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Solo Sessions Volume 1

by Brenda Earle Stokes

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1.
There's no use of a moonlight glow or the peaks where winter snows Whats the use of the waves that break in the cool of the evening What is the evening without you Its nothing It may be you will never come If you never come to me Whats the use of my wonderful dreams And why would they need me Where would they lead me without you To nowhere
2.
Standing 04:04
Tell me one more time that this is real Maybe this time I’ll believe Finding things out, trusting the life of experience that I’ve had One less chance to let slip through my hands Or opportunity to waste This time I have all the strength and the hope And I know that it’s not too late Standing Standing Standing Not a soul, not a sound, no one around It’s just me
3.
You're a weaver of dreams You and your strange fascination You're a weaver of dreams You and your come-hither smile Just to hear you speak Can leave me weak as a babe in arms Poor little babe in arms Helpless before your charms For you're a weaver of dreams You and your lips warm and tender Just like magic it seems Thrilling, enchanting me too I'm in your spell and there's no cure I'm lost for sure 'Cause you're a weaver of dreams And I'm in love with you.
4.
Are you breathing what I'm breathing? Are your wishes the same as mine? Are you needing what I'm needing? I'm waiting for a sign My hands tremble, my heart aches Is it you calling? Is it you calling? If I'm alone in this I don't think I can face The consequences of falling Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Does your pulse quicken like mine? Are you dreaming what I'm dreaming? I can't read your mind One step towards you Two steps back Feels like I'm crawling Feels like I'm crawling If I'm alone in this I don't think I can face The consequences of falling
5.
Mr. Engineer Man Turn your train around My baby’s on there And she’s southern-bound How long, has that evening train been gone? He left me standing Throwing up my hands Said she was moving Back to his other woman How long, has that evening train been gone? Now here I stand All blue and sad Thinking how much I loved her Ain’t that too bad? How long, has that evening train been gone? If I had known He was gonna leave me that way My poor broken heart Would have to pay How long, has that evening train been gone? Well she’s gone There’s nothing for me to say But maybe she will come Back to me someday Well how long, has that evening train been gone?
6.
Ladies in Mercedes sip their vermouth where the shade is How discreet the way it’s played as, how intriguing the parade is See her driving through the city, looking cool and feeling pretty She’s so sleek and chic and suede-y, she’s a real Mercedes lady In her jeans by Fiorucci, and accessories by Gucci And her feelings undercover Not for husband, not for lover But some guy whose fortune’s made is Living on the brink of Hades How I wonder what your trade is lucky ladies in Mercedes Ooh – I want to be like you Driving around in a Mercedes Benz I want to drive through the city Looking cool cause I’ll be sitting pretty, sitting so pretty I wonder why my mama never told me what I should do She should have known, that I’d wanna be exactly like you Oh well I guess I’ll have to find myself Some South American millionaire, or at least some guy with some cash to spare And I’ll go around the city, looking cool and sitting pretty Watch me go watch me go
7.
It was so right It was so wrong Almost at the same time The pain and ache A heart can take No one really knows When the memories cling And keep you there Till you no longer care You can let go now It's wrong for me to cling to you Somehow I just needed time From what was to be It's not like me To hold somebody down But I was tossed high by love Almost never came down Only to land here Where love's no longer found Where I'm no longer bound I can let go now I can let go now
8.
What a strange meadow lark To be singing oh so sweetly in the park tonight, All alone meadowlark? Are you dreaming of the moons that burned so bright, And of love in flight? Can't you sleep meadowlark? Is there nothing left but whistling in the dark so sad? Was it love meadowlark? Were the songs you sang last summer crazy mad? Think of all you had, A quietness up in the clouds, Where the soft winds blow, Far from all the noisy crowds, Where the earthbound go, Your wings have brushed against the star, Boundless were the skies, You may have flown too high too far, Love is seldom wise Don't you see meadowlark? Though you try your call won't turn another lark in flight, He has gone meadowlark, You can sing your song until the dawn brings light, Sing with all your might, Sing away the dark, Little meadowlark.
9.
The power of love is a curious thing Make a one man weep, make another man sing Change a heart to a little white dove More than a feeling, that's the power of love Tougher than diamonds, whips like cream Stronger and harder than a bad girls dream Make a bad one good, mmm make a wrong right Power of love will keep you home at night Don't need money, don't take fame Don't need no credit card to ride this train It's strong and it's sudden and it's cruel sometimes But it might just save your life That's the power of love That's the power of love First time you feed it might make you sad Next time you feed it might make you mad But you'll be glad baby when you've found That's the power that makes the world go round Don't need money, don't take fame Don't need no credit card to ride this train It's strong and it's sudden and it's cruel sometimes But it might just save your life They say that all in love is fair Yeah but you don't care But you know what to do When it gets hold of you And with a little help from above You feel the power of love You feel the power of love Can you feel it? Don't take money, don't take fame Don't need no credit card to ride this train Tougher than diamonds and stronger than steel You won't feel it until you feel You feel the power, feel the power of love That's the power, that's the power of love
10.
The Waltz 04:32
She brushes past him at the end of a long day They stare in silence at the elevator doors. When he stops her in the hall she says, "I have to stop these voices ringing in my head." So they wander to the center of the town The bars are closed and there is no one on the street He says, "It's been years since I have felt this much." They turn and silence follows when their lips first touch. Wasted sorrows, elated struggles, uncovered memories when silence shatters She falls Clouds will part and our hearts will open Two strangers meet and no words are spoken Gone are the years when nothing can be felt But it falls apart in an unexpected way.
11.
East of the sun and west of the moon We'll build a dream house of love dear Close to the sun in the day Near to the moon at night We'll live in a lovely way dear Sharing our love in the pale moonlight Just you and I, forever and a day Love will not die; we'll keep it that way Up among the stars we'll find a harmony of life to a lovely tune East of the sun and west of the moon dear East of the sun and west of the moon

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Brenda Earle Stokes is a rare jazz artist with a true command of both the piano and the voice. As a follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2014 studio album Right About Now, Stokes sought to challenge herself to dig deep and share the full scope of her talents in the most intimate setting possible. In her latest album Solo Sessions Volume 1, Brenda explores the rarely- recorded format of solo piano/voice, showcasing her mesmerizing fluidity as both singer and pianist. Recorded in a single four-hour session in her home- town of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, Brenda explores a wide spectrum of material, including jazz standards, original compositions and seldom-heard compositions by George Shearing and Steve Swallow. She rounds out the recording with lush jazz arrangements of songs recorded by k.d. lang, Michael McDonald and Huey Lewis, showing the full range of her musical curiosities.

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released November 15, 2019

Brenda Earle Stokes - piano and voice
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Adam Miner
Recorded June 28th, 2019 at the Sarnia Public Library in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

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Brenda Earle Stokes is a Canadian pianist, vocalist, composer and educator based in NYC. She has fused her passion for jazz with a curiosity for Brazilian music, Music Theater and singer-songwriters. She performs internationally as a leader and sideman and has released four critically-acclaimed albums as a leader, which feature her original compositions and her unique takes on popular music. ... more

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