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Chovenda na Roseira (Jobim)

This is one of my all time favorite tunes. It's sung by brazilian singer, Rosani Reis. It was played on an older Musser M55 and there's unfortunately pedal noise.
This is dedicated to Marie.

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Marie-Noëlle Mon, 04/12/2010 - 12:21

Oh man... this is so beautiful...

I had a look on the net about this tune from Antonio Carlos Jobim that you recorded a few years ago...

The title means "Raining on the Rose Trees"... I read the lyrics in Portugese. I can't really translate them in English, but they sound so poetics. At least the title is telling it all about the atmosphere...

This version of yours is magical! I can hear the rain drops on the flowers, and the petals in the wind... Both your "voices" are so subtle, delicate and in harmony with the tune...

Thank you so much David. I feel very much honored and humble...

- Marie

P.S. If you are patient enough, I might have some kind of reply one of these days... ;o)

tonymiceli Mon, 04/12/2010 - 13:47

you get to play the best fkn tunes. that's one of my favorites!! and you play them in great combinations. duo is cool.

and she's so rhythmic and that ads to the 2 of you creating time.

this is beautiful!

Tony Miceli (new)
s k y p e: tjazzvibe

David Friedman Mon, 04/12/2010 - 16:20

In reply to by tonymiceli

Hi Tony and Marie,

A colleague of mine is sending me a version by Rosa Passos. She's incredible. I'll post it.

Marie-Noëlle Mon, 04/12/2010 - 16:49

I was ending my working day, when came in the office "Rosario", the housework lady. She nicely helped me better understand the original lyrics. After a little work and great help from the net, here is a very rough translation of the lyrics in English... Still the poetry of this text is impossible to translatable... for me! :o\


Raining over the rose trees

Watch, it’s raining over the rose trees
Just a rose, but no scent
The coolness of wet drops

From Luisa,
From Pauinho,
From Joao,
From anyone…

Petals of roses blown in the wind
Such a pure love carries my thoughts

Watch, there’s a tico-tico close by
Wandering, still dry
He felt spring around

Look, how nice and pleasant is the rain
Getting my rose trees wet
Rain, such a nice shelter

Spraying the earth,
Filling the river,
Cleaning the sky,
Through the blue…

Ah, you belong to no one…

Thanks again for your post.

- Marie

Marie-Noëlle Mon, 04/12/2010 - 17:12

In reply to by David Friedman

I checked it out... it doesn't work anymore so I took it off from my comment... I don't know why...

Pff... It was a scan of the lyrics manuscript... So amazing!!

Jeez now the page keeps blank... The site from where I got it was, but the whole place is acting strange now... I'm hopeless...


- M

PS: in case it works later here is the link:

BarryK Wed, 04/14/2010 - 22:10

In reply to by Marie-Noëlle

I've been trying to learn this from the original Jobim recording that I have.

This is in a different key than David's version. I think the Jobim version was in G and David's is in Gb.

I see that the site has full sheet music on this site! It also has an audio of an instrumental version. This arrangement is in Ab.

How were the keys chosen? Vocal range?


tonymiceli Thu, 04/15/2010 - 00:02

In reply to by BarryK

sometimes singers.

but the bossas that we play were usually in guitar keys until the horn players got ahold of them. then they went flat. at least that 's the story i've been told.

we play triste in Bb, but i think the original key was G

we play girl from ipanema in F but i think the original was Db.

but singers always move keys around.

Tony Miceli (new)
s k y p e: tjazzvibe

jen Thu, 04/15/2010 - 07:41

In reply to by Marie-Noëlle

Ok Marie-Noelle,...we might be the big drags...for the key changes....
But we have eachother on this site...and we are happy to exist!!

They need strong women on this site...and the numbers are building!!!
They may not be singers,....but.........

We are very good singers!...and We Enhance Their Instruments!! HA!


David Friedman Thu, 04/15/2010 - 05:32

In reply to by BarryK

Hi Barry,

The key choice was made by Rosani. She felt Gb was best for her voice. It's a nice key. I've also played it in A major. The key is relatively unimportant.

jen Thu, 04/15/2010 - 05:40

In reply to by Marie-Noëlle

Thank you for posting this gorgeous song David!!

Wow,..could this be anymore beautiful?
Just Lovely!!
Umm, quote you on a previous posting,...More More!!!!!
Please! :)
Thank you,
Carla Jenkins

Marie-Noëlle Thu, 04/15/2010 - 05:49

In reply to by Marie-Noëlle

If you read this, try again the above link: it seems to be working now! :o)

tonymiceli Fri, 05/27/2011 - 22:47

In reply to by BarryK

man that was beautiful. i forgot about that. man digging stuff up i think is an important part of the site, we all know where a chunk of stuff is from the site. keep digging them up!!

@david, that was beautiful. besides the listening pleasure of it, it's a reminder that duo's of any type can work. i loved it that both you and the singer were making the rhythm flow of the piece. cool stuff!!!

Marie-Noëlle Sat, 05/28/2011 - 04:19

In reply to by tonymiceli

Funny you dug this up Barry! In fact this tune is among my favorite and (like a few others from the site) it follows me everywhere : it's on my mp3, at home, on my little data base at work. I listened to it a thousand times!! And each time with the same pleasure! Beautiful!! :o)