Verdes Anos, by Carlos Paredes

Today it’s time for music and I decided to open this thread with a great guitar player, Carlos Paredes.

For those who can’t recognize the sound, nor the shape of the guitar, don’t worry: you’ve hardly seen or heard Portuguese guitar before. Portuguese guitar is one of the guitars that accompanies Fado music (the other one is the classical guitar) and has almost the shape of a mandolin.

Carlos Paredes was born in a family of guitar players and started to play the Portuguese guitar when he was only 4 years old and managed to create new sounds that no one else could play. During the Fascist period he was imprisoned and had no access to his guitar. To keep training he started to play music with an imaginary guitar, which made everyone think he was crazy.

The song that I’m sharing with you today makes part of the sound track of a movie “Verdes anos” (young years), based on the life of several boys and girls from the lower classes who migrated to Lisbon looking for work and a better life.

Verdes Anos, by Carlos Paredes