Come Nightfall


Music: Mike Deak, Lyrics: Janice Jarrett

The lyrics follow an emotional journey: “…alone, I will the sun to linger more, to slow the rush of twilight’s dim glow, as if I could delay the deep and endless night, its cloak of stars and moonlight.” Lost love, so deeply shared by all of us, has been the inspiration for many songs, and Mike Deak’s ease with flowing melodic themes for ballads is poignantly evident in this song, like his others available here. It’s no wonder he is an award-winning composer spanning Jazz and Classical music. Lost love is also a challenge for the lyricist to revisit an old trope and give it presence. (The clip is the composer playing the composition on keyboard.)

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Mike Deak

Mike Deak

Michael Deak studied vibes with Bobby Hutcherson as a teen and played them professionally until adding the piano after the landmark “Kind of Blue” album in 1959 came out and he heard the inspirational pianist Bill Evans. By the time he won 1st place for vibes in several Lighthouse Jazz Festivals, he was already composing, and eventually won awards for both jazz and classical works. Two of his guitar works, performed by Gregg Nestor and Ray Burley, can be found on Cambria’s “Kaleidoscope” CD. While Jarrett was in California, Mike came to hear her group Borrowed Time, and their lyric and song collaborations began. Currently, there are 8 in varying styles in the Shop, but Mike continues to send new compositions to work on, so more may appear in the future.



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