My beautiful friends,
I have waited for this for a very long time - the moment I introduce to you the title song of my album “It Happens Like That”.
It is the last song I wrote for the record, the newest one in this collection. Saying that I wrote it, however, feels a bit strange, for - to tell you the truth - this song wrote itself. It was born from a specific experience and it was addressed to a specific person. Literally every line in it refers to something concrete. Yet, when I finished it, I realized that the song had become about much more than one experience. This is a song about everything that happens and I cannot control. It is about the things I cannot change and therefore must accept.
Brilliantly arranged by Gil Goldstein who captured the emotion of the song perfectly, it features him on Fender Rhodes and Steve Cardenas on guitar, as well as the other superb musicians that were a part of this whole experience and I’d like to mention now: Yasushi Nakamura on bass, Ulysses Owens Jr. on drums, Kathleen Nester on alto flute, Sheryl Ann Hanze on bass flute, David Gould on bass clarinet, Michael Davis on bass trombone and CJ Caminieri on trumpet.
Here is “It Happens Like That”...
Hello tender hearts,
There are times when my mood mirrors the weather (or is it vice versa?) There are times when I find it easier to connect with the elements than with a certain someone. This song arrived during one of those times. It came at a moment when it seemed easier for me to talk about the weather than about my feelings, easier to make them one and the same.
“Cloudy (With a Chance of Rain)” is a song capturing a moment of resigned loneliness. A song about accepting inevitable sadness.
Musically, it simply poured out (pun intended). I’ve changed nothing melodically, harmonically or rhythmically since I wrote it. Gil Goldstein enhanced it with his exquisitely crafted arrangement. His beautiful piano solo perfectly completes the moody atmosphere.
And so today I give you “Cloudy”... I hope you’ll enjoy it and allow yourselves to experience whatever feelings it happens to bring you. Just remember that even the darkest clouds clear up eventually, to make room for the sun.
My second single is here. Just in time for Valentine’s.
I wrote “Last Night” at a point of happiness, and I think it remains my most joyous song. Musically, it went through a couple of transformations - it was originally conceived as a ballad, and, after it became a jazz waltz, I tweaked the harmony a bit. For this version, Gil Goldstein’s accordion added some magic dust. He played it on our very first meeting and it all fell into place.
I hope this song will make you smile. It might even make you dance. In any case, whether you are currently in love and at a point of happiness or love is on a break at the moment, have a listen and celebrate love. Past, present, or future it is love that gets us through, isn’t it?
In addition to Gil’s enchanting accordion, listen to Steve Cardenas' beautiful guitar. And, yes, there is a cherry on top - Cafe DaSilva on percussion. Enjoy!
...and if you love it, please share it with those you love...xx