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50 Years Ago The Girl from Ipanema Went Walking

10 Jul

I read a great article earlier today from the Wall Street Journal profiling the odd journey of the mega Brazilian bossa nova hit “Garota de Ipanema.” Read it here. The song celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, even though the tremendously popular English version (the one everyone knows) was actually released in 1964. It has taken an almost mythical path garnering a boat-load of covers and an eternal spot atop the list of elevator music. The story of the “Girl from Ipanema” is almost as classic as the song itself.

There is a girl from Ipanema. Well, there are several girls from Ipanema, a Brazilian neighborhood south of Rio de Janeiro. But there was a chica who inspired the writers of this ode to the pretty girl unaware of the frenzy her appearance causes. Her name is Helô Pinheiro and at the time of the song’s creation she was a 17-year-old girl living on Montenegro Street. In the winter of 1962, composer Antônio Carlos Jobim and poet Vinícius de Moraes watched the tall, beautiful girl pass by the bar and were struck. As the article suggests, the two were stuck on a number for a musical they were writing. Helô acted as their muse.

The story doesn’t end there. The song was recorded in 1962 by Pery Ribeiro and, after hearing it, U.S. music publisher Lou Levy requested an English version of the song. American lyricist Norman Gimbel (wrote the lyrics of “Killing me Softly” and wrote “Sway” which is based on “Quien Sera”) was tasked with completing the American version. The question of who would sing it arose pretty quickly. The answer? Well, the only one of the Brazilians who could speak English well. Astrud Gilberto, guitarist João Gilberto’s wife. A major reason why the song became popular, in my opinion, is because of the innocent, soft, and accented singing of Gilberto, who had never sung professionally prior to the song’s release. The nervous delivery and subtle mispronunciation of some words did not detract from the song, they benefitted it.

So let’s all celebrate one of the most known bossa nova hits ever.

Another Brick In The Wall/Your Ipod Playlist

15 Nov

Are the Beatles finally coming to iTunes?




Will the long-standing feud come to an end tomorrow? According the the Wall Street Journal, the answer is a:

You all know you liked what I did there? Beatles’ puns are the best. Apple’s “exciting announcement” will be made tomorrow and despite Yoko Ono‘s quieting of rumors back in August, the WSJ cites sources close to the situation who believe that this will be the statement. What took so long? The Beatles’ finances are like an inextricable web of numbers and agreements. Let’s be real. It wont be untangled, but, intelligent people can work around it if they have patience. It is possible that the conflict has ended and finally iTunes customers will be able to download Beatles’ music from the music service tomorrow. Cross your fingers.

“We don’t need no education. We don’t need no thought control.” You can just hear the eery sound of the school children’s choir. Well, a Tampa choir is going to have that pleasure tomorrow. And, in this bloggers mind, that is amazing!


Yes, I am jealous of the 12-year-old. This is such a cool opportunity. Seriously, it makes me giddy. It is like “School of Rock” except instead of Jack Black it is Roger Waters. (Insert Joke Here). Have fun out there kids. And, remember, “Leave them kids alone”

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