Track of the Day: 'Stone Flower'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A reader recommends several sexy songs for Saturday night:

Given that one song ain’t enough, I’m on an album tip here, and two that spring to mind are Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Stone Flower and Chet Baker’s Chet Baker Sings. The former because, after tiring of the familiar-to-the-point-of-cliche Getz/Byrd and Getz/Jilberto, Stone Flower remains fresh and sexy as hell, and the latter because, jeez, the pants that came off to it in a more prudish time remain uncountable. YouTube gives a good start to each [Jobim’s video is embedded above—technically the first part of his album, not a single track—and Baker’s album is here], but just download or stream ‘em.

Jobim is also at the center of a classic Fallows thread on the singer’s widely covered “Águas de Março.” Our reader also emailed a cover song:

Not to flood your inbox, but this Miles Fisher cover of the Talking Heads’s “This Must Be the Place” is also great (and slightly NSFW—violence and simulated sex, if I have the MPAA terms right). It made the rounds at Esquire when I was there, because the blonde actress is Lydia Hearst, heir to the empire.

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