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By Myself

by David Vernon

Conceptual piece that examines the emotions and experiences of solitude
Genre: Easy Listening: Crooners/Vocals
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1. By Myself
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2. La Vie en Rose
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3. Where Is It Written?
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4. Corner Of The Sky
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5. Between Yesterday and Tomorrow
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6. In Germany Before The War
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7. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
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8. Let Me Fall
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9. Walking In The Air
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10. Apres Un Reve
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11. Ordinary Miracles
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12. I Don't Care Much
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13. The Singer
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14. The Sweetest Sounds
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Album Notes
Shortly after my relocating to New York City I began the process of finding an accompanist. I was leafing through the pages of a backstage publication and came across an advertisement for Albee Barr. It read that he was an arranger a composer and a music director. Those attributes appealed to me and I called him up. I told him that I wanted to put together a one-man show. Albee and I met at his studio/penthouse apartment in Chelsea. I remember walking into that Apartment with its beautiful view of the river and thinking to myself WOW! What an inspirational view for creation! Albee and I began to discuss what sort of production I wanted to put together. I told him how difficult it was for me to make the transition of becoming a New Yorker. I was feeling terribly alone and forgotten in Manhattan and how strange it was to me that all of these people were in this city together yet so distant from another. I thought about the subway and how so many people were packed together in this tiny little train car yet silent in their commute. I went on and on to explain that I myself have always been a bit of a loner and had my own ideas about most topics and events. I don't remember the first song that Albee and I performed but I do remember that at that moment I knew I was with the right person and in the right place. After that meeting I began to reflect on our conversation and I soon realized that all these things I'd been feeling were a reflection of myself. This would be the subject matter for the show and I would take these experiences and feelings and weave them into a story. Music is truly universal. And through song there is no better way to actually say what's on your mind or in your heart without having to make any apologies or explanations.

By Myself Not a day goes by that I am not thankful for being blessed with a loving family and enduring friendships. Still I know that truly I am the only one who knows who I am. I'm going to be the one who turns on the light and reassures my self that I am doing the best I can. Every single moment can offer such a multitude of instantaneous feelings. As human beings I don’t believe we were meant to be alone but it’s nice to find some level of comfort in my solitude.

La Vie En Rose I have been performing this song since my early twenties and so it's always had a special meaning to me. The melody is so pure yet simple while the lyric is like flowing water. All sorts of images come to mind when I'm singing this piece. This was the first song I ever sang in front of a New York audience. The response was overwhelming so I knew at that moment that it must be a part of my New York recording debut. The life of roses sounds like a really sweet existence.

Where Is It Written? All of my life I have pushed against the grain, I am constantly seeking another way. I'm sure at one point or another we all have felt this. My own curiosity doesn't allow me to sit still for very long and my own imagination forces me to question everything. If we possessed all the answers would it dull our senses? What could possibly be more curious than the unknown? So many things exterior appear to be set in stone. How is it that with the use of our imagination all things can seem free and possible? What if all of our expression really serves no purpose at all? I sometimes think that would be fine.

Corner Of The Sky I remember as a child seeing the video of the show this song comes from. Although I have never seen the live production this song alone is so applicable to so many walks of life. It has the truest lyrics one could ever experience or imagine. I don’t really like the thought of fitting in anywhere I go. I can make myself comfortable for a period but after a while I grow anxious about moving on. This song certainly fills a part of the over all story being told here. I am still wondering about that place to fit in perhaps I may never find it which is ok.

Between Yesterday and Tomorrow There is something so rich and elegant about a Michel Legrand composition. Singing his material makes a singer feel like they are really performing a masterpiece. I so fell in love with this piece the first time I ever heard it. For me it's all about being in the moment and discovering all the tiny little aspects of life that get overlooked in a routine of things.

In Germany Before The War My music director brought me this song. He played it for me a couple of times and then I sang it. I was so moved by how sad the story it tells. My friend and I were talking about it and he told me this story of his visits to the Rhine. He went on to say that when he was there he remembers multitudes of older ladies alone walking their dogs along the shore. Gone were the lovers, husbands and sons killed in the war. That is what I now see when hearing this song. And I think of the solitude of losing a loved one due to circumstances beyond our control.

I'm Always Chasing Rainbows Pick up a newspaper or turn on the news and it's all-bad. Call me a dreamer but I truly wish that we could all see that diversities make up the colors of the rainbow. One of the many things I love most about living in New York is all the varied cultures. How boring it would be if we were all the same and had the same feelings about things. This song is my anthem for diversity.

Let Me Fall Cirque Du Soleil presents the most fantastic productions I have ever seen. I have always loved the musical compositions for these works as well. When I was first telling the folks back home about my moving to New York, they didn't believe that I actually meant to stay. There were doubts. For me this song encompasses those times and my telling people I'm going whether I fall on my face or not.

Walking In The Air When I first heard this piece it took me right back to my childhood. I was forever separating myself from reality. The lyric is so full of loving visual thoughts I felt compelled to sing it. My hope is that this recording might remind the listener of a more simple and innocent time.

Apres Un Reve Gabriel Faure was a great composer and writer but what many people don't know is that he was also a great teacher. It's very exciting to me that classical works are becoming main stream. Classical music is what I listen to the most. I like it so much more when a sweet melody is blended with great words. I have always adored this piece and when I brought it to Albee he had his doubts but I convinced him that it could work. His arrangement makes it so fluid and now I love it all the more.

Ordinary Miracles I believe that miracles are as simple as a shift in perception. Miracles extend beyond time and space. When we are tolerant and loving of others and our self for the way we are then peace can come from within our own being. Possessing and extending an open mind is where the miracle begins. What is ordinary about a miracle? Perhaps it is the doubt that is dispelled by believing.

I Don't Care Much I love the role of the emcee in Cabaret. I was so thrilled when this piece was returned to the revival. The first time I heard it I was so excited that after listening to it that day maybe 25 or more times I decided to include it in a show that I was preparing for in Chicago Illinois. To this day I do not own a chart of this piece. Although it’s a rather obscure number every accompanist I've ever performed it with follows me through the spell that it casts.

The Singer There is something untouchable and sometimes even ethereal about being an artist and evolving into one entity within a piece or body of work. While in the process of creation for me there is no longer a beginning or an end. There is only the moment and the experience of projecting the purpose within the emotion. For me this song creates a curiosity between the artist and the audience. Will one ever really understand the other?

The Sweetest Sounds This is in my opinion is the best closing song for this album. The sweetest sounds often times really only exist in our head. I sometimes wear ear plugs just so I can experience total silence. I love the sounds of silence and well melodies are forever spinning around in my head.

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Rob Lester

David Vernon...By Myself
David Vernon's style and song choices make him come across as fragile but ardent and determined ... and oh-so-serious. Some will find him self-indulgent and overwrought, but I'm willing to bet money that he really is that fragile soul who wears his heart on his sleeve because that's just who he is. His own liner notes, talking about how he relates to each song, support that theory. He's undeniably intense, with a quivering and throaty style in the Edith Piaf tradition - he revels in her trademark "La Vie en Rose," sounding more at home than most do. Delicate David shows a vulnerability not many male (or female) singers dare reveal. I admire that and it seems to suit him, and it pretty much works for me.

In his Broadway song selections, there's the lost soul's anthem, "Corner Of The Sky" from Pippin. David says he especially relates to the lyric "I don't fit in anywhere I go" and that sense permeates the album. The title song, by Schwartz and Dietz, began onstage in a 1937 show called Between The Devil before being put in the film The Band Wagon. Other songs that found their way to Broadway are present as well. The arrangement of "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows," heard in the very old Broadway shows Oh, Look and the 1973 revival of Irene, nicely shows its classical music roots (its melody is lifted from Chopin). "I Don't Care Much," a song intended for Cabaret long ago which belatedly found its way into the score in revivals, is here, too. "The Sweetest Sounds" from No Strings, one of two full scores Richard Rodgers wrote alone, ends the album on a more hopeful note. These last three are among the eight included numbers Barbra Streisand has recorded over the years, and it's quite clear David has listened to those recordings. His memory for her phrasing and shaping of some notes shows that. If such things could be copyrighted, he'd be arrested for thievery. But I'd rather use the word "arresting" to describe the unusual sound and timbre of his voice, because it is unusual and attention-grabbing.

Three more of the Barbra borrowings are songs written for her, with lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman, that you haven't heard many others do. From the movie musical Yentl there is the inquiring (no, make that demanding) "Where Is It Written?" and an unusual choice, "Between Yesterday And Tomorrow." It's a pleasure to hear those spiraling Michel Legrand melodies in another singer's voice. The third Bergman lyric is "Ordinary Miracles" with Marvin Hamlisch's music; its optimism is a bright, refreshing moment.

There are some interesting song choices like Randy Newman's sad portrait "In Germany Before The War," a tune from Cirque du Soleil and the classical "Après un Rêvé" by Faure. Brave choices all, and they come off quite well.

If a healthy dose and a half of dramatic emotion doesn't put you off, I recommend taking a holiday from cynicism, irony and fluff with David Vernon. There are sound samples, some from recordings with lighter fare on his website, www.davidvernonnyc.com, and you can hear songs from By Myself on www.CDBaby.com. He sings for all the lost souls who don't have an easy time "fitting in" and could well be their president. And maybe even their hero.
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