In A Minute! (...Or Two): Ep. #46

Monday, July 13, 2020

Ep. #46: Claire Brazeau and Jordan Kirschner
"The Girl From Ipanema"

Unrequited love. A recurring theme in stories and song, this was the basis for the international bossa nova sensation, “The Girl From Ipanema”.

Ipanema? It’s real! In the South Zone of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro lies this upscale neighborhood known for its beaches, traditional drink cachaça, and footvolley, a locally invented sport. At café-bar Veloso, “The Girl From Ipanema” song-writers Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes found their muse.

The “Girl”? Was it Astrud Gilberto, the beguiling voice on the Getz/Gilberto album? Actually no, it was local 17-year-old Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto (Helo): “the golden girl, mixed with flower and mermaid, full of light and grace but whose vision is also sad, because she carries with her, on the way to the sea, the feeling of what passes, of beauty that is not only ours – it is a gift of life in its beautiful and melancholy and steady flow.” – Moraes.

The song launched this girl from Ipanema into the spotlight, and with five decades of attention she has had quite a life as a Goodwill Ambassador to Brazil, a school teacher, model, actress, journalist, TV presenter, lawyer, Instagram influencer, brand ambassador, and mother of four.

MUSE/IQUE’s Claire Brazeau and Jordan Kirschner take us to Rio, to that café on the beach where it all began, with this timeless masterpiece.