are you dancing too? / Debra Blaquiere
As a slave to lyrics, this album is a mixture of standards both pop and jazz with great lyrics, and three original songs written from the heart. Loving jazz standards I find it very hard not to record Gershwin, Rogers and Hart, Porter, Berlin, as through them and the American songbook I have honed my craft. The title track "Are You Dancing Too?" was penned after seeing a play about people with Down's Syndrome. At one point in the play the characters are dancing all awkward and goofy. While dancing the actors dropped their Down's character roles, a huge mirror ball appeared and they became regular people, in love, elegant, gliding across a dance floor in 3 / 4 time. This had a profound impact on me as I was shown how they see themselves, just as we see ourselves. I have recorded with a small group of musicians. As with my previous albums I like to create space for them, to create their magic. I wish I could find a way to acknowledge the magic properly, and not diminish how important their contribution is. Thank you!
- Debra Blaquiere
1. Blue Motel Room - (Joni Mitchell)
2. Lazy Afternoon - (John Latouche / Jerome Moross)
3. Darn That Dream - (Eddie DeLange / Jimmy Van Heusen)
4. Don't Want You Gone - (Debra Blaquiere / Didi Mudigdo)
5. Desafinado - (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
6. Love's Dance - (Debra Blaquiere / Jeremy Challender)
7. Little Piece Of Peace - (Digby Richards)
8. Are You Dancing Too? - (Debra Blaquiere)
9. Do You Want To Know A Secret? - (John Lennon / Paul Mc Cartney)
10. Shine On Me - (trad. after The Harps of Melody)
Shine was performed by the Glory Bound Groove Train; formed in 1997 under the musical directorship of performer/arranger Linda Calgaro. Inspired by the African-American vocal tradition, GBGT perform a repertoire of African-American Gospel and Gospel inspired music. Glory Bound Groove Train is an acappella choir of 18 spirited voices, with edge.
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