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Here is one of my favorite Brazilian Female Vocalists – this track will just give you an idea of her greatness, an entire album is recommended  – she is that good.  Find a comfortable chair, maybe some sunshine or a warm fireplace – Brazilian Basa Nova/Samba is a real treat when you want to kick back and relax, that is if you like smooth, sensual Brazilian melodies and rhythms as well as soulful Portuguese lyrics! Elis is joined in a duet with Tom Jobim (he wrote the song) for a fun rendition of Aguas De Marco – you might recognize the tune, but if you don’t, it will quickly become a favorite. Wow, it is nice to listen to music that puts a smile on your face! Below you will find is a bit of the translation – it is a long set of lyrics so I have only put about one-third of the words, just to give you the flavor. The Piano might sound out of tune – it isn’t – Elis and Tom are whistling at the same time.

Waters of March

A stick, a stone,
It’s the end of the road,
It’s the rest of a stump,
It’s a little alone

It’s a sliver of glass,
It is life, it’s the sun,
It is night, it is death,
It’s a trap, it’s a gun

The oak when it blooms,
A fox in the brush,
A knot in the wood,
The song of a thrush

The wood of the wind,
A cliff, a fall,
A scratch, a lump,
It is nothing at all

It’s the wind blowing free,
It’s the end of the slope,
It’s a beam, it’s a void,
It’s a hunch, it’s a hope

And the river bank talks
of the waters of March,
It’s the end of the strain,
The joy in your heart


Here is a real departure from my other posts.  I hope you enjoy the music of Polish composer, Heinrik Gorecki.   This second movement from his Third Symphony is very sad yet extremely beautiful, devastating yet inspiring, moving yet introspective, passionate and innocent.  Let the music reach deep inside you to that personal dwelling inside your heart or soul that is only yours, and let it move you to a place of personal reflection – like a meditation, and when you have finished listening, you will be left in a positive, hopeful peace.  The content of the film speaks for itself – it reflects the horrors of the Holocaust while the music reflects the images perfectly, reminding us that “we must never forget.”  This experience may not make you smile but it is a worthwhile journey.

I have received s number of requests to post another excerpt from my CD, Lou Harrison; A Portrait.  Here is the final movement of Lou’s “Last Symphony.”  While I was discussing the revisions to the piece in preparation for the premier with Lou, I asked him why he was calling it his “Last Symphony” – he simply replied, “Barry, if for some reason I write another, which I highly doubt, I will simply call it my “Very Last Symphony!”  The piece did turn out to be his last symphony.   The final movement which is posted, is built around 3 Native American “Coyote Stories.”  Al Jarreau is the perfect vocalist for the demanding score and he was really a pleasure to work with – an amazing performer, remarkable artist and it was his orchestral debut!  Now this is not your typical 4th movement of a symphony – listen and you will hear why.  As always, let me know what you think. (You can find the entire CD on Itunes, etc.)