Nazaré inspires a song to benefit a children’s defense organization
MATTAPOISETT — Drawing inspiration from the Portuguese seaside town of Nazaré, local artist Rich Taber is using the power of music to help raise money for a non-profit organization advocating for children’s rights.
Proceeds from the song “Nazaré” – which he created in collaboration with Agitation Trips, a collective of musicians from across the country – will benefit Massachusetts Advocates for Children, whose mission is to break down barriers to employment opportunities. education and life for children and young people.
Released Friday, April 1, the song takes listeners to a Bossa-Nova melody to the quaint seaside town known for its charm, big waves and international surfing events.
“This song started out as a simple idea to do a Bossa Nova,” Taber explained. “I’ve always loved that sound, especially that of legendary Brazilian artist António Carlos Jobim. It didn’t take long to come up with a basic arrangement for the demo I submitted to the collaborative. Then a few words began to materialize.
“Nazaré” is about the youthful interaction of two surfer brothers and strolls along the beautiful beach, while expressing the “Saudade” of life’s ebb and flow. Saudade is a Portuguese word that loosely translates to a feeling of both happy and sad nostalgia.
The song is part of an ongoing series of monthly releases from the 17-member music collective, which was formed during the pandemic when musicians sought to stay active while raising money for worthy charities.
Member musicians voluntarily participate each month with one member offering to compose a demo, then mix and produce a song from whatever parts the other members contribute to the demo.
The songs created can be listened to for free from the BandCamp.com platform (on https://agitationtrips.bandcamp.com/music), but listeners are encouraged to donate if they wish to download the song into their own music collection. All proceeds are donated to a worthy non-profit charity that the group selects each month.
Over the past few months, Agitation Trips has raised funds for organizations such as Save the Children’s Ukraine Relief Fund, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Stand Up for Kids, Native Wellness Institute, International Rescue Committee, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Greater Boston Food Bank, among others.
Taber, co-owner of Fairhaven’s EncorENTERTAINMENT, said “Nazaré” is a reflection of his Portuguese heritage.
“As I worked on producing the song, I wanted it to express the deep connection I feel with my Portuguese heritage and how it influenced my musical creativity,” Taber said. “My maternal grandparents emigrated to New Bedford from Madeira, which I visited in 2007. Then in 2019 my wife and I had the opportunity to travel through Portugal. Nazaré has become one of my favorite places. We plan to return to Madeira and Nazaré this year.”
Currently, there are 16 completed songs in the Agitation Trips collection. The first 12 are set to be released collectively as one album, with the added bonus of 12 versions of the same songs remixed by a different artist.