music clip of the day


Category: Brazil

Friday, May 12th

sounds of São Paulo

Bixiga 70, live, São Paulo, 2017



art beat

Danny Lyon (1942-), Jack, Chicago, 1965

Thursday, September 17th

tonight in Chicago

These guys are playing at Constellation.

São Paulo Underground (Rob Mazurek, cornet, electronics; Mauricio Takara, percussion, cavaquinho, electronics; Guilherme Granado, keyboards, electronics, vocals), live, Italy (Pisa), 2012

Wednesday, August 12th

sounds of Brazil

Jorge Ben & Gal Costa, “Que Pena,” live



art beat

Robert Frank (1924-), Cafe – Beaufort, South Carolina, 1955


Monday, May 18th

sounds of Brazil

Gilberto Gil, live (TV show), Brazil, 1994



random thoughts

Of us they are sublimely oblivious—birds.


taking a break

I’m taking some time off—back in a while.

Friday, June 13th

sounds of Brazil & Jamaica

Slavish imitation. Contrived reinvention. Tributes usually leave me wondering why they even bothered. Not this.

Gilberto Gil (1942-), Tribute to Bob Marley, live, Brazil (Sao Paulo), 2001

Monday, August 12th

sounds of Brazil

Gilberto Gil (1942-; vocals, guitar) with Dominguinhos (1941-2013; accordion), “Lamento Sertanejo,” live, 2010



musical thoughts

What would it be like to live in a world that sounded everywhere the same?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

What was it like to live—people may wonder someday—back before everyone had, each day, their own personal soundtrack?

Tom Ze, “Mae” (Gespenster [trailer])

Thursday, 11/26/09

Wobbly and splayed, this performance of the Jobim classic sounds more like a soundtrack for my life than the silky Getz/Gilberto original ever could.

Ran Blake, “The Girl From Ipanema”


Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto (with a very young Gary Burton on vibes), “The Girl From Ipanema” (1964 [charted at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100]; this is from the 1964 movie “Get Yourself A College Girl”)




The immediacy of the e-world never ceases to amaze. After posting yesterday’s clip, I sent Sam Newsome an email—I’d happened upon his e-address at his website—to let him know that his music was being featured here. A few hours later, this was in my e-mailbox: “Thanks, Richard. It looks like I’m in good company. Peace, S”


reading table

On this Thanksgiving Day, here’s a favorite quote.

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.—Henry James

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