I have never felt so strongly (negatively) about music within a show, or a movie like I have in this case. I love this telenovela, and I love the characters, the relationships, the plots, etc. But from very early on, I was extremely put-off by the music! Now I am NO music-connoisseur, but I am a viewer, an audience member, and a fan. And I know how this makes, ME individually feel.
For this blog post, I will examine one of the songs I hate most, think is completely misplaced, and have felt distanced from the telenovela as a result of it- “Depois” By Marisa Monte. I will also mention other moments I think the music choice is spot on!
First, and most importantly, we have the theme song for Nina and Jorgito’s relationship… After looking up the lyrics and knowing what the song says, I relaxed a little more and understood the reasoning behind the song choice. Regardless, I think it is too much of an upbeat song, or too “sweet” of a song for some of the moments Nina and Jorgito have. In this scene (their first kiss) the beginning music- a simple yet dramatic instrumental- is perfect for the scene. I feel completely engaged and waiting for what is next. As soon as they kiss, the music changes abruptly to their “theme” song as a couple! This moment was COMPLETELY ruined for me, sadly. I did not see the need to change the piano accompanying the moment and feel that an instrumental piece with no words does the trick better then Marisa Monte’s “Depois”. Like the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”, I believe most of the moments between Nina and Jorgito are like words better left unsaid. It is more impactful to either have no music playing, or no words distracting from the moment.
- first kiss
To expand more on my idea of a “wordless” song choice as a better accompaniment to certain scenes, I found a video from Bata and Rita’s childhood where the entire music choice was instrumental and how perfect I think it fit for the moment. I think there is a higher production quality when you use this kind of instrumental, orchestra, piano, etc. kind of music because it is dynamic. One song can be constantly changing to be perfectly accommodating to the scene.
- good music
From Rita and Bata’s childhood is also this happy, good-feeling song that plays every time they’re on- which I also feel is PERFECT.
And lastly, this perfect song would play whenever there was a flashback to Nina and Jorgito’s childhood “en el tiradero”. (play at 1:39 minutes)
I do think it was a good idea for each couple, or certain individuals, to have their own song associated to them. After the consumption presentations, I remember Gabrielle mentioning how La Reina Del Sur does the same thing, and this was what would attract her attention if she were busy doing something else. If Santiago’s song came on, she knew it was a moment she wanted to watch and would direct her attention back to the screen. This is very intelligent of any telenovela or TV show to do! I understand it, but not at the expense of the specific scene or moment; and if that’s the case, then a better song choice.
Music is all about what you feel when you hear it. This matters to me as a viewer, because in the case of Avenida Brasil, it has gone far enough to make me loose interest in the novela, or even loose interest in the relatipnships throughout the novela. It is difficult to explain a feeling you just get sometimes while watching something. But much like when you watch a scary movie and they have a dramatic scene, the music must be perfect and cohesive in what the scene is trying to portray! You can’t possibly have the same song for Nina and Jorgito’s first, sweet, kiss compared to any other moment they are passionately in bed together, or maybe fighting, etc.