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Spring Into Brazil!

Older: 'Spring Into Brazil!'


Published: 03/21/2018

by Scott Adams


Program #1347 - 'Spring Into Brazil'

This show airs daily from 03-21-18 through 03-27-18 Monday-Friday at 7am, 3pm, 6pm and midnight Central Time (US). Weekends, too.

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The calendar says one thing and Mother Nature laughs...

If you are one of those who has as many inches of snow on your driveway as we are days into 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:


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

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:

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

Maya’s Gift<>Oscar Castro-Neves/Tropical Heart

Special Announcement

Seu Nome<>Luisa Pozzi/Escuta


Set 2:

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 3Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Fixação<>Sound Behavior/Brazilian Chill Sessions 

Manhattan Samba<>Bob Baldwin/Brazil Chill 

Let Go<>Astrud Gilberto/Astrud Gilberto


More from Brazil Club:


Hour 2: 

Set 1:

Everybody Let’s Go<>Seu Jorge/Musica Par Chruassco, Vol 2

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

Barefoot<>Eliane Elias<>Two Way Street

Special Announcement


Set 2:

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


Set 3:

Spring<>Dori Caymmi/Kicking Cans

Un Beijo Na Boca<>Latin Vibe/Latin Vibe 

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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,

Scott Adams

The Sounds of Brazil!


Featured Station Broadcast dates:

03/21 3:00 pm CT Wednesday: Streaming debut at Brazil Club

03/21 5:00 pm ET Wednesday: Brasil Radio 93.1 FM + 810 AM (encore)

03/23 8:00 pm ET Friday: Jazz City Radio

03/24 6:00 pm CT Saturday: Chat Box 'Meet Up',

03/25 10:00 am ET Sunday: Wave 105

03/25 12:00 pm CT Sunday: Smooth Jazz Expressions

03/25 2:00 pm CT Sunday: WDCB 90.9 FM Chicago

03/25 5:00 pm ET Sunday: Downtown Dayton Radio

03/25 7:00 pm ET Sunday: Brasil Radio 93.1 FM + 810 AM

03/25 8:00 pm ET Sunday: WHJZ New Buffalo

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