We were at the home of friends last night .  Rosa Icela is Mexican, born in Tijuana, and her husband is a Georgia boy who was stationed in San Diego where he met her.  She treated us and other guests, most of whom we knew, to a Mexican dinner.  It was sort of “Tex-Mex” with a decided improvement in flavors: tacos and pico de gallo. Dessert was something I had never had: cheese with candied quince.  After dinner we sat out on their deck on the top of one of the mountains here enjoying the night air, having another glass of wine and talking.  It turned out that Rosa is a singer with a beautiful voice and tremendous repertoire of Mariachi music; the old stuff.  Lynn volunteered that I play guitar, and the son’s guitar showed up in short order.  I had to spend a few minutes getting it back into standard tuning, and then I played a little bit of Malaguena salerosa.  She knew all of the words and parts of the music were unknown to me.  We promised to get together sometime and work out a few songs.

People then wanted me to play bossa nova, other songs with Spanish lyrics and other requests.  I wasn’t able to comply except to play a little of this, the only bossa nova tune I ever learned.  This isn’t exactly a standard.  Folks wanted “The Girl from Ipanema”.

This is the song I have to get down:

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Comment by Steel Breeze on May 20, 2019 at 11:34am

sounds like a good time Rodney....i cant play or sing.....but i'm a pro at listening....

Comment by Rodney Roe on May 20, 2019 at 12:01pm

It was a good time. Listening is what musicians want.

Comment by koshersalaami on May 20, 2019 at 3:04pm

Girl From Ipanema has a lot of changes and they aren’t all what I’d call intuitive. You could probably learn it but it would take some memorization. 

Comment by Rodney Roe on May 20, 2019 at 6:09pm

For me, most bossa nova tunes are like that.  It's all of those changes that make the tunes interesting.

I would learn the chords and maybe learn to make them in inversions so that it might be more interesting.  I have a feeling that that is what Rosa is going to want so I'm going to start now.  At Cinco de Mayo, she sang at one of the local sports bars a capella and wowwed everyone apparently.  I was impressed Sunday night.

Comment by Ron Powell on May 20, 2019 at 6:53pm

This should help a bit:

Comment by Rodney Roe on May 20, 2019 at 6:59pm

That is helpful and confusing. Thanks!

Comment by Anna Herrington on May 21, 2019 at 8:08am

I really enjoy what I had thought was bossa nova music and it's perfect for times when I need some extra energy and pizazz.... had to look up the two bands I like most and they're both from Europe! Juju Orchestra (Germany) and Parov Stelar (Austrian). Stelar is considered electro-swing, apparently....

When we had a visitor from Brazil she turned me on to one of them, my youngest son the other, but Dani (the Brazilian) said she considers them both bossa nova and they're quite popular where she's from... ??  Maybe they are 'nova bossa nova' style.

Antonio Carlos Jobim, composer of Girl from Ipanema, considered co-founder of Bossa nova style (with Joao Gilberto), also in blip I looked up.

Regardless, that song in particular - Malaguena Salerosa - would be excellent to be able to play! You have some experience and talent if you're taking that one on. Very cool.

With no link at all in topic really, there's also a very good sandwich made here in town: Grill From Ipanema. 

Comment by Rodney Roe on May 21, 2019 at 1:12pm

Boss’s nova means literally, “new stick”. Anything new could be that, but for me it Is a rhythm with interesting “jazzy” chords. Of course the word are Portuguese. I wonder if boss’s nova in Brazil is like the Tango in Argentina; passé?

Comment by J.P. Hart on May 21, 2019 at 3:16pm

So often the good Tom Cordle weighs in on these good strings & chords, Rodney.

Particularly when the frettin' gets good.

Maybe Mr. Cordle's strumming downtown nowadays; can't blame it on the bossa nova...fantastic classic: cha-cha samba...beautiful bird on wing makes you wanna sing...quartered limes 0yeahO

Comment by koshersalaami on May 21, 2019 at 9:17pm

Damn. Thought I wrote a comment earlier about the bossa rhythm. Must not have published it. I learned a bossa rhythm as 

One and Two and three and four and / One and Two and Three and Four and 

If you play it repeatedly, you end up with an accented note followed by two half beats followed by another accented note and two more half beats, etc. until you hit the fifth accented note, and that one is followed by three half beats.


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