Of the 13 Monk tunes on the recording, Mike Ferro's lyrics to "Ugly Beauty" and McRae's interpretation of them are among the standouts. (The intricacies of music publishing necessitated that each newly lyricized Monk composition be given a new title.) "Still We Dream" deals with the end of a love affair and the resulting regret and resignation. Carmen sings it as if bravely trying to hold back the tears and emotion, while also honoring every odd interval and note of Monk's melodic creation. Her subtle variations in dynamics and vocal inflections are enticing, such as after Gunnison's lilting piano solo, when she returns by repeating a word with a timbre that intimates the sound of a trumpet. Ferro, who has also written lyrics to many Django Reinhardt tunes (Django by Ferro), is brilliant here, his lines both moving and in keeping with the mood and spirit of Monk's lovely ballad.
Dim the light and let's go on pretending
That this time it's real
So round and round
The carousel is winding down
And still we dream of love
July 15, 2008 · 0 commentsTags: ugly beauty
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