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Sam Phillips- World on Sticks

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Bring the distance closer
I can take the space
I see time all at once when I look at the face
of our world on sticks
so brave, so small
I’m ready for the works so let’s have it all

“World on Sticks” was recorded in an old Charlie Chaplin-era bungalow near downtown Los Angeles during sessions for a new Sam Phillips album slated to be released later this year. This beauty of a song is the lead-off track on a mini-album to help keep us happy in the meantime very aptly titled Human Contact is Never Easy. The set was produced by Sam and mastered by Grammy winner Mike Piersante (Raising Sand, Oh Brother Where Art Thou). The tune is driven by percussion from longtime collaborator and drummer Jay Bellerose (also a co-writer on this tune), with Jennifer Condos on bass. On her lyrics Sam says “I was thinking about humans and how brave they can be under the most impossible circumstances. Our civilization feels fragile right now, like we are on the high wire without a net.”

Netflix debuted all four 90-minute episodes of the Gilmore Girls revival: A Year in the Life at 12:01AM November 26th to huge success! The revival features Sam’s signature La la’s and a now famous climatic dance featuring “Reflecting Light” among other treats. Read how Sam tackled the score and shaped the sound of Stars Hollow HERE.

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Contact & Licensing info:

“World on Sticks” Lyrics by Sam Phillips. Music by Sam Phillips and Jay Bellerose.
Published by: Eden Bridge Music (ASCAP) administered by Some Kind of Music, a Notable Music company and Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Damon Booth /
Sean McGraw /
Published by: Busterboy Music (ASCAP) administered by Words & Music, a division of Big Deal Music LLC.
Contact: Jennifer Falco /

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Mark Murphy – I Love My Wife

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Vocalist Mark Murphy, the iconoclastic cabaret singer, was a six-time Grammy nominee known for his improvisational skill and wide vocal range. Born in Syracuse, New York in 1932, Murphy settled in London in the early 1960s and remained in Europe recording for British labels such as Fontana and Immediate before returning to the states in 1973 and signing to the Muse label. Mark recorded a total of 23 albums for the Muse and HighNote labels and was the recipient of the 1996, 1997, 2000, and 2001 Down Beat magazine readers jazz poll for Best Male Vocalist of the Year. Murphy continued to tour internationally into his 80s before passing away in 2015 leaving behind a long list of ardent supporters and admiring musicians and singers.

This week’s top tune was released on Mark’s 1979 album Mark Murphy Sings Mostly Dorothy Fields and Cy Coleman for the Audiophile label. The track features the Loonis McGlohon Trio and can be heard in a killer scene in Robert Schwartzman‘s excellent directorial debut film, Dreamland (streaming now on Netflix).

Schwartzman, best known as the frontman of the band Rooney, adds serious filmmaker chops to his resume in a well-crafted, well acted gem of a film. Nods to the extended Coppola/Schwartzman family pepper the project, brother Jason and mother Talia Shire play supporting roles to stellar lead performances by Johnny Simmons, Amy Landecker, and Beverly D’Angelo in a Graduate-style coming-of-age tale. Not to be missed!

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Contact & Licensing Info
“I Love My Wife” written by Cy Coleman & Michael Stewart.
Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing.
Contact: Sean McGraw /
Master Controlled by Audiophile Records

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On the 20th Century – San Diego

a1214a6668e2474e9cd29899641b81cf On the 20th Century   San DiegoThis day in 1978, Cy Coleman, Betty Comden, Adolph Green‘s multi-Tony Award winning musical On The Twentieth Century opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre! Considered the last great production of the golden era of Broadway musicals, the show was based on the classic 1934 Howard Hawks comedic film Twentieth Century and set to a lush Rossini-like operatic score. You can board for a ride March 9 – April 30th courtesy of the Cygnet Theatre Company, San Diego. Don’t miss the train! Click HERE for more information and tickets.

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Shirley Horn – My How The Time Goes By

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Shirley Valerie Horn was born in Washington D.C. in 1934. Shirley was a preternaturally gifted pianist who became enamored with the famous U Street jazz area of Washington (destroyed in the 1968 riots), slipping into jazz clubs before she was of legal age. Horn would collaborate with many jazz legends including Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Carmen McRae, and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. She was famous for being a devastating ballad singer with a smokey and lush voice and for an amazing ability to accompany herself with incomparable independence on the piano while singing. Arranger Johnny Mandel described her as “like having two heads”. Kitty Grime, in her book Jazz Voices, calls Shirley “the cult performer…A near-legendary figure.”

Horn’s association with Miles Davis lasted for thirty years and notable for his public praise of her musicianship, a rare occurrence coming from Davis especially as early as the 1950s and 1960s. Horn would record for Mercury and Impulse and was popular with critics but did not achieve mainstream success, stating “I will not stoop to conquer”. How beautiful a notion!

Recorded during an all night 1987 session in the dining room of a good friend’s 18th Century farm house in Glenn Dale, Maryland, this week’s top tune is one she would often perform live. A bluesy rendition of Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh’s “My How The Time Goes By” also recorded by Bill Henderson, one of Shirley’s favorite male singers in 1961.

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Contact & Licensing Info
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman)
Contact: Damon Booth/
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw/
Publishing controlled by Edwin H. Morris Co. ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by MPL Communications Inc.
Master controlled by Audiophile Records.

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