I’m too busy writing text this morning for the Charlotte Zietlow memoir so no hot air today.
The Loved One’s birthday week continues, though, so here’s another installment in my little series of songs dedicated to her. So far, we’ve had “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen and “You Got It” by the Average White Band. Today, let’s say we go with one of my favorite tunes of all time, Astrud Gilberto’s “Goodbye Sadness (Tristeza).” Backed by tenor saxophonist Stan Getz and keyboardist Walter Wanderley, Gilberto’s charmingly unschooled vocals make this one of the happiest songs ever recorded. I’m a big fan of Sunshine Pop, mainly because I allow music to manipulate my emotions. I want songs to make me deliriously giddy, sobbingly melancholy, or anything in between. It’s great exercise for the emotional muscle. Tristeza is not actually Sunshine Pop but it surely helped pave the way for that late ’60s California sound so dubbed in retrospect. C’mon, get happy with me!