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It's as if Jorge, in musical terms, had been born alone at the top of a mountain, putting swing into his guitar and, in positive and enjoyable lyrics, describing all that he saw around him. But everything became much clearer when Jorge Ben Jor spoke at length, about himself and his relationship with music, in the interview given appropriately enough on the thursday of carnival, february 15th.

Due to the hour and a half of taped interview, we decided to publish it in three parts. Half an hour's chat in each one. The second part of the interview will go on line in a few days with the final part to follow. Three homeopathic and harmonious doses of the best in brazilian music. My first disc was recorded with a jazz band, the true samba people couldn't read it.

And a jazz band managed a reading in samba style of my first work. After I went through various phases. When there was the rock phase the 60s I went on Jovem Guarda, then a different phase with the whole Tropicalism thing.

And the mixture I make of the overall feel of my city Rio de Janeiro and it's samba. I wanted to make a Rio music but one that wasn't totally regional.

It's a national music. And that, thank God, has worked out right. Because I speak of the urban and suburban which exist in every town in the country. I speak a lot about that, but also there's always been romanticism in my songs. But my romanticism isn't an immediate romanticism. It's a romanticism that people have to think a lot about and have to hear several times to understand in my lyrics.

It's not a soft romanticism that's sometimes classified as kitsch brega. People need to listen several times to feel it. And that happens, and when it happens it ends up becoming a success.

I wrote my first song in the army. I didn't know what to do, I was divided between music and other things. I only recorded because they believed in me as a musician.

I wasn't planning to be a musician. My parents wanted other things. My dad wanted me to be a lawyer, my mum wanted me to be a paediatrician and I wanted to be a football player. I liked music but not LP) a profession. And wandering around everywhere influenced my head a lot. I always listened to all styles of music, and I'm still like that today, I like to know about everything, what's going on and whatever new things are coming out, to evaluate them.

I never imitate anything, but do something else that may work too. And not to say they didn't like it, they said it was a passing thing. But, thank God, I'm still here today. I think the generation after mine understands well what I do. And they're discovering old things of mine that sometimes I'm not into singing. There are many requests for me to sing certain songs because they understand the kind of music I do. I could give an example of one person from my generation who's always understood me and always said really beautiful things about me, and that's Caetano Veloso.

A great poet who's always spoken well of me. So much so that I participated in the tropicalist movement because of an invitation from him. I think I'm still doing this whole mixture of things, a rich mixture of brazilian rhythms like the maracatu and the afoxe, and Pais Tropical - Fio Maravilha - Various - Destination Les Iles (Vinyl and blues.

I mix all this together in my music without diluting it for popular consumption. My music's something that, I don't know how, just comes out of me. In our musical environment I know I need to be successful to be able to work and do shows. Many people need to compromise to be successful, to get on the media. But, above all else, I've always thought that I need to like my own work and to make other people like it.

And now it gets better and better as I end up performing better on stage from doing so many shows. You get to know how people react to each song. And, incredible as it seems, in a show you act as if it was a game of football. You always have to change. You begin the game in 4, 4, 2 formation and after you have to play in 4, 2, 4 on top. There are times you have to do something different to score a goal. There are shows you have to begin in 3, 3, 5building up to the end.

And there are shows where you have to retreat; play in 4, 2, 4 to set up moves, or play in 4, 4, 2 and set up the mid-field to explode at the end. I see this in Pais Tropical - Fio Maravilha - Various - Destination Les Iles (Vinyl kids, who are 12 and 13 years old.

Their heads are incredible. My son of 13, Tomas, talks to the whole world on the Internet. This interests me a lot. For me it's a wonderful channel of inspiration for me to fit appropriately into my music. To include their way of speaking. It's a totally different intellectual thing. And I have to learn everything. I have to learn to use the computer, I have to know how to speak on the Internet to be able to speak to this generation, which is going to be the generation of the year And to learn other things which are coming along.

I have to speak to them in a musical way, a way which sounds good to their ear. Because for my generation, in my childhood, these things didn't exist. They were things from another world. To talk of these things in my childhood was to be considered crazy, someone could say 'this guy's out of his head'. But these days this is a lesson for me. To suddenly be able to learn all this. When my son speaks to me, I have to know what Tif is, what software is.

I need to know all this to be able to have a conversation with him. Their romanticism is different. I need to be able to talk about my romanticism mixing it with theirs, for them to like it too. I thank God for this gift and always ask him to give me good health. With good health I'm going to do a lot of good things for them the young peopleand many sounds they're going to like. I'll make them happy with my songs and my poetry.

When Ben Jor became very successful again three years ago. There existed a brazilian public that really didn't know me. Many of them tell me that their parents know my songs. They say their parents have the record with "Pais Tropical"on it. And many of them young people didn't know that song, or "Fio Maravilha" and "Taj Mahal". They just remembered the sound but only vaguely.

That was when I began to play a university circuit in Rio de Janeiro three years agoat mid-day, every tuesday, in all the colleges. The song caught on and was a success which came from the streets. People talked about it and the DJs themselves rang me and my record company asking what song it was. My dad always taught me about good and bad.

He always told me: 'Look, this does harm and this does good, now you choose. My dad was a docker, my mum a house-wife. But I was never short of anything, not even affection. I was well brought up. They took me later to the south zone, to a high class area where I was brought up. I had good friends, they put me in good schools like the seminary my dad sent me to. My parents gave me dignity and opened me up to what's good and what's bad.

And all this I have to pass on nownot just to my children but to my public too. I think they deserve it. Totally innocent. For "Charles, Anjo 45" I took my inspiration from the figure of Robin Hood, who everybody knows from the cinema. And I put all that into my song. But, at the time of the dictatorship, these songs were censored, along with others. And I wrote completely innocently. I've always been apolitical non militantalthough I've lived among active politicized friends like Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso.

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