“More Human than Human” is a blog series here at 12 Notes & the Truth! dedicated to the unexplainable moments in music that defy words.
Sometimes there is an extra-human element that finds its way into recordings and performances that can’t be explained…a visit from the Muse!
You know the parts of a song that you play over and over because the way they make you feel? Here is my attempt to bring you some of the moments that have moved me over the years, hope they hit you the same way.
“Aguas de Marco,” is a nice little tune written and recorded by A.C. Jobim, the famous Brazilian Bossa Nova composer. In this clip there is a vocal interaction between Jobim and Elis Regina. An exchange that results in a laugh and a light-hearted tone that could not be planned. It could have been edited out as an outtake, but, thankfully it was left as performed! All this happens over an intertwining of descending chromatic lines set by Jobim.
Additionally, there is a slightly out of tune whistling over the piano line that creates an odd chorus-y toy piano sonority.
A small song that packs a heck of a ‘More Human Than Human,’ punch of emotions over a brilliantly composed tune.