Monday, January 30, 2017

Music Monday ~ Saudade

In Brazil today, 30 January, the day of Saudade is officially celebrated.
Wikipedia tells that
Saudade is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return. A stronger form of saudade might be felt towards people and things whose whereabouts are unknown, such as a lost lover, or a family member who has gone missing, moved away, separated, or died.

Saudade was once described as "the love that remains" after someone is gone. Saudade is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places, or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, well-being, which now triggers the senses and makes one live again. It can be described as an emptiness, like someone (e.g., one's children, parents, sibling, grandparents, friends, pets) or something (e.g., places, things one used to do in childhood, or other activities performed in the past) that should be there in a particular moment is missing, and the individual feels this absence. It brings sad and happy feelings altogether, sadness for missing and happiness for having experienced the feeling...........
Despite being hard to translate, saudade has equivalent words in other cultures, and is often related to music styles expressing this feeling such as the blues for African-Americans, dor in Romania, Tizita in Ethiopia, or Assouf for the Tuareg people. In Slovak, the word is clivota or cnenie, and Sehnsucht in German.
The Welsh have a word for it too - hiraeth - as I'm sure have the Scots and Irish in their own tongues - they're of ultra sentimental nature, nationally; lots of them emigrated from their homelands giving rise to many feelings of nostalgia for things past.

For Brazil:
After Mariana’s father unexpectedly passed away, she told us that she looked for ways to find joy in sadness, an idea based on the Portuguese word “saudade.” Her journey inspired this song and music video. Share so others can be inspired by Mariana too!

Representing Wales and hiraeth, I like this original song written and sung by Jock Jenkins

For me, this nostalgic song always brings a lump to my throat. I'm not from Tyneside, but was born in another port some way south of there. Song is written and sung by Jimmy Nail with Mark Knopfler on guitar.


R J Adams said...

Knopfler and Nail, a great combination! They could have both been Newcastle lads, but Mark Knopfler was, of course, born in Glasgow before moving to Northumberland when he seven. He is my all-time favourite guitarist and song writer both in Dire Straits and since. If anyone can make the guitar reproduce the mood of Saudade, it's him.

Twilight said...

RJ Adams ~ I love the sound of Mark Knopfler's guitar too - it's immediately recognisable (one of very few for me). I still go mushy when I remember his "Brothers in Arms" track being played during an episode of "The West Wing"

Starts after 1.07 in the video

Always liked Jimmy Nail too, ever since "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet", (and "Crockodile!)

Twilight said...

Ditch the "k" in crocodile! :-)

R J Adams said...

Your post on 'Saudade' inspired me yet again. It's becoming a habit! ;-)

Wisewebwoman said...

Lovely word. Describes so much.

Twilight said...

RJ Adams ~ LOL! Well thank you for that! :-)

Twilight said...

WWW ~ Hey there! Yes, it certainly does! Got to swing by your way too! :-)