Summer: it’s that time of year when a song like “The Girl from Ipanema” wraps up in a nice little package all that is this carefree season. It’s the sun, the beach, the lazy afternoons, the refreshing drinks and the lovers.
The song was born five decades ago when the composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and poet Viniciuns de Moraes needed some inspiration. They found it at a bar in Ipanema. As legend has it, a beautiful girl by the name of Helo Pinheiro was passing by and Jobim and Moraes, being struck by her beauty, wrote the song on a cocktail napkin.
But Astrud Gilberto is of course the voice behind Jobim’s anthem. In this video, Astrud is not only performing the song for the first time, but she’s is performing for the first time ever! It’s her lack of professional experience that makes her delivery so appealing. The exotic sound transports us to another reality, one of a girl out of reach, one of unattainable beauty.
Half a century later, the feeling is much the same . . .