Thursday, August 19, 2010

Garota de Ipanema, The Girl from Ipanema

Truly one of the greatest songs ever written made famous by the 1964 jazz album Getz/Gilberto by Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto.

Who is the girl? Apparently she actually exists, and is called Helo Pinheiro, but that isn't very interesting. The telling part is that Pinheiro was the muse for what Vinicius de Moraes, the man who wrote the original Portuguese lyrics called,

"the paradigm of the young Carioca: a golden teenage girl, a mixture of flower and mermaid, full of light and grace, the sight of whom is also sad, in that she carries with her, on her route to the sea, the feeling of youth that fades, of the beauty that is not ours alone — it is a gift of life in its beautiful and melancholic constant ebb and flow."
Keep that description in mind the next time you listen to this song, or even better, listen to it right now, here:

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