“Olha que coisa mais linda, mais cheia de graça
Look, such a pretty thing, so full of grace.
“É ela menina que vem que passa
She’s that girl you see passing by
“Num doce balanço, caminho do mar
In a gentle sway, on her way to the sea
“Moça do corpo dourado do sol de Ipanema…
The girl of the body “golden” from the sun of Ipanema
“O seu balançado é mais que um poema
Her sway is more than a poem
“É a coisa mais linda que eu já vi passar
It’s the prettiest ‘thang’ I ever saw passing by…
August ’77. I had 3 weeks in Paris between the Army and Grad school in the US. (Roll Tide!) I walked the streets with my loyal Asahi-Pentax and rolls of Ilford. (Da best film ever , Man). Found the Carnival of carnivals… Lost the negatives. Sigh. A copy of a print adds a bit of grain… “Don’t think twice, it’s all right…”
As I put together this second post on the Carnival of Carnivals in Paris, a few centuries back, I think of Joaõ Gilberto’s interpretation of the Girl from Ipanema. Not the Muzak version. A shame this lovely song is now forever tied to elevators, far away from the beaches of Ipanema, ‘longe do Rio’… Joaõ Gilberto left us last year. Another shame. The good ones are leaving us. Words and music by Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim. Two great masters. Muito obrigado Joaõ, Vinicius e Tomzinho… (Translation is mine, not easy to render in English…)
Thank you all for flying yet another trip on Equinoxio Airways… I wrote this post on October 27th. I then wished Scotty would move his a.. and find a way to shift us all forward a week, to Election Day… Alas! The lad is stubborn, says we can only go back in time… or to the illusion of “back”. Well, Election went well. We are now rid of one of the worst morons in recent (un)Democratic history. Meanwhile, the virus is still there and the morons still in power just about anywhere else, don’t seem to know how to handle a supply chain for the vaccine.
Stay safe. In more ways than one…