Rant incoming because I'm an over sharer! This was prompted by an aroace thought but actually is just me talking music lol.
As an aroace I tend to listen to what people call "edgy music", but sometimes I get tired of that, usually I listen to kpop or jrock since ei don't understand neither languages, but there are times when I go to older songs from my country, like rock songs, angry songs, a lot of them have no romance or sex mention, many are reflections or criticisms and I love that because, with how things are, I too am angry and singing out loud lyrics like "But Brazil gonna be rich, we gon get a million! When we sell the souls of our indigenous people in an auction. What kind of country is this? Is the fucking Brazil" (which, TMI: is by the most famous rock band in our country, whose front man was openly bi and the song where he talks about liking boys and girls still plays on the radio to this day) or "I see on TV what they say about young people ain't serious (sincere/thoughtful). The young people in Brazil is never taken serious" is revigorating.
But sometimes I go even further back and it's always a thrill ride.
Have any of you ever heard a Brazilian protest song? Like, from the military dictatorship years? Because the translations just can't really convey their meanings since the songs had to pass through the censorship to be released, so they had to play around with sounds and meanings.
Chico Buarque is the most prominent singer/songwriter of the time. He had this one song that went "Chalice! Push away from me that chalice of blood red wine", this is a very simple wordplay: chalice = cálice and shut up = cale-se. They sound very similar and as it is spoken by itself strongly before the phrase it's easier to think shut up than chalice, it was a reference to three things appearantly: the government killing to shut up people, telling people to shut up instead of reporting their neighbors to the military, and the government censorship, shutting up any form of opposition, protest and just art with content they disliked. Also red wine = Vinho tinto. Tinto literally translates to dyed, so it is "push away from me this chalice of wine dyed by blood", it's extremely in your face.
But the one I like the most is "Deus lhe pague" (may God pay you), the whole lyrics is just great, but when it goes into the end, he sings "For the deranged cry/scream that helps us flee/escape, may God pay you" but it sounds exactly like "for the deranged cry that helps us flee from this country". Somehow, he makes "Deus lhe pague" sound like "deste país" which in nowhere else sound similar but he got the approval!!!
I'm having fun with this kind of songs, they hardly have any romantic element and when they do is to mask the real meaning, which is very unique and makes me super giddy, since most songs do the contrary, uses normal words as euphemism for romance and/or sex, I can't say sit or eat without it being taken sexually. Anyways, I hope every aspec can find a safe musical place for when it gets hard to withstand amatonormativity.
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