Mar 26

The Waters of March


The earth softens as the thaw begins. Winter’s long shadow is receding. Each day grows brighter, warmer and the scent of moisture replaces the harsh, caustic cold. The warming winds melt the snowdrifts. There are hesitant signs of life appearing in the garden, in the fields and surrounding forests.


…and the riverbank talks of the waters of March.


The song, The Waters of March, or Aguas De Marco, composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, is well known around the world. If you listen to the artist perform the English version at the Montreal Jazz Festival, in 1986, you may recognize it. Jobim composed the music and wrote lyrics in Portuguese (the language of modern Brazil) and English. The lyrics in each language are slightly different, but both portray a collage of ideas…a thought stream. The month of March in Brazil is known for the beginning of heavy rains that signify the end of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. By contrast, the Northern Hemisphere experiences periods of rain and the beginning of the spring thaw during the month of March.

…And the riverbank sings
Of the waters of March
It’s the promise of Spring
It’s the joy in your heart…

If you follow the link in the verse above, you can read a wonderful interpretation of the song by a Brazilian native. In addition, the link has both language versions. The song offers a lovely rhythm and melody combined with a flowing arrangement of lyrics that evoke a multitude of images. The song moves, it is fluid, as easy as water….. Rain, rivers, mud, water flowing, life cycles, change of seasons and life goes on.

A poll in 2001, conducted by Brazil’s premiere newspaper, found that The Waters of March was selected by over 200 artists, journalists and musicians as the all-time best Brazilian song. As it is with all great art, this song is timeless with elements of universal appeal.


For students in China the English version here.

The Portuguese version here.




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  1. You may ask your piano teacher about some resources for Jazz music. I also have some other music that you may enjoy. Stay tuned, June and thanks for your nice comment!

    • June on March 31, 2014 at 6:46 pm
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    There is a lot of water in March here as well. Today is a heavy rainy day. Spring brings many new things, also new thinking. There are hesitant signs of many new ideas in my mind in this season. Exciting and hopeful.
    Comparing the English version to the Portuguese, I prefer the Portuguese better, because of the Jazz style which takes me into a mysterious spring season with brisk rhythm.
    I found more nice Jazz in a music album named ” Shades of Jobim” The color of Latin Jazz. more nice Jazz make me relax. Its my first time to be interested in Jazz. I think I will search more Jazz music and have fun in it in the future

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    • Judy on April 13, 2017 at 6:29 am
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    I read this article in my first class and I liked it very much not only the beautiful words, but also the lovely rhythm and melody. I especially like this sentence:”Rain, rivers, mud, water flowing, life cycles, change of seasons and life goes on.” There are many truth in these words. Thank you Kevin.

    1. …and life goes on. No matter what the weather brings. No matter what else happens. Life goes on. So my best advice is to accept the things we can not change and move forward. Find the best of what life offers and embrace it. Live your life to the fullest, because you never know when but in the blink of an eye it is over.

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