Brazilian Challenge Day 31: Bossa Nova

As per Anna’s suggestion, I listened to some instrumental Bossa Nova during my evening yoga routine and got myself a few notes closer to being Brazilian.

Bossa Nova music makes me feel like I should be in a oceanside jazz club with a dance floor and a cocktail in my hand. And it should be the sixties.

The music is a derivative of Samba, but more melodic. The scores I was listening to tonight had entire horn and percussion arrangements, but much of the original and most famous Bossa Nova is executed with a simple acoustic guitar. Probably the most famous song that’s come out of Brazil is Bossa Nova, the Girl from Ipanema, performed by one of the most famous Bossa Nova artists, João Gilberto.

The music is relaxing and uplifting at the same time and just what I needed to end my evening. Here is some for yours…

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12 Responses to Brazilian Challenge Day 31: Bossa Nova

  1. Meredith says:

    I like that song. It’s on the “Eat Pray Love” soundtrack.

  2. How about the “High Fidelity” soundtrack and the Stereolab song featured there.

    Elle est libre de tout ça. . .

  3. I love Bossa Nova…just am reading this in the morning and what a great way to ease into what is bound to be a stressful day!

  4. Eri says:

    Eu adoro Bossa Nova, mas se você realmente quer se conhecer a “cultura” brasileira vc tem que ouvir algo mais moderno, afinal Bossa Nova tem mais de 40 anos.
    Eu sugeriria que vc ignorasse tudo o que passa na TV e toca no radio no Brasil, mas tentasse ouvir um pouco do que a gente tem de bom, como Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Maria Rita, Vanessa da Mata, Zeca Baleiro etc…


    • HA. Lucky, meu marido tem muito deste armazenadas em nosso estoque iTunes. Eu nunca escutei Vanessa de Mata, mas ouvindo agora. Otimo! E sobre Bebel Gilberto? Obrigada Eri.

      • Eri says:

        Eu não gosto muito de Bebel Gilberto, acho que ela adapta a música brasileira para contentar os gostos de fora do Brasil e acaba desagradando um pouco os fãs de MPB no Brasil, sou muito mais Roberta Sá.


  5. Stephanie says:

    This is one of my favs…such a great late night song.

  6. Well, i was looking for some post about our music. (i was quite curious about a non-brazilian perspective of it lol)

    You have a good taste for music, but i guess you should try some more “recent” brazilian music (no, im not a michel teló fan) so, here are some music i like, they may show you that not all our recent songs are so bad:

    I love this one 😛

    Capital Inicial, one of the best atual bands in Brasil, besides Moveis Coloniais de Acaju and Skank.

    And this one is Skank:

    Yeah, they are “melosas” but i still love them

    This one is not recent, but its too good to be ignored, you really should try some of Legiao Urbana, the lirics are just amazing (even more considering the historic context)

    If you like Caetano, this one is just amazing (even if its not recent too)

    I dont really think you are going to listen all of them, but why not try? 😛

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