Thoughts & Dreams


Music: Kenny Barron, Lyrics: Janice Jarrett

This is a fun song to sing. It has a happy lift to me. And the medium uptempo is comfortable and bright under the gliding rhythms of the melody.  I wish I knew more about how lyrics come to me, but they sometimes seem to just drop down on top of the melodies. I let them come and I’ve had occasions where I don’t really understand them until later, maybe much later. These lyrics, unlike most of mine, seem to be loosely associated. But it does have lines that I think hit right. The last verse starts with “Once we were very young, with just tomorrows.” This clip is from Kenny Barron’s beautiful “Canta Brasil” CD with fantastic Brazilian players.

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A recent description of Kenny Barron: “One of the most articulate and polished mainstream-to-bop improvisers in the jazz of the last 40 years.” (The Guardian). For years the NYT labeled him the “pianist of choice,” certainly true for Stan Getz in their last legendary performances. Their duets are heartbreakingly lyrical and informed by the clarity found in the best of the genre. But Barron’s many sessions as leader attest to his being a prolific composer as well. Being an NEA Jazz Master, among other accolades, is a reflection of the high esteem he holds. I was drawn to his compositions decades ago while in NYC, The desire to sing his melodies, surrounded by the complex coherence of his harmonic sensibility, however challenging, was compelling. More than two dozen of our collaborative lyrics and songs will eventually be available in the Shop.


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