Samba as a soul healer. The reason for the title “Lost Samba”
This morning, after seeing the video above my American cousin posted the following on Lost Samba’s facebook page:
“Marvilhoso! Old school Samba’s like cardiac medicine!”
“Richard, the old school samba makes me cry and so happy at the same time. What’s up with that? I had a samba quartet at my wedding, and they were so great that my wedding remains one of the happiest days of my life even though the marriage couldn’t last.”
Those words struck deep and made me think about the power of music. My answer was:
“Stuart, when true samba “takes off” there is nothing like it. There is no technology, music video or millions of dollars invested that can replicate the magic. This is what music is all about; there is a tribal/”Xamanic” side to it that is being lost not only in Samba but in every other genre, hence the title Lost Samba.”
Before this dialogue I had never managed to verbalize the reason for choosing this title. Now it is clear: everyone is born in contact with the harmonious music of the universe playing inside them, but the problems of life, of social relations and of history caused by the imperfections inherent to human beings make the rhythm become chaotic. The result is that they lose their Samba.
Moments like the one in the video above make that beat come back to us, they show us how things should be, they remind us of how people are marvelous, independent of their race, social background, age or country of origin.
This is what Brazil is (or should be) about, diverse people coming together to celebrate life. Lets find the Samba!