One of my favourite songs is Sapato Velho, by Brazilian band Roupa Nova - for those of you wondering, the song title would translate to Old Shoes, and the band, New Clothes, but hear me out... This song was on the very first Roupa Nova album, and I liked it since I was a kid. There's a nice poetry about the lyrics, and the melody also touches me.
Well, it just so happens that the band was to play in a winter festival near the town I lived in Brazil, and of course I was there. So was a group of friends, my siblings and their friends. For some reason, that was the winter festival of love for many of us. At some point over the long weekend, almost everyone who hadn't already come with a pair got one, and I found myself alone with the other few who hand't found someone to be with. One of those people was my sister's friend. Well, just because we weren't enjoying the festival like the others, it didn't mean we wouldn't go to the concert. So we went, five of us, the lonely people. I spent the whole concert waiting for that song to play. The band played over an hour - being a thirty-year band, they have a lot of success songs to play - and I began losing hope of hearing it live in such a beautiful setting.
Well, it just so happens, and I learned it right there, right then, that the song was also one of the band's favourite, and they had prepared a special treat for everyone: they saved it for last, and they would play it accompanied by the Symphonic Orchestra of the town. It was beautiful, almost indescribable. And that girl, my sister's friend, noticed I was deeply moved by the song, and came close to me, noticing my heartbeat was very fast. She would later told me that she never looked at me in that particular way, up until that point I was just her friend's older brother and a somewhat private person.
We didn't get together in the festival, but we would shortly after. And we are still together today, 16 years after, living in a new country for the last six, with a new baby and getting ready to purchase our first home.
The song was already one of my favourites, but since then it gained a whole new meaning for me. Here it is, in a acoustic version, for your appreciation: