Although Carnaval was the fourth release by Spyro Gyra, it was my third; for some reason, I had skipped picking up Morning Dance until the summer of 1981. In the fall of 1980, I found myself living with two roommates in Skytop; living on the South Campus sucked - might as well have been Siberia, one of my roommates was this Jordache Jean wearing bag of donuts from Jersey, the other guy was ok, until he started having sex with his girl - in my bed??! Needless to say, I was out of there and in an off campus apartment, by myself, before that fall semester was over. But, I do remember cueing up Carnaval daily; can you imagine a group today, releasing two albums in the same year - unheard of! In 1980, SG released Catching The Sun and Carnaval; which was like winning the lottery, as far as I was concerned! Those that know me could argue that Spyro Gyra is The Soundtrack Of My Life (does the album cover look familiar? remind you of something?), at the very least, they are and have continued to be the foundation and entry for all things musical in my life. It's been a few years since I've seen these guys, but I'll be catching them soon!
Listen to 'Cachaca' and 'Bittersweet'