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Mil Anos
by Vange Leonel

Maria Evangelina Leonel Gandolfo (4 May 1963 – 14 July 2014), known as Vange Leonel, was a Brazilian singer-songwriter, rhythm guitarist, journalist, blogger, chronicler, novelist, playwright, beer sommelier, and feminist and LGBT activist. Known for her distinctive soulful, bluesy vocals heavily inspired by Billie Holiday and Janis Joplin, she was famous for her work with post-punk band Nau, active from 1985–89, before beginning a solo career in 1991.

Vange Leonel was born in São Paulo in 1963 and her first musical ventures were with the post-punk band Nau (Portuguese for "carrack"), which was founded in 1985. Nau released an eponymous album by CBS in 1987, and also took part in the compilation Não São Paulo, Vol. 2, released by Baratos Afins; however, it would disband in 1989, after plans for a second studio album fell through, and Vange followed with a solo career.

Her first solo album, Vange, was released in 1991 by Sony Music Entertainment, and spawned her most well-known song, "Noite Preta", which was used as the opening theme of the popular Brazilian telenovela Vamp. Another song off the album, "Esse Mundo", would be used as the opening theme for another telenovela, Perigosas Peruas.

Her second solo release, the EP Vermelho, came out in 1996 by the independent label Medusa Records, founded by Vange and her domestic partner, journalist Cilmara Bedaque, in the same year. Bedaque also co-authored numerous of Vange's songs since the times of Nau. Vermelho was not as well-regarded as her previous album though, and Vange abandoned the musical career to devote herself to literature.

Vange came out as a lesbian in 1995, and since then began to milit toward the gay cause and women's rights.

In 1999 she published her first book, Lésbicas, that was followed by Grrrls: Garotas Iradas in 2001; both were compilations of articles she wrote for now-defunct LGBT magazine Sui Generis from 1997 to 2000. She also wrote for the Revista da Folha, CartaCapital and Mix Brasil, and alongside Bedaque also had a beer-related blog named "Lupulinas".

(More at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vange_Leonel)

Today’s selection is taken from the aforementioned self-titled album and its title translates as ‘One Thousand Years’.

Lyrics translation:

Mil anos se passaram
E eu nem me lembro mais de nossos beijos
Nem sei como te amava
E no que dava meu jeito de amar
(One thousand years have passed
And I don’t even remember our kisses anymore
I don’t even know how I loved you
And what was the result of the way I loved)

Mil anos se passaram
E trago na boca todos os desejos
E até esqueço porque me entregava
E emprestava o que sonhar
(One thousand years have passed
And I bring all the desires in my mouth
And I even forget why I surrendered
And borrowed something to dream)

Por túneis do tempo perdemos
Os gestos e o jeito que fomos
E se um dia olharmos no espelho
Será que veremos exatamente o que somos?
(Through the tunnels of time we lost
The gestures and the way we were
And if one day we look at the mirror
I wonder if we will see exactly what we are?)

Mil anos se passaram
E perguntamos se vale lembrar o início
O corpo trêmulo e o sorriso
O gozo adiado e o precipício
(One thousand years have passed
And we ask whether it’s worth remembering the beginning
The trembling body and the smile
The delayed joy and the precipice)

Mil anos se passaram
Nossas cabeças servidas num banquete
Como troféu de parede
(One thousand years have passed
Our heads are served in a banquet
Like trophies on a wall)
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Posted: 1st June 2019
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