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How Do We Keep the Music Playing?

by Beverly Cosham

Personal stylings of familiar and not-so-familiar pop songs with lush, romantic orchestrations of cello, woodwinds and piano.
Genre: Easy Listening: Cabaret
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1. How Do You Keep the Music Playing?
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2. Stardust (Verse)
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3. All the Things You Are
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4. At Last
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5. Something New in My Life
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6. Putting Things Away
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7. When the Meadow was Blooming
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8. My Favorite Year
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9. Stardust (Chorus)
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10. How Do You Keep the Music Playing?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Missing Liner Notes for

“How Do We Keep the Music Playing?”


Forward

The album’s title is a deliberate play on “How Do You Keep the Music Playing”?,
the Bergman/Legrand song from the movie Best Friends. Perhaps a better title would have been “Why Do We Keep the Music Playing?”
How do we manage to sing our songs, play our tunes, make our music, maybe make a living and actually enjoy what we do?
What drives us to show up night after night, or week after week or whenever? I think the sheer joy of performing can be it’s own reward; getting paid to do it is a nice plus.
The songs on this CD are selections from a series of concerts we gave at Signature Theatre in August of 2006. We had a nice performing environment, full houses each night and very receptive audiences. Unfortunately, none of the concerts were recorded.
This past September (2008) we finally went into the studio to get at least an archival recording of Beverly’s performance and my arrangements. All of these pieces were recorded in that one three-hour session; a number of them first takes. It’s a testament to my colleagues (Beverly, Ron, Deb and of course Luke the engineer) that things went so smoothly and efficiently. Things went so well, in fact, I decided to go ahead and put them on a CD.
The only session for final vocals was the afternoon of November 4, 2008; a date that will always be with me. Beverly came in and really sang beautifully; some of the best I’ve heard her do in the studio. Even as the words floated out on her breath, our dear friend John Greeley was breathing his last in a hospital bed not that many miles away.
By early evening we had finished the album’s basic tracks; the country had a new president; and John was gone. A bittersweet day, to be sure.

I hope you enjoy the pieces selected for this collection and that maybe one or two will reach out and give you an example of why we keep the music playing.


George Hummel


The Performers

Beverly Cosham vocals
Ron Chiles piano
Deb Brudvig cello
George Hummel flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano sax





The Songs: Author Information

HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING?
words Alan & Marilyn Bergman
music Michel Legrand

STARDUST
words Mitchell Parrish
music Hoagy Carmichael

ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
words Oscar Hammerstein II
music Jerome Kern

AT LAST
words Johnny Mercer
music Barry Manilow

SOMETHING NEW IN MY LIFE
words Alan & Marilyn Bergman
music Michel Legrand

PUTTING THINGS AWAY
words and music by
Amanda McBroom

WHEN THE MEADOW WAS BLOOMING
words Johnny Mercer
music Barry Manilow

MY FAVORITE YEAR
words and music by Michelle Brourman
and Karen Gottlieb













The Album: Track Info

The title tune appears first as an instrumental piece for flute, cello and piano.
It is reprised with the vocal arrangement as the last song on the album.
“Stardust” is split into two parts: verse and chorus are each treated as a separate,
stand-alone piece.
Jerome Kern’s standard “All the Things You Are” includes the original verse; here it is used as an interlude in the middle of the song.
“At Last” is not the Etta James R and B classic, but a different tune altogether. This is one of two songs from this session (the other is “When the Meadow was Blooming”) with words by Johnny Mercer and music by Barry Manilow. The Mercer estate gave Barry a number of Johnnie’s lyrics poems that were never set to music and these two songs are from that collection where Manilow added the music posthumously.
Two songs owe a debt to Amanda McBroom: her longtime collaborator Michelle Brourman wrote “My Favorite Year” and McBroom herself penned “Putting Things Away”. Listen closely to her words in “Putting Things Away”; the calypso-tinged beat and clever humor draw the listener into the boredom of a housewife’s daily routine with a surprise twist at the end.

1. HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING? (Instrumental) 3:28
2. STARDUST (Verse) 1:39
3. ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE 2:18
4. AT LAST 2:35
5. SOMETHING NEW IN MY LIFE 3:33
6. PUTTING THINGS AWAY 4:54
7. WHEN THE MEADOW WAS BLOOMING 4:25
8. MY FAVORITE YEAR 3:14
9. STARDUST (Chorus) 2:22
10. HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING? (Vocal) 4:00











Acknowledgements

Special thanks to Beverly for giving me something to do all these years and teaching me that the words to a song really do matter.
Much gratitude to Ron and Deb for their beautiful playing and consummate musicianship.
Thanks to engineer Luke Rohwer for providing us with such a pleasant and productive working environment. It’s a treat to produce music with someone who always seems to be one step ahead.

My biggest thanks go to my lovely and ever-patient wife, Sharon.
Her support and understanding of this often-crazy world of making music has made all the difference in the world to me. Much love always.

George

Special thanks and gratitude to George, Deb and Ron for willingly sharing their gifts with me and for letting me call them “friend”.
Something must guide one to pursue this course that I have taken so praise and thanks to the Muse who keeps my heart filled with the joy that makes me sing.
Beverly



Production Credits

All arrangements by George Hummel

Recorded and mastered by Luke Rohwer
Acacia Recording and Production
www.acaciarecording.com

Photo and cover design by Alexander Vasiljev
www.AlexanderVasiljev.com

Produced by George Hummel and Beverly Cosham © 2009











Biographies:

BEVERLY COSHAM (Song Stylist) has performed extensively throughout the United States, i.e., The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, Eighty-Eight’s, Sweetwater’s, and Greene Street (NYC); The Pub (CT), Rascals and The Riverwalk (TX); and The Sunset Hyatt and The Gardenia (L.A.). Some venues in the Washington, DC area include the Kennedy Center, the National Theatre, the Lyceum, Lisner Auditorium, Blues Alley, and Germano’s. Ms Cosham has received both a Helen Hayes and a WAMA nomination for her work.
Since Beverly views each song as a three-minute play, she is happiest performing in a cabaret or concert setting where she can combine her talents as an actress and singer to communicate directly with the audience. Ms Cosham has three CDs all produced with the assistance of her long-time friend and music director George Hummel: Beverly Sings Blue, At Last, and Beverly Cosham Sings Yip Harburg. The last was warmly reviewed by the Washington Post. Beverly thanks her Muse for the guidance, inspiration, encouragement, and strength to keep the music playing.
www.beverlyc.com

GEORGE HUMMEL(flute, clarinet, sax) is a third-generation musician, originally from Dallas, Texas, and a graduate of North Texas State University. He relocated to the Washington, DC area after a tour of duty with the USAF Concert Band and currently makes his living as a woodwind “doubler,” playing various members of the flute, clarinet and saxophone families.
With almost fifty years of experience playing professionally he can include among his mentors such diverse performers as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Keith Jarrett and Eddie Daniels. He has performed in all of the concert halls and most of the theatres in the Washington area with everything from small jazz groups to the National Symphony Orchestra.
George’s orchestration credits include the Ford’s Theatre production of “The Hot Mikado” (with arrangements by Rob Bowman) and a song cycle for voice and chamber ensemble. In April 2009 he served as music director, arranger and conductor for Washington D.C.’s annual Helen Hayes Awards, which celebrate each season’s
most outstanding performers and productions.
www.georgehummel.com

DEBORAH MILAN BRUDVIG (cello):
M.M., University of Maryland; B.M., Boston University; studies at University of Michigan.
Principal cellist, Washington Concert Opera. Chamber performances at the Corcoran, Phillips Collection, Smithsonian and Terrace Theater. Premiers of contemporary music in Washington, DC and New York.
Frequent performances with orchestras at the Kennedy Center, National Cathedral, Wolf Trap and Arena Stage.


RONALD M. CHILDS ((piano)
Bachelor of Music (University of Arkansas); Master of Music (Catholic University of America).
Ron is a former member of the U. S. Navy Band, Washington, DC, where he was Piano Soloist with the Concert Band. Also the Leader/Musical Director/Accompanist of the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters.
He was the featured soloist on 3 separate occasions with the Boston Pops Orchestra and recently performed as soloist with National Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. He has worked with such greats as Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Sammy Davis, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Denyce Graves, and Marvin Hamlisch.
Currently active as Performer, Accompanist, and Theater Musician at The Kennedy Center, National Theater, and Ford's Theater in Washington, DC; and The Hippodrome in Baltimore.














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