A live performance blending two of my favorite singers in a “Jackson,” June Carter Cash/Johnny Cash style duet? Yes please.
A repeat, I know, but this is such a lovely live version, I couldn’t resist.
From Automatic for the People, an album I still have memorized apparently, as I can sing every song I’ve played from it in picking out songs for this week. As is well documented here and in my life, I’m an unashamed car singer. I have no problems being that person dancing and singing to whatever I’ve chosen to play. I must have played this album, on a tape I think I still own, a thousand times, repeating each note and line until they were etched into my subconscious. Even still, I have to drive with an album a few times before I’m fully able to hear it.
I somehow missed this one last. Much needed comic relief during midterms. Now I want to go rewatch the whole series.
The one and only song I’ve sung at karaoke. Very badly. Very, very badly. On really good days, I greet my students by calling them shiny happy people. None of them get the reference.
*Okay a bit of a connective stretch, but given that this poem is about the futility of war and the event documented here occurred during the Crimean War, I think it apropos given the turmoil in the Ukraine.
My friend Dan asked for what REM songs are a must hear for someone who had only heard “It’s the End of the World (and I feel fine)” over the weekend. In lieu of grading–because who needs to have midterm grades in on time, not this girl (I’m kidding)–, I’m assembling my pics for the week.
Live version, so the sound is a little muddled.
Canned version, alas, but clearer sound on the drums.
While the whole song is beautiful, it’s the lyrics in Portuguese by Milton Nascimento that resonate the most:
Da licenca um momento (Excuse me, one moment)
Te lembró (I remind you)
Que amanhã (That tomorrow)
Será tudo ou será naoa (It will be all or it will be nothing)
Depende coração (It depends, heart)
Será breve ou será grande (It will be brief or it will be great)
Depende da paixão (It depends on the passion)
Será sujo, será sonho (It will be dirty, it will be a dream)
Cuidado, coração (Be careful, heart)
Será util, será tarde (It will be useful, it will be late)
Se esmera, coração (Do your best, heart)
E confia (And have trust)
Na força do amanhã (In the power of tomorrow)