Oh, but he watches so sadly
How can he tell her he loves her?
Yes, he would give his heart gladly
But each day when she walks to the sea
She looks straight ahead not at he…
Experience of Noel Sengupta.
(Noel is an established theatre artist in the Delhi University circuit; he was a member of Shunya, DramSoc of Ramjas College; and had graduated from the college with a degree in Botany.)
Song: ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ by Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz
The song is the creation in the Brazilian New Wave, the ‘Bossa Nova’, a fusion of Samba and Jazz popularised in the 50s and the 60s; way too evident are these elements in the comforting gloom of the song ‘The Girl From Ipanema’, with the calm tone of Astrud Gilberto and the saxophone pockets of Stan Getz. The song has been covered later by Frank Sinatra himself; some say that the gloom in the song was better sheltered by the musical ambience created by Gilberto and Getz.
Here’s what Noel has to say:
“Girl from Ipanema by Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz was very recently introduced to me by one of my friends. This song suddenly invokes a recurring dream where I fall in love with a girl who dies every day. She has no idea about my existence though. One of the things that really intrigues me about this version which I don’t find in the Sinatra version is the darkness with which this song progresses. I could never figure out or remember what the girl looked like. She remains faceless for me. All I can say about the woman is that she wears a sundress and a big hat. I can very vaguely remember that the weather is always Sunny and cool. I can’t say after hearing this song what actually happens in my dream and what my subconscious instinctively imagines. The song works it’s magic like that. It moves those versions of me which I thought doesn’t even exist. The part which echoes with me most is “But he watches her so sadly, how can he tell her he loves her”. I thought I could go on and on writing about this song but I feel can’t.”