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I’m a city guy and i was already born this way. I would never live somewhere quiet before i reach seventy. I love the mess and the happenings and the cultural life of the big city. There’s a thing missing though. The elements. Air is not clean enough for you to enjoy it. São Paulo which is the city i live is famous for the thin rain so i have less than desired of heat or fire. Water that i can dive my body in is only found in pools and finally earth is amost impossible to be found outside the parks. The only solution is to spend a couple hours in the car and get to the nearest beach. It’s impressive the effect that the sand under my feet can achieve in seconds. It’s a lot of energy. After that i go into the ocean. That’s even more energy. There’s nothing more relaxing than staying in the sea for ten minutes or so but more than relaxing is also a big charge of energy. Theres’ a Brasilian ritual that i always miss when i’m spending my new year in my country. It’s common for me to visit my syster that lives in Chicago. In the new year’s eve in Brasil almost everyone dresses in white. That’s already a ritual that comes with the african culture we inherited. I really mean everybody. Another thing everybody does is to jump the seven waves. We go into the sea until it reaches at least our knees and actually jump when the wave passes us. We do that usually around the first hour of the first day of the year. If the party is too good we can still do it in the reast of the first day. They say ir brings good luck. I say it doesn’t even matter. It’s such a joy and a charge of energy that just from it is well worth it. Not just because there are hundreds of people in white on the sea at midnight but because the contact with the water and the earth and the wind are so magical. It’s like washing away the old things and getting clean for what is comeing. I really love to live in the city but if i don’t go to the sea at least twice a year i get sick. I need the power of the nature by my side.

I was born in 69 so in the end of the 70’s i was a ten years old kid. This was a very rich age for culture. I remember the premiere of Star Wars. A film i watched in the Movie theatres fourteen times. It was the age of disco and the age of punk. The age of feminism. The age of pop and the age fo hippies. It was the age of the big promisses for the future with the start of the personal computing and the beginning of roots for globalisation. There were no AIDS. The kids that grew up at that age were supposed to change the world. Let’s not forget we are talking about the cold war so the world we are supposed to build is a world in peace. Something very interesting happened in music. It was a time where kids opposed the status quo and embraced the idea that chance is always better no matter what. Punks looking for anarchy, New wavers looking for a different cultural attitude, hippies fighting wars with flowers, skinheads gathering gangs to fight for the working class, Hip-hop from the projects talking about real african american issues, mainstream dancing on the disco clubs and having free sex, Heavy Metal dudes alienating from society and The Yuppies casting a capitalist shadow in all this fun. A importante thing at those times is that these tribes didn’t mix at all. Skinheads would only go to punk shows to fight. Rock hed nothing to do with new wave and all these tribes had their own way of dressing and talking and acting and all reflected the music they listened. The thing is: that was not all fun and joy. There was a lot of prejudice between these tribes and also with the status quo. It was a time of fight and hate in many levels but it was also a time of a rich cultural creation. The richer of the last decades. Punk, pop, pop-rock, electronica, hip-hop, new wave, goth, disco. Almost all the musical styles we listen today came from the 70’s. We had grunge in the 90’s and many electronica segments but not even one new hole musical style. In other hand today kids go to a rock party that ends as a disco party and they hang with hip-hop kids that enjoy electronic music and so on. Punk is only the theme of some fashion collections as well as hippie. Psychedelic is a graphic style and also a segment for electronica. That makes me wonder. The cultural segregation from the 70’s created so much and the 00’s cultural mixup where everybody can do anything created so little? Am i missing something here? If i’m right segregation is not so bad culturally speaking? As i don’t like the idea of segregation how can creation grow in a fluid environment where the “need” to raise a voice in not so important for a group as it is for an individual?