Music for the Weekend #005 — Chama do Triunfo
Perhaps because we reached the Fifth edition, the allusion to the number of “little towers” in our armillary sphere ended up being inevitable when filling this M4we exclusively with Portuguese music and subsequently when I had to “name this baby” (for whoever in need it’s a reference to a phrase in Amantes Furiosos, one of my favorite tracks on the first Heróis do Mar record).
A clear personal choice, no more or less woke than what you could ask for, with true and tested classics coming face to face with small gems unjustly forgotten in the forgetfulness of those who still do not sufficiently value the music that is made in this country. I repeat, it is a personal choice and for it to be made next week there would almost certainly be other 40 on this list.
Even so, how can I resist Amália singing a samba or Martim saying that “you are not B Fachada”? I had first decided to just choose music sung in our proverbial language, but I remembered to unearth Lucky Stereo from the trunk of the forgotten ones, a über cool project by Nuno Mendes made in the aftermath of his departure from Bandemónio and that unfortunately is not even listed in Discogs. As for the advantages of introducing one of the Wraygunn and none of the TigerMan, I can always test whether or not Mixcloud would censor the frequent use of the word Muthafucker.
A curatorial proposal limited to forty pieces gives rise to small gestalt notes loose in the winds of our perception. Why Dunas sung by Melo D and not by Reininho? Is legitimate the inclusion of a theme by Adriano Correia de Oliveira but through Claudia Efe’s voice? Or is this why a song from Cid’s first album is given priority over anything more symphonic from his classic follow-up? Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) sang Doris Day in 1956 but is it really so? That we have no voice in the matter of our own choices and that all of them are the result of the sum of who we are and were?
On one hand, the option of a particular track by Capitão Fausto came as a response from Domingos Coimbra and Tomás Wallenstein to my challenge on WhatsApp: “what Fausto song passed between the gaps of the national perception and that you would’ve like for people to have known better? “. Their response was immediately indicative of Litoral, the second song of their second LP. In pandemic times, curatorship can bring this sort of goodies.
But on the other hand, I really had to end this home grown brew with Havemos de Acordar sung by Ana Moura. In so taking the opportunity as well to thank its composer, Pedro da Silva Martins, for writing the most beautiful song of the past decade. Thank you and well done. Have a good weekend.