Writer’s Voice

I entered a contest at Brenda Drake’s wonderful website. Which I frequently do, because Brenda is amazing and her contests are fantastic. For this particular contest, I won the rafflecopter to get in, so now I need to post my query and first 250 words of my novel here. Just so you know why this Continue Reading →

Indistinguishable from the stars

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Brazilian Song of the Day: “Take It Easy My Brother Charlie”

I’m back from spending time with my family, including my brother Charlie, so sharing a bunch of variations of Jorge Ben Jor’s wonderful song, “Take It Easy My Brother Charlie” seemed like an easy win. Here’s Jorge Ben’s version, from his 1969 eponymous album with Trio Mocoto. That same year, Tres Som released a great Continue Reading →

Brazilian Song of the Day: “Tá Saltinha”

I stumbled across an electro funk cover of “Tá Saltinha,” but wasn’t sure who the artist was—Electro Funnk? Milton Paradella, the uploader? An unnamed artist? Whomever is responsible, this is a great track. But in searching for the artist, I discovered “Tá Saltinha” was probably a sertanejo universitário hit by Thiago Bravo, who wrote the Continue Reading →

Brazilian Song of the Day: DJ Cremoso

The tecnobrega parade continues with DJ Cremoso. If you had any doubts about the cheesy ’80s pop influences, take a casual listen. Follow email

Brazilian Song of the Day: Gang do Eletro

Tecnobrega is sticking around. When I popped onto youtube, this video was at the top and, wow! What a great song and dance. Drop your holiday plans and go dancing. Follow email

Brazilian Song of the Day: Gaby Amarantos

I’m going with more tecnobrega today. Funk carioca is great, but it can wait. Follow email

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