At least, not like I do. Not like any Brazilian knows.
In a recent (surprising) post, Eben shared how he introduced Frank Kern to the world of Funk music.
First off, wow! Eben Pagan likes funk! He is one of my “when-I-grow-up” heroes, revolutionary marketer/copywriter, generous phylantropist, and now, COOL! Really, I shouldn’t assume a professional I never met would be uncool just because of his work ethics and posture.
Perhaps due to the huge distance I had imagined existed between our personalities, I never pictured Eben – or any of my heroes, for this matter, to be a fan of Funk music; in Brazil, Funk is a popular cultural expression, enjoyed by the economically challenged since forever, and that has recently been given its “Cool Status” by the rich.
I grew up on this stuff, just like any other Brazilian under 30. Our Culture adopted Funk as a means of expressing anything from how beautiful Brazilian women’s hips are, to the popular disregard to Politics/Politicians.
And then comes Eben, with the above-mentioned post, listing a 100%-english Funk list.
Nothing against George Clinton, Sly, or Marvin Gaye; I’ve learned to enjoy THEIR Funk as well.
But Eben, this is the Funk Brazilians groove to:
To be included on your list:
Now, I have to admit, Eben deserves even MORE respect from me after exposing his good taste for music. Somehow, I find it reassuring that this highly successful individual shares my taste for music.
Well, not quite, but reassuring nonetheless.