Got a ping recently from from Andres Levin about doing something on a Marisa Monte project and I’d gotten an e-mail from her earlier, so I stopped by his studio. It was really sweet. She had a samba groove done by a Brazilian human beatbox and wondered if I could come up with a melody or something. (I thought this is pretty flattering, a Brazilian asking me to come up with a samba!) So I improvised on the spot, and we all liked the direction. She started humming it and added her own characteristic turns and inflections (making my 8 bar melody into 11 bars, very nice, less ordinary). Andres figured out the chords on a guitar and we all took copies and will see where it goes.

DB, 7/12/05

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