Adorno Natural

Magda Machado - Marina Silva


In 2003, my music partner Tereza Hezim (Teca) sent me a poem by Marina Lima, entitled Adorno Natural. The poem resonated with me so much that I sang it. Its melody was so clear to me that did not forget it. It was all simple, effortless, fast. Teca obtained, from Marina Lima, permission for my setting the poem to music and recording the song. A couple of months later, I had it transcribed by Alexis Alrich. Arnaldo Freire gave it its purely Brazilian harmony. After such gestation period, a song was born! I recorded it in Brasilia, Brazil at Estudio Casa do Som, with Dudu Sete-Cordas and Dudu Maia, who made the arrangement.

Every time I hear the song, its unquestionable case for preserving the integrity of Earth's environment comes out clearly and poignantly, and it makes me incredibly happy to be able to share it, in a quest to bring awareness of our need to protect the our forests.


... e a natureza me adorna
Com toda a sua beleza
Me dando sempre a certeza
De que se um dia ela se for
Já não serei mais inteira
Já não terei mais beleza
Já não içarei as asas
Já não terei minha casa
Já não serei quem eu sou


… and nature adorns me
With all of its beauty
Making me always certain
That if one day she dies
I won’t be whole anymore
I won’t be beautiful anymore
I won’t raise my wings anymore
I won’t have a home anymore
I won’t be who I am anymore

Maguinha - vocals, Dudu Maia - mandolin, Dudu Sete Cordas - 7-string-guitar, cavaquinho, pandeiro, Valerinho Xavier – brushes. Arranged by Dudu Maia. Brasilia, 2013