Friday, April 03, 2009

Stick...Stone...End of the Road

She was called furacão(hurricane) and pimentinha(little pepper). Elis Regina was both and one of the most popular voices of the Brazilian tropicalismo(tropicália) music movement. Also an outspoken opponent of Brazil's dictatorship of the 1960s and 70s, it was her immense popularity that kept her from arrest, prosecution, and certain disappearance.
Elis died in 1982 at 36 years, far too young. It's said she died from an accidental combination of alcohol from the night before and cocaine the following morning. Her funeral had to be held in a soccer stadium to hold the 100,000 people who mourned her passing.

In 1974, she collaborated with Antonio Carlos Jobim to record one of the best Bossa Nova albums, Elis & Tom. From that album came to song, Águas de Março (Waters of March), which many consider the best all-time Brazilian song.

I don't know about that, but I certainly think it's up there with the best. The ending of the video shows the joy with which Elis sang. The interplay between the piano and the lyric that Elis sings brings out the little pepper in her. The lyrics she sings goes like this: "stick... stone... end of the road... rest of a stump... little alone... stick... stone... end of the of a stump... little alone... stone... road... little... alone... stone... road... little... alone... stone... road... I go."

Side-by-side lyrics in Portugese and English are here.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

1 comment: said...

grating man
i take a copy to my blog