Song of the Day: Gal Costa “Que Pena”

Gal Costa 1969

As summer approaches and the days grow longer and hotter I find myself reaching for my Brazilian records more and more. This particular track “Que Pena” was written by Jorge Ben and is performed here by Gal Costa with some help with Caetano Veloso which means that three of the greatest musicians in Brazilian music history all had a piece in making this track! And what a track it is! From the opening acoustic guitar riff to Gal Costa’s scatting at the end its pretty much perfect.

This track has graced many a DJ set of mine but is equally good for listening at home. This song has always made me imagine that its 1969 and I’m driving a convertible somewhere on the coast of Brazil The top is down and the breeze is warm and inviting…

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