COVERS ALBUM PROJECT -- "My Ever Changing Moods" (part 2)
3/23/2017 8:15:46 AM - (cont'd)

"Vera Cruz" (Milton Nascimento) -- I've seen Milton Nascimento live several times now, and he never fails to elicit tears from me within the first few minutes of singing. He has such a powerful spiritual energy and great musical wisdom, and I am COMPLETELY in awe of him. Back in '97 I wrote and arranged a song entitled "Hope" for Soul Bossa Trio which was a total homage to "Vera Cruz." I was particularly in love with the Sara Vaughn version of this song (as well as his version, of course) which she sings in English, and thought this would be a great opportunity to take a crack at it.

"Journey to the Light" (Brainstorm) -- Before hanging up my headphones as a DJ in '99, I used to play this track as a main staple in my DJ sets. Brainstorm is an American group from the late 70s that falls from many people's radars, but has a long list of releases and is musically really tight. I describe this song as part Earth, Wind & Fire and part Incognito. I was inspired by this track to write my song "Chasing After the Sun."

"Remind Me" (Patrice Rushen) -- It was suggested from one of the Geneon staff that I do a different Patrice Rushen song, and I instead chose this one as it's one of my favorites and is a total classic. Going through the transcription to learn it, I am just amazed how ahead of her time she was in production and arrangement skills, tricks we still use to this day. And being that she is one of the few female artists who arranges, plays and produces, it is also my homage to all females who are out there doing it on their own! Represent!

"I'm Gonna Love You" (Barrie White) -- Back in '98, I was asked to do a live in Tokyo with my band for a J-Wave event at a club in Shibuya, the name which now escapes me (Air?), but it was just 2 months before my own live at the Liquid Room promoting my then new album "Double Image." Still, I wanted to do it, and decided to do a program of cover songs to set it apart from my own Liquid Room live later on. One of the songs we did that evening was "I'm Gonna Love You." I was especially inspired by the Kellee Patterson version as her voice is very similar to mine.

"Just Be Good To Me" (SOS Band) -- The late 80s for me was a time of awakening of the underground UK club music scene, and I'm sure everyone remembers Beat International's "Dub Be Good To Me." It wasn't 'til I was considering this covers album that I found out that the original was by SOS, and when I heard the extended version, it flipped me out with how fresh it sounded.

"Aldeia de Ogum" (Joyce) -- Living in Tokyo for the 13 years that I was there was a time of great musical education for me in terms of what was going on outside of mainstream pop, jazz and club music, and it was during this time that I really started getting into Brazilian music. Percussionist/drummer and good friend Genta was responsible for much of my Latin music education, introducing me to many great artists and groups, and Joyce was one of the first artists I really latched onto, particularly this track. Especially after seeing her perform at the Blue Note in Tokyo a couple times, I am an adoring fan.

"Mi Vida" (Dianne Reeves) -- In my eyes, Dianne Reeves is the finest jazz vocalist of our time and I have been following her for over 20 years. My good friend Shuya Okino (Kyoto Jazz Massive) introduced me to this particular track off her debut album, and I thought it would be a fun one to tackle.

"My Ever Changing Moods" (Style Council) -- Out of the many suggestions Geneon made, this song I thought was a great match for me. While I didn't follow Style Council in their day and didn't know this particular song, I was a fan of Paul Weller's who headed the group. Once I heard this track and read the lyrics, I thought this is a message that is timeless and rings true today. I am very excited to see what I can do with the song.

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