Does this ever happen to you? Suddenly, out of nowhere, you think, I need to hear some bossa nova. No? OK, maybe it’s just me.
Oddly, “Girl from Ipanema” was one of those songs I’d heard often but didn’t know the title to until well into adulthood. I probably wasn’t listening to the words. Often, back in my days at the catering service, I heard wedding bands playing it, and they usually didn’t bother to sing this one.
I work with a woman who actively hates this song (essentially, it’s her “Candy Man”). I am careful not to mention it around her.
My buddy Dana has a picture of herself standing in front of huge ship named the Ipanema.
Maybe there is something a little sixties-cheesy about bossa nova. Maybe that’s why I love it.
Here’s Astrud Gilbert.