Musical Interlude

Brazilian Musical Interlude: Real in Rio

I have some issues with the movie Rio. I hated the entirely predictable glorification of Carnaval. I did not appreciate the unnecessary paeans to destructive alternate lifestyles. And it really bugged me that the Brazilian hero of the story only found his American female companion beautiful once she was decked out in the outlandish Carnaval…

Musical Interlude

Musical Interlude: Hoje é um Novo Dia

If you turn on the Brazilian TV channel Globo this month, chances are good you will see this little musical clip. In fact, so ubiquitous is it that I can’t get it’s lilting, sing-song melody out of my head. In this feel-good, Christmas-y scene, the big-time stars of the various Globo programs are seen as…