Who has not been humming the tune of “The Girl from Ipanema” as was going up and down in the elevators around the world? It was the most popular song in history, behind Beatles of “Yesterday”! Lately through the media and because of the Olympics in Rio the story about the inspiration of the song came up in the surface and became part of the Olympics opening ceremony with Gisele Bundchen. The story was so romantic and once more reassures me that life is getting better when there are musicians, poets, artists and in general when there is still around the University degree of Art & Humanities which is so depreciating subject in our times.What will we do without all these people that feed our soul? It is quite clear that the type of Mark Zuckerbergs in this world, simply alone does not fit the bill for making us feel better and enhance our inner soul.
But let’s see the story behind the song which I don’t know if it is true but who cares ? It is a nice one! Lydia Hutchinson at the website ‘performingsongwriter.com’ writes: “Summer 1962. Rio de Janeiro. At the Veloso Bar, a block from the beach at Ipanema, two friends—the composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and the poet Vinícius de Moraes—are drinking Brahma beer and musing about their latest song collaboration.The duo favor the place for the good brew and the even better girl-watching opportunities. Though both are married men, they’re not above a little ogling. Especially when it comes to a neighborhood girl nicknamed Helô. Eighteen-year-old Heloisa Eneida Menezes Pais Pinto is a Carioca—a native of Rio. She’s tall and tan, with emerald green eyes and long, dark wavy hair. They’ve seen her passing by, as she’s heading to the beach or coming home from school. She has a way of walking that de Moraes calls “sheer poetry.” Legend has it that Jobim and de Moraes were so inspired by this shapely coed, they wrote a song for her right on the bar napkins!”
Those musicians and poets, eh!
Helo Pinheiro and Vinícius de Moraes
And when you listen Sinatra and Jobim to sing the song you feel even better and life is good again!
Enjoy the rest of summer! August is a fabulous month to recharge our batteries with uplifting music during its summer lazy days. Don’t worry, Mark will make all this job of competing and achieving (jogging, learning Chinese…) for us 😉 Have a nice one!