One of the most popular bossa styled songs of the 1960s. Meditation by Jobim, was recorded by many including: Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Vic Damone, Claudine Longet, Astrud Gilberto etc. It was also a song that was frequently performed by singers and groups in lounges around the world, for decades.
I always liked the song Meditation, however it wasn't until after performing it with my quartet at an outdoor concert in downtown Chicago in the Summer of 2015 that it took on new meaning. While on break, a gentleman, probably in his mid-60s, approached me and told me how he was not familiar with the song but that he enjoyed it and that it reminded him of his late wife. I realized at that moment how powerful those lyrics actually were and have never taken the song for granted since.
For my recording of Meditation, guitarist Andy Brown along with bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer George Fludas accompany me in the first chorus, before pianist Larry Harris enters with some hauntingly beautiful notes on the high end of the piano. Trombonist Russ Phillips plays on the intro and outro and adds a perfect solo.
Meditation - Antonio Carlos Jobim
English lyrics- Norman Gimbel
In my loneliness When you're gone and I'm all by myself And I need your caress I just think of you And the thought of you holding me near Makes my loneliness soon disappear Though you're far away I have only to close my eyes And you are back to stay I just close my eyes And the sadness that missing you brings Soon is gone and this heart of mine sings Yes I love you so And that for me is all I need to know I will wait for you Til the sun falls from out of the sky For what else can I do I will wait for you meditating How sweet life will be When you come back to me
Frank Lamphere and guitarist Andy Brown running through Meditation before the recording June 04 2019
Pianist Larry Harris and guitarist Andy Brown at the America Swinging recording session (Photo by Bill Klewitz)
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