Monday, April 03, 2006
Has Anyone Seen Sam Lowry???
I'm a sucker for all the versions of the song "Brazil" - ANALOG arts ensemble blog has Carmen Miranda's version that I hadn't heard before. She's great for dreaming in technicolor of that "amber moon"...
And that escapist trait of the song was probably why it's such a great centerpiece of Terry Gilliam's great movie Brazil (there's certainly no other reference to Brazil in the movie!).
Here's Geoff Muldaur's version from the Brazil movie soundtrack:
-- There's a bit of a cheesy Spike Jonze feel to this version but at the same time it's laidback - it could be just that with this melody and the latin percussion you can't help but lean back. The trumpets slur and at the end there's a big farting sound from a tuba(?). It's light and fun but played like maybe a bad drunken samba band might play it. I can see why Muldaur doesn't exactly reference it on his site. The soundtrack also has a dream version of the song by Kate Bush AND a full-up samba version of the song ...
As for Muldaur's Latin-swing version, I can do that Latin dance with the wrists going up and down and my feet shuffling (but only in my bedroom, alone - and no, I don't have a web-cam).
If you have another version of "Brazil" (and there are plenty - just peruse iTunes for one point of reference) - please post it or write about it and let me know where and I'll link to it.
Image found at JamesWagner.com's great art image blog