The Girls Of Ipanema

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We’ve been spending a lot of time in Ipanema, watching the world become, as Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes once said, more beautiful “because of love.” Their collaboration, “Garota de Ipanema” (“The Girl from Ipanema”) introduced the world to bossa nova and was the embodiment of saudade, the Portuguese term meaning something like yearning, or a deep sense of loss.

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After a sizzling hot day, we’ve been spending the carefree evenings with some food and drink at the Garota de Ipanema restaurant. It was here (known then as the Veloso Bar) in the summer of 1962, that Jobim, the musician, and poet, de Moraes, were doing much the same when a “Moça do corpo dourado” (“Girl of the golden brown tan”) swung by on her way down to the sea. She left the two speechless, but they never forgot her.

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Their song went on to become one of the most recorded of all-time, behind the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” and continues to endure despite attempts to ersatz it into elevator muzak.

Lucky for me, I’ve got my own two girls from Ipanema to follow down to the sea…

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Olha que coisa mais linda                         
Mais cheia de graça                                    
É ela menina                                                
Que vem e que passa                                  
Seu doce balanço, a caminho do mar  

(Look, what a beautiful thing
So graceful
She is the girl
That comes and goes by
In her sweet swing heading to the sea)

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