Pink Martini is one of the best bands in the entire world…

They play…well…they sound like…um…you know when you’re in Brazil? Yea…that. 🙂  Truthfully they sound nothing like most music that can be found in the U.S.  The band, which is basically a mini orchestra with a glamorous lead singer, was created in Portland, Oregon.  If you’ve ever been to Portland, Oregon, you should know what that means.  They are hip, intelligent, and don’t look like Miley Cyrus.  Some songs, like Bolera, are completely instrumental:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQOsUMbU9n4

Where as others, like Hey Eugene, include the voice of China Forbes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjtekYzkZD4

China sings in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Turkish, etc., and to the slightly untrained ear, she sounds like she’s fluent in all of them.  You would think, if you are under the age of 40, that a band that plays world music mostly circa 1930-1965 would not be all that fun or exciting.  Couldn’t be further from the truth!  Seeing Pink Martini live is like being in a taverna in Rome with Fellini as your personal translator.  Everytime I have seen them I’ve walked to my car dancing (ask parents and boyfriend for verification).  Pink Martini, unlike SO MUCH of the “music” out today, is an experience.  This morning I was in a yoga class and the second track was Bolera.  Being in downward dog hearing Bolera really opens up the heart and livens you up to the point where you feel like you could burst out into spontaneous flow (DO IT!!).  On a day like today that is sunny and gorgeous, I highly recommend sitting outside and blasting your ITunes with a little Lilly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I69GmDHKvI

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