Once again (as I did in Barcelona with flamenco previously), I left the Fado Theater Show for my last day in Lisbon. Did know few things about fado, heard some songs, but I was surprised by its outspread in the city.
It seemed that every café or restaurant hosted some kind of “fado-night special”. And the atmosphere of such an evening has to stay stuck with you for a long time. Listening to a lady singing, over a glass of wine, you just get hypnotized by the melody. Did not understand a word, but felt it so intensively!
While strolling the city one of those days, I have stumbled across an old type of a car, turned into a stand, with the inscription Lisboa – Cidade de Fado. It was selling audio CDs. The gentleman behind the counter recommended Amalia Rodrigues’ albums as classic example of Lisbon’s fado. (Haven’t parted from them ever since!)
And so, did buy the CD that I am going to bring home, and went to have dinner along with that “fado-special”, but I also wanted to see the (real) show at the theater, to listen to the music in different surroundings which echoes and specializes in performances as such. That was my last evening in Lisbon. And what an evening!
There was a band and few singers, performing one song after another. It seems that you just feel lost at some point. With every high note the lady sings you just have another hit of those overwhelming goosebumps, even though you actually don’t have any reason to be blue or sad! It makes you wonder about your purpose in life, your loved ones, your destiny, your path, it makes you morn over all those things and people you knew, and so on, and so on… And still, I didn’t understand a word of it!
Ever since Lisbon, I try to attend most of fado-evenings or concerts (which are scarce but do happen in Belgrade from time to time), but I always keep in mind not to go alone, since it often seems that I am going to burst into tears overwhelmed by the music, without any given reason and even though I am not “that kind of a person”. It didn’t happen so far, but there is such a magic to the music that… you never know – it just might this time.
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