Petula Clark finishes her first full-fledged U.S. tour with a concert tonight at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City. The trek’s launch coincided with the November 10 release of the British pop legend’s latest studio album, Living for Today.
The 13-track collection features nine songs written or co-written by Clark, plus a few covers, including renditions of Steve Winwood‘s 1980 hit “While You See a Chance” and the Paul McCartney-penned Beatles gem “Blackbird.”
Petula tells ABC Radio that the title track, which she co-penned, basically reflects the album’s theme, as well as her philosophy of life.
“‘Living for Today,’ well, that’s a pretty good idea,” she says. “And I think I’ve been like that for a long, long time. Let’s face it, that’s all we’ve really got is now.”
Much of the album boasts a modern sound, but Clark insists that wasn’t intentional.
“I suppose you could say it sounds contemporary, but I don’t even know what that means anymore,” she maintains. “And some people say that I sound very contemporary on this, [but] I wasn’t trying to sound like anything…I sing the way I sing, and I loved the songs, and so I just sang them.”
On her decision to record “While You See a Chance,” Clark explains, “I heard it I guess when it first came out, and I loved it right then, and I thought, ‘I’d like to sing that one day.’ And it’s taken me all this time to do it.”
Meanwhile, Petula admits she was hesitant to cover “Blackbird,” “because Paul’s recording is so beautiful.” She notes that she asked her producer, “What can I bring to this?” to which he responded, “You bring yourself to it!” She adds, laughing, “I hadn’t thought of that.”
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