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Still Life CD
Cover painting by Meg
with Paul Halley
& Nancy Rumbel
Singer/lyricist Susan Osborn performs classical masterpieces
arranged for voice
by Paul Halley.
Osborn & Densmore
Pelagos no longer
carries this CD.
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see track list below.
"Beautiful melodies that you know well
with the added beauty of
Susan's amazing voice and lyrics."
CD Baby Customer Review
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Total Album Time
”from ‘The Planets’
The Tender Road 3:53
from ‘The Seasons’
P. I. Tchaikovsky
Into Thin Air 3:26
Before You Go 5:11
une Infante defunte’
A Letter From Paul 4:09 ‘Vocalise
Op. 34 No. 14’
The Garden 4:04
from ‘The Four Seasons’
This Is My Song 3:17
Twilight Lullaby 5:31
from ‘The New
All song lyrics by
and David Densmore
All songs arranged
by Paul Halley
All compositions by
© Back Alley Music (ASCAP)
Pelagos no longer
carries this CD.
for sheet music
Singer/lyricist Susan Osborn performs beautiful classical masterpieces
arranged for piano and voice by Paul Halley.
The warm, rich tones of Susan Osborn’s voice and the beautiful, poetic
created by Osborn and her husband David Densmore promote a new appreciation and
understanding of these beloved classical melodies. In these arrangements for
solo voice and piano, Paul Halley has singled out the essential elements of
classical symphonic works from Holst, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Dvorak and
others. The addition of English horn oboe, flutes, and cello on
certain selections provides additional mood and texture. The collaboration of
Osborn, Densmore and Halley results in an album with great atmosphere, beauty
and breadth of spirit. It is soothing to the soul and uplifting to the heart.
“Creating lyrics for these classical masterpieces
was a challenge and an honor for my husband David and me. Often, as we were
listening and writing, we felt that we were completely lost in the woods.
Then, the music would begin to speak to us, a trail would appear that we
could follow, and a story would slowly and miraculously unfold. In the end,
of course, this music needs no words. It has resonated with the human soul
through the centuries. However, the words gave me a way to enter and
experience the incredible joy of singing these timeless melodies.”
- Susan Osborn
For over 25 years,
singer and songwriter Susan Osborn has held the high ground of vocal
artistry. Her startlingly remarkable voice -- powerful and rich with
emotional expression -- came to world prominence when she was lead
singer of the Paul Winter Consort between 1978 and 1985, shining on such
albums as "Common Ground" and "Missa Gaia."
Osborn has also performed at the United Nations, the Berlin Wall, the
Nagano Winter Olympics, the Global Forum in Kyoto and the Hague, and
numerous memorial and peace ceremonies at Hiroshima and Post-9/11 New
1991 saw the start of a long association in Japan. Osborn's voice has
been heard on Toyota commercials and film soundtracks, on a two hour
HDTV Special on her life for Asahi Television, at the Winter Olympics,
in a stage musical, a televised New Year's Eve program with Skitch
Henderson, and at numerous concerts and memorial services.
Recording six albums on Japan's prestigious Pony Canyon label, Osborn's
recordings express themes ranging from Japanese folk melodies with
English lyrics, Disney song classics, "Still Life" and the most recent
"Tideline," both featuring Western classical melodies with English
lyrics. Most of these albums, and others, including "Signature," "All
Through the Night," "Journey Live," and "ReUnion" are released in the
states on Osborn's Golden Throat Recordings label.
Stylistically, Osborn's approach spans original songs (pianist Paul
Halley and songwriter Bill Lauf are favorite collaborators) to classical
favorites to the freewheeling scat she records with jazz guitarist Ralf
Illenberger. She brings refreshing inspiration to pop and jazz standards
-- recently working with Seattle jazz legend Overton Berry -- and her
candlelit Victorian Valley Chapel Christmas concert series is an
established Orcas Island tradition.
The mosaic of artists who have inspired her life includes Brazilian
percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, folk legend Odetta, singer/songwriter
Lucinda Williams, Miles Davis keyboardist Robert Irving, Broadway star
Betty Buckley, New York Pops maestro Skitch Henderson, the guitar/vocal
duo Tuck & Patti, pianist/composer Paul Halley, Native American flutist
Gary Stroutsos, oboeist Nancy Rumbel, African master drummer Baba
Olatunji, and a menagerie of wild animal voices with the Paul Winter
For the past two decades, Osborn and her husband, artist/writer David
Densmore, have lived on Orcas Island, WA. Here, the serenity of nature
and the synergy of the island's vital artistic community inspired the
creation of numerous original songs.
from CD Baby Customer Reviews
"Beautiful melodies that you know well with the added beauty of Susan's
amazing voice and lyrics. A chills up your spine experience that is not
to be missed! How can music of this quality not be more widely
Music that moves from heart to heart.
"Just got three more copies of this as gifts for babies. I
love this CD, find it connects me quickly to my self. The
surprise came when my grandson was born -- We have lots of
music & a musical household, but when he hears this CD, he
literally stops mid-cry and seems to shift to different
space. So sweet! These new copies are for him and for two
other baby gifts. Music for the heart and soul! Thank you,
- Susi Gregg Fowler
Susan Osborn - Vocals
Paul Halley – Keyboards
Nancy Rumbel – Oboe, English Horn
Ritambhara Tyson - Cello
Ann Lindquist - Flutes
Gary Stroutsos – Native American Flutes
Produced by Susan Osborn
Executive Producers: Masa Fukumoto and Hiroshi Hirai, Pony Canyon
A & R Directors: Jun Sato and Michiyo Kobayashi, Pony Canyon
Engineer: Reed Ruddy
Assistant Engineer: Terry Orr
Mastering by Yoshihiro Kawasaki, Pony Canyon
Recorded at a friend’s place, Orcas Island, WA
Paul Halley plays a Steinway Grand and a Kurzweil 2600.
Design by Tina Rose
Cover painting "Still life In The Cabin, Orcas Island"
by Meg Race
Paul Halley appears courtesy of Pelagos Music.
Nancy Rumbel appears courtesy of Narada Records.
© 2001 Golden Throat Recordings
© 2001 (Asia) Pony Canyon International