The 100th birthday of our “Little Poet”

Today we celebrate the 100th birthday of Vinicius de Moraes. He was carioca, and he was and will always be our “little poet” as we, Brazilians, usually call him!

Vinicius caricature poster,  on my kids School

Vinicius cartoon, on my kids School earlier this morning

Vinicius is one of the most important bossa nova composers and did a lot of partnerships with Tom Jobim. “Garota de Ipanema” (The Girl from Ipanema) is one of their most famous songs, and even those who are not familiar with bossa nova might know this version in the voice of Frank Sinatra and Tom Jobim.

Vinicius was not a great singer, but he was blessed with a great talent with the letters. Besides being a poet, he was a composer, musician, playwritght and lyricist, as well.

I share with you bellow my favourite Vinicius sonnet. First in portuguese, and then in english, in a version I found here .

Soneto de Fidelidade

De tudo ao meu amor serei atento
Antes, e com tal zelo, e sempre, e tanto
Que mesmo em face do maior encanto
Dele se encante mais meu pensamento.Quero vivê-lo em cada vão momento
E em seu louvor hei de espalhar meu canto
E rir meu riso e derramar meu pranto
Ao seu pesar ou seu contentamentoE assim, quando mais tarde me procure
Quem sabe a morte, angústia de quem vive
Quem sabe a solidão, fim de quem amaEu possa me dizer do amor (que tive):
Que não seja imortal, posto que é chama
Mas que seja infinito enquanto dure.

Sonnet of Fidelity

Above all, to my love I’ll be attentive
First and always, with care and so much
That even when facing the greatest enchantment
By love be more enchanted my thoughts.I want to live it through in each vain moment
And in its honor I’ll spread my song
And laugh my laughter and cry my tears
When you are sad or when you are content.And thus, when later comes looking for me
Who knows, the death, anxiety of the living,
Who knows, the loneliness, end of all loversI’ll be able to say to myself of the love (I had):
Be not immortal, since it is flame
But be infinite while it lasts.

A brazilian diva

If you wanna have a taste of good brazilian music, check the link above shared from youtube. It is the video of a song called “Depois”, from Marisa Monte (brazilian singer born in Rio de Janeiro), played in one of the shows of her current tour, “Verdade uma ilusão – Tour” in Barcelona.

This song is one of my favourites among many others I enjoyed with my husband in Marisa’s show in Vivo Rio theatre, last friday night.

Vivo Rio is a theatre just in front of MAM-Museum of Modern Art in Aterro do Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro

Vivo Rio is a theatre just in front of MAM-Museum of Modern Art in Aterro do Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro

Marisa Monte is my favourite brazilian singer and I really consider her a diva. Her soft and charming voice and her nice behaviour on the stage seduces her audience as she sings and plays with her band what I consider good brazilian music. 

She is a complete artist! She sings, composes, play instruments and works as a music producer as well. She just can’t be labeled as a one style singer only,  she is a versatile artist.

Listening to her music alive in a romantic night with my husband was the best way to end the tough week I had and the best soundtrack possible for our date night (implementing item #5 of my bucket list).

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Our view of the stage.

Marisa’s work is a masterpiece of brazilian popular music and whoever is curious about brazilian contemporary music should check her work!

Learning some portuguese vocabulary:

Depois =  after 

Verdade uma ilusão = Truth, a illusion.