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  • Writer's pictureLucas Lima

"O Poeta Está Vivo": a conversation with Cazuza's suffering

Dulce Quental's composition brings real feelings experienced by the artist


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Rescued by Ezequiel Neves for the album "Calada Da Noite" (1990) by Barão Vermelho, "O Poeta Está Vivo" is a composition by Dulce Quental that intimately engages with Cazuza's suffering. Although released in the early '90s, the lyrics were written much earlier and emerged from the close relationship between Dulce and the artist.


A song that carries the sense of overcoming but, above all, speaks about the humanity present in each of us, especially in the most challenging situations of our lives, "O Poeta Está Vivo" is a true success and brings to listeners a beautiful element echoed by many songs: that of identification.


When Cazuza revealed to Dulce Quental that he was ill and had a trip scheduled to Boston, in the United States, for intensive treatment, the artist was moved by the situation and, based on this sentiment, began to write the lyrics for "O Poeta Está Vivo" which, in fact, was born with the title "Moinhos de Vento."


Upon returning to Brazil, Cazuza was in great shape and even performed grand shows throughout the country. Worth mentioning is the incredible performance by the singer at Canecão (Rio de Janeiro) in 1988.


In a conversation with the absurdette Denise Barroso (former member of the group Gang 90 & Absurdettes), Dulce Quental received the suggestion to show the lyrics to Frejat. The singer liked the idea and called the musician, who quickly set the poetry to music. Only in 1990 did the track go to the studio, and Cazuza himself accompanied the recordings. Unfortunately, he did not get to hear the final result - when the album hit the shelves, the musician had already left us.


Dulce Quental's Interpretation


Known in the voice of Roberto Frejat, "O Poeta Está Vivo" is also sung by Dulce Quental, the author of the song. You can watch the artist's performance of the track in the show "Música e Maresia," available on WePlay.






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