Manu Lafer

Músico e Compositor

The Word

The Word

The Word, álbum contendo CD com 13 faixas e DVD com 7 dessas faixas em takes alternativos, com surpresas de repertório e interpretação a cargo da norteamericana Maude Maggart (algumas em dueto com Manu), adaptado do formato de tela de cinema em alta resolução, reúne em sua maior parte versões em inglês de obras da discografia autoral de Manu Lafer, feitas pelo próprio autor, além de algumas inéditas, como a do título.
O motivo: possibilitar que elas fossem interpretadas  por Maude, cantora de voz e interpretação hipnotizantes e principal representante da nova geração da cabaret music. Esse é um gênero que traz o chamado American Songbook, com suas pérolas e seus standards, tendo diversos aspectos em comum com o jazz, mas com uma característica própria, sempre com formações pequenas, elementos de teatro, de canto lírico e dos musicais.
Os mentores de Maggart são os maiores expoentes do gênero: Michael Feinstein, inicialmente arquivista e especialista na obra de Ira Gershwin, e Andrea Marcovici.
O acompanhamento instrumental, sempre em versões ao vivo, sob a produção de Alê Siqueira, é feito pela parceria, até então inédita em estúdio, entre o pianista Ehud Asherie, fluente na língua portuguesa e profundo conhecedor da música brasileira – principalmente do choro e da época de ouro do nosso rádio – com aquele que é considerado por muitos críticos o maior guitarrista de jazz da atualidade, Howard Alden, conhecido pela trilha de Sweet And Lowdown, de Woody Allen, e por transitar do jazz, particularmente do beepob, à gypsy guitar e ao choro, excursionando regularmente pelo mundo todo para participar de prestigiados festivais.
Em The Word, Howard toca a guitarra de 7 cordas americana, que ele conhece como coautor de quatro CDs com o pioneiro George Van Eps, e banjo. Os arranjos feitos por Howard Alden respeitam a montagem das vozes dos acordes e os ritmos brasileiros originais, mas são investidos da linguagem rítmica, harmônica, de forma e de improviso da música americana.
No repertório estão a faixa título The Word e as inéditas Light e Away (esta também cantada como Perigo, no DVD). A obra seminal de Manu, Baião da Flor (1998), inspirada em Terra e Saudosismo, de Caetano Veloso, e que dialoga com a tradição de obras e artistas brasileiros, é vertida como Flower Tune, abrangendo o universo americano, com seus pássaros e romantismo que são decantados por estes standards com os quais as pessoas daquela cultura se relacionam e emocionam.
O CD conta com o clarinetista e saxofonista Ken Peplowski em Princess, Golden Mines e Light, com o trompetista Warren Vaché em You And My Dreams e Flower Tune, e com o baixista Frank Tate. O DVD, também realizado e veiculado em eventos especiais em alta qualidade, filmado com qualidade de cinema, é dirigido pelos premiados Juliano Salgado (O Sal da Terra, que concorreu ao Oscar), Stefano Capuzzi (do premiado longa A Grande Vitória) e Fillippo Capuzzi (Internet: O Filme), com montagem de Déo Teixeira (que dirigiu o primeiro DVD de Manu, A Lente do Homem, de 2008).

Faixas
1. Golden mines
The first, you’ll arrive at the summit
Amazingly, you’ll be always thirsty
Digging on it, always trusting

You’re wrong
But you’re soft as a rock
In the depth of the mines, golden mines
Would your character
Pamper and love me, go crazy in time?
Just go crazy in time

2. You and my dreams
You are just by chance in my dream
You are but who did let you in?
You are such and such that i wish
A coincidence dream
Which i wish you to dream

My dreams make believe means to fish you
To enhance you could care they’d come true
Your red lips caress me
Your ebony tresses
Those issues of tissues of dreams

3. Milestone
You taught me to mock and smiled at
My milestone to kiss in shame
You showed where my whereabouts stand
Where i’d never be the same (2x)

We meant l.a.x. To relax
Victoria’s angels flight secrets
We broke the capitol’s record
To raise the hollywood bowl
Willy-nilly, flat and hilly
There we pounded weak and weary

We were in malibu to walk the walk
And talk to walt disney
We were in malibu to pickaboo
And to cool it jeering

4. Nightdreaming
(He) How should the night impart my dreams,
If the beams kill the dreams when it’s over?
Are we to sleep? Are we to peep?
Grit or flit our glory?
To be free, and fantasize to light the spark
Say the word, don’t mind the dark
So we both will escape the dawn
‘cause we don’t want the sun to sum

(she) from where d’you claim like this?
My joy, my sigh, explain it?
You make me believe
You make me transpire and shout so high
Make believe in stories
As we break the morning
We could kiss and yawn it
Swearing sins and coffee

5. The word
Forever and ever i want you,
Forever you want me, yeah
My love that loves you
To belong and call you my man
To me there’s a love that you care
I am the woman who faces the aces and aches
To make you and stake you the faith in your faith

Other’s surprise should then rise and arise
As you burst into my simple life
As the joy and the cry, and the outburst
Created cause you’d been
Unseen and seen as i thought
When more than to love you need love
Each one needs the other’s allure
And that’s to love insecure but for sure

Cause it’s by listening and saying
I love you, i love you, i love you
That each teach a couple in love
To say a love not the same
And makes the flame
Where there isn’t a flame

6. Princess
Princess
And hence a nation
A bust, a must, a lost temptation
My road and station
My old creation
Show off your tail
Send me to jail

Princess
And hence a nation
To kiss and tell me infatuation
My lust and venus
My prey, my goddess
My crime and bail
My veil and fail

A sense to dance
An adder’s trance
I scent your trail
You muse ambiguous
As you plead guilty
You’re clouds, you’re beauty
You’re tame, you’re jealous

Princess
And hence a nation
In uttermost speculation
Climb me you statue
Incense i pace on
Guinness of catwalks
Tigress, female

7. Gonna get ya
I hung out late
To stalk my sweety pie (2x)

My honey baby done her make up
Her argyle dress sent
Scent to bouncers
I hit the floor to coreograph
And dance, the crowd bypassing,
She had a sense i’d come to snatch
She ran off to the kitchen
And jumped off on a matress through a hidden hatch (2x)

I spanned the ward
To stalk my sweety pie (2x)

My honey baby crossed the sidewalks
As she delivered sneaky glances
I picked a dead end way to hedge
And press my honey baby
She was my smile and my joy,
The cutest flower ever
She climbed beyond wherever took the spiral stairs (2x)

I ate those stairs
To stalk my sweety pie (2x)

My honey baby went directly
To gain the room where she’d expect me
I hadn’t seen nor realized
She was the one who picked me
I hadn’t seen nor realized
That cozy hazy chamber
We were to lie in silk bellow a blanket fight (2x)

I will grab your waist
Will grab in haste
The earth will shake
To chase the chaser (2x)

8. Light
We knew
Wooing the wee small hours
Looming the stars as ours
Nothing would back the light
To show up and bloom

We knew
Wooing the sheer moments
Booming the skies, opponents
Nothing would back the light
Shades, or shields, or gloom

Good night bereft the moon
In search for size, a fruit, a spoof
To my surprise
The sunrise on the roof
To seize the haze
And praise the breaking days

9. Come
Come to give me five
Come to end goodbye
Come, don’t you versify
And you will be mine
10. Did I need to repeat?
What i said to my dad
Did i need to repeat
No, we knew what we had
We would part on my feet (2x)

What i said to my dad
We knew we would just foresee
Once i sad i was glad
The past would be bound to me

And my dad as i left lullabying his sleep (2x)

11. Flower tune
Gee, give me five minutes more
Our love is here to stay
You’re jeepers creepers, the top
Peep them there eyes, night and day
Let’s face the music and dance
I wanna cry, wanna croon
You are too marvelous for words
Could write a book, valentine
A letter i’ll write myself, straighten up
Straighten up, straighten up
Straighten up, straighten up

Manhattan, no moon at all
Bluebird, red robin, skylark
Chicago, whoopee, raindrops
Are flying home in the dark
The seagulls over the sea
Can’t take away that from me
Walk right to me poli high
The song has ended, bob white
Free as dove cheek to cheek
Did i do, did i do, did i do
Did i do, did i do
Show me your hollywood song
The magic days, rose, and wine
We’re down for double, we jive
Six in a jeep to take five
Two sleepy triplets, one note
How strange the change, very thought
Major to minor we please
Breezing along with the breeze
We photograph and we laugh
Dandy and fine, dandy and fine, dandy and fine,
Dandy and fine, dandy and fine

Oh buona sera a train
My mind in sweet georgia brown
I’m singing swing in the rain
And lulu, she’s back in town
Junior and julie, they sit
Under the tangerine tree
Everything happens to me
Three little birds, trolley song
It’s bad for me
That you do that vodoo
That you do, that you do
That you do, that you do

maybe she didn’t say yes
Maybe she didn’t say no
Be cuter she couldn’t be
Ain’t side by side, just a kiss
A fine romance strings along
The sunny side of the street
A flower crying for dew
A hundred years from now
Thou sweet, thou witty,
Thou grand and thou swell,
And thou swell, and thou swell,
And thou swell, and thou swell

Oh, rosalie don’t decline
You’re willing wheel to be mine
Over the rainbow, marie,
Someone to watch over me
I am amazed, peggy sue
Love’s ‘round a corner with you
Oh broadway baby to sing
And dance in awesome marquee
Over my shoulder one arm
Sandals dance at my feet
At my feet, at my feet, at my feet

12. Away
I swore that you’d swear and i’d hear
But then you would love
To love to disappear
Don’t fear,
Mere danger ‘s at your gate
No doors, no fate
And i hate that you heart is your deceiver
Is it that we met in a dream?
Or is it you’ve just gone away?

Perigo (Somente no DVD)

    Jurei que você me queria
    Mas vi que você fugia
    De algo que eu não via
    Não viva
    Tendo medos que não viu
    Não quero alguém
    Que vá sempre mudar de perigo
    Será que você me amou?
    Será que você me ouviu?

13. Céu
Céu
Que se aumenta e se imita
Céu que límpido brinca
Quando a dor adormecer
Céu, pincel do céu se alastra
Céu que o infinito arrasta
Céu
Além
14. Right now
(Somente no DVD)

Right now, my love
Now the world has given up the count
Right now, my love
Look at things
And not the way they sprout
Right now, you’re up
To rush before it’s gone
Right now, don’t wait
As great as you’ll become

Right now, my love
There’s no flash yet orange colored sky
Right now, my love
Leave the movies all the white and noir
Right now, it’s time
About to shine a star
Just grab your life
You’ll get to see the light

Depressa, amor
Que o mundo cansa de esperar
Depressa, amor
Veja a vida não qual ela está
Depressa,
Que é você quem vai chegar
Depressa,
Que é você quem vai chegar

Depressa, amor
Tudo azul ou tudo rosa, já
Depressa, amor
Preto e branco só se for filmar
Depressa,
Que é tempo de passar
O tempo esse mundo,
Quem sonhar

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