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Fresh-Cut Iris

by B. Iris Tanner

Live cabaret performance with 13 original songs, ranging from silly to satiric and occasionally serious.
Genre: Easy Listening: Cabaret
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1. Feels Like Forever
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2. Dr. Seed
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3. Pets
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4. Don't Get Married (in Massachusetts)
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5. Maybe I Can Dance
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6. On the Other Hand
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7. Solo on Valentine's Day
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8. No One, Ever
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9. My Lover, the Car
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10. It Won't Be Spring
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11. Nevertheless
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12. The Only Way Out
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13. Warning Labels
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
B. Iris Tanner's musical background encompasses many years of childhood piano lessons, accompanying experience for high school and college musicals, eight years of flute lessons, seven years of classical voice lessons and several solo concerts in her former incarnation as a lyric soprano.

However, it includes no songwriting training whatsoever.

This did not stop her from writing songs, which she began doing as a teenager. However, it was not until she reached her mid-thirties that they saw the light of day, first at Boston-area open mikes and at the Boston Songwriters' Workshop, and then in her first CD, the self-produced "Fools' Paradise." She considers it a priceless example of what NOT to do when putting together a CD.

In subsequent material, she weaned herself away from torch songs and began to focus more on the everyday absurdities of life and love. Will McMillan performed one of her lighter works at the 2002 Boston Cabaret Festival and has recorded it for his "Will Sings Boston" album. Since then, her songs have also been performed at TCAN (The Center for the Arts in Natick) and at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. In spring 2003, she was the guest songwriter at McMillan's "Will and Company" concert, which also featured Jinny Sagorin. Material from that concert was recorded live and has become her second CD, "Fresh-Cut Iris." Her song "Warning Labels", also on that CD, was included in the fall 2003 revue, "Boston Sings Boston."

Iris is now a member of ASCAP and has just completed another CD, "Magnum Opuss", with Doug Hammer. (Some people never learn.) Now available here at cdbaby.com, "Magnum Opuss" features several well known Boston cabaret talents - Will McMillan, Jinny Sagorin, Mary Scarlata-Rowe, Jan Peters, Sophia Bilides, and others - in studio recordings of Iris's songs.

When not musically involved, Iris keeps the wolf from the door by editing financial services communications. She also judges cat shows. (That spelling of "Opuss" is deliberate.)

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The Other Hand

Thoughtful and Provocative
Iris Tanner’s songs capture common moments of life with clever verse and enjoyable rhythm. Her commentaries on serious social issues are artfully sneaked in with her humorous artistry. Kudos for this marvelous affirmation of joy and life.
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iris from switzerland

the cd is fantastic
the music is good. it makes me happy to know theres good music on thism planet
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Sophia Bilides

A colorful bouquet of new songs to brighten your repertoire.
Singers looking for fresh, witty, and smart new material should check out the songs of Iris Tanner. She has the ability and range to offer a wonderful variety of observations, with humor ("Pets" vs lovers), depth (the touchingly sympathetic "Only Way Out") and charm ("Nevertheless" cleverly combines well known song titles into a lovely new ballad). Highly recommended.
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Tina

Terrific!
Clever and entertaining.
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Theress Fearrin

Great
This CD is remarkably orginal and fresh. It makes you laugh and feel good.
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jan blanco

just TOO good for wrods
clever songs about normal people's foibles and problems written with ascerbic wit. Some also with enough soul to bring tears to my eyes. Hearing this CD is loving it.

My alltime fav - "Don't get married in Mass"
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Kathryn

Stylish...Classy
Very witty lyrics...a smart and sophisticated CD. Iris has great style and a wonderful voice.
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