Lightly Latin - 1966

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Meditation ( Meditaçao )

Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim with original lyrics by Newton Mendonça, 1963
English lyrics by Norman Gimbel , 1966
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito
Choral Director: Ray Charles and the Ray Charles Singers.
Produced by Andy Wiswell
Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Final Recording Time 3:45
Recorded February 25th, 1966  ~ Matrix No. SPA1-6233 Take 5

Lightly Latin ~ RCA Victor 1966

Originally called 'Meditaçao' in Brazil, this charming song, by Antonio Carlos Jobim and his old-time friend Newton Mendonça, relates the story of separated lovers and of how one meditates on the other. The stately, sad melody seems to float over the rippling samba rhythm, and that's one reason why bossa nova caught on so quickly and became so popular. Norman Gimbel wrote the English lyrics for several of Jobim's songs.

( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )

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