Video killed the quarantine mood (2)

The iconic Cais das Colunas, in Lisbon.

For the second post of this series dedicated to short “video trips” across the country, mixing Portuguese music, culture and landscapes we’re going for something a bit different. Although this blog has always been dedicated to Portugal but never really talked about Lisbon (except for the occasional mention for the sake of context) today we’ll be focusing exclusively on Lisbon

Being Portugal’s capital city it’s easy to find video upon video showing you every little corner of Lisbon including, obviously, Fado music videos. That however would be predictable and boring and that’s not how I roll. Instead I’ll be sharing 3 music videos that show Lisbon but from a different angle. 

Why not start on a happy note? The first song of today’s selection is the most stereotypical of the three and was quite a hit when it came out a few years ago. The title itself, “Pica do 7”, is a flirty play on words with pica meaning excitement and even arousal, but also being an informal word for the guy that checks to see if you have your ticket when riding the tram/ bus/ metro/ train. Have you ever daydreamt about someone you see everyday but probably don’t even talk to? That’s exactly what this song is all about. 

The video takes us for a ride in one of Lisbon’s famous yellow trams to the rhythm of a romantic waltz-like tune. Although you don’t really get to clearly see any cityscapes both the song and the video have all the romantic feel of old time Lisbon. Bonus points go for showing that walking with heels in Lisbon is, indeed, possible. Difficult, but possible (and I am living proof of that)! Remember when I said, on the previous post, that brass bands were a thing? Carris, Lisbon’s tram and bus company, has its own brass band and you can see them on the video.

Trivia tidbit: although António Zambujo made it famous this song was actually written by Miguel Araújo, singer/songwriter of several hits and the bearded guy who is shown sitting behind the girl on the video.

For the next video allow yourself to be transported to what could easily be a party at someone’s house in the summer in Lisbon – except not everyone gets to know talented musicians like Dead Combo. There are glimpses of Lisbon’s typical neighbourhoods (I think it’s Mouraria, but I’m not 100% sure) and a feel very similar to what you get in June, during Saint Anthony’s celebrations. Watch until the end for a view of Lisbon’s nighttime cityscape.

To finish this blog post I chose a video that is a pretty good example of my own mood when walking down the streets of Lisbon last summer in between lockdowns and curfews and whatnot. The song belongs to Samuel Úria’s most recent album, “Canções do Pós-Guerra”, and any of the videos will show you virtually empty streets in the downtown and historical areas of Lisbon.

On the next post there will be more videos with Lisbon but from yet a different perspective. Stay tuned!


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