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Dianne Davidson | Breaking All the Rules

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Breaking All the Rules

by Dianne Davidson

Rock/Pop/Americana strong vocals, lyric-based.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Trouble Again
3:33 $0.99
2. What'm I Gonna Do
3:57 $0.99
3. Song of Bernadette
4:26 $0.99
4. Built for Comfort
3:18 $0.99
5. Song for My Father
3:53 $0.99
6. So Lucky
4:26 $0.99
7. Keep My Lovelight Burnin'
3:58 $0.99
8. Tonight I'll Dream That You Care
4:32 $0.99
9. Killer Without a Heart
4:50 $0.99
10. Everything to Me
5:29 $0.99
11. Heaven Bound
5:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
From James Morris:

Breaking All the Rules is the CD that introduced the world to the song, Tonight I’ll Dream That You Care, this writer’s candidate for the Greatest Love Song Ever Written. I first heard the song in a nightclub in New York, performed by the legendary Tracy Nelson. The song was simply a revelation for me. I had never experienced a song before that was so powerful that I kept hearing the complete chorus in my mind over and over, the very first time I heard it. For the next 48 hours, I could not get the catchphrase of Tonight I’ll Dream out of my head, so simple, and yet, so profoundly beautiful. “Yes, I’ve always been a dreamer,” I kept hearing, “and tonight I’ll dream that you care”.

Three days later, I went up to a mega record store, where the computer said the CD was in stock and there was one copy available. I called my best friend, who lives downtown, “I found it!” I screamed excitedly, “Can I come right over?” He wasn’t sure what I was talking about, but come on down, he said.

He greeted me at the door. “Don’t tell me” he said, “you found that song you’ve been raving about”.

“Just put it on – track eight, ‘Tonight I’ll Dream That You Care’”. He must have thought I was crazy, but he followed my instructions. When the song was finished, he silently got up, and played the track again, and I realized that we both had damp cheeks. When the song finished, he stopped the CD and played it again, and then again, and again. That evening, we heard that song at least 10 times in a row. When people ask me today, what is my favorite love song, I always answer without hesitation, “Tonight I’ll Dream That You Care”, by Dianne Davidson.

For many people, finding one brilliant song by a new artist would be enough, but the rest of the album is impressive as well. Besides "Tonight I’ll Dream," Dianne’s songwriting abilities are ably demonstrated on a heartbreaker called "Song For My Father." It is from the lyrics to this highly personal, poetic song that the album takes its name (“Times were angry, we were so cruel, but I was a rebel, had to break all the rules…”). There are also a number of other gorgeous Dianne Davidson compositions; another standout is titled "Everything To Me."

Although she wrote or co-wrote more than half the songs on this wonderfully unique album, Ms. Davidson does not shirk from recognizing the works of other great songwriters. Her cover of Blues giant Willie Dixon’s "Built For Comfort" is a highlight and, after "Tonight I’ll Dream," my favorite track is a song that Jennifer Warnes co-wrote called, "Song of Bernadette," and I like Dianne’s heartfelt rendition every bit as much as Jennifer’s. Dianne Davidson wraps up this highly satisfactory lineup with another of her own compositions, the bouncy rock-gospel effort, "Heaven Bound."

Like so many great talents I truly admire, Dianne Davidson has not received anywhere near the level of recognition that she deserves. I am not bothered by this; considering the astonishing number of marginal talents who have found superstardom, while others with seemingly super-human talent languish in relative obscurity, Dianne Davidson is in good company.

“Tonight I’ll Dream That You Care” may not wind up as your candidate for the most gorgeous love song ever written, as it is mine, but I can almost guarantee it will make your top ten.



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