The Sinatra/Jobim sessions yielded much beautiful work. You can't help but be whisked off in your mind to a warm sandy beach somewhere, It's my go-to soundtrack for that kind of thing, which is probably why it's on my mind, stuck inside, sheltering on a rainy day.
Mr. Sinatra was taken with the bossa nova movement, and it shows. He was always motivated by the music. If something was schlock in his opinion, the audience knew it (doo-be-doo, anyone?) His work with Jobim produced some of the most warm and tender work of his career and I think he was somewhat disappointed it was a short-lived trend in the popular music world.
Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) may be the most visually-evocative arrangements of their collaboration. Sinatra at his best is unequaled in his ability to the heart of the music — he is that guy in One for my Baby, you are there listening to the guitar looking at that view in Corcovado.
The lyric is simply beautiful, "I who was lost and lonely believing life was only a bitter tragic joke have found in you, the meaning of existence, oh my love." All credit to Gene Lees for that. Music critic. Biographer. Lyricist. And journalist — imagine that?
No small feet building an interesting GarageBand arrangement from iReal chords, then. In the immortal words of Slap Shot's Dickie Dunn, I tried to capture the spirit of the thing. I hope I succeeded.