Artists Worth Checking Out: Rock Beat Persists With Fernanda Abreu


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No relation to Chicago White Sox first baseman/designated hitter Jose Abreu, Fernanda Abreu was born on September 8, 1961 in the South Zone popular tourist area of Rio that included Copacabana.

Raised in a middle class family, she started out as a backing vocal in 1986 under the group Blitz.  Four years later, she began her solo career specializing in funk, dance, and disco music.

My profile this week is her sixth album, Amor Geral (translated meaning, “General Love”).  Many of her black and white poses inside the liner notes instantly think of Madonna during her 1980’s heyday.  The first image you see next to the CD is a bit too racy IMHO to post in this blog, but the rest of the images inside the booklet are really cool.

Although her earlier works sold upwards of 400,000 copies in Brazil (for her second album, SLA 2 Be Sample in April 1992), I thought this album should have gotten more credit than its’ initial press play.  Her page on Wikipedia states that only 10,000 physical CD’s were sold in its’ initial run.

Most of the songs are great for partying, especially the first track of “Outro Sim” (“Other Yes”) and Track 4, “Sober Chegar” (or “I’m Arriving”).

For most of us stuck in the first grips of Old Man Winter, I would recommend checking out Tracks 6, 7, and 9.  The pace is subtle and not rushed throughout.  For this married mother of two kids, it will be interesting to see where her career goes next.

A very timely album by Paulinho Nogueira will be my next entry.

With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner in the United States makes me think of one thing in this very tense time in our world around us–to reflect:

Reflect on how fortunate we are to be alive, and still believe the world will be better than we first got involved, and reflect on many enduring values our families and friends left behind before they all left us to that ultimate sky box up above called heaven.

Did you know…that even with all of the success the late Hugh M. Hefner had with founding Playboy magazine in 1953 and stayed with it (throughout many good times and bad) until his passing on September 27, 2017–he helped change the world in so many ways:

Through breaking barriers first with the groundbreaking TV show Playboy’s Penthouse and later with Playboy After Dark, he helped greatly in civil rights.  Inbetween that time, he published his long form essays titled “The Playboy Philosophy” in giving many American men plenty of things to think about.  He told the masses on what the proper ways for men to approach women, while hopefully helping give them a platform they could thrive and excel in (and not just by how they take their clothes off for the masses).

He even helped save the famous Hollywood sign from becoming extinct, or worse.  Even after being divorced twice in his life, he took the time to simply have fun–whether with his guy friends on Monday nights playing gin rummy or when possible cuddling up with some Playmates and other “Girls Next Door” while watching Casablanca and other classic films from the 1930’s and 1940’s.  By the time E! ran their very popular series which ran for five years in the late 2000’s–Hef’s legend grew by gigantic leaps and bounds.

One must wonder going forward what Cooper Hefner will make what type of changes concerning the magazine’s future.  Personally, I don’t know what direction the magazine will take in 2018 and beyond.

All I know is this…what an impact Hef left behind.

Some people were left with pipes, but I am sure they reserved a red silk robe in heaven instead.

That is what I will be thinking about a bit this Thanksgiving holiday.

See you all early next week with my brief review on Reflexoes.

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