Tag Archive: Jobim

  1. Corcovado


    Corcovado is a wonderful bossa nova tune by Antonio Carlos Jobim. It’s also known as “Quiet Nights and Quiet Stars,” which is the first lyric of the tune when sung in English. It was originally written in Portuguese.


    It is important to know that this tune can be a 34-bar or 36-bar song form.  When it is done as a 36-bar song form, each chorus resolves at the end to C major.  However, it is very common for the tune to be played with 34 bars, leaving off the last couple of bars until the last head.  When the tune is played with 34 bars, the tune doesn’t resolve to C until the very end.  The play along and the chord charts show use the unresolving 34-bar song form.
    Corcovado Mountain overlooks Rio de Janeiro.  Corcovado means “hunchback” in Portuguese.  Look at the first image, and you will know how Corcovado Mountain got its name!

    The world famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue is at the top of the mountain named “Corcovado” overlooking Rio de Janeiro.



  2. Meditation

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    Mediation is a nice bossa nova. I like the tune, but it’s connected to a painful experience for me. The first time it was called on me I was playing piano with trumpet player Carl Saunders at a jam session. I didn’t know the tune at the time (or a couple others he called), and I was pretty embarrassed. I’m a big fan of Carl, and I wanted him to respect my playing. I vowed to learn a ton of standards, and the result is this website!

    This tune is played most commonly in the key of C. 

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