Roaming into Summer!

Hi everyone!

Cabo Verde beach praia

 

As some of you know, the writers of this blog (myself included) live in Portugal, a country in which the summer has arrived several weeks ago – and hopefully will remain for a few more! As so, we (I am assuming it is not just me) feel like listening to summer songs, whatever that is 😛 And although I am not sure what that is, there are some that we can label as “summer songs” quite easily.

 

Na Ri Na, from Lura, is one of those songs. Lura is a Portuguese singer but her songs are mainly based in Cape Verdean traditional music (she is of Cape Verdean descendent). In 2005 she released her main hit (I guess), Na Ri Na, a great song that makes us want to catch the first flight to Cape Verde to enjoy the beaches and the good weather. Maybe this post helps you to clear your indecisions about this summer vacations 😛

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Songs to sing in the shower

ImageHi! Remember me? I’m back from camping and I bring you some old and funny songs to sing in the shower. In this post i will bring up to you some songs that fit perfectly with the moment when we’re showering with other strangers as happens in camping. If you’re thinking of travelling to portugal and stay at a camping place you need to learn these musics. I can guarantee some laughs and that your showering moments will never be the same.

First hit (Caution: this one can bring applauses)

Second hit

Third hit

(This last one was a suggestion made by a friend, thank you DG)

Back to Australia

Today we’ll fly again to our (almost) antipodes – Australia (our antipodes are in New Zealand).

surfingI’d taken you there a few weeks ago to teach you how to write a pop song(I hope you’ve learned something with my post and that by now you’re charting, at least in your home country :P) and Lourenço did the same with the AC/DC.

Well, now I take you back there to show you a great instrumental from an Australian band – if you thought of The John Butler Trio, you got it right. I am not a great fan of them (I have been listening to them lately, trying to find whether they made other great songs, but so far I have found nothing that suits my taste :P), but this song is really amazing and worth listening. So that’s what you are going to do now by clicking in the play button below 😉

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And our journey continues!

Last time I posted I left you in Australia, and Nuno has taken you to the Balkans and we’re going to cross the Atlantic today and land in Canada!

One of the greatest countries in the world, its music is most of the times overshadowed by their american neighbours, but, from time to time, great artists leave the maple leaf country and depart to conquer the world stages.

The current best example of such an artist is the band Arcade Fire. This amazing septet performs music in the indie rock category, but they are much more than that as this video proves 🙂

But, when I think of Canadian music, my thoughts are immediately directed to Rush, the megalithic power trio that conquered the world in the 70’s with their 2112 record, with their out-of-this-world drummer (many times considered one of the best ever), their experimentalist guitarist and their high-pitched singer/bassist, which is also an accomplished keyboardist. But enough adjectives already! Here’s an excerpt of their 20 minute epic 2112:

Their style varied during the 80’s (very little bands didn’t change through the 80’s…) including more keyboards and sampled sounds. Two staple song from that era are Subdivisions and Distant Early Warning.

Of course there are a lot of other amazing canadian bands/artists, like Harmonium, Neil Young , Alanis Morissette, Bryan Adams, etc. But I decided to stop doing the 2-hour-long posts I used to 😛

Oh, I almost forgot, Pedro‘s post with Pearl Jam was our 100th post! Hurray 😀