Christopher Andrew Maier | Gentle Jazzy Genuine: The Instrumentals, Vol. 1

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Gentle Jazzy Genuine: The Instrumentals, Vol. 1

by Christopher Andrew Maier

Eleven story-telling instrumentals, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous - the perfect traveling companion for the long ride home.
Genre: Easy Listening: American Popular Song
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1. String Theory (Instrumental)
3:11 album only
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2. Waterlily Love (Instrumental)
2:54 album only
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3. Kindest Man I Know (Instrumental)
3:08 album only
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4. For Susan (Instrumental)
3:56 album only
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5. Now We Two Are One (Instrumental)
4:28 album only
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6. Forever B Free (Instrumental)
2:21 album only
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7. Leftover One Cent Secret (Instrumental)
2:33 album only
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8. Positive (Instrumental)
3:33 album only
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9. Morning Glories (Instrumental)
4:01 album only
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10. Love Denied (Instrumental)
4:41 album only
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11. Someday We'll Look Back and Laugh (Instrumental)
2:56 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Gentle Jazzy Genuine", Christopher Andrew Maier's first release of eleven songs on CDBaby, is purely instrumental. It is offered as a thoughtful listening experience. The lyrics for each song are presented below.


A single listen to the instrumentals will confirm that the songs are story-telling. They create a vivid stageplay via intro, chord progression, harmony, melodic line and flow.

Maier's lifetime pursuit has been to integrate his passion for ART, MUSIC and IDEAS into a unified experience. His song melodies are lyrical. His lyrics are born of poem-writing. His poems paint vivid pictures. And his actual paintings and drawings tell the stories of an American artist, whose songs have accompanied him through every phase of his life.

The listener can expect to find personal release in the varied emotions explored in this album.

Which came first: the melodies or the lyrics? Good question! POSITIVE, MORNING GLORIES and LOVE DENIED developed as complete poems first, composed during quiet walks, and later were set to music back in the studio. WATERLILY LOVE, the theme song for Maier's children's story by the same name, began at the keyboard in search of a certain comic sound, the sound of child-like wonder coupled with dismay. Once decided upon, this spine-tingling note progression blended with the story theme and, when slowed down, became the signature melodic line. Lyric writing for this song centered on intuitive alliteration ("...fine-found...certain-seen...blooming-above...why-wonder...when-world") helping to form a story-telling musical event which joins with the literary event, resulting in a unique and satisfying whole.

Vocals will follow in subsequent albums, if Maier's "track record" is any indication.


COMPOSER'S NOTES ON INDIVIDUAL SONGS, INCLUDING LYRICS WHERE APPLICABLE

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STRING THEORY: My interest in the minimalist style of composer Phillip Glass produced this shimmering, mathematical meditation. Conceived during a keyboard workout in the summer of 2012, it was subsequently expanded to become the soundtrack for my recent video on community development: search Youtube "camdenpop".


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WATERLILY LOVE: This is the theme song for my children's story about Toodles The Teenage Tadpole, whose underwater wonderland adventures contribute to his mysterious coming of age.

"Waterlily, mine
Waterlily, shine
I was fine ‘til I found you
Certain I’d seen the world

Blooming up above
Waterlily Love
From the first tender moment
Bursting to tell the world

Once I was glad to play beneath the rainbow sky
Now that you’ve come my way
I feel like I could fly

Little dragonfly
Can the butterfly
Tell me why do I wonder
When will I see the world?

Once I was glad to play beneath the rainbow sky
Now that you’ve come my way
I feel like I could fly

Waterlily, mine
Waterlily, shine
Waterlily Love"


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KINDEST MAN I KNOW: A happy-go-lucky, out-and-proud, off-to-work at 7 AM kinda song, sure to delight the typical morning person. All others, beware and take cover.

"Feelin’ kind of up
Got some coffee in my cup
I take it sweet and slow
Winkin’ at the sun, yeah
The moon is on the run
And you’re The Kindest Man I Know

Pressin’ up a shirt
It’s the one I use to flirt
This iron is set too low!
Tyin’ up a tie
I see you’re giving’ me the eye
And you’re The Kindest Man I Know

Friends, time to take my call
For I’ve got some news to share
Send in Diana Krall
She’d sing it better than Chris Maier…would

Lookin’ for my keys
There they are and thank you please
I’m ready, set to go
Wave the pets goodbye
You are handsome kinda guy
And you’re The Kindest Man I Know

("dueling saxophones" jazz improv)

Once upon a time
I was a riff without a rhyme
I’m goin’ with the flow
Thinkin’ you’re the one
Who puts the funny in my fun
And you’re The Kindest Man I Know
And you’re The Kindest Man I Know"


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FOR SUSAN: Written to describe a troubled young friend, she is pictured in a quiet, smokey martini bar, 1 AM.

"Susan’s sad,
Feelin’ bad
Got a healthy case of the blues
Tastin’ tears,
Countin’ years
She’s losin’

Watch her walk,
Hear her talk
Got a mighty need for some news
I know why
Life’s a cry
For Susan
Lost in a dream

Early each morning she awakens
With an achin’ inside of her heart
‘Cause late in the night, ’stead of sleepin’
She been weepin’ for a lover
To come and love her

Wish that I
Were the kind of guy
Who could whisper the words she would use
To make her thrive
On being alive
For Susan
Lost in a dream

(vibes/piano jazz riff)

I wish that I
Were the kind of guy
Who could whisper the words she would use
To make her thrive
On being alive
For Susan
For Susan
For Susan
Lost in a dream"


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NOW WE TWO ARE ONE: A nuptial chorale for harp, pipe organ, oboe, French horn, soprano, tenor and chorus, written for a family wedding. Of course, the original version comprised my playing the piano and my brother Philip singing all the parts. The advent of the composer's workstation (and my trading in my grand piano), allowed the song to take wing and develop into the orchestral version presented here. If you have any influence with songbird soloists and a massive choir, let me know and we'll add that too.

Scene I: The Recognition

"I remember you
I remember too, so long ago
So far away
We were children then
We were children falling from a star
Finding our way
Drifting and dreaming
Daring to dance into Love’s Bouquet


Scene II: The Proposal

Now our time is here
Now our path is clear
We understand
Love is The Way
I will make a vow
I will wed thee now


Scene III: The Vows

Darling I take you, take you to be my wife
I’ll never forsake you, cherished for all your life

Darling come take me, take me to be your wife
I promise to keep you satisfied all your life

(16 bar oboe interlude during each ring exchange)

What God hath joined together
Let no man put asunder
In Trust released
Prepare the feast
The fruits of Love are wonderful!


Scene IV: The Proclamation

Now We Two Are One
Let the pipe and drum forever play
Forever play
Music fills the air
Lift our hearts in prayer!
You have captured me
Sweet the victory
Knowing I’ve found you
Trusting we’ll never part
Giving you freedom
Keeping you in my heart

Scene V: The Recessional

Beauty! Splendor!
Sweet surrender, Love!
Tender blending
Ever mending Love!
Now We Two Are One"


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FOREVER B FREE: A Philadelphia Gospel Choir moment, inspired by a poem entitled "Silhouetted Tears" by Charles D. Perkins. While contemplating his words, I added a phrase or two and came up with a new title. Setting the poem to music shifted the tone of his poem from dark to bright, but Charles' original thoughts are still present in the work. He and I are destined to meet up again some day, so that I can thank him personally. Until that time, you'll just have to imagine what the "Oh Yeah!" choir is singing about!


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LEFTOVER ONE CENT SECRET: Based on a bizarre moment in Costa Rica, this cathartic song addresses my 'Pee Wee's Big Adventure', and presents it to the world in a carnival-bright package, a veritable kaleidoscope of sideshow glare and cotton candy fluff. And what's that? Dorothy, Alice and Orpheus himself are huddled together in the crowd, their adventures having made them fully aware of "The Leftover One Cent Secret". I think it's the kind of song Queen Latifah would nail.

"I’ve got a Leftover One Cent Secret
Don’t you laugh at my short supply!
A little Leftover One Cent Secret
Would you care for a peak inside?

I wouldn’t dare to discuss my secret
For one half of the price described
For it is precious and full of Illusion
Thank you kindly, your penny is mine

(rap)
Step right up now. Don’t be shy.
Hand your ticket and your passport to the Man in Blue.
Remove your jewelry and your belt, ditch the keys and your shoes.
You can trust us, or have you not read your rights?

This’ll only take a minute, and it won’t hurt at all
Look straight into the camera, but try not to smile!
A small puff of air is all that you’ll feel.
Or would YOU like to be searched in private?

(end rap)

Did you notice my change in direction?
Did you dance while I carried on?
Were you there for that thrust of Illusion?
Or by chance did I play it wrong?

You will be stronger because of your purchase
If you remember to pass it along:

There Is A Wonderland Over That Rainbow
And An Underworld Spilling the Sky With Siren Song."


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POSITIVE: A high school friendship, a reunion, a confidence, a question. It's a true story, ahead of it's time, but now very Out and Proud.

"I made a friend in school today
His eyes were shiny bright
He’s headed for the light
And when I asked him how he knew
Which way to go
He smiled at me and said

I’m Positive the world is at my fingertips
I’m master of my sailing ship
I want a taste of all that’s good
I’m gonna make it too.
How about you?

I met my friend in town today
He’s playin’ hard and fast
Lucky to the last!
And when I asked him how he knew
How far to go
He winked at me and said

I’m Positive the world is at my fingertips
I’m captain of my rocket ship
I need a taste of all that’s good
I’m gonna take it too
How about you?

I went to see my friend today
His eyes were shiny bright
But something wasn’t right
And when I asked him what was new
He just let go
And facing me he said:

I’m Positive....
I never meant to touch the flame
I lived my dreams like all the rest
My fantasies came true....

The coin is tossed
No one to blame
And though we never chose the same
Just hold me close
And let me know
Which way am I to go
And how about you?"


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MORNING GLORIES: Composed, recorded, and presented as a birthday gift (with lyrics professionally calligraphed), to a remarkable woman I met at the turn of the millennium. The seven word opening phrase occurred to me while I was writing a notecard to her after a wonderful weekend we'd shared. To wit, while on a riverside walk along The Schuylkill River near The Philadelphia Museum of Art, I had observed her enthusiastically harvesting some wild morning glory seeds. It struck me as special vision. The rest of the poem describes her to a 'T'.

"Morning Glories are more than just flowers
Here’s a story ‘bout a gal who can tell you it’s true:

She wakes with the light every day
And opens her heart like a blossom in May
With her arms spreading wide
She will take you inside
And you’ll go for the ride of your life

She gathers the goodness from the ground
And puts it in pockets, safe and sound
She whispers her wonders
But she’s known all around
For the Morning Glories she’s grown

She stands with her face to the sun
And offers her petals to please every one
Every star’s sweetest dream
Is to share in that scene
An affair starring color and light

She gathers the goodness from the ground
And puts it in pockets, safe and sound
She whispers her wonders
But her name is renowned
For the Morning Glories she’s grown
On her own"


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LOVE DENIED: Authentic maturing includes learning some very stern lessons. Life is The Teacher.

"A change of season waits around the corner
A summering is sealed within a book
A thundercloud has rolled across the landscape
And whispered of the need to turn and look

No longer may one lie in fields of clover
Nor traipse across the meadows to the stream
The days of skipping rock to rock in pleasure
Are buried in the silence of a dream

To cross a line to enter into Other
Undaunted by the warnings posted you
Can only lead to fruitless rivulation
Does fruitfulness lie closer to the pond?

(piano/trumpet jazz instrumental)

The urge to wander free in search of feeling
The passion that begets a perfect smile
Must acquiesce to certain isolation
And fold its wings to watch and wait a while

If any man can feel the pull of wonder
And hesitate to seize the reins and ride
He surely has been taught to quell his nature
The subjugation blooms as Love Denied"


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SOMEDAY WE'LL LOOK BACK AND LAUGH: This cheer-up song was written for my life-partner when we were just a few years into our relationship. Thirty six years later, the song has literally come true - even the "mountains" (of Costa Rica) mentioned in the second chorus.

"You look at me and frown
It seems our world is tumbling down
But Dearest Heart, I promise this
Someday We’ll Look Back And Laugh!

It wasn’t long ago
Our future had a healthy glow
But even though the stars seem thin
Someday We’ll Look Back And Laugh

We’ll laugh about the troubles we faced
All the twists and the turns
How we struggled and somehow got by
For through it all we walked with each other
And talked with each other
And thought of no other

Lover
You are mine
And I am yours, so don’t you cry
If times are tough, remember this…

Just think of every challenge we met
Over hurdles we’d fly
Even mountains, no matter how high!
For through it all we walked with each other
And talked with each other
And thought of no other

Lover
You are mine
And I am yours, so don’t you cry
If times are tough, remember this
Someday We’ll Look Back and Laugh
Someday…We’ll Look Back…and Laugh"

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