Brazil Thoughts: The Girl From Ipanema



One of the first things that comes to my mind when I think of Brazil is the melody of one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard – the now well known Brazilian bossa nova song : La garota de Ipanema (The Girl From Ipanema), first written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes. I think the most popular version of the song and the most classic and iconic is that which was first performed by Astrud Gilberto and Joao Gilberto. The song has then gone on to be performed by Frank Sinatra and even Amy Winehouse. If you haven’t already, I suggest you listen to this lovely song!

Above is a picture of Hêlo Pinheiro, the young girl who had inspired the song to be written because of her beauty. The girl from Ipanema.


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