“The Girl from Ipanema” – This never gets old

Posted on: July 10th, 2012 by Mr Roaming 7 Comments

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 . . .

7 Responses

  1. Melissa says:

    Truly a Brasilian anthem!

  2. Charlie says:

    Astrud is one of a kind. So many have performed this song. But she’s the one who gave it life…

  3. S.r.a says:

    The true testament of an eternal song is the frequency in which it has been performed and by so many artists. I can think of at least 15. I love this video!

  4. Mary L says:

    The best song for a summer by the beach! Heading to St. Kitts and will definitely will be playing it on my ipod. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. Sarah says:

    My god – I love this song! Goes perfectly with your summer theme currently. Mr. Roaming, you have done the impossible – put me in a summery mood while being here in the rainy northwest.

  6. Johnny says:

    No one can match Astrud – that’s for sure.

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