1. She's Always a Woman (Billy Joel)
This song I've always played practically in the same arrangement/style since college. A
beautiful piece, with one of the most creative and lyrical bridges of any pop song.
2. Fields of Gold (Sting)
I learned this song practically right off the bat after purchasing Sting's "Ten Summoner's
Tales" CD in March of '93, before the song hit the radio.. knowing it was an instant classic.
During the solo section here, I change up the harmony for just a moment.
3. Elite Syncopations (Scott Joplin)
Of the 6-7 rags that I play by Joplin, this seemed to be (of 3 that I attempted, for this session)
the one I got through the most smooth...and is even a mesh of two takes, edited seamlessly
here. Next CD, will try another attempt at a few more.
4. Theme from "Sabrina" (John Williams)
John Williams' music has been in my collection (and soul and repertoire) since hearing the
music for the original Star Wars and Close Encounters, both in 1977. Here, I play a romantic
piano piece from the 1995 film/remake of "Sabrina" - combined from charting out the chords
in 1997 and playing by ear, from the soundtrack. One of my favorite time signiatures
Williams uses (3/4)
5. Here, There and Everywhere (The Beatles)
A huge Beatles fan, it's hard to choose even just 2 of their songs for the initial recording
(the session included 3, "The Long and Winding Road" omitted..but on a few 'bonus track'
CD's I distributed) Gorgeous, simple and perfect song.
6. The Shadow of Your Smile (Johnny Mandel)
This was the final recording/take of the entire session, thrown in 'on a whim' simply because
it's a lovely song -- and nice to solo over. Great changes.
7. Rainbow Connection (P. Williams & K. Ascher)
I learned that this LOST to a song from "Norma Rae" (???) for Best Song at the 1980 Oscars.
Gotta be kidding me. Makes people smile everytime I play at jobs.
8. Honesty (Billy Joel)
Another classic Billy song, this one's chord structure go all over the place.. for a while, I had
wanted to learn this song, and FIRST played it accompanying someone who re-introduced it
to me-- at some of my very first paying jobs in 1987, before joining any band in New Orleans. Thankfully, I remember the tune.
9. Send in the Clowns (Stephen Sondheim)
I performed this in college with a couple of singers in recital, and have never stopped
enjoying playing this.. very emotional and moving song, thanks to the melody and chord sequences. Classic. (And hits home, as I'm a 'clown,' myself)
10. Solace (Scott Joplin)
Probably my favorite and most 'accurate' cue on the CD here, this made famous in the
1973 movie "The Sting." (Only the 2nd 1/2 of the piece, here.)
11. I Can't Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt)
One of my top 10 songs to play of all time, first hearing this back in the early 90's and
performing it in New Orleans...and continue with singers in Boston. Thoroughly enjoying
to play, am 'one with the piano' during this.
12. Moon River (Henry Mancini)
Likely in my top 5 most favorite songs of all time, and to play. I alter some of the chord
harmonies here, but the melody stays the same... can't NOT love this song, if you have
any ounce of Romanticism in you.
13. Overjoyed (Stevie Wonder)
From the genius himself, Stevie's song here is masterful, and weaves about the piano.
Always love performing this, and had to include it here, solo. Too many Stevie Wonder
songs to choose from (like several modern-day songsmiths I appreciate) I will have to
include more on the next recording.
14. She's Leaving Home (The Beatles)
I chose this (2nd of 2) Beatles song simply because of the harmonies and melody, song
topic, tenderness... I'm from the "Sgt. Pepper" era (born a few months before the release
of the 1967 album) and have to go back that far to 'pay homage' to that innocent era.
And it's just a great Beatles song, too. ha!
15. Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
My all-time favorite song - simple, to the point, speaks volumes .. and written by a comic
genius, makes one smile in the heart. Let the song speak for itself.
16. Last Train Home (Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays)
Why this song to close out the CD? The piece is beautiful, harkens to travelling (on a train
no less) and heavily influenced by Metheny AND Mays as songwriters/musicians.
First heard this song in 1987 on "...still life, talking" I try to emulate Metheny's guitar
solo/style, here, in the melody and partly-borrowed solo.
BONUS TRACKS (recorded in-session, but not included on MOST CD copies distributed...
but, some may be included on the next CD recording; songs *chosen* - for quality - but
decided to keep the CD under 60 minutes in length.)