A story: Stokowski, Cartola, Herminio Bello de Carvalho & Carlos Drummond de Andrade

"Estou encantado e sinto-me feliz de vir ao Rio."  (I'm enchanted and feel happy about coming to Rio.) - Leopold Stokowski's only public statement, upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro in 1940. In the summer of 1940, as Hitler expanded his power over much of western Europe, the Roosevelt administration anxiously invested in the United States' "good neighbor policy"- first… Continue reading A story: Stokowski, Cartola, Herminio Bello de Carvalho & Carlos Drummond de Andrade

Sala de Recepção

Lyrics from "Sala de Recepção" by Cartola (early 1940s, recorded on Cartola II [1976]) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBeB0nZbvP4 -- Inhabited by people so simple and so poor Who have only the sun for shelter How can you sing, Mangueira? (response) Well we'll have you know we don't desire any more At night, the silvery moon, in silence, listens to our songs… Continue reading Sala de Recepção

Diz que fui por aí

Lyrics from "Diz que fui por aí" by Zé Kéti and Hortêncio Rocha (1964) -- If anyone asks after me, tell them I went out Carrying my guitar under my arm On any corner, I'll stop At any little bar, I'll go in And if there's reason - that's another samba I'll compose If they want to know… Continue reading Diz que fui por aí