I left my heart in Brasil

I left my heart in Brasil

By March 3, 2015

In honor of this week’s 450th birthday of the city of Rio de Janeiro, we would like to present you with a playlist that will most certainly get you moving!

Growing up, I woke up almost every weekend to the smell of Brasilian BBQ, the chatter of my family, and the magical sounds that would come to be an intricate part of my childhood.  I remember watching my parents grab each other and dance in the middle of our kitchen to their favorite track, and the old home movies of all of us gathered in the backyard dancing Samba or Forró.  These were my first memories, teaching me the way music can make you feel, and the connection to others that it affords you.  It was an introduction to a world of beauty, poetry, and everything in between.

In Brasil, it’s an endearing gesture to call your parents’ close friends ‘Tia’ and ‘Tio’.  My Tias and Tios go by the name of Vinicius de Moraes, Tim Maia, Gal Costa, Maria Bethânia, Milton Nascimento, Jorge Ben, just to name a few.  I grew up with them. I was comforted by them and grew to love them. These talented poets, songwriters, and instrumentalists speak to a beautiful time in Brasilian history, a time of change, and a magical feeling that is forever stuck in time, suspended in a cloud of pure genius, in my humble opinion. They have gifted the world with a undeniable nostalgia that, to me, always feels like home.

This playlist is a collection of tracks that are near and dear to my heart.  Listen if you’d like to have a taste of Brasil, or to simply take you back to a familiar place.