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Still Life

Susan Osborn

with Paul Halley
& Nancy Rumbel
 
Singer/lyricist Susan Osborn performs   classical masterpieces arranged for voice
by  Paul Halley.

Lyrics by
Osborn & Densmore

Pelagos no longer carries this CD.

 
 


To listen to sound clips, 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

   
  TRACKS

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Total Album Time
47:48


1.  ◙♫
Jupiter  3:36
“Jupiter
”from ‘The Planets’
G. Holst


2.  ◙♫
The Tender Road  3:53
 ‘Sinfonia Cantata
No. 156’
J.S. Bach


3.  ◙♫
June  4:19
“Barcarole”
from ‘The Seasons’
P. I. Tchaikovsky


4.  ◙♫
Into Thin Air  3:26
‘Gymnopedies 1’
E. Satie


5.  ◙♫
Before You Go  5:11
‘Pavane pour
une Infante defunte’
M. Ravel


6.  ◙♫
A Letter From Paul  4:09  ‘Vocalise
Op. 34 No. 14’
S. Rachmaninoff


7.  ◙♫
The Garden  4:04
 ‘Pathetique
Piano Sonata’
L. Beethoven


8.  ◙♫
Winter  5:02 
“Winter” (Largo)
from ‘The Four Seasons’
A. Vivaldi


9.  ◙♫
Bodhisatva  4:35
‘Pavane’
G. Faure


10.  ◙♫
This Is My Song  3:17
‘Finlandia’ 
J. Sibelius


11.  ◙♫
Twilight Lullaby  5:31
“Coming Home”
from ‘The New
World Symphony’
A. Dvorak,


All song lyrics by
Susan Osborn
and David Densmore

All songs arranged
by Paul Halley

All compositions by
Paul Halley
© Back Alley Music (ASCAP)
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Pelagos Incorporated




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DESCRIPTION

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 lyrics 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 York.

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 Consort.

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.

 
 
  REVIEWS

from CD Baby Customer Reviews

Incredibly Moving!
"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 available?"

- Barry

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, Susan Osborn!"

- Susi Gregg Fowler
 
 

CREDITS

Artists
Susan Osborn

with
Paul Halley
Nancy Rumbel



Ensemble
Susan Osborn - Vocals
Paul Halley – Keyboards
Nancy Rumbel – Oboe, English Horn
Ritambhara Tyson - Cello
Ann Lindquist - Flutes
Gary Stroutsos – Native American Flutes



Production

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



Permissions
Paul Halley appears courtesy of Pelagos Music.

Nancy Rumbel appears courtesy of Narada Records.



© 2001 Golden Throat Recordings
© 2001 (Asia) Pony Canyon International