Last Week: 'Spring Into Brazil!'
Program #1294 - 'Spring Into Brazil'
This show airs daily from 03-15-17 through 03-21-17 Monday-Friday at 7am, 3pm, 6pm and midnight Central Time (US). Weekends, too.
Make workdays a breeze! Or at home, in your car, wherever you are.
If you are one of those who has as many inches of snow on your driveway as there are days left until Spring, then this week's program should help you get through.
For sun lovers (and many Brazilian music fans), spring is the season we look forward to most, and if you’re in the mood for some spring cleaning – or just want to revitalize – here are a few tuneful tips to add a little more of Brazil into your life this week:
WDCB’s Pledge Drive continues this week. The non-commercial radio station at The College of Du Page is not only a jazz powerhouse but also The Sounds of Brazil anchor station (Sunday afternoons 2-4 pm) here in Chicago. So even if you listen to us outside of Chicago, please consider making a small donation to 90.9 FM.
Pledge $100 or more and I’ll personally send you a Grammy-winning CD as special thank you!
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Wednesday's Brazil Back2Back pulls together a pair of New Music tunes from the playlist! Listen at the top of the hour, 11 am and 2 pm CT, exclusively on our streaming station. Daily Listening Guide.
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Sunday's Brazilian Brunch celebrates the arrival of spring with 'A Brazilian Bouquet' and the softer side of Brazilian song! Only on Sundays at 9 am and 2 and 8 pm Chicago time and only on The Sounds of Brazil webstream. And read our Brazilian Burnch preview every Sunday from our home page.
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Like us on Facebook: There's always something musical going on with our Facebook page for The Sounds of Brazil, and it's easy to enjoy Brazil Club's fan page too. ‘Like’ them both, so you won’t miss any of the sun-season fun we’re planning for you!
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Always a great story on Brazil Club’s home page. It's a great way to add a little more ‘Brazil’ to your life. Read up on this week’s featured singer Elis Regina, the secret story behind 'The Waters of March' and more. Our events calendar and directory are there, too. Things to do, places to go!
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This week’s show:
My Producer's Notes
Listen to The Sounds of Brazil every three hours beginning at 6am Central Time daily.
Spring can be the most fickle of seasons, especially here in Chicago. Remember last year? We were braving wind chills that drove the cold into single digits. This year? 70's already. “In like a lion, out like a lamb?” We can only hope…
Down south, the seasons are reversed and spring follows the Brazilian summer as the beginning of the rainy season (only the very southern parts of Brazil ever see snow). Brazilian rains can be both powerful and prolonged, and the red clay washes away easily.
I guess it’s no surprise that spring’s ‘fluid’ nature has found it way into song, and that’s way I like to feature a different version of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s ‘The Waters of March’ in my weekly shows this month.
Today I’d like to tell you the real story about this famous song.
"Águas de Março" is a rare and wonderful rhyme about the cycle of life and as such, has earned a place in our home as a reminder of the beauty, balance and reality of things (years ago I framed a copy of the lyrics in English and Portuguese). As with other masterpieces, its simplicity is its power; the short line form of the lyrics allow us to focus on the strength of each phrase and the revel in its message.
The story goes that Jobim wrote the song during a visit to his family rancho, in the interior of Rio de Janeiro state amid a steady rainstorm which had turned the roads and landscape to mud. He had become frustrated with the difficulties the rain was causing for the construction of a new boundary wall along his property line. The skies rained from above while chaos reigned below, as plainly stated in the lyrics: "It's the mud, it's the mud…" With plenty of time to contemplate the situation, Jobim created a modern parable for daily life.
In fact, the original Portuguese lyrics draw from many common observations of a life in the Brazilian interior. Later, Jobim discovered that his story was equally poignant when translated into English. But what about the reversal of seasons? For Brazil, March represents the beginning of autumn, as reflected in his original Portuguese: São as águas de março fechando o verão São promessas de vida no meu coração
Which means: Even while the waters of March bring an end to Summer There is still the promise of life in my heart
Jobim's English lyrics where only slightly changed to more strongly reflect the sense of rebirth that Spring brings to us in the northern hemisphere.
I've included both English and Portuguese lyrics for you to read through here, but I've left one translation of this song off this page… the one that transformed this song from a Brazilian jewel into a worldwide phenomenon.
In 1985, Coke used the song with rewritten lyrics on a summer "Coke Is It" TV campaign. The ad made its US debut on ABC-TV, January 20th, during the Super Bowl XIX live broadcast. Unique versions in Portuguese for “Coca-Cola é Isso Aí” also aired on Brazilian TV for several years, with lyrics written by Nelson Wellington.
‘Águas de Março’ was already a legendary song in Brazil - due almost exclusively to Jobim’s duet with Elis Regina, who passed away in 1982 - but Coke’s worldwide usage of the song insured its popularity.
In 2001, the song was named as the all-time best Brazilian song in a poll of more than 200 Brazilian journalists, musicians and other artists conducted by Brazil's leading daily newspaper, Folha de São Paulo.
Something to ponder on as we ‘Spring Into Brazil’ this week. I hope you’ll enjoy the show!
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'Spring Into Brazil'
Hour 1: (2 pm CT WDCB)
Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme
Bird of Beauty<>Marilyn Scott/Take Me With You
Flying To Bahia<>Caibedo Island/Caibedo Tale
Mane Joao<>Erasmo Carlos/Samba Soul Groove
Welcome to The Brazilian Club Lounge
Morning Gaze<>Quetzal Guerrero/Coiza Boa
Introduce Next Set
Begin The Beguine<>Gal Costa/Plural
Border Line<>Deodato/The Crossing
Introduce Next Set
Linha Do Equador<>Djavan/Coisa De Escender
For Your Love<>Brazil, Inc./Bossa Now – Stevie Wonder
O Que Sera<>Vanessa da Mata/Rio
Set 3: Brazilian Minute: Ayrton Senna
Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song – Donate To The Breno Sauer Memorial
Samba do Aviao<>Som Brasil/Tudo Joia
Chat Box! The perfect place to ask a question, make a comment or post a request is right on our home page. Try it next time you’re online – no user name or password needed! www.BrazilClubUSA.com
Hour 2: (3 pm CT WDCB)
Eu E O Meu Amor Medley<>Nilson Matta/Black Orpheus
Welcome To Our Second Hour
Amor de Muito<>Chico Science/Brasil2 Mil
Better Days Ahead<>Pat Metheny/Letter From Home
Call Me/Astrud Gilberto/A Certain Smile
Barefoot<>Eliane Elias<>Two Way Street
Like A Lover<>Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66/Look Around
Introduce Brazil Back2Back: Joyce Moreno
Upa Neguinho<>Joyce/ Astronauta
Waters of March<>Joyce & Dori Caymmi/Astronauta
Introduce Next Set
Os Grillos<>Marcos Valle/Brazilian Love Affair
Pepe<>Ricardo Silveira/Small World
Another Season<>Keyvn Lettau/Another Season
Spring<>Dori Caymmi/Kicking Cans
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Next week, we'll celebrate Astrud Gilberto’s birthday with two hours of her very best tunes! What a great way wrap up the month with our ‘Songs In The Feminine Key’ theme!
I hope you’ll enjoy the show and please - tell a few friends about us, Sundays at 2 pm Central on 90.9 FM WDCB. It's always great to share the music.
Always a pleasure,
The Sounds of Brazil!
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