Beach Blanket Bossa

Beach Blanket Bossa

| Air Date: 09-03-23 through 09-10-23

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What’s Happening This Week At Connect Brazil: September 3
Listen live! Taking you away from your part of the world, to ours with a jazzy blend of breezy Bossas and crossover hits from both sides of the equator. Always live, always free!

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This week’s show: Beach Blanket Bossa

My Producer’s Notes

What is it about Bossa Nova that makes us feel so good? Why does that simple little guitar rhythm free our musical spirit like no other?

How is it that this 65-year-old musical style, created half a world away in a language that only a relatively small part of the planet speaks today is still defined by its youthful, timeless qualities and universal appeal?

Bossa Nova was born on July 10 1958 at the old Odeon recording studios in Rio de Janeiro. That’s the date that João Gilberto finally got it right with ‘Chega de Saudade’ – Bossa Nova’s very first song.

Gilberto’s new guitar rhythm was revolutionary, and it shared one important thing with its American counterpart rock and roll.

This yet-unnamed new beat sounded oddly out of place with the pop music of the 50’s. Brazil was filled with languid, emotionally drenched boleros and romantic Sambas. Its pop music carried the yearning of love lost, love wanted, or life waiting to be lived.

Just like rock, Bossa Nova provided a happy, energizing musical alternative.

So much of the music we listen to today owes a great debut to this story and especially to João Gilberto – and it’s been that way for generations. Some of these examples are easy to spot, others are camouflaged by the ever-changing face of pop music.

But Bossa’s influence is both international and eternal.

Beach Blanket Bossa is our annual romp through the sand with songs old and new, American or Brazilian, or even from Japan, Germany, Italy, and beyond. And it’s all a result of João Gilberto’s compulsion to make his guitar play the rhythm that was in his head.

So enjoy all that Summer has to offer. And don’t forget the music when you head down the road. You’ll find that it’s easy to understand why Brazil’s greatest gift to the world isn’t coffee, cachaça, or even ethanol – it’s the Bossa beat!

 – Scott Adams

This Week on The Sounds of Brazil

Hour 1: Beach Blanket Bossa

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Brisa Mar<>Sabrina Malheiros/New Morning

Mainstream<>Soulstance/Truth Simplicity & Love 

Consolação<>Baden Powell/Personalidade

Welcome to the Brazil Club Lounge                     

Love I’ve Never Known<>John Legend/Red Hot +Rio 2

Special Announcement

Set 2:

Introduce Our Next Set

Like A Lover<>Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66/Look Around

Motiff d’Azur<>Slowdown/Slowdown

So Nice (Summer Samba)<>Astrud Gilberto/A Certain Smile

Introduce Next Song

Zingaro<>Antonio Carlos Jobim/The Composer

Dança de Shiva<>Gilberto Gil/Quanta

Summertime<>Deodato /The Crossing

Set 3: Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

É Preciso Perdoar<>Emilio Santiago/Nossa Onda É Essa  

Color of the Watercolor<>R. Folegatti/Watercolor

Bossa 31<>Rosalia de Souza/Garota Moderna

Hour 2: Beach Blanket Bossa

Set 1:

Saudade Vem Correndo<>Bebel Gilberto/Tudo

Rainha<>Toco & Nina Miranda/Memorias

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Let Me<>Wanda Sa/Best of Brasil 65

1000 Watts<>Rique Pantoja/ De La Pra Ca

Use Your Head<>Money Mark/Red Hot + Rio

Sorriu Para Mim<>João Gilberto/ João

Special Announcement

Set 2: 

Introduce Brazil Back2Back: Rio de Janeiro

Rio<>Os Cariocas/Bossa Nova Sua Historia

A Chamada Do Rio<>Brasilia/River Wide

Introduce Next Song

Copacabana<>Dick Farney/Perolas

San Juan Sunset<>Deodato/Love Island

Underneath The Face of the Moon<>Kevyn Lettau/Universal Language

Set 3:

Inquietação<>Gal Costa/Aquarela do Brasil

Suddenly/Had To Be You<>Djavan & Carol Rogers/Bossa Nova

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Next Week on The Sounds of Brazil

It’s Bossa Nova’s 65th anniversary with our September spotlight on Bossa 65: Four consecutive weeks dedicated to Bossa Nova favorites!

Join me next week for ‘Old School Bossa Nova’ and two hours of summertime fun. Whether it’s your radio, your computer at work or your tablet or smartphone, thanks for tuning in! I really appreciate it, and please tell a friend or two about us.

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