Monday, February 26, 2007

Lots of Examined Lives Out There and A Musical Recommendation

Wow, I'm blushing thinking I was the only person who liked the Socrates quote and would be so "different" utilizing it. But I am really glad there are so many people who do want to examine and dig deep. Reading and watching mainstream news one gets the feeling the human race is shallow, selfish (I had written shellfish first - Freudian slip of some type?), and only concerned about "number one".

As you can see, I've begun to master the settings and have some spaces between the words and sentences.

I just received, in the mail, a wonderfully mellow and sensual sounding recording. It is by Joao Gilberto and entitled "Joao Voz e Violao" - I think loosely translated to "Joao voice and guitar". Joao was the late husband of Astrud Gilberto of the Getz and Gilberto fame "Girl from Ipanema".

On this album it is only he and his guitar playing Brazilian samba, softly I might add. He has a soothing, almost sad voice - not asking for pity - but gently stating the hurt he has gone through. There are helpful liner notes with lyrics and, sure enough, they are all about sad things. I make it a practice to read the lyrics of songs after I listen to them once, just to see if I'm picking up what the composer is projecting. A lot of times I'm not.

I think this could put you to sleep if you were tired so listen to it when you are peppy and alert - to pick up the simple, pretty nuances of the singing and guitar work. Or,possibly, light some candles, put the kids to bed, and you and your partner slowly samba to this lovely music. Have fun!


P.S. I got it at Walmart!

1 comment:

Lizzie A said...

I know that you don't know me except if you looked a my profile, but I think that is the point of blogger. I just wanted to say that what you are saying about music not always immedaiatly getting across what the composer is saying is really true. I would know, I am a musician. Not a very good one, but I do play music. So, I wanted to tell you, that without knowing it, what you said touched the part of my heart that loves music.