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Monica Zetterlund (September 20th 1937 - May 12th 2005)























It doesn’t get any cooler than this
Bill’s understated piano,
Monica’s natural breath-infused notes, as she sings with a cigarette smouldering between her fingers….
Impeccable timing –

Timeless and ageless cool.

Zetterlund was an incredible beauty, with a lyrical and natural voice which was never forced. The collaboration with Bill Evans was a pure miracle and ‘Waltz for Debby’ is one of those great classics of cool.
There are times when I wish that the past,  even when it is lost, is not lost forever, and this is a small effort to bring it back.




Waltz for Debby


In her own sweet world
Populated by dolls and clowns
and a prince and a big purple bear.



Lives my favorite girl,
unaware of the worried frowns
that we weary grown ups all wear.



In the sun she dances to silent music,
songs that are spun of gold
somewhere in her own little head.



One day all too soon
she’ll grow up and she’ll leave her dolls
and her prince and her silly old bear.



When she goes they will cry
as she whispers “Good-bye.”
They will miss her I fear



but then so will I.




Monica’s Vals

Enkel, vacker, öm
Är min vals melodi
min vals fantasi
En sång i en dröm.
Sakta morgon ljus
strömmar över vårt fönster, ritar ett mönster på alla hus
Just den dag, den vackra dag jag lärde mig säga vi
kom den till världen min vals melodi
Enkel, Vacker, öm
Och den påminner mig om hundratals dar som jag varit med dig
Både vinter och vår och i höst och igår
Våra dagar är bara för korta, plötsligen ringer min klocka
Upp med dig klockan är åtta
Väldig, vänlig, stark
Kommer solen med dagen den vackra staden badar i ljus
Väldig, vänlig, stark har du visat mig världen
för mig så är den vacker och ljus
På oss två väntar miljoner dagar
Åh här är vi och världen sjunger min vals melodi
Enkel, vacker, öm
valsen påminner mig om hundratals dar som jag varit med dig
Både vinter och vår, och i höst och igår
Och alla dagar som kommer, Nu är det sommar i tusen år.


Lyrics/Poem by Beppe Wolgers.


Monica’s Waltz.

Simple, beautiful, tender

is my waltz melody

my waltz fantasy

a song in a dream.

Slow morning light

streaming above our window, drawing a pattern on every house.

That very day, that beautiful day when I learned to say “we”

it came to the world, my waltz melody

simple, beautiful, tender

and it reminds me of the hundreds of days I have spent with you
both winter and spring, and in autumn and yesterday.

Our days are just too short; suddenly my clock rings

Up you go, it’s eight o’clock

Mighty, kind, strong

the sun arrives with the day; the beautiful town is bathed in light

Mighty, kind, strong, you have shown me the world

For me, it is beautiful and bright.

Millions of days are waiting for us.

Oh, here we are and the world is singing my waltz melody.

Simple, beautiful, tender

The waltz reminds me of the hundreds of days I have spent with you

Both winter and spring, and in autumn and yesterday

and all the days to come. Now it is summer for a thousand years.


Translation from  the Swedish is kind courtesy of Mira Parkfelt.















Here is an interesting cut-and paste link for an article about the Evans/Zetterlund collaboration.









And another article about Zetterlund:










This is the link to double click  for the Youtube upload of Zetterlund’s ‘Waltz for Debby’ performance With the Bill Evans Trio.

Regrettably the embedding for the upload was disabled, so you will have to watch it directly on Youtube where you cannot follow the lyrics.


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