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Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos: Day 89
Sat. April 7, 2012

Nothing But Flowers
David Byrne & Caetano Veloso
2012

“♫ And as things fell apart/ Nobody paid much attention/ you got it, you got it […] ♫”

David Byrne’s sardonic take on a future/materialistic Adam and Eve who wake up to their techno world gone wilderness green without electronics or drive thru machines—is pure genius.

The amazing fact was that Byrne penned “Nothing but […]” circa 1988. This was before the War over Global Warning ever begun. Now, “Nothing but” has become the Fox News climate change denier’s nightmare scenario. “Flowers” is also a live staple of Byrne very vibrant solo shows.

Most recently, Byrne released his 2004 Carnegie Hall shows with Brazil’s very on Caetano Veloso [think Brazilian tenor a-la Placido Domingo with a guitar and a samba beat]. This stunning live version captivated the enlightened NYC audience who appreciated the ironic tone in Veloso’s voice; Caetano’s smooth duet with Byrne is a highlight of their just released Live at Carnegie Hall album.

Don’t believe me? Get ready to be amazed. Veloso and Byrne’s updated version of “Nothing But Flowers” will definitely ignite a smile on your already grinning face. “Flowers” is a perfect Saturday song—my gift to you; enjoy it! And, have a happy Sabado, everybody!

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