I promise this is not because of her hair bow! Even if I like that bow and I’m so predictable and easy to please!
I’m thankful for this wonderful week I’ve spent with you; I’m thankful for your every word, your every comment you share; I’m thankful for my life, my healthy kids and husband; I’m thankful for my family and for you! I hope you’re having an amazing weekend! Enjoy Astrud Gilberto The Girl From Ipanema! (more info right after the jump!)
This is the over-successful version of the Garota de Ipanema, originally written in 1962 by Antonio Carlos Jobim with lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes (the English lyrics were composed by Norman Gimbel). Astrud Gilberto with Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz made it really big with this bossa nova number. And I can’t figure out a single reason why they wouldn’t have! But did you know there was actually a Girl from Ipanema who inspired this musical madness to start with?
Her name was Heloisa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto (kinda long, right? So her name was officially shortened somewhere along the way into Helo Pinheiro) and she was living in Ipanema. Each day she was going to the beach (because you know there’s nothing to do in Brazil besides that) she passed near the “Veloso”, a very popular bar nearby. There she would buy cigarettes for her mother and strut her 15-year-old beauty in the flattering regards and remarks of all.
Though it was played over and over again in many movies, the version included here is from “Get Yourself a College Girl” (1964). Also the song has been declined into a “Boy from Ipanema” version and you can watch the divine Ella Fitzgerald performing it in a concert from Holland, 1974. Right after, a very favorite of mine, Smoke City‘s Mr Gorgeous (it just came to mind when thinking about “The Boy of Ipanema”)