And the river bank talks of the waters of March
It’s the promise of life, it’s the joy in your heart – from “Waters of March” by Antonio Carlos Jobim
The Waters of March (Águas de Março ), written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, reflects the end of summer, which is March in Brazil. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it suggests the beginning of spring, “the promise of life in your heart”.
March is here and is it full of the promise of life. As I bend again and again to weed and clear the detritus of winter and uncover the emerging blooms and greening leaves, I hear in my mind the lovely repetitive melody of this sensuous and philosophical song by Jobim, the composer and musician who made Brazilian music accessible to the rest of the planet.
The Waters of March was originally intended to list the passages and events of life that flow and ebb and culminate in the waters of March, a stormy and wet time at the end of summer in the southern hemisphere of Brazil. In the northern hemisphere, March is also stormy and wet but also the beginning rather than the end of the growing season. As the rain and storms bring us green leaves, bird song, and early blooms, we can consider the beauty of the song and the reality of nature’s astonishing gifts of blossom and promise. Here are a few images of new life in my garden this week, a stream of life in the waters of March.
‘Tete a Tete’ daffodil
Anemone blanda ‘White Splendor’
Aqua and purple foliage
Cornus mas (native dogwood)
Cornus mas blossom
Forsythia along fence
Fresh spring foliage
Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’
Peach and purple foliage
Red and green sedums
“It’s the promise of life in your heart”
The original song sung by Brazilian singer Elis Regina and Jobim, with English subtitles, slow to load but worth watching.
A video of a recording session with Regina and Jobim in an Argentian production that is evidence of pure joy and utter musical communication.
Al Jarreau and Oleta Adams in a very lush and sexy version of Waters of March.
The written lyrics of Waters of March – Portugeuse and English
All images ©2012 Lynn Emberg Purse, All Rights Reserved