It’s Okay

02022-01-13 | Uncategorized | 4 comments

I heard this song for the first time in a cab in Lisbon last month. I shazammed it right away and discovered that it was called Fica Tudo Bem (Apple Music link, YouTube link) and was by a Brazilian artist named Silva. The title means it’s okay or it’s alright. The verse and chorus are very sparse, but each chorus is followed by a super-lush bridge with flugelhorn and strings.

The whole album, called Brasileiro, is very good. Enjoy!

PS: traffic is very different in Lisbon… I only heard two or three horns honking in three weeks. People don’t drive like they are competing with each other or like they are getting paid for every minute they gain in traffic. Returning stateside it only took a couple of minutes to hear the honking, yelling and squealing tires of angry drivers. Perhaps listening to Fica Tudo Bem can help us mellow out in traffic. :-)

4 Comments

  1. JaneParhamKatz

    Yes! This is wonderful music, interesting and relaxing. The YouTube video with this song is beautiful funky. At one point, the clocks were going backwards, and Silva was fiddling with the three wrist watches on his arm!

    I struggle with that verb, “fica.” It seems stronger that just “is.” One thing it means is “to stay,” so I think it kind of means, in the case of this song, that it is really, permanently, without a doubt – OK, ALL GOOD. What do you think?

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  2. Boris

    Thanks for the recommendqtion, Ottmar! Duly downloaded. Cool schtuff indeed, the whole atmosphere but especially the lush music.

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  3. James

    Good discovery! His voice reminds me much of Caetano Veloso’s. He has an album of Marisa Monte covers, which I am listening to as well.

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