Tomorrow I'm off to Brazil, to Rio de Janeiro more specifically, to speak at the 1st Rio Colloquium on Logic and Metaphysics in the Later Middle Ages (and towards the end of the week a brief visit to Porto Alegre for two talks). This means at least three things: 1) I'm much too busy with preparations today to write a proper column; 2) I'm hoping to find out about some recent good stuff that I can report on here later on, to counterbalance a bit the massive presence of the 1970s here so far; 3) I can't wait to get there!
So for today, I thought of posting two songs praising the beauties of the most beautiful city in the world (and I'm speaking from a neutral perspective here, as I'm from São Paulo, and people from São Paulo typically hate to admit that Rio is the coolest place on earth). The first is 'Aquele Abraço' by Gilberto Gil (composed in 1969), which is so quintessentially about Rio that it was used in every campaign to bring the Olympic Games to Rio (the last one finally with success). I'm posting the acoustic version, recorded in 1994, with beautiful images of the city in the 1960s. The second one is 'Samba do Avião', a classic composed by Tom Jobim, here sung by Tom Jobim himself and Danilo Caymmi.
What else can I say? Just go book your flight RIGHT NOW! (^_^)