Your Sunday Sinatra: “The Girl from Ipanema” – Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim

Sinatra’s cover of the landmark 1962 Bossa Nova song from the album “Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim”

Reward yourself with three minutes and nineteen seconds to let Frank Sinatra and Anonio Carlos Jobim remind you of why Sundays were invented with the woozy, relaxed swing of “The Girl from Ipanema,” embedded below.

Recorded in 1967, “Ipanema” is the lead-off track for Sinatra’s first Bossa Nova album, a collaboration with Jobim entitled appropriately entitled “Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim.”   The album is unparalleled in its melding of Jobim’s sophisticated South American breeziness and Sinatra’s hypnotically heartbreaking vocal gifts, wandering through not only some of the best Jobim compositions (“Ipanema,” “Once I Loved,” “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”), but also some great American standards (“Change Partners,” “I Concentrate on You” and “Baubles, Bangles & Beads”)

I can never listen to this track just once.  Five or six times in a row is the norm for me. It’s so tender and delicate in its orchestration, you may worry it might just burst like a bubble midway through.  Until then, it’s a track whose beauty demands an isolated candle.  Light one this morning, climb back in bed, and let it welcome you into the day.


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