Joe Zawinul, Pianist, band “weather report”, was an Austrian musician, who moved to New York in the fifties.
“I wrote ‘Orange Lady’ thinking mainly of my wife, but also of most ladies who have children and are stuck in a big city. There’s a certain sadness in it. In my case, in order to really make my wife happy, and make myself happy by making her happy, I’ll take her out somewhere in the country–that’s what the middle part is about–and then that changes the whole attitude and you can go on being happy for a while again, and then you come back to New York and it’s like the same thing all over again–it’s like a constant change from a certain sadness.”
Weather Report is one of my favourite bands.
As for Miroslav Vitous’ part, he recalled, “‘Orange Lady’ was such a beautiful melody. I said, ‘How about playing this in unison with the arco bass?’ I just picked up the bow and played the melody with Wayne–that’s how it happened, that’s the way it was. We arranged this song when we were rehearsing.” [