when the streets are calling (peep that drug/money transaction)
free my nigga arthur
"Meu Nome É Gal"
Whenever people talk about good female singers, I always try to bring up Gal Costa.
I have written allot about Gal Costa on this blog already, since she was an intergral part of the tropicalía movement that was going on in Brazil during the late 60s. 1969 was a pretty big year for Gal Costa. She released two arguably classic albums, Gal and Gal Costa, the latter being my favorite album by her and one of my favorite albums of all time. The best thing about the 60s in my opinion was psychedelia in general: the “trippy” effects on the guitars and voices, the crazy guitar solos, the overall weirdness: you can find all of these things in these two Gal Costa albums.
If you haven’t heard any songs by Gal Costa, this one in particular would be an appropriate place to start, since she is literally introducing herself to her audience: “Meu Nome É Gal” translates to “My Name is Gal” and Gal was her first solo album. I love how this song gets gradually more crazy as it goes on. At the beginning she sings nicely “Meu Nome É Gal” but by the end of the song she is literally screaming it. Songs like this are what eventually made Gal Costa one of the most popular and important artists in Brazil. The instrumentation follows a similar pattern. At the beginning the percussion, guitar and strings are quite controlled in comparison to what is heard after around the second minute. After Gal Costa, backed up by some beautiful string playing, talks a little bit(christ, even her voice while talking sounds beautiful) and sums herself up while giving props to other Brazillian artists
My fav artist
Desfile de Independencia de Mexico. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Debbie Harry of Blondie in car, NYC. May 1977.
Woodblock from Claude Paradin Chanoine de Beaujeu’s Devises Heroïques. 1557; page 32.
Single Mothers // Winter Coats
I’m losing hope
Thought I was living more like dying in Ontario
And she should really be wearing her winter coat,
Don’t know why all the girls around here wanna be so cold