August 24, 2007
Bahia and Its Wonderful Music
Rio gets so much attention and I love the city, but if given the choice between visiting Rio or Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia, I'd choose Salvador. One of the key factors is the musical history of Salvador.
For me it all starts with Dorival Caymmi
Not only has he written so many songs, but blessed us with his son Dori, a gifted songwriter in his own right. Although Toquinho is not a Baiano, few songs conjure up images of Salvador than his lovely Tarde em Itapuã, especially when he performsit with Gilberto Gil here (unfortunately the embedding is disabled). Gal Costa also hails from Salvador as does Caetano Veloso and Daniela Mercury They lift my spirits. i hope they lift yours.
Isn't Bahia the setting for all of those rollicking Disney cartoons made during the 1940s and 1950s with the parrot? I still recall them as my first introduction to life in Brazil, even though they were rather stereotyped.
Posted by: PrahaPartizan | Aug 24, 2007 11:57:08 PM
you have taken all of us on a vacation this week!
we all are experiencing a week in brasil,
thanks to you!
and a friday night, looking up at the stars
with ezra's photograph of ipanema
and a plate of feijoada...
and gal costa singing "aquarela do brasil"...
these fabulous musical vignettes
have transported us there
without the jet lag!
thank you for taking the time
to share something that is so special for you...
with all of us!
Posted by: jacqueline | Aug 25, 2007 1:09:31 AM
I'll have my swan song up tomorrow.
Posted by: Randy Paul | Aug 25, 2007 9:54:55 PM
Posted by: judy | Oct 11, 2007 7:11:58 AM
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