorite painting. When I went to London the last time, I simply had to go to Tate Britain so I could see the painting. I just stood there, staring at it for more than 15 minutes. It’s beautiful, enigmatic, melancholic… just how I like it. I like al of Waterhouse’s work, but this ones, if by far, my favorite.

Being Human

Posted by on 10 Sep 2008 at 23:09 in Art, Personal
♫ Eddie Vedder – Society ♫
The other day I was on my way home, sitting in the tram, and I overheard a conversation between a father and his son. The boy could not have been older than 8 years old. They just came out of a morning performance of an opera by Verdi. The boy was fascinated but he didn’t completely understand all that he had seen on stage.
The opera happened to be Othello, based on Shakespeare’s tragedy.The boy kept asking what exactly had happened between Othello, Desdemona, Iago, Cassio and Emilia. The more the father tried to explain, the mothe confused the boy became. It wasn’t the plot that left the boy consufed but the actions of human beigns, and why they acted this way.How can you explain to a child all the wickedness and manipulations human beigns are able to commit? It would be easy to tell him that the opera was just ficction but soon this boy will grow up and  come across some of these human traits. Hopefully not in shakespearian proportions…

What always drew me to Shakespeare’s work is that his tragedies are human, driven by feelings. There is no will of a god at play. His fate is not a divine fate, but very earthly and human.

The Eternal

Posted by on 01 Sep 2008 at 23:32 in Music

♫ Joy Division – Twenty Four Hours ♫

I’m addicted to Joy Division. Again. Melody, lyrics, rhythm… everything makes sense. Ian Curtis was a great poet. A new movie has been released about the band, the documentary Joy Division. Grant Gee’s movie is a complement to Anton Corbijn’s Control. The documentary contains interviews and concert footage. It’s not just a portrayal of the band but of the music scene it erupted from. Highly recommend it.

Posthumous Woman

Posted by on 26 Aug 2008 at 00:08 in Art, People

♫ The Mary Onettes – The Laughter ♫

If Nietzsche is the posthumous man, Lou Salome surely is the posthumous woman. Friend, pupil, lover, muse and an inspiration to many geniuses of her time, like Nietzsche, Paul Rée, Rilke, Wagner and Freud. She wrote books, poems and dedicated Escreveu livros, poemas e devoted her life to psychoanalysis. It was. Lou was the one whom Freud trusted the treatment of his own daughter. Here is one of her poems, which Nietzsche put to music: Hymn To Life.
Surely, a friend loves a friend the way
That I love you, enigmatic life —
Whether I rejoiced or wept with you,
Whether you gave me joy or pain.

I love you with all your harms;
And if you must destroy me,
I wrest myself from your arms,
As a friend tears himself away from a friend’s breast.

I embrace you with all my strength!
Let all your flames ignite me,
Let me in the ardor of the struggle
Probe your enigma ever deeper.

To live and think millennia!
Enclose me now in both your arms:
If you have no more joy to give me —
Well then—there still remains your pain.

Swedish Sounds

Posted by on 22 Aug 2008 at 13:06 in Music
If you are anything like me, you will love The Mary Onettes. These swedes make tunes in the likes of The Cure, The Smiths, Joy Division e with an 80’s feeling. After hearing one of their songs on Grey’s Anatomy and got the whole album and haven’t stopped listening to it. Last week I ordered the CD and the EP from their label: Labrador. I highly recommend it.