Don?t forget to turn your clocks back an hour on Saturday night - or
sometime during the day on Sunday if you?re like me. Come to think of it, I
usually forget one or two watches completely.
Anyway, this means that Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Brasilia and Sao Paulo
will be four hours ahead of us here in Chicago. Brazil ?fell back? two
I can't think of a better musical choice to cross over from our 'Rio
Reflections' theme to November?s ?It's Bossa Nova, Baby!? and this show will
give us a running start for four additional weeks of special programs with a
Bossa flair! But take a moment to think back to Rio de Janeiro and those
heady days ? halfway ?round the world, but not so very much different than
our own musical revolution. Rock and Roll here, Bossa Nova there.
Here, it was Buddy Holly, Elvis and Chuck Berry. And there, Antonio Carlos
Jobim was already writing beautiful songs and learning the art of
orchestration. In fact, he was part of a tropical triumvirate: Jobim
supplied melody and harmony, Vinicius de Moraes (one of Jobim?s early
songwriting partners) penned the lyrics and Jo?o Gilberto sang them to
change the face of Brazilian music forever. Today?s rock has progressed to
the point where it bears little resemblance to its roots, while Bossa Nova
has matured without aging ? just call it one of Brazil?s musical
contributions to the world.
This week, we?ve created a two hour playlist for Jobim and his songwriting
talent with tribute tunes from Stan Getz, and Lee Ritenour plus singers
Gabriella Anders, Basia and Astrud Gilberto. Plus new music from Bebel
Gilberto, Ed Johnson and Novo Tempo and ?Bim Bom? from Ithamara Koorax with
guitarist Juarez Moreira ? our Connectbrazil.com ?Editor?s Choice? selection
for Fall, too! And wait ?til you hear Trio da Paz and their soft Samba take
on a Grover Washington Jr. classic.
So here?s the question: Saddle shoes or sandals - which fits your life
better today? If it?s the latter, you have the spirit of Jobim to thank for
So, have a wonderful Halloween and I hope that you?ll tune in to spend some
time with me ? this show's available all week long on our 24/7 webcast
channel at Connectbrazil.com ? keyword RADIO!
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songs from Bebel Gilberto's new album!
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