There’s Jazz in Macau!

Hello y’all! Or should I say Nǐ hǎo?

Macau Jazz Week Poster

As I told you in my last post, I’ve been in Macau for the past month. In what comes to entertainment, Macau is mostly known for having casinos and more casinos, together with the World Heritage historical centre and the Formula 3 Grand Prix. However, from time to time, there are some special activities to entertain tourists and locals. This past week was fertile with such activities, with the Macau Jazz Week taking place. Both international and local musicians were invited to participate in several concerts and workshops. Being a music fan I had to take the opportunity to enjoy some fine jazz in a nice setting, so I went to the grand finale concert, which included a jam session with seasoned musicians and young local talents. The gig was opened by the Bridge Jazz band, composed by veteran macanese musicians, with a very nice feel. They were followed by another macanese band, this time with young guys.

The next guys were a trio from Hong Kong, called TriTone, and with an odd lineup: flute and baritone flute, guitar and percursion. They were really entertaining, especially with their version of the brazilian classic Tico-tico do Fubá, of which I filmed an excerpt:

The evening went on with yet another brazilian classic, Girl from Ipanema, this time by Winnie Ho & WVC Trio +1:

And last, but not the least, here’s the amazing Charles Foldesh and his quintet:

All in all, it was a very enjoyable evening in a beautiful setting in this side of the world. Hope you liked it as much as I did!

Macau Jazz Week - The Bridge Jazz Band

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Shadow Days

Hi there!

It’s been quite a while (again) since I posted something. I was busy with school and proud to announce that this here… That this here… Is a bunch of burglars… A bunch of thieves… And a bunch of… ughh… Never mind, portuguese viewers who like Gato Fedorento will understand. But I’d really like to announce something, I’m proud to announce that today I concluded all my university courses! Just need to finish my final year project and I’m an engineer! Sort of…

This last one pretty much sums up my life as a computer engineer and probably future programmer.

Anywho…

Today I bring you another John Mayer song. I’ve caught it up on the radio a couple of times and got hooked right on the first time! (I’m sounding much like a 16-year-old trying off marijuana or some s*** like that, but my drug is much better!).

My understanding of this song is that we shouldn’t judge people who have a rough life and that everyone deserves a second chance in to make it better. One day we might just find ourselves in a bitter situation for some reason (sometimes just sheer bad luck) and wish that someone else could give us a second chance. The song’s name you can see it in the post title and I think it’s amazingly beautiful…! The song, not the title, the title is just adequate. I’ve listened to it half a dozen times now and counting. It’s on repeat. On YouTube. For about twenty minutes now. And I’ll let you know how long this repeat thing lasted. Or probably not, I’ll forget about it for sure… Eh.

The lyrics aren’t very long, but in my mind it spells something truly powerful.

I hope you like it! And sorry for the silly post!

Stay nice!

Songs for walking in the city

Yesterday I was walking from the university to catch the train back home, and, as usual, i put on my earphones and entered a different world.
By chance, I picked my best of Uriah Heep playlist randomly and started playing the amazing One Way or Another. The damn song has such a good vibe that I immediately started walking by its rhythm, looking like a madman 😛

Then, I thought about some songs that are perfect to walk in the city, smiling and feeling good. Okay, sometimes one may look like someone who works in the Ministry of Silly Walks (remember Monty Python?), but the feeling is so good that a few people staring at you is not a problem 😛

So, here’s a bunch of songs I like to listen to when in my regular train-university and vice-versa walk.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking, that is not a Queen‘s song! But for me it’s 100 times better than the original by Free (also with Paul Rodgers singing), which is also a freakishly good song!

Ooops, I almost forgot, here’s the (now) usual playlist!