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Elis Regina – Vento de Maio (1978)

September 28, 2016

south-americaSuper Awesome South America logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Made in South America Artist #1: Astrud Gilberto
Made in South America Artist #2: Bebel Gilberto
Made in South America Artist #3: Elis Regina

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[Album 474/1001]

Do you have kids/nieces/nephews/grand-kids in the neighbourhood of 2 years of age?

If so, you already know that the typical fictional character of choice for children in the ‘terrific twos’ is, of course, Dora the Explorer.

Well, that world of Dora/Boots/Benny/Isa/Azul The Train? To borrow a Collective Soul tune, it’s The World I Know.

I just didn’t expect it to be quite so ubiquitous!

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“Some whalemen should go still further in their superstitions; declaring Moby Dick not only ubiquitous, but immortal (for immortality is but ubiquity in time)”
– Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Perhaps inspired by all of Dora’s exploring, over the past few weeks, I’ve been reading Moby Dick. There seems to be a terrific, write-down-in-a-bedside-notebook-worthy quote every couple of pages, Melville’s phrasing is splendid.

The line quoted above was particularly intriguing when I started thinking about how it applied to popular music.

With a radio hit, I would imagine the opposite would be generally accepted as true: if a song is presently ubiquitous, listeners will quickly complain of overexposure, and swiftly grow tired of the inescapable track, never wishing to hear the infernal 3-minute ditty again. That doesn’t seem like the surefire path to immortality.

It feels more likely that presently under-recognized or under-appreciated art would have the longer lifespan.

For example, as Chuck Klosterman pointed out in his book, But What if We’re Wrong?, Moby Dick was a flop when it was released in 1851. It was only decades later that it started to receive the recognition it deserved (or at least, I’d imagine it deserved, extrapolating based on the few hundred pages I’ve read so far).

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Will Elis Regina’s Vento de Maio be another creation due to receive a larger spotlight in the future?regina.jpg

Well, this 1978 album doesn’t have its own Wikipedia page, so it’s hard to argue that it’s suffering from current overexposure (unlike, say, a certain animated Blue Train).

I gather she is nationally regarded as a Brazilian Musical legend, but I’m not sure if her reputation has traveled across the world’s 5 oceans.

Hopefully it has and I’m just late to the party, among the minority hearing Elis Regina for the first time in 2016.

Vento de Maio feels like a timeless album. Though it was released 38 years ago, if I were to play it again 38 years from now, I can’t see it losing any of its refreshing quality.

So while this Elis Regina record has been anything but ubiquitous in my life prior to this week, I wouldn’t be surprised (nor remotely disappointed) if she’s among the exclusive group of artists to achieve ubiquity in time.

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From → 1970s

13 Comments
  1. Do like (and admire) the stereo reading. If we were on Pictogram (or whatever) I could envisage a series spinning of this pilot.

    • They’re two fine reads – perhaps not best when enjoyed simultaneously! But the prose in the Melville/Klosterman books? Let’s say, it’s a cut above some of the Dora books in our current rotation 🙂

  2. The dedicated Wiki page is a big indicator for how well thought of an album is, huh? Even if the reviews are scathing, a Wiki page confirms it’s existence. Even if it’s just a ‘stub’.

    Anyhoo, I’m not aware of this one, but it’s maybe one for me to check out by the sounds of it!

    • She has an artist page – and my goodness, it looks like she was quite prolific in the 60s/70s!
      And J, I guess you guys are still a year out or so from the Dora/Diego craze? I think you’ll be able to relate to its ubiquity when the young man discovers those explorers!

  3. Wikipedia needs another LeBrain to fix these gaps. Too bad I am wikiretired!

    Great pic there!

    • Much appreciated Mike – if you get tired of being wikiretired, I’d certainly appreciate LeBrain’s gap-filling skills!

  4. Astute observation!

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