A Song That Feels Like Warm Summer Days

I am of an age where, when I hear the name Stan Getz, the famous jazz saxophonist, I think immediately of the exchange in That Thing You Do! in which while the Wonders are interviewed at KJZZ, a jazz radio station in southern California, Skitch Patterson begins to talk excitedly about the music that really inspires him — “Stan Getz, anything he did on the Verve label.”

Stan Getz came to mind this afternoon when WDCB, Chicago’s jazz radio station, played Getz and Astrud Gilberto’s 1960s classic, “The Girl from Ipanema,” a song so delightfully perfect that I can’t help but feel happy when hearing it.

Naturally, I wanted to hear it again, so I went looking for it on YouTube. And, besides the official music video for the song, which appears to have been made only last year, I found this charming cover by Elise Trouw, whom I’m not familiar with, but I see that, in the five years this has been on the Tubes of You, it’s been watched eight and a half million times.

Yeah, that’s just charming.

The official video of the Getz/Gilberto video is charming in an entirely different way, looking like a cartoon that might have been made in 1965.

On a day it’s snowing in Pennsyltucky, these make one think of warmer summer days.

Maybe I’ll watch That Thing You Do! tomorrow night. It’s getting late in the day today, and I feel like hibernating.

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