This beautiful song was written by Luiz Bonfa with English lyric translation by Matt Dubey. It appears on Astrud Gilberto’s 1965 album “The Shadow Of Your Smile.” Note to self: I love the song “The Shadow Of Your Smile” and I haven’t listened to it in a while. I must remedy that immediately!
I love the sweet “let’s love each other’s hurt away” message of this song, but I doubt the folks on the east coast are seeing much romance in the rain right now. I have heard from all my east coast friends and family and thankfully, everyone is safe and sound. I hope everyone reading has had similar good news.
By the way, why are love songs so enamored with the idea of walking in the rain? What on earth is so romantic about flat hair and soggy shoes? Don’t get me wrong, I am not anti-precipitation. I’d just much rather be home, warm and dry enjoying the rain through the window from the comfort of my couch. If true love requires a high tolerance for dampness, I think I’ll probably have to stay happily single!
“It Might As Well Be Spring” was written by Rogers and Hammerstein for the movie “State Fair.” Even though Jeanne Crain starred in the film, the original version sung was by Luanne Hogan. It won the Academy Award for best original song. I wonder what it must have been like for Luanne to have turned in an award winning performance she could never take credit for.
Clifford Brown recorded this version on October 14,1954.
The 1964 album “Getz/Gilberto” on which this song appears is credited with starting the bossa nova craze. It featured Stan Getz and João Gilberto and vocals by Astrud Gilberto. It was one of the best selling jazz albums of all time and it won the Grammy for Best Album Of The Year.
If we could ask her, I bet The Beautiful Bulldog would say “It Might As Well Be Spring” is her winter anthem. She’s too short haired for cold weather and too neurotic to wear doggie clothes so she spends a lot of time indoors being very very bored. We try to keep things interesting by smearing peanut butter on toys and tossing the rope bone around our tiny house but she’s really pining for the great outdoors. There’s rabbit poop on the lawn just ripe for sampling and our swing set hasn’t be properly herded in months! Eventually though spring will come and my pup will see her neighborhood again. I just hope by then the cold weather dogs haven’t undone all her fine utility pole scent work. I’d hate to have to see her start from scratch (and sniff).
Jobim saves my sanity in winter. When the windchill outside is trying to freeze off all of my favorite extremities, Jobim’s songs allow my mind to escape to a warm Caribbean island holiday.
Jobim had a very successful career in his native Brazil before he came to prominence in the English speaking world when he collaborated with Stan Getz, and husband and wife team Joao and Astrud Gilberto on the 1963 album “Getz/Gilberto.” He enjoyed international acclaim continued working until his death in 1994.
I’ve already played a few Jobim songs on this thread but there are lots more great ones! Here’s “Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)” from a “Getz/Gilberto” re-release.
I’m headed out of town next weekend! No I’m not going on a Caribbean holiday unfortunately. I’m taking off to the Great White North! Well, Minnesota anyway. I’ll get to see Josh Weinstein’s stand-up act at the Acme Comedy Club on Saturday. Then I’ll do fun touristy stuff with friends new and old. Then I’ll round off the weekend with a trip to “w00tstock!” What’s a w00tstock you ask? I have no earthly idea except it’s a show that features some people I like. It was inexpensive and a good excuse to travel and meet cool people while I get my laugh on. (You can tell by my lingo that I’m hip and down with the street. Right?)
I’ll definitely hang a camera around my neck and, as usual, I probably won’t take a single picture with it. I will write a report though and put it down here because I think it will have a chance of being seen but I can’t think of any musical tie in. Minnesota is a great state to be sure but I don’t really think it’s known for it’s swingin’ jazz scene. Ah well, if no one brings up a song around that time I may have to choose something myself then bend the segue to its breaking point to make that post fit! (’Cause I’ve never done that before you see…)