We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
There have only been three BIG THINGS in music in my lifetime.
1.The Beatles making rock music important, then self-important, then self-absorbed, and then self-destructive, then atomized. 2. I remember the first time I heard Desmond Dekker very clearly. It was a revelation. 3. Bossa Nova.
As usual, the sixties get the credit for all three, but all of these things were born in 1950s culture. The fifties were supposed to be this sterile uptight time, but that's a joke to anyone that can crack a book.
Thanks for posting these videos. I am just waiting for some prog idiot to complain about "cultural appropriation"- Mainers playing music from South America, or about Paraguayans from South America "appropriating" music from Europe. Music from dead white males, no less. But then Paraguayans have always shamelessly engaged in cultural appropriation. For example, consider this Paraguayan Polka.
Always glad to hear from Paraguay. Like the gentleman in 2:10 of the video, I imbibe yerba mate daily- though without the metal straw.
I'd like to add my thanks for posting this. It's heartening to see kids playing music so well whether it's Tom Jobim or classical pieces on instruments made from recycled materials. The Paraguayan story is especially hopeful because it shows how good people can do extraordinary things despite circumstances that would appear to mitigate against them.
I spent some time years ago in Brazil and during that time grew to love their music and especially that of Jobim's. Here is a link to a duet sung by Jobim and Elise Regina of Tom's song "Aguas de Março".