There will come a point in our lives that we would fall in love with a song in which the lyrics are written in a foreign language not familiar to us. I have been feeling this for the past weeks. I have fallen in love not with one but with three songs. And what is so consistent with these songs is that these are all sang in Portuguese language.
There must be something special in the Portuguese language when sung. I don’t understand a single word of Portuguese but the emotion and sentiment of this language evokes something special. It’s romantic, it’s amorous, it’s passionate!
The expressive phonology, the sensual structure of words, the voluptuous syntaxes and the almost nostalgic vowels accentuates the feelings of passion and romance. Apaixono, cafune and saudade are examples of quixotic-ly structured kind of Portuguese words! People say that the unrestrictive airflow of spoken Portuguese words makes it ideal for singing songs of love and longing. Maybe these are the reasons why I easily fell in love with the following songs…
- My nephew Luis was dancing to this tune the first time he heard it. Efemera by Tulipa
- I first heard this song in a superb Brazilian movie. Vagalumes Cegos by Cicero
- The 2017 Eurovision winner from Portugal. Amar Pelos Dois by Salvador Sobral
These are the only foreign language songs in my Spotify playlist. Some say its French, others say its Spanish, but for me Portuguese is the sexiest and most romantic language on the planet. Obrigado!
Bakit kasi walang letrang X sa wikang Pinoy? Ayan tuloy di tayo kaseksihan.