While taking us through the far-out streets and back lanes of Lisbon on our walking tour, the guide stopped at this curious, decrepit square, where a woman was passionately singing in a corner, and a man strumming along on a pear-shaped guitar. He went on to tell us about "Fado", a music genre native to Portugal .
Literally meaning 'destiny', Fado is a song that narrates the story of the singer's life. Born in the slums of Lisbon, these songs were initially sung by courtesans to solicit men, which gave Fado a bad reputation. However, over the course of time, people started paying heed to what these women were singing about, and they realized they were sharing their tales, their struggles, longings, little pieces from their story stringed together in a lyric of pathos .
Men started heading to Fado houses just to listen to the stirring, honest musical renditions, people started penning their own verses, and Fado came to be what it is, today .
It's amazing, don't you think, how the deepest scars make the most beautiful stories.