By far the most interesting & imaginative arrangement of this understandably oft-recorded north-of-the-border bossa nova standard is provided by its composer, Clare Fischer, for Terry Trotter's 1993 CD, "Its About Time." The track features Trotter on acoustic piano & the composer on electric. Fischer, however, can in no way be held accountable 4 either the accompanying montage or the superimposed lyrics. Both of these, 4 better or worse, r my handiwork alone; I hope in some small way both 2 complement & pay tribute 2 both these gentlemen's artistry, &, 2 a lesser extent, that of the many who've covered Clare's classic composition over the years (via the album-cover montage seen during both solos). Moreover, the movie-minded among us (at least of a certain vintage) will easily pick out James Stewart in stills from "Vertigo" (w/ Kim Novak), "The Shop Around the Corner" (w/ Margaret Sullavan), & "It's a Wonderful Life" (w/ Donna Reed), as well as Natalie Wood, glimpsed briefly in "West Side Story."
Last but not least, my mid-January rediscovery of this delightful recording will now afford me a nice Valentine's Day offering 4 my own beloved 'Pensativa.'
Clare Fischer's lyrics:
As with each new dawn
Sun is giving the breath of day,
And warms the cold from night
And hovers softly o'er the sea of day.
And now with the twilight
You sit pensive and lost it seems
What lived so near last night
Is now converted into empty dreams
For day starts once more anew
And lifts you from the clutching bonds of night
And leads you once more in search of happiness
Ever seeking on and on, searching endlessly for what is gone.
Then night drops its curtain
Making certain your loneliness
And fills a longing cloud
That leaves you in your lonely pensiveness.