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Empathy

by Andy Fite

Another album of songs from Jazz Comic Philosopher Andy Fite, these written 1992-2009 and dedicated to the proposition that everybody deserves a break, or at least a little understanding.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Just Go Do It
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2. Where Were You When I Needed You?
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3. The Second Best Thing
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4. Saturday Night On the Uptown One
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5. Male DNA
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6. If I Were a Movie
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7. A Beautiful Sunday
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8. Goodbye, My Angel
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9. The Bride Is Melting
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10. When You Think You Know Everything
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11. After the Laughter
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12. Stick With Your Addiction
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13. You're Just Using Me
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14. Working in a Store
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15. The Charmer
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16. A Stone in My Shoe
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17. How Will I Ever Get Along?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Here is the first of a good number of albums that will be required to clear up the backlog of songs I’ve written and care enough about to want to share with the world. I got the idea for the title in 2009, and I wrote at that time five of the songs you’ll find here, each about someone else I knew. I did my best to put myself in their situation, and to write what I might feel if it had been me.

Between then and now though, other projects intervened, and I realized that I couldn’t complete the suite I’d had in mind when I began. But here were these songs, still begging to be shared. So this year at last I went back over my long list and found another bunch (some going back as far as 1992) that mostly work from the same angle, and soon found enough for a full-length album.

I always think a songwriter’s true task is not actually to tell his story or even to express his own feelings, but to express feelings, or portray situations, that everyone experiences, or at least can understand. To write the songs, I like to say, for all the people in the world who can’t write a song.

So this is not really such a departure from what I normally do. But the focus on Empathy is sincere, and this collection feels special to me in that way. I want your sympathy, and your understanding, and I want you suffer just a little bit for me when I’m in a bad way. And I want very much to give you the same.

So, Empathy. A plea, and an offering. Bless us one and all.

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Just Go Do It – For anyone who sits dissatisfied, and yet will not move.

Where Were You When I Needed You? – For Joe Pass, who I saw one night in Pittsburgh after a concert, surrounded by about a hundred people, all hoping for a word or an autograph—me among them, 19 years old and burning with admiration. Joe, the stories go, was an uncommonly talented teenager, could play a whole Charlie Parker record after one or two hearings, and was sure to take the jazz world by storm when he moved to New York at the height of the bebop era. It didn’t happen. He got hooked on the heroin and scuffled and starved until at last, at the age of 36, he finally made his first recording and things started getting better. Looking out over the crowd, he said the words I never forgot: ”Where were you when I needed you?” Ouch. So this is my song for Joe Pass to sing to me, and to all the rest of us.

The Second Best Thing – For anyone needing comfort, especially comfort food.

Saturday Night on the Uptown One – The story is made up, but the man with the saxophone was real. I saw him many times, and he really sounded like this, and he really said that. And he did bring people together.

Male DNA – From a conversation with my therapist and teacher Andreas Lindermann, concerning my own perhaps not uniquely conflicted character.

If I Were a Movie – For any live performer who ever struggled with an audience that, perhaps, didn’t realize it was an audience.

A Beautiful Sunday – Daydreaming, while real life goes on, impervious to daydreams.

Goodbye, My Angel – I had no idea why I was writing this one, except for the joy of putting the words together and letting the music develop (which is enough!), but three or four months later it all went down almost exactly this way for someone very dear to me. My intuition perhaps? Or maybe it’s just that old a story.

The Bride Is Melting – A short instrumental interlude. I was very surprised at the way it came out.

When You Think You Know Everything – For anyone with too much ego, and too little curiosity.

After the Laughter – An old-fashioned crying-in-your-beer type song in 1920s style, inspired by nothing more a couple of words that happen to rhyme.

Stick with Your Addiction – Advice for a happy life, or anyway a tolerable day today, if not tomorrow.

You’re Just Using Me – This from a conversation with my therapist from my New York days, Harry Lewis, who shocked me a little when he told me that of course people use each other, and that that in itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Working in a Store – For Hanna Berglund, a fine young songwriter who looked so sad one Saturday night as she contemplated the approach of Monday morning and another long week selling shoes. For pretty much every other creative person on earth while we’re at it, at this particular dark moment of the hegemony of Trumps and Blankfeins.

The Charmer – What’s with these guys anyway? you wonder. And this time I can tell you, cause I know.

A Stone in My Shoe – For a onetime best friend, and in truth, the worst best friend I ever had.

How Will I Ever Get Along? – When love dies, you, most times, don’t. But oh!

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