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Music for Lovers: "Garota de Ipanema" by Ondine Darcyl

Feb 9, 2012

You know you have the vocal chops to make romantic music when your recordings are name checked in a published novel. Best-selling novelist Eric Jerome Dickey wrote about Ondine Darcyl at length in his novel Between Lovers:

“ Back at the Hotel Bedford, after a long, hot bath, we ordered room service, lit candles, put my Ondine Darcyl CD in the player, listened to her soothing rendition of "Autumn Leaves", "La Vie en Rose" and "Black Orpheus," all in French, some with a Brazilian feel, all jazzy and beautiful. Savored those sounds as we ate code and mashed potatoes, sipped White Borduex, and rsted underneath a golden duvet on white linen sheets that smelled like spring.”

Say no more – bring on more Ondine for Valentine’s Day.

I asked the Brazilian-born singer what song she would recommend for this posting, and she picked a classic of unrequited love:

The first song that comes to mind is “Garota de Ipanema”. I recorded it in Portuguese and English as “Boy from Ipanema”. To me that’s the ultimate love song. And there is a true story behind it. The girl actually existed in Ipanema, a beautiful area in Rio de Janeiro. But I guess that may be true of lots of songs.

Since moving to the United States at age 18, the singer and award-winning visual artist has also completed an unusual trifecta by becoming an attorney and mediator. Ondine Darcyl (Darcyl Records) is her debut CD (released in Japan by Polystar/Jazzbank and titled Flor Nova), a series of duets with guitarist/keyboardist Hernan Romero (known for his work with guitarist Al Di Meola). Watch for another CD in the very near future.