One of my heroes of Brazilian music is Ivan Lins. He has made dozens of beautiful songs with all very high quality and originality. His most successful song is a song used in a Brazilian television ‘soap’ called “Malu, mulher”, Malu, a woman. It was sung by Simone and I fell in love with it eversince. That was in 1979.

It is a seemingly endless line of unsolved chords that trigger new unsolved chords.

I wrote this arrangement as one crescendo from the beginning to the end. There is an instrumental part in the middle that follows the melodic line.  It comes with the beautiful Portuguese text from Vitor Martins, but an English text of Alan & Marilyn Bergman is provided as well.

Level: intermediate.

In this computer-sample audio, we hear 17 years old Merel Moelker.

Começar de novo (the Island)

(Ivan Lins/Vitor Martins)