Today we have decided to go to Brazil for our latest video, “The Girl From Ipanema“. Sierra sings probably one of the best known song’s in entire the world. It certainly is used in movies and TV a lot and is used to create a “Brazilian” or South American sound.
So here is the Singing Dogs version. Just as an FYI, Sierra doesn’t start singing until about 30 seconds into this video. She really needs to moved by the music to sing. She is after all a diva.
The Girl from Ipanema
Notice that we decided to be outside since it is summer. It isn’t as hot as it is in Brazil but it can get pretty humid in Maryland sometimes.
The Girl from Ipanema was made famous by the tenor saxophone player Stan Getz. He collaborated with the Brazilian guitarist Joao Gilberto for the 1964 album Getz/Gilberto where the “The Girl from Ipanema” was first heard. The song also featured Astrud, Gliberto’s wife (then). Astrud Gilberto is known as the Queen of Bossa Nova for singing on that track and on the album.
The Girl from Ipanema is an extremely well known song and epitomizes the “Bossa Nova” sound. Bossa Nova is a subset of Jazz but is influenced by Brazilian music and rhythms which gives it a lain flare. Ipanema is beach in Rio de Janiero and the Getz/Gilberto introduced Bossa Nova to the world. There are many other great songs on the album like “Desafindo” and “Quiet Night of Quite Stars.” We might have to do versions of these Bossa Nova tunes in the future.
Sierra wanted to do “The Girl from Ipanema” since she thought it was a kind of sad that Brazil had that horrible loss against Germany in the semi-final of the World Cup. Then the Brazilian national soccer team played the Netherlands for third place they lost 3-0. It was disappointing since Soccer (natives like Adriana Lima call it football) in Brazil is such a big part of the national identity. This would be like the United States losing an international tournament in Baseball or American Football.
Hopefully Brazilians around the world appreciate Sierra’s version of “The Girl from Ipanema” and it makes you feel happy. The real question is why a singing dogs wouldn’t make you feel happy?