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[Music to Listen to] – Part IV Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Brazilian Profile, Culture, Entertainment, Music, Video

Ei, gente. Como vocês estão? Hey, guys. How are you doing?

What are your plans for the fim-de-semana (weekend)? How about chilling to some Brazilian music? My suggestion is listening to the iconic Tim Maia.

Brazilian composer Tim Maia

Brazilian composer Tim Maia

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1942, the artist started composing quando (when) he was only seven years old. On his route to acclaim, Tim Maia would hang out with outros (other) notorious Brazilian musicians, like Roberto Carlos and Jorge Ben Jor. The cantor (singer) spent some time in America, where he formed a group, The Ideals, but was deported back after quatro (four) years. In 1970, he recorded in first album, Tim Maia. Maia logo (soon) became a legend, identified by his raspy, potent and distinctive voz (voice), an original musical style, as wells as a fascinating magnetism.

Tired of unfavorable deals, in 1975 he founded his own label to achieve artistic and creative freedom. As someone who identified himself with black culture, Maia’s songs are representative of Brazilian soul, funk and disco music. Known for a bohemian, carefree lifestyle, Tim Maia had a breakdown onstage in 1998 and passed away shortly depois (after) due to heart complications.

His legacy includes a sequence of memorable hits and romantic ballads. Tim Maia now ranks as um dos mais (one of the most) popular and beloved cantores (singers) in the country.

This short video on Tim Maia’s life (narrated by American composer Devendra Banhart) pretty much sums it all up:

Now, how about we sing along to a major Tim Maia classic? 

Gostava Tanto de Você

Não sei porque você se foi

I don’t know why you’re gone

Quantas saudades eu senti

I’ve missed you so much

E de tristezas vou viver

And now by my sorrows I’ll live

E aquele adeus não pude dar…

And that goodbye I couldn’t bid

 

Você marcou em minha vida

You left a mark on me

Viveu, morreu

You lived, you died

Na minha história

In my story

Chego a ter medo do futuro

I come to fear the future

E da solidão

And loneliness

Que em minha porta bate…

Thats knocks on my door

 

E eu!

And I!

Gostava tanto de você

I used to like you so much

Gostava tanto de você…

I used to like you so much

 

Eu corro, fujo desta sombra

I run, away from this shadow

Em sonho vejo este passado

In a dream I see this past

E na parede do meu quarto

And in my bedroom wall

Ainda está o seu retrato

Your portrait still hangs

Não quero ver pra não lembrar

I won’t see so I can’t recall

Pensei até em me mudar

I even think of moving out

Lugar qualquer que não exista

To any place where there isn’t

O pensamento em você…

The thought of you

 

E eu!

And I!

Gostava tanto de você

I used to like you so much

Gostava tanto de você…

I used to like you so much

 

Não sei porque você se foi

I don’t know why you’re gone

Quantas saudades eu senti

I’ve missed you so much

E de tristezas vou viver

And now by my sorrows I’ll live

E aquele adeus não pude dar…

And that goodbye I couldn’t bid

 

Você marcou em minha vida

You left a mark on me

Viveu, morreu

You lived, you died

Na minha história

In my story

Chego a ter medo do futuro

I come to fear the future

E da solidão

And loneliness

Que em minha porta bate…

Thats knocks on my door

 

E eu!

And I!

Gostava tanto de você

I used to like you so much

Gostava tanto de você…

I used to like you so much

 

Check out his official website for more info, music and bio (in English and Portuguese): http://www.timmaia.com.br/en

You can also encontrar (find) his full albums available on YouTube for streaming

Aproveitem seu dia! Enjoy your day!

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