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Friday Five: Waters of March

I am sprinkling my top five favorite recordings of "Waters of March" into this blather. Because I hate when I want to try a new recipe and the blogger has to wax on for eighteen paragraphs about the rain and a shopping cart and fond memories of her first job before telling me how to make the cookies. You may now take 20 minutes for good music!

5. If you don't love this, you don't possess a soul, and I am sorry for you.

A couple days ago, my son walked in and asked me my favorite song. I went into brain-panic and could not remember the name of a single song from any time ever, except for "Mahna-Mahna." Which, you know, I actually like a lot. However, I cannot say it is my favorite song.

I'm so terrible with favorites. It's not that I have no discretion, but I don't have all that much maybe, just take joy in so many things and if you choose one thing, you're excluding the others, like sleeping with Raggedy Ann and worrying all night that Ted the Bear feels left out. And…let's move on.
4. The music for this starts after 46 seconds of exposition. It's different than the others, but I love David Byrne in the special way...

"Waters of March" popped into my head, and I decided, okay, that's the one. I could listen to it infinitely, and I could listen to it if I never got to hear other stuff as well. Not to say I would ever wish this to happen. But if it did.

And naturally, the boy has to reply, "Everyone in the world has recorded that song, which one?"

I protested, because he did not ask my favorite recording, did he? (No, he did not.)

It turns out I had only two digital recordings of it, and that wasn't any good for being able to share my five favorite versions, so I went shopping. But I knew a couple of my favorites would be available only on video, because of how they are. And then I ended up thinking they should all be from video, so it doesn't look like I'm giving away someone else's music...*
3. Rosa Passos has the lovely elegant musical instrument voice Brazilians seem to come by so often. And this is a cool performance.

Here is the thing about "Waters of March." It can't be too fast like crashing down a mountain in a panicked sports car with the wrong person sitting next to you. It can't be too slow and painfully earnest like the singer emptied a bottle of Jack into his gullet after learning his lover died in a car accident while cheating on him. It has to tumble over rocks in a creek, instead, like conversation after a glass of wine with a newly discovered and fully available love.

And it can't sound like a calculated recitation because that isn't charming at all. I tend to prefer the versions that have both Portuguese and English, but it isn't required.  
2. I'm not fully satisfied sharing this because Stevie Wonder talks for over a minute before it starts. But seeing Daniel sing his grandfather's song live is better than watching ducks on a pond set to his recording.

I could go into the somewhat interesting history of the composition, but you can just read the Wikipedia entry for that.

When you get into a song in this way, it is a very cool path to learning about artists you never heard before. And anybody who can pull off a decent "Waters of March" will get a good looking over by me.
1. I just think this is perfect.

*One more thing, though. I found this yesterday and the idea tickled me. A medley of two stream-of-consciousness songs, well, why not? But actually, it is very, very good; three sections that each stand on their own. Now I will want to hear more by Zoe Gilby.

Zoe Gilby - Windmills of Your Mind/Waters of March