“it shows AMÁLIA RODRIGUES, the best FADO singer of all times.”
For this Postcard Sundays edition, I’m giving you something black…as promised ;-)
Actually the postcard I received looked more of a sepia thingy but either way, it’s the closest thing I got to having a black and white postcard. Never expected I’d get one too. I was used to getting all those colorful postcards with beautiful sceneries, festivals, etc and this postcard gave me that “WOW” factor.
Not that it was too beautiful, ok? It’s more of a realization that I do not have to stick to sending the postcards I normally send out, you know – those showcasing beaches and famous landmarks. But the problem is there’s so little to choose from with the limited budget that I have. If I send a big postcard, it means I had to add more stamps to it on top of paying extra for the card. Good thing it doesn’t require me to hire German Translators. Ok, now I’m ranting. back to the topic…
This postcard was sent by an aunt in Portugal who’s starting a postcard and stamp collection for her baby niece. Isn’t that sweet? According to the sender of the card she sent a Postcard of one of the best Fado singers of all time. “Fado is a typical Portuguese music genre” she said.
Wiki says that …
“fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor. However, in reality fado is simply a form of song which can be about anything, but must follow a certain structure. The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade which symbolizes the feeling of loss (a permanent, irreparable loss and its consequent life lasting damage).”
Not knowing what Fado is, I had to checkout YouTube and listen to the song Fado Corrido. Then I checked a couple more songs from Portuguese singer and actress Amália Rodrigues, known as the Queen of Fado. It’s like listening to songs of Billy Holiday in the movie Forever Young. One song I liked was Amália’s rendition of the song Fado Meu
Fado Meu by Amália Rodrigues
It’s just nice knowing that I got to have this opportunity to learn something new from the countries of each of the postcards I receive and Yes, I listen to songs like this
Postcard Origin: Portugal
Date received: June 2010
Stamp collected: Portugal Stamp
Up next…something from China