This week I’ve been listening to a lot of Caetano Veloso. He is easily one of my favorite songwriters. His tunes are often short and simple but they stick in my mind for days after I hear them.
Giulietta Masina was the wife and frequent subject of famed director Federico Fellini. Her portrayal of tragic but strong-willed characters made an impression on me when I went through my “foreign movie phase” in high school, and biographers suggest she was musically talented as well, so I was delighted to discover this tribute to her. On the record the form is played only twice before fading out, with soprano sax solos filling the vamp at the end.