Thursday, October 7, 2010

Two, one, go!

So, tomorrow is my flight to Sao Paulo, so I decided to post a two-in-one song today, since I foresee a busy busy day, with almost no chance to another blog post. I am so looking forward to this trip, that its more than 1am, I woke up at 6:30am today, and I am wide awake.

It has been a lot of fun to work on this "A song a day" project, and for sure it has helped me to work through the time and the distance. I hope people didn't unsubscribe from my (now) cheesy blog.

Anyway. So today's song is Beatles - When I get home.

When I get home
Whoa-ho, whoa-ho,
I got a whole lot of things to tell her,
when I get home.

Come on, out of my way,
'cos I'm gonna see my baby today,
I've got a whole lot of things I've gotta say to her.

Whoa-ho, whoa-ho,
I got a whole lot of things to tell her,
when I get home.

Come on if you please,
I've got no time for trivialities,
I've got a girl who's waiting home for me tonight.

Whoa-ho, whoa-ho,
I got a whole lot of things to tell her,
when I get home.

When I'm getting home tonight, I'm gonna hold her tight.
I'm gonna love her till the cows come home,
I bet I'll love her more,
till I walk out that door again.

Come on, let me through,
I've got so many things, I've got to do,
I've got no business being here with you this way.

Whoa-ho, whoa-ho,
I've got a whole lot of things to tell her
when I get home - yeah.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Three - Wohoo!

I can't believe that time has passed so fast. Tomorrow I have such a busy day that it will for sure pass by as it were just 24 minutes, and then it will be the packing and running to the airport day.

My flight is already overbooked, which means that I have chances of getting an upgrade, and that will make me get much more fresh to Sao Paulo on Friday.

Anyway, B hates romance in the literary mean. The thing about dying of love and so on. I prefer to ignore the over romantic parts of a song, and just go with the mood of the rest. I was hesitant on posting this song, but I will anyway. Its's "Final Feliz", Jorge Vercillo.

Chega de fingir
Eu não tenho nada a esconder
Agora é pra valer
Haja o que houver

Não tô nem aí
Eu não tô nem aqui pro que dizem
Eu quero é ser feliz
E viver pra ti

Pode me abraçar sem medo
Pode encostar sua mão na minha

Meu amor
Deixa o tempo se arrastar sem fim

Meu amor,
não há mal nenhum gostar assim

Oh, meu bem
Acredite no final feliz
Meu amor
Meu amor

Monday, October 4, 2010

Four - Protest

I hate Claro. B has a mobile phone from Claro, and out of nowhere we now can't exchange SMSes. I can send him SMSes, but his SMSes never reach my mobile. Today for some reason this little communication barrier imposed by Claro made me upset. It sucks.

Anyway, I am having pretty exhaustive days of lots of work, headache, and today my sister had a baby. A little super cute girl. Its impressive how a belly turns into a little human being. Its like magic!

Today's song is Pato Fu, "Por Perto".

Num velho disco a vida se desfaz
Em poucos minutos
Pra onde aquele tempo te levou
Também vou

Pode ser numa canção
Pode ser no coração
Eu so quero ter você por perto

Se é pra tocar o ceu e me lembrar
Do canto de um anjo
Naquele empoeirado LP
Encontro você

Pode ser numa canção
Pode ser no coração
Eu so quero ter você por perto
Eu só quero ter você

Foi-se o tempo em que sozinho
Maltratei meu coração
Me contou um passarinho:
Tristeza é sem razão

Pode ser numa canção
Pode ser do coração
Eu so quero ter você por perto
Eu só quero ter você por perto

Pode ser numa canção
Pode ser do coração
Eu so quero ter você por perto
Eu só quero ter você...

Five - Relaxing day

Today I spent mostly relaxing and doing nothing. I went for lunch at a friend's place, and then came back home. I varnished my outside table and chairs. I didn't have enough varnish for all of them. But I have to say that I really enjoy those "at home by myself" experiences. I spent hours and hours siting outside, making a mess, and doing for once something productive that didn't have a keyboard as input method.

While I was enjoying varnishing my table, I was listening to music and thinking about life. This is one of the songs, very cute. After the daylight was over, I came inside and watched movies, including Thelma and Louise.

Today's song is Tribalistas, Grão de Amor.

Me deixe sim
Mas só se for
Pra ir ali
E pra voltar

Me deixe sim
Meu grão de amor
Mas nunca deixe
De me amar

Agora as noites são tão longas
No escuro eu penso em te encontrar
Me deixe só
Até a hora de voltar

Me esqueça sim
Pra não sofrer
Pra não chorar
Pra não sentir

Me esqueça sim
Que eu quero ver
Você tentar
Sem conseguir

A cama agora está tão fria
Ainda sinto seu calor
Me esqueça sim
Mas nunca esqueça o meu amor

É só você que vem
No meu cantar meu bem
É só pensar que vem

Láia laia

Me cobre mil telefonemas
Depois me cubra de paixão
Me pegue bem
Misture alma e coração

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Six - Nós

Today was a busy busy day. I went shopping with my mom. Bought some accessories to use at my friend's wedding next weekend, and then forgot my house key inside my car. That would be perfectly fine, except by the fact that a friend asked for my car to go shopping for furniture the whole afternoon and part of the evening. Well, that locked me outside my place.

Anyway, today's song is Cássia Eller, Nós.

Eu... sei que me disseram por aí
E foi pessoa séria quem falou
Você tava mais querendo era me ver passar por aí

Eu... sei que você disse por aí
Que não tava muito bem seu novo amor
Você tava mais querendo era me ver passar por aí

Pois é...
Esse samba é pra você, ó, meu amor
Esse samba é pra você
Que me fez sorrir, que me fez chorar
Que me fez sonhar, que me fez feliz
Que me fez amar

Eu... sei que me disseram por aí
E foi pessoa séria quem falou
Você tava mais querendo era me ouvir cantar por aí
Eu... sei que você disse por aí
Que não tava muito bem seu novo amor
Você tava mais querendo era me ver passar por ai

Pois, é...
Esse samba é pra você, ó meu amor
Esse samba é pra você
Que me fez sorrir, que me fez chorar
Que me fez sonhar, que me fez feliz
Que me fez amar

Pois é...
Esse samba é pra você, ó meu amor
Essa samba é pra você
Pra você sorrir, pra você chorar
Pra você sonhar, pra você feliz
Pra você amar!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Seven - Interessa?

I have had this song in my mind for a while...but never felt like posting it until today. Anyway, its a very cute song, and always put a smile on my face, just like B does ;-)

Today's song is Roberta Sá, Interessa

Se você quiser saber (Interessa?)
Por que é que eu gosto dele (Interessa?)
É que ele é meu benzinho
E me trata com carinho
Faz vontade pra mamãe.

Se você quiser saber
Por que é que eu gosto dele (Interessa?)
É que ele é meu benzinho
E me trata com carinho
Faz vontade pra mamãe.

De manhã me dá um beijo
Quando sai pra trabalhar
Adivinha o meu desejo
Traz docinhos pro jantar.
Quem é que não desejava
Ter um maridinho assim?
A sorte não é pra todas
Talvez seja só pra mim.
(Interessa?)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Eight - Ne haces bien

Para contarte, canto
Quiero que sepas
Cuánto me haces bien
Me haces bien
Me haces bien
Te quiero de mil modos
Te quiero sobre todo
Me haces bien
Me haces bien
Me haces bien
Basta ver el reflejo de tus ojos en los míos
Como se lleva el frío
Para entender
Que el corazón no miente
Que afortunadamente
Me haces bien
Me haces bien
Me haces bien

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Nine - CD

A few (maybe many) years ago, B gave me a CD as a gift, with lots of cool songs. I remember being in Sao Paulo driving my car listening to it, and singing, having a good time. You have to entertain yourself somehow when you spend at least 2 hours of your day stuck in traffic.

One of the songs in this DVD was Aretha Franklin, You Make Me Feel. So that's today's song.

Looking out on the morning rain
I used to feel so uninspired
and when i knew i had to face another day
lord it made me feel so tired.
before the day i met you,
life was so unkind
You're the key to my piece of mind

chorus:
cause you make me feel
you make me feel
you make me feel like a natural woman (woman)

when my soul was in the lost and found
you came along to claim it
i didnt know just what was wrong with me
till your kiss helped me name it.
now im no longer doubtful of what im living for
and if i make you happy i dont need to do more

chorus

ohh baby what ya done to me (whatcha done to me)
made me feel so good inside (good inside)
and i just wanna be (wanna be)
close to you you make me feel so alive

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ten - Talking non-sense

I arrived in Zurich after two weeks in San Francisco. My flight was nice, business class, much more comfy and my legs didn't hurt after landing. Big gain! Bad news: there was a baby in the same row as me, and that baby was screaming the whole flight.

That actually made me feel much better about the way I spent the last 100 USD I had in my wallet at the San Francisco Airport: I bought a sound isolation earphone from Bose. Really awesome. So whenever the baby would restart the screaming show, I would just plug my earphones and start listening to music instead.

The problem is, sleeping while listening to music gives me a day-long headache. I didn't remember about that. So well, I am glad I landed at 3pm, because that means I only have half day headache to deal with. Bose earphones are cool. Screaming babies are not.

Since my flight had 12 hours, I was listening to random music, this was one of them. Silvia Machete, Eu só quero saber de você.

É que eu só quero saber de você
Por agora em diante
É que eu só quero saber de você
Por agora em diante
Por agora em diante...

Você levanta minha poeira
me deixa tinida deitada falando besteira
falando besteira
falando besteira

É que eu só quero saber de você
Por agora em diante
É que eu só quero saber de você
Por agora em diante
Por agora em diante...

Vestido ao vento lento a brisa
levanta minha saia
e tem os meninos que falam
tomara que caia
tomara que caia
a gente é bem feito
a gente junto é perfeito
perfeito
perfeito

Assim pelo avesso que
Você me deu um beijo
Assim pelo avesso que
Você me deu um beijo
Você me deu, pediu
Você me deu um beijo na boca
Você me deu pediu
um beijo na boca
boca boca
me deu

Monday, September 27, 2010

Eleven - Morena

É, morena, tá tudo bem
Sereno é quem tem
A paz de estar em par com Deus
Pode rir agora
Que o fio da maldade se enrola

Pra nós, todo o amor do mundo
Pra eles, o outro lado
Eu digo mal me quer
Ninguém escapa o peso de viver assim
Ser assim, eu não
Prefiro assim com você
Juntinho, sem caber de imaginar
Até o fim raiar

Pra nós, todo o amor do mundo
Pra eles, o outro lado
Eu digo mal me quer
Ninguém escapa o peso de viver assim
Ser assim, eu não
Prefiro assim com você
Juntinho, sem caber de imaginar
Até o fim raiar

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Twelve - Hangover

Yesterday I met my friend Mario for some food, meant to be a lightweight thing because I was oncall. We went to a Japanese place close to my apartment (we had 3 small bottles of sake), and then after I suggested we passed by a pub called Owl Tree. When we were almost there, just across the street, I gave Mario this very nice idea, when I saw we were standing in front of a liquor shop: "Why don't we buy something here, and go drink in my apartment? This way, if I get paged, I will be close to my computer"

We bought a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from 1999. Very good wine after some air. Once the bottle was over, Mario suggested we went back to the liquor shop and bought another one. And I agreed. Mistake. We had the whole second bottle, and at some moment, while he went to the toilet, I went to bed and passed out.

Making long story short: I had the worse hangover ever this morning. Even water wouldn't hold in my stomach. I was feeling *awful*. I had planned to eat in a Brazilian Steak house with some friends, so I tried to stick to the plan. Well, I couldn't eat any meat. I ate only salad, some feijoada, and that was it. Like a torture session, meat would come by, smelling delicious and looking awesome, and I would not be able to eat it.

Anyway, in the restaurant, this song played, and the last two verses made me want to post it as today's song. Because it says "excuse my euphoria, its just that I've learned what happiness is". The apology for the euphoria made me think about this "one music per day" project and how cheesy people might think it is. Anyway, not that I care that much. Excuse my euphoria. I'm happy.

Lágrimas, tormentos
Quantas desilusões
Foram tantos sofrimentos e decepções
Mas um dia o destino a tudo modificou

Minhas lágrimas secaram
Meus tormentos terminaram
Foi uma nuvem que passou

Minhas lágrimas secaram
Meus tormentos terminaram
Foi uma nuvem que passou

E hoje a minha vida é um carrossel de alegrias
E como se não bastasse, estou amando de verdade

Me perdoa se eu me excedo em minha euforia
Mas é que agora sei o que é felicidade
Me perdoa se eu me excedo em minha euforia
Mas é que agora sei o que é felicidade

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Thirteen - Porto Alegre

I am oncall, and have so far spent my whole day at my rented apartment, in San Francisco. B jut got back from Montevideo, where he was participating in some work meetings. I started thinking about Porto Alegre, and that made me listen to local artists, so today's song is Adriana Deffenti - É assim que eu brinco. Couldn't find the video on Youtube.

visto todos os tecidos
sem saber ao certo o que cobrir
se a festa for tão longe e além da saia
também ao coração queira eu despir

vou beber perfume e vinho
e dançando vou te embriagar
te envenenando com carinho
deixo meu suor aos poucos te drogar

pôe outra lua no céu a girar
destrói o mundo e faz outro por mim
senão eu não brinco
olha que eu me canso
olha que eu não fico
senão eu não danço

minha medida é a água do mar
aumento a sede de quem me sorver
é assim que brinco
senão eu me canso
senão eu não fico
ou então não danço

Fourteen - Around the world

So, today I got the most expensive airplane ticket ever. But anyway, if circumstances don't change, I might be spending Christmas in Salvador, and New Years in Ilheus. Then I started to think about how much traveling me and B will do in the next months. Specially how much flying I will do until the end of the year.

I'm currently in San Francisco, returning to Zurich on Sep 27th, then going to Sao Paulo on Oct 7th, then to Sorocaba on 8th for a friend's wedding, Sao Paulo again on Oct 10th, Porto Alegre on Oct 11th, and back in Zurich on Oct 17th. After that, I am coming to San Francisco again on Oct 28th. I go back to Zurich on Nov 12th, and probably flying to Sao Paulo on Nov 18th. Then to Porto Alegre on the 20th, and then to Zurich on Nov 23rd.

B and I will take the same flight back to Zurich, and we go skiing. Then B leaves Zurich on Dec 7th. And then I am going to SSA on Dec 23rd. And back in Zurich on Jan 4th.

Well, how many times could we go around the world with this back and forth of next 3 months? So that's today's song: "Volta ao Mundo". It talks about circumstances, and travel, and cute things. No video on YT that I could find.

Deeeeeeeeeeei
A volta ao mundo e aqui chegueeeeeeei
Para ficar um dia ou dois
Um dia ou dois

Dooooooooooois
Ou três ou quatro ou cinco ou seeeeeeeis
A depender do coração
As circunstâncias disporão
Dirão que sim, dirão que não
E eu ficarei um dia a mais
Talvez não parta nunca mais
A depender do coração
Do meu amor, do seu feijão
Da dor da dor, da cor do mar
As circunstâncias disporão
Porão você pra fora, e a mim
Porão de castigo a chorar sem fim
Choraaaaar sem fim

Seeeeeeeeeeei, agora eu sei
Que dei a volta, e a volta volta a me deixar aqui
Aqui sozinho, sem ninguém
Sozinho, sem ninguém

Vem, me faz um ninho
Faz de conta que eu sou passarinho
Minha sabiá
Minha zabelê
Pelo meu caminho
Toda meia-noite eu sonho com você
Se você duvida, eu vou sonhar pra você ver

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fifteen - From me to myself

Whenever I am feeling a bit stresses, sad, confused, or all of the above, I like to listen to Madeleine Peyroux. Her voice is very peaceful, and makes me feel happy again. This is one of the songs that I find specially happy, and cheerful, Instead :)

Instead of feeling bad
Be glad you got somewhere to go
Instead of feeling sad
Be happy you're not all alone
Instead of feeling low
Get high on everything you love
Instead of wastin' time
Feel good 'bout what you are dreaming of

Instead of trying to win something you never understood
Just play the game you know eventually you will you both look good

It's silly to pretend to have something you don't own
Just let her be a woman and you'll be her man

Instead of feelin' broke
Buck up and get yourself in the black
Instead of losing hope
Touch up the things that feel out of whack
Instead of being old
Be young because you know you are
Instead of feeling cold
Let sunshine into your heart

Instead of acting crazy chasing things that make you mad
Keep your heart ahead, it'll lead you back to what you have
With every step you are closer to the place you need to be
It's up to you to let her love you sweetly

Instead of acting crazy chasing things that make you mad
Just keep your heart ahead, it'll lead you back to what you have
With every step you are closer to the place you need to be
But it's up to you to let her love you sweetly

Instead of feeling bad
Be glad you got someone to love
Instead of feeling sad
Be happy there's a god above
Instead of feeling 'lone
Remember you are never on your own
Instead of feeling sad
Be happy that she's there at home
She's waitin' for by the phone
So be glad she all your own

Get happy...
Watin' for you by the telephone...

Don't get...

Back home...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sixteen - Senhor F

Today's song, in principle was inspired by some work changes, which brought a Mutantes song to my mind. Then I started listening to Os Mutantes, and found the song I am posting here, "A minha menina" from Jorge Ben Jor, made known in a joint performance with Os Mutantes.

Ela é minha menina
E eu sou o menino dela
Ela é o meu amor
E eu sou o amor todinho dela

A lua prateada se escondeu
E o sol dourado apareceu
Amanheceu um lindo dia
Cheirando a alegria
Pois eu sonhei
E acordei pensando nela

Pois ela é minha menina
E eu sou o menino dela
Ela é o meu amor
E eu sou o amor todinho dela

A roseira já deu rosas
E a rosa que eu ganhei foi ela
Por ela eu ponho o meu coração
Na frente da razão
E vou dizer pra todo mundo
Como gosto dela

Pois ela é minha menina
E eu sou o menino dela
Ela é o meu amor
E eu sou o amor todinho dela
A lua prateada se escondeu
E o sol dourado apareceu
Amanheceu um lindo dia
Cheirando alegria
Pois eu sonhei
E acordei pensando nela

Pois ela é minha menina
E eu sou o menino dela
Ela é o meu amor
E eu sou o amor todinho dela
Minha menina
Minha menina

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Seventeen - Complicated

There was a Brazilian band called "Legião Urbana", which was very popular in the 80s. Their songs really talked to the brazilian youth at that time, and some of them still do make sense to me these days. Renato Russo, the leader of the band, was a very good song writer, and some of the verses they wrote I just find fantastic.

Today's song is mostly, but not only, work inspired. It's called "O mundo anda tão complicado", "The world seems very complicated these days" or something similar to that, if I would translate.

Gosto de ver você dormir
Que nem criança com a boca aberta
O telefone chega sexta-feira
Aperto o passo por causa da garoa

Me empresta um par de meias
A gente chega na sessão das dez
Hoje eu acordo ao meio-dia
Amanhã é a sua vez

Vem cá, meu bem, que é bom lhe ver
O mundo anda tão complicado
Que hoje eu quero fazer tudo por você.

Temos que consertar o despertador
E separar todas as ferramentas
Que a mudança grande chegou
Com o fogão e a geladeira e a televisão
Não precisamos dormir no chão
Até que é bom, mas a cama chegou na terça
E na quinta chegou o som

Sempre faço mil coisas ao mesmo tempo
E até que é fácil acostumar-se com meu jeito
Agora que temos nossa casa
é a chave que sempre esqueço

Vamos chamar nossos amigos
A gente faz uma feijoada
Esquece um pouco do trabalho
E fica de bate-papo

Temos a semana inteira pela frente
Você me conta como foi seu dia
E a gente diz um pro outro:
- Estou com sono, vamos dormir!

Vem cá, meu bem, que é bom lhe ver
O mundo anda tão complicado
Que hoje eu quero fazer tudo por você

Quero ouvir uma canção de amor
Que fale da minha situação
De quem deixou a segurança de seu mundo
Por amor

Monday, September 20, 2010

Eighteen - Just like heaven

I woke up with The Cure on my mind, and I went to the office walking and listening to some of the albums. This is their most cute song, I guess, and I love it. Just like heaven.

Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick
"The one that makes me scream," she said
"The one that makes me laugh," she said
And threw her arms around my neck
Show me how you do it
And I promise you, I promise that
I'll run away with you
I'll run away with you

Spinning on that dizzy edge
I kissed her face, I kissed her head
And dreamed of all the different ways
I had to make her glow
"Why are you so far away," she said
"Why won't you ever know
That I'm in love with you
That I'm in love with you?"

You... Soft and only
You... Lost and lonely
You... Strange as angels
Dancing in the deepest oceans
Twisting in the water
You're just like a dream
Just like I have a dream

Daylight whipped me into shape
I must have been asleep for days
And moving lips to breathe her name
I open up my eyes
I find myself alone, alone, alone
Above a raging sea
That stole the only girl I loved
And drowned her deep inside of me.

You... Soft and only
You... Lost and lonely
You... Just like heaven

Nineteen - Give me love

There's a pretty nice version of a song from George Harrison, Give me Love, recorded by the Brazilian singer called Marisa Monte. For some reason, it's stuck in my head today.

Give me love
Give me love
Give me peace on earth
Give me light
Give me life
Keep me from burden
Give me hope
Help me cope
With this heavy load
Trying to touch you, reach you
With heart and soul

My love
Please take hold of my hand
That I might understand you
Won't you please Oh! Won't you

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Twenty - Foi no mês que vem

This song is very special because it tries to mix past and future in a way that I find very interesting. Probably impossible to understand unless you really know Portuguese. The writer talks about something that "happened" next month. So, today's song is Adriana Deffenti, singing Vitor Ramil, "Foi no mês que vem".

Vou te vi
Ali deserta de qualquer alguém
Penso, logo irei
Que seja antes minha que de outrem
Quando o vento fez do teu vestido
Um dom que Deus te deu
Claro que eu rirei
Ao vendo o que outro alguém não viu

Vou andei
E me chegando assim te cercarei
Digo, aqui tô eu
Que te amo e às tuas pernas quero bem
Já que estamos nós
Te sugeri-me então o que fazer
Claro que eu beijei
Ao tendo o que outro alguém não quis

E tudo isso
Foi no mês que vem
Foi quando eu chegar
Foi na hora em que eu te vi

E mais que tudo
Foi no mês que vem
Foi quando eu chegar
Na hora em que eu te quis

Vou fiquei
No teu chegado e tu chegada ao meu
Penso, grande é Deus
Um paraíso prum sujeito ateu
E pensando assim
Farei aquilo que o teu gosto quis
Claro, eu já ganhei de volta
Tudo o que eu quiser

E tudo isso
Foi no mês que vem
Foi quando eu chegar
Foi na hora em que eu te vi

E mais que tudo
Foi no mês que vem
Foi quando eu chegar
Na hora em que eu te quis

E tudo isso
Foi no mês que vem
Foi quando eu chegar
Foi na hora em que eu te vi

E mais que tudo
Foi no mês que vem
Foi quando eu chegar
Na hora em que eu te quis

Friday, September 17, 2010

Twenty one - Updates

I find it really hard to update myself in musical news from Brazil. So once in a while I check some radio websites (from radios that still play good music -- yes they exist), and listen to them for a while. I found this one, and really liked the part where she sings "Time flies like me when I think about you". You know, I fly a lot. So this is Maria Gadú, "Encontro".

I will start posting links to the songs on Youtube, so my posts start being a little more entertaining :)

Sai de si
Vem curar teu mal
Te transbordo em som
Poe juizo em mim
Teu olhar me tirou daqui
Ampliou meu ser
Quero um pouco mais
Não tudo
Pra gente não perder a graça no escuro
No fundo
Pode ser até pouquinho
Sendo só pra mim sim

Olhe só
Como a noite cresce em glória
E a distância traz
Nosso amanhecer
Deixa estar que o que for pra ser vigora
Eu sou tão feliz
Vamos dividir

Os sonhos
Que podem transformar o rumo da história
Vem logo
Que o tempo voa como eu
Quando penso em você

Olhe só
Como a noite cresce em glória
E a distância traz
Nosso amanhecer
Deixa estar que o que for pra ser vigora
Eu sou tão feliz
Vamos dividir

Os sonhos
Que podem transformar o rumo da história
Vem logo
Que o tempo voa como eu
Quando penso em você

Twenty two - Las Vegas

I am in Vegas for 2 days. If I had to define the city in a single word, that would be fake. I have to say that I can't understand how people come here and get married, get crazy. Maybe they go too much into the fantasy world that Vegas is.

Anyway, today's song may probably not make sense. And I am not sure I want to explain it too much. There are two verses about past that today seem to make sense to me. So, "Moça", from Caetano Veloso.

Moça
Me espere amanhã
Levo o meu coração
Pronto pra te entregar

Moça
Moça eu te prometo
Eu me viro do avesso
Só pra te abraçar

Moça
Sei que já não é pura
Teu passado é tão forte
Pode até machucar

Moça
Dobre as mangas do tempo
Jogue o teu sentimento
Todo em minhas mãos

Eu quero me enrolar
Nos teus cabelos
Abraçar
Teu corpo inteiro
Morrer de amor
De amor me perder

Eu quero
Eu quero

Eu quero me enrolar
Nos teus cabelos
Abraçar
Teu corpo inteiro
Morrer de amor
De amor me perder

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Twenty three - Closer

Sorry, you have no access to today's post. Privileged info :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Twenty four - Samba

While I was in Brazil last time, me and B went out dancing many times. Always to places that played Brazilian music. And we danced a lot every single time.

Unrelated to that, but I was talking to B today, and at some point I told him I wouldn't like him if he didn't know how to dance samba (lie). Anyway, this brought a song to my mind, so that's today's song "Samba da Zona".

Quando estou num baile é duro de aguentar
Todo mundo cisma de dançar com o meu par
Tiram ele de mim
E não me deixam em paz
Porque ele aprendeu na zona com as profissionais
E é por isso que ele dança
E dança assim tão bem
Quando cai no samba, então
Não tem pra mais ninguém
Ele é sensual e sabe conduzir
Sabe que uma dama também quer se divertir

Silêncio agora no salão
Que o show vai começar
E o meu par na banda agora assume o seu lugar
Ele é genial
Todo mundo diz
Porque ele aprendeu na orquestra lá do Tabariz
E é por isso que ele toca
E toca assim tão bem
Quando cai no samba, então
Não tem pra mais ninguém
Ritmo infernal, frases tão sutis
O que ele aprendeu na zona é o que me faz feliz

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Twenty six - My moon, my man

Sometimes internet turns communication into a challenge. There are many conversations that me and B haven't had, for many reasons but specially lack of time in person together.

But I think we have been using the time of online interaction very well. Anyway, sometimes there are misunderstandings, or things one took for granted, and then its not exactly like that to the other. Sometimes I feel safe, sometimes I feel a little insecure. This is related to today's song, because it talks about that, I guess. That's my interpretation of it, at least :)

"There's no way to go, but on...". Today's song is from Feist, "My moon, my man"

My moon, my man's a changeable land
Such a loveable land to me
My care, my co-lead barber I know
There's nowhere to go but on

How honestly my beggar should be
The song's out of key again
My fools, my things
We're digging the things
If the candlelit page again

Take it slow
Take it easy on me
Shed some light
Shed some light on things

Take it slow
Take it easy on me
Shed some light
Shed some light on things

My moon and me
Not skirty swift bean
It's the dirtiest clean I know
My care, my co-lead barber I know
There's nowhere to go
There's nowhere to go

Take it slow
Take it easy on me
Shed some light
Shed some light on things

Take it slow
Take it easy on me
Shed some light
Shed some light on it please

My moon
The moon my man

My moon
The moon my man...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Twenty seven - todo se transforma

As I have said before, B and I have had a relationship a long time ago. So today I found myself thinking how we end up together again. Then I got back home, had shit loads of wine, and started listening to music.

While drinking wine and organizing my shoes, I was talking to my mom and a friend about the fact that we went back together after such a long time. And then at some point I was listening to Jorge Dexler, which by the way B sent me one of the songs a while back, and that made me start listening to him myself.

This song talks about how everything transforms, mutates.

"El amor que me darías,
Transformado, volvería
Un día a darte las gracias."

So, today's song is Jorge Dexler, Todo se transforma.

Tu beso se hizo calor,
Luego el calor, movimiento,
Luego gota de sudor
Que se hizo vapor, luego viento
Que en un rincón de la rioja
Movió el aspa de un molino
Mientras se pisaba el vino
Que bebió tu boca roja.

Tu boca roja en la mía,
La copa que gira en mi mano,
Y mientras el vino caía
Supe que de algún lejano
Rincón de otra galaxia,
El amor que me darías,
Transformado, volvería
Un día a darte las gracias.

Cada uno da lo que recibe
Y luego recibe lo que da,
Nada es más simple,
No hay otra norma:
Nada se pierde,
Todo se transforma.

El vino que pagué yo,
Con aquel euro italiano
Que había estado en un vagón
Antes de estar en mi mano,
Y antes de eso en torino,
Y antes de torino, en prato,
Donde hicieron mi zapato
Sobre el que caería el vino.

Zapato que en unas horas
Buscaré bajo tu cama
Con las luces de la aurora,
Junto a tus sandalias planas
Que compraste aquella vez
En salvador de bahía,
Donde a otro diste el amor
Que hoy yo te devolvería

Cada uno da lo que recibe
Y luego recibe lo que da,
Nada es más simple,
No hay otra norma:
Nada se pierde,
Todo se transforma.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Twenty eight - Back home

After my exhaustive airport experience, me and my fellow SREs from Zurich made it to Lisbon. The weather was great, and we got there just in time for drinks and dinner, and after we went out to "Bairro Alto". We had a great time, and got back to the hotel around 2am local time. Next day, activities would start at 8am. I know, painful.

Anyway, the whole thing passed by very very fast, and I started to notice how time is passing so fast. So today's song is about time, from Kleiton e Kledir, named "O tempo voa".

I hope time will keep flying, while I fly around to finally get to Sao Paulo on October 8th. Lots of trips ahead of me...

O relógio move o tempo
E faz bater meu coração
Num compasso diferente
A cada nova estação
Mas aí, por um momento
Sempre vem um pensamento
Que me leva a outro lugar
Saio do tempo presente
E viajo simplesmente
Só de relembrar

Nós deixamos na metade
Muita coisa por fazer
E às vezes dá vontade
De voltar pra resolver
É que quando estamos juntos
Qualquer coisa vale muito
Se é que dá pra me entender
Tudo isso na verdade
Se chama felicidade
E não é fácil de esquecer

Voa, o tempo voa
Voa, meu amor
E eu não tô falando a toa
É que muita coisa boa
Vai ficando para traz

Voa, o tempo voa
Voa, meu amor
E se Deus nos abençoa
Sei que muita coisa boa
Ainda vai rolar.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Thirty - Stuck in the airport

So, I went sleep around midnight, and got paged by a colleague a few minutes after that. The page said "Flight to Lisbon canceled. Please read your email".

This was the original plan for my day: I would wake up (in pain) at 4:30am, and go to the Zurich Airport, where I would take a flight at 6:30am to Lisbon. Getting there, we would have a fun unConference with all the SREs in EMEA, and then head for dinner, and then tomorrow we would have some more conferencing, and beach activities.

I got another page, at 1:41am, saying "Please go to the airport as originally planned". And another at 4:17am. Then at 4:30am, the alarm clock did its job. The problem is that not all things and people in the world are doing their job today. Flight controllers in France are on Strike. I think France should hire some "Country Reliability Engineers". The first thing I would ask them would be to define what the hell is the France SLA.

My flight from 6:30am was canceled. We got rebooked to a flight at 12:25pm, which is delayed. Its 11:59am Zurich time. I'm in the Swiss Business Lounge at the airport, and have *no idea* when I am actually going to fly.

Ok, this is *not* a cute post, but I remember that last time I was in this kind of crazy situation with flight cancelation and crazy connections was on my way back from Peru to Porto Alegre, when I was with B, and we actually managed to have an ok time, and not hate each other despite the bad situation we were at -- we had to fly 5 hours in a seat which didn't recline at ALL, and that gave us a day of back pain.

Listening to music again, just before I fell asleep in a extremely uncomfortable chair at the Swiss Lounge (uncomfortable for sleeping, its very good for siting, which is not what I need today) I heard this song, from Jamie Lidell. It's called "All I wanna do".

If I could swallow the sky
And the mountains too
I'd do it
So there'd be nothing
To fall on you
Cause in a world full of wonders
To let it openly wonder
When there's still little wonder left in you

And all I wanna do
Is show you
How easy
It could be
For you to paint back
The colours
Like the green in your tree
Before it all fades away

They say there's no roads where we're going
Let's prove them wrong
If I could I would level the land
So we could keep moving on
Cause in a world full of magic
It's never ever tragic
When there's still
A little magic
Left in you
And all I wanna do
Is show you
How easy
It could be
For you to paint back
The colours
Like the green in your tree
Before it all fades away

When it's cold outside
And your sun's all?
You'll be sleeping too
In a? above your dreams
Don't you know that
There's really no such thing
As an endless night
So let's make a little magic
Just to put things right

And all I wanna do
Is show you
How easy
It could be
And all really I wanna do
Is show you
How easy
It could be
For you to paint back
The colours
Like the green in your tree
Before it all fades away

All I wanna do
All I really wanna do

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Thirty one - Timezone

One of the challenges on dating or even working, with people in different continents is the timezone difference. From Zurich to Porto Alegre there are 5 hours of difference at the moment, and the problem with that is that the overlapping time is shorter.

Whenever my boyfriend (B from now on) is sleeping, I am at work. I go for lunch, and then he wakes up around 2pm my time. We say "good morning". I finish working around 7 or so, and go home, and he's back from lunch. Then I spend my evening keeping him from working, and I end up staying awake until 2am or so, which is 9pm or so his time. He's lucky I go sleep just in time for him to go out and party :-P

Anyway, timezone is a part of our daily lives. It is sometimes hard to deal with it, but well, I like to see this as a temporary fix ;)

There's a song from Chico Buarque which talks about an office employee who dates a dancer, and therefore they have complete different "times" in their daily life. The song relates very well to our timezone situation. The song is named "Ela é dançarina"

O nosso amor é tão bom
O horário é que nunca combina
Eu sou funcionário
Ela é dançarina
Quando pego o ponto
Ela termina

Ou: quando abro o guichê
É quando ela abaixa a cortina
Eu sou funcionário
Ela é dançarina
Abro o meu armário
Salta serpentina

Nas questões de casal
Não se fala mal da rotina
Eu sou funcionário
Ela é dançarina
Quando caio morto
Ela empina

Ou quando eu tchum no colchão
É quando ela tchan no cenário
Ela é dançarina
Eu sou funcionário
O seu planetário
Minha lamparina

No ano dois mil e um
Se juntar algum
Eu peço licença
E a dançarina, enfim
Já me jurou
Que faz o show
Pra mim

Ela é dançarina
Eu sou funcionário
Quando eu não salário
Ela, sim, propina

No ano dois mil e um
Se juntar algum
Eu peço a Deus do céu uma licença
E a dançarina, enfim
Já me jurou
Que faz o show
Pra mim

Eu sou funcionário
Ela é dançarina
Quando esquento a sopa
Ela cantina

Ou quando eu Lexotan
É quando ela Reativina
Eu sou funcionário
Ela é dançarina
Viro o calendário
Voa purpurina

No ano dois mil e um
Se juntar algum
Eu peço uma licença
E a dançarina, enfim
Já me jurou
Que faz o show
Pra mim

Ela é dançarina
Eu sou funcionário
Quando eu não salário
Ela, sim, propina

No ano dois mil e um
Se juntar algum
Eu peço uma licença
E a dançarina, enfim
Já me jurou
Que faz o show
Pra mim

Monday, September 6, 2010

Thirty two - Los Hermanos

It has been a long long time since I last posted something here. Lots of things happened meanwhile.

I got bored in Zurich. Then I planned to move to San Francisco. Then I went to Brazil, and then I planned to change my plans, and I did it. So, it seems I am staying here in Zurich for a while. Let's see how that goes.

Besides that, I have been experiencing an old new sensation...during my stay in Porto Alegre I started dating again an old friend of mine, and we have been together since, at least virtually, after I came back to Zurich.

An old new feeling because we had a short relationship 7 years ago, and at that time I moved out of my hometown, and we decided it wouldn't make sense to continue with a long distance relationship. But now things are different, since we are older and crazier. We are having fun, and I think I can say that both of us are enjoying all those "new old new" feelings together. So let's see how it will continue :-D

Anyway, in 32 days I will be back in Brazil for a friend's wedding, and he will join me for the party, and some more spare time later.

While that doesn't happen, I am collecting songs. I listen to a lot of music. I have mentioned that before, right? So, each and every day, from the songs I listen to, I decided to keep one that somehow relates to my situation. I haven't posted any so far, but decided to do that from today on. Let's see if I will be able to continue with that even with the crazy schedule I have ahead of me for September.

Today I was driving from Italy to Zurich, and on the way, one of the songs playing was this one, from Los Hermanos. It had been a long long time since I enjoyed the album that was playing. Anyway. Its named "Último Romance".

Eu encontrei quando não quis
Mais procurar o meu amor
E quanto levou foi pr'eu merecer
Antes um mês e eu já não sei

E até quem me vê lendo o jornal
Na fila do pão, sabe que eu te encontrei
E ninguém dirá que é tarde demais
Que é tão diferente assim
Do nosso amor a gente é que sabe, pequena

Ah vai!
Me diz o que é o sufoco que eu te mostro alguém
Afim de te acompanhar
E se o caso for de ir à praia eu levo essa casa numa sacola

Eu encontrei e quis duvidar
Tanto clichê deve não ser
Você me falou pr'eu não me preocupar
Ter fé e ver coragem no amor

E só de te ver eu penso em trocar
A minha TV num jeito de te levar
A qualquer lugar que você queira
E ir onde o vento for
Que pra nós dois
Sair de casa já é se aventurar

Ah vai, me diz o que é o sossego
Que eu te mostro alguém afim de te acompanhar
E se o tempo for te levar
Eu sigo essa hora e pego carona pra te acompanhar

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Only at Google -- I cooked Feijoada for my entire office :)

On December 10th, we had our yearly Christmas party here in Zurich: most of the employees get together for that. At the party, I had the opportunity to have a chat with Nelson Mattos, a Brazilian from Porto Alegre, who nowadays is the VP of Engineering for EMEA, at Google.

In that occasion, we were talking how nice it would be to have a Brazil Day at the restaurant in Zurich, and that it would be nice to have all those people, from all over the world (Zurich office is *very* multicultural) to experience Brazilian food. Nelson agreed with me, and said we should try that.

Well, he is a busy guy, and I never really thought it would happen, but then I got suprised by an email from him, around 3 weeks ago, saying he spoke to the restaurant manager, and the executive chef, and they agreed to make it happen.

We then started collecting recipes among the 9 Brazilians that work here in Zurich, and agreed on a menu. As usual, Milliways (the restaurant at Google Zurich) prepares 3 different meals: one meat based -- being porc, beef or chicken, one fish based, and one vegetarian option. Besides that, we usually have 2 or 3 different appetizers. So the agreed menu was: Feijoada and all the proper side dishes, Moqueca also accompanied by the proper side dishes and a palm heart cake for vegetarians. The starters were Coxinhas, Pão de Queijo and Casquinha de Siri. The dessert was Coconut Cake.

In total, I dedicated around 10 hours of work to this meal. So did Nelson. He was the "chef" responsible for the Moqueca, and I was responsible for the Feijoada. We shared the appetizers between us and the other kitchen staff members.

The big day was today, lunch time. I got to the restaurant yesterday to prepare the ingredients, and make sure there was nothing missing. So did Nelson.

Today I was there around 6:30am to start cooking, after having a nightmare which made me wake up at 5:30am: a huge line of people, complaining and hungry, and I was desperate at the kitchen cooking, cooking...and the meal wasn't ready in time. When I got there, I saw all over the place banners saying "Fernanda and Nelson are cooking for you today! Brazil Day at Milliways!".

I put the Feijoada to cook at 7am, and then moved on to the Coxinhas, which is a lot of manual labor. The dough for the Coxinhas was taking F O R E V E R to get right, and I started to get scared by the fact that I had to hand make 250 of those. But in the end, everything worked fine and we managed.

I also brought some yellow-green stuff to decorate the restaurant, and asked the Brazilians working here in Zurich to send me pictures of their hometown or state: I printed those, and their pictures, and with help of one of them and the restaurant manager, they spread all the flags, hats, pictures, Carmem Miranda banners, around Milliways. It looked like a little piece of Brazil for today. I also found a DVD which displays images from Rio de Janeiro, and we kept playing it in loop using one of the projectors.

Unlike in my dream, everything was ready in time for lunch to be served at 12. I never cooked for so many people. The Google Zurich office has a few hundred people, the most I've done in the past was for 50!

Samba playing, food on the counter, everything ready, me and Nelson started serving all Google employees. And so we did until 1pm, when exhausted, I went to my desk and slept for 1,5 hours. I had meetings nearly until 7pm today, and wanted to be awake -- in the end, I am still an Engineer, even though I was playing the Guest Chef for a day.

Lessons learned today:
Cooking is a very tiring activity, but lots of fun. The staff working on our restaurants deserve a big thank you for doing that every single day of the week, 3 times per day.

Even though Google Zurich is not as small as it was 4 years ago when I started, I still love it. Where in the whole earth, have you seen a VP of a big corporation serving meals to his/her employees? Only at Google. Where on earth would you see a company simply allow 2 employees (from Engineering department) play "Chef for a Day" and cook for an entire office? Only at Google!

This is why I work for this company, because like Google, only Google.