Michael Stuart Kelly Posted April 12, 2020 Share Posted April 12, 2020 Some Brazilian Musicians I came across something this morning that really took me back. The is the first video by Andy Davis (I looked his name up) doing a kind of video on YouTube that has become popular--reacting to music. The artist and song he chose are from my time in Brazil. The artist is Elis Regina and the lyrics to the song she is singing is by Belchoir, who was a friend of mine. The clip was produced by TV Globo for the show Fantástico, a variety show of songs, interviews, reports and some news. Bel and I co-authored a few songs and, also, produced some tracks. Some of our songs were on a record I produced called JJ Jackson. Some of the things we produced become included on the soundtracks of Brazilian primetime novelas. (JJ was an American living in Brazil, not the JJ Jackson of early MTV. Apropos, I used to translate novela as "soap opera" since this was the closest thing in the US, but now there are TV series that are much closer--think things like Breaking Bad or The Good Wife, etc.)) I never met Elis, but had she lived, we would have probably worked together at some point. She died of an overdose when she was 36 and Brazil went into mourning. I was in São Paulo at the time and the whole city shut down. I have always wanted to post things like Como Nossos Pais on OL, but since it was in Portuguese and the lyrics are really Dylan-esque (Bel was heavily influenced by Bob Dylan at the start of his career), I never saw the point. In fact, I did post this song once before (see here) and, of course, nobody understood it. Now there is a point. Andy Davis gives a rough translation as he goes along and gushes over Elis in such an intelligent and charming way, he brings both her and the song alive for non-Portuguese speaking people. Andy is a bit effeminate in his demeanor, but I don't mind. I probably shouldn't even mention it. However, if you are someone who might be turned off by that or whatever, don't be. This guy rocks. His commentary on this song was put up a month ago and it already has over 700,000 views. The reason I started this thread is to put up some songs by Brazilians I knew--or at least we knew of each other from travelling in the same circles and would probably have worked together at some point had I not melted down into drugs and alcohol. There are some items in Brazilian pop music that are magnificent. So I'm starting with Elis Regina. I will post other things as I go along. Incidentally, if anyone wants to hear the Elis Regina song without commentary, here it is. As of right now, on YouTube, it has over 33 million views. Believe me, it's worth hearing. Wonderful. And what a loss... Michael Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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