You Can Do This: Shadowing The Spirit Of Jobim

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 08/03/2017 - 11:04 am

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You Can Do This: A walking guide to The Spirit of Jobim in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro at BrazilClubUSA.comphoto by Leonel Ponce    

It’s a 30-minute walk to Ipanema from the Copacabana strip; head a few blocks in from the beach to Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana (you can’t miss it) then turn left towards Arpoador. Right on Francisco Otaviano, then a short walk past Parque Garota de Ipanema to Avenida Vieira Souto, Ipanema’s beachside boulevard. You’ll pass the longtime former home of Rio’s legendary Jazzmania on the second floor of the chic and cliquey Bar Astor. Great pace for cocktails, but pass it by for now.

One, two, three long blocks down to Avenida Vinicius de Moraes. Take it inland a block or so until it crosses with Rua Prudente de Morais. You’ll see the Garota de Ipanema Bar on the corner.

Congratulations. You’re deep on the heart of the spiritual home of Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Inside that corner bar is a table with his name on it and a clear view of the sidewalk route that Ipanema’s most famous citizen would take to the beach: the source of inspiration for his famous song. He lived in this area for awhile – not too far away before moving near his beloved Jardim Botanico and later, to the hills above Rio. “A grand panorama for his grand piano”, he might have said. In between were homes in Los Angeles and New York. He loved New York.

If home is where the heart is, then surely Jobim’s spiritual home is wherever his music resides and that’s the idea behind our Rendezvous In Rio radio theme and this week’s show for The Sounds of Brazil, ‘The Spirit of Jobim.’

Rio’s muscial elegance deserves much more than August's four weeks allow for, especially at a time where – for some - the appreciation of musical creativity has succumbed to rhythmic rhyming of simple syllables. Pop music is nothing if not cyclical.

But even now, 90 years after his birth, you might be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t been touched by Jobim’s music: he stands as one the world’s greatest pop songwriters, shaping the Bossa Nova generation, first in his own Rio de Janeiro and then for the rest of the world.

It’s a timeless contribution. Even for our ‘15 seconds of fame’, selfie culture.

So let's get back in touch with Jobim's legacy. This week, it includes our streaming debut of Zanna's beautiful new single from her new debut album, plus a glowing tribute from Danilo Caymmi dueting with Stacey Kent released eariler this year in Rio, on Jobim's birthday.  A 'can't miss' classic.

Thanks for listening.

Scott Adams


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