The Alchemist’s Music: Paulo Coelho’s spiritual musical messages

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Translated in more than 67 languages and 25 years after its release, Paulo Coelho’s book still does its magic.

Have you read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho? You may have, or possibly you have read quotes from it. Now, have you listened to the author’s music? Not yet? In this Sounds Brazilian blog post you will have the chance to not only know about his spiritual rock songs but also to listen to one accompanied by translated lyrics that will help you to reflect on less painful ways to deal with loss.

The Alchemist was first published 25 years ago in Brazil, Paulo Coelho‘s native country. The novel tells a simple fable-like story of a boy who, after having a recurring dream, decides to follow its guidance and take a journey in search of faraway treasure.  The boy’s adventure teaches him how to listen to omens and to follow his dreams. No one imagined that this story would have had so much power when its first publisher told Paulo Coelho that the book would never sell. He was obviously mistaken.  As of the week ending May 25, 2014, the novel had reached its 303rd consecutive week on The New York Times‘ bestseller list.

Is Paulo Coelho The Alchemist? Continue reading

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Reflecting on Time with Bob Marley & Gilberto Gil

Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil

Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil

Bob Marley would have been 69 years-old if he were alive today. Today the Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil  is 71. Through the vehicle of music their souls travel through time, meet each other, and invite us to sensitively reflect on freedom and the fruits of time in this beautiful version of Time will tell (Tempo Só).

As you listen to this music I invite you look at yourself with gentleness and curiosity and reflect on your relationship with time and existence:

What invites you to experience the infinite Continue reading

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A Magia da Música – despertando potenciais através da música

Workshop:A Magia da Música: despertando potenciais através da música  (ilustracao adaptada do trabalho de Giulio Gianini)A música tem a habilidade de nos levar em uma jornada aos domínios secretos de nossa psique. Nesta viagem musical podemos entrar em contato com inesperadas emoções, memórias, sensações, e/ou intuições. Estas revelações podem nos guiar ao auto-conhecimento e mudança interior.

No workshop A Magia da Música  você experienciará e aprenderá como acessar o poder terapêutico da música para auto-conhecimento e mudança. Através de exercícios que invocam a presença dos elementos da natureza e da imaginação você aprofundará sua relação com a música e começará a ativar os potenciais mais profundos da mesma em sua vida. Continue reading

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O vazio, o cheio, e o meio – reflexões sobre o Ser

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Que o vazio em mim seja só vazio 

e o cheio só cheio

sem nomes e rótulos

Que eu deixe a semente do vazio se encher no seu ritmo

Que eu deixe o fruto se esvaziar no seu compasso

Que a eterna dança do Ser aconteça sem eu me meter no meio Continue reading

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Musical Relics: the original music sheet of the first Bossa Nova hit

Found the official music sheet of the first Bossa Nova: Chega de Saudade! 

Chega de Saudade is considered the song that initiated the bossa nova movement. It was composed by Tom Jobim & Vinicus de Moraes and released in the album Canção do Amor Demais (1958) by the singer Elizeth Cardoso. However, the song gained popularity with the Joao Gilberto’s recording released a few months later. In this recording he sings and plays acoustic guitar introducing the bossa nova beat, which became an essential feature in the bossa nova rhythm.

Click on the pics below to see some pages of the original music sheet written by Jobim. Continue reading

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Eterno Aprendiz em Busca de Só Ser

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Eis que na madrugada dirigia de volta pra casa procurando na rádio uma companhia pro passeio pelas ruas desertas. Mudava de estação em busca da companhia certa. Então de repente me vi ouvindo uma canção que me levou aos meus 18 anos. Comecei a me entregar aquela experiência. Me observava, curioso, como que à distância, olhando aquele mundo que agora parecia distante. Aquela idade, aquele personagem, aquela realidade quase tinham um sabor, um cheiro, e com certeza, havia algumas músicas que se grudaram a experiências marcantes ou momentos simples que vivenciei. A música continuava a tocar e tocava magicamente minhas memórias trazendo à tona sentimentos e sensações. Talvez fosse  saudade, talvez nostalgia, talvez só um luto de se observar à distância uma fase de vida que passou. So sei que percebi um desconforto apesar de toda curiosidade. Continuei nesta viagem enquanto a música soava. Ao findar, Continue reading

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A pop song that became part of a ceremonial ritual in the Amazon and an anthem to the LGBT community

pavao mysteriozoIn 1976 an unknown song played on TV opening a Brazilian TV Series (novela Saramandaia). Since then the song has been recorded 50 times and in several languages. The song, called Pavão Mysteriozo (Mysterious Peacock), composed and sung by Ednardo, talks about a mysterious peacock. In the lyrics the poetic being asks the peacock for protection from dying young, for help in keeping in touch with the inner child, and for help in singing during dark times. The composer took inspiration from a Brazilian short folk tale and from the dark times of Brazilian dictatorship (in the 70s). The mysterious power of this song flew not only over mundane urban spaces but also over sacred lands. The song became part of the the ceremonial ritual Quarup in the Xingu Tribe in the Continue reading

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