There’s nothing quite like travel, events, the flu/pellagra, and learning you’re the object of an IRS identity-theft case to keep a guy out of the blogging business. (Nomenclature point: back in the Golden Age of the Blog a few years ago, I avoided using the term blog, prissily referring instead to “my web site” etc. In retrospect, blogging looks like some ideal lost form, akin to essays from the Addison and Steele era. It’s like John Boehner’s transformation, as he has left the Speakership, from one more party warrior to the modern James Madison.)
The bright side of the IRS screwup is that it might provide fodder for an update of this piece on my wife’s Gmail hack. And the bright side of the passing time is that I now have a huge selection of suggested new versions of the World’s Greatest Song, the bossa nova classic Águas de Março, previously discussed here, here, and here.
In this installment, I’ll provide links and videos for the (plausible) nominated versions that come in. Then by tomorrow evening, I will announce the official results of the Best Five Versions ever, as decided by me.
We can’t go wrong by starting with Cassandra Wilson, whose version many readers say they like best.