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by Joel Sheridan

Inspired by the classic jazz vocalists of the 20th Century, but with his own contemporary, seductive, and inimitable sound, Joel Sheridan breathes new life into the standards, solidly swinging on rhythm numbers, and intimately confiding on ballads.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Who Will Buy?
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2. Something Tells Me I'm Falling in Love
3:38 $0.99
3. Destination Moon
2:25 $0.99
4. Lazy Afternoon
5:58 $0.99
5. Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love
3:17 $0.99
6. This Is New
3:09 $0.99
7. Hold Love Lightly
3:42 $0.99
8. What Are the Words?
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9. I Keep Going Back to Joe's
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10. Street of Dreams
5:18 $0.99
11. I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away the Key)
3:21 $0.99
12. To Hell with Love
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13. Make Me Rainbows
3:38 $0.99
14. You Were My First Love
4:14 $0.99
15. No More Blues (Chega De Saudade)
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Album Notes
"Spellbound" features 15 songs (almost an hour of music), including 12 classic jazz, pop, and Broadway standards, and 3 originals with music and lyrics by Joel Sheridan. The CD includes a full-colour, 16 page companion booklet with photographs, lyrics, and extensive liner notes by the artist.


"Being a Romantic - an incurable, but not a hopeless one - isn't easy in these relatively unromantic times. Music has always fueled my romanticism, but not just any music... I have my standards! And my standards include the beautifully-crafted, powerfully melodic, and lyrically-eloquent songs composed primarily between the 1930s and the 1950s, for Broadway and Hollywood musicals. These are the timeless classics written by Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, the Gershwins, and the other giants of 20th century popular music. These songs are most often about love... and from time immemorial, what other subject has ever fascinated us more? I wanted to make a concept album about the various stages of love... from discovering love, to experiencing it, losing it, mourning it, and to eventually opening one's heart to the possibility of finding love again. Together, the songs I selected tell a story. A love story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. (Or perhaps the ending is actually a new beginning.) I hope you enjoy listening to this music as much as we enjoyed making it." - Joel Sheridan


01. WHO WILL BUY? (Lionel Bart)

With music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, “Who Will Buy?” was written for the London stage musical Oliver!, based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. The 1968 British film version was one of the last traditional, big-budget musicals. Despite its great success, movie musicals were on their way out, partly because of soaring production costs, but also due to the Rock Revolution, and changing public tastes. For me, this song is about appreciating the precious gift of each new day, with its opportunity to start anew, and its endless possibilities, regardless of the weather.

02. SOMETHING TELLS ME I'M FALLING IN LOVE (Barry Manilow, Johnny Mercer)

Renowned lyricist (and occasional composer) Johnny Mercer bequeathed all of his “trunk” (unused) lyrics posthumously to singer/songwriter Barry Manilow. This was likely because of the beautiful and poignant melody Manilow wrote for their modern classic "When October Goes". They had collaborated on that song late in the lyricist's career. Based on the superlative quality of the music Barry eventually composed for Johnny's previously-unheard lyrics, after his passing, “something tells me” Mr. Mercer would have been very pleased.

03. DESTINATION MOON (Marvin Fisher, Roy Alfred)

19 years before anyone actually landed on the moon, "Destination Moon" was recorded and released (or perhaps I should say launched) in 1950, by the unforgettable Nat King Cole. Not only was Cole one of the most popular singers of the 20th Century (and a personal favourite of mine), but he was also one of its finest jazz pianists.

04. LAZY AFTERNOON (Jerome Moross, John La Touche)

Introduced by comedic actress/cabaret artist Kay Ballard (most famous as Eve Arden’s co-star in TV’s The Mothers-in-Law), “Lazy Afternoon” is a singular and very sensual song from the Broadway musical 'The Golden Apple'. In a pastoral setting, two people are lying side by side, in a grassy field. This song is about the feelings that can blossom on a hot and languid summer’s day.

05. COOKING BREAKFAST FOR THE ONE I LOVE (Henry Tobias, William Rose)

Performed in the 1930 film 'Be Yourself!' by Vaudeville comedienne and singer Fanny Brice (star of The Ziegfeld Follies), “Cooking Breakfast For The One I Love” is a delightful, but rarely-performed novelty number. The Broadway and movie musical 'Funny Girl', starring Barbra Streisand, was loosely based on Brice's personal and professional life. Although two of Fanny's signature songs were featured in the film, ("I'd Rather Be Blue Thinking Of You" and the torch classic "My Man"), "Cooking Breakfast" never appeared in either production.

06. THIS IS NEW (Kurt Weill, Ira Gershwin)

Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin wrote this song for 1941's 'Lady In The Dark', a vehicle for the legendary Gertrude Lawrence. This was possibly the only musical ever to deal with the unlikely subject of psychoanalysis. Weill proved his remarkable musical versatility first as a "serious" modern-classical composer, later, writing music for politically-daring cabarets (during the Weimar Republic years), and finally, as one of the major contributors to the Broadway Musical.

07. HOLD LOVE LIGHTLY (Joel Sheridan)

I wasn’t planning to record “Hold Love Lightly” for this album. Initially, I intended to include only one of my own compositions, ("You Were My First Love"), but when Mark heard my additional songs, he encouraged me to include them. It took me a long time to learn that when it comes to love, whether it's one's friend, one's partner, or one's child, it's important to not hold on too tightly, and to also know when to lovingly let go. To quote an old saying, “If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it is yours. If it doesn't, it never was.”

08. WHAT ARE THE WORDS? (Joel Sheridan)

Because I'd written two ballads for this CD, I wanted to compose a third number which would be swinging, and have an “up” feel, to provide a musical contrast to the other two originals. Once I decided that the lyrics would tell the story of how this song came to be, “What Are The Words?” almost wrote itself. (But unlike the song's narrative, fortunately, my phone voicemail did succeed in recording the tune.) This song was originally named "What The Hell Are The Words?", but I didn't want two songs on my album with the word “Hell” in their titles. Although I realized it was a departure from the album's love story theme, I wanted to share this song with you. I hope you enjoy it.

09. I KEEP GOING BACK TO JOE'S (Jack Segal, Marvin Fisher)

Despite being recorded by the great Nat King Cole, this moving ballad has unaccountably remained relatively obscure. Probably because of my theatre background, it's one of my favourite song types; a “story-song”, which requires the performer to act as well as sing the song, playing a character, while telling a compelling narrative.

10. STREET OF DREAMS (Victor Young, Sam. M. Lewis)

There’s something almost other-worldly about the beginning of “Street Of Dreams”, but our version makes an unexpected musical transition, after the introduction. The melody was written by film composer Victor Young (of “When I Fall In Love” and “My Foolish Heart” fame). I’ve included the haunting and rarely-performed verse. Although Frank Sinatra was strongly associated with the song, I first heard a recording of it by the sultry-voiced Lee Wiley.


At 14, I discovered Billie Holiday in my local library's record section. I was drawn to her album covers which depicted a beautiful black woman wearing gardenias in her hair, and facial expressions ranging from complete serenity to devastating heartbreak. Intrigued, I borrowed her LPs, brought them home, and immersed myself in her music. She was a true original, and nobody had ever sounded like her. “I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away The Key)” was one of Billie's earlier recordings. Despite her all-too-brief and troubled life, 'Lady Day' remains one of the most influential singers of the last hundred years. Her musical impact is inestimable.

12. TO HELL WITH LOVE (Doc Pomus, Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack)

Annie Ross (of the jazz vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) was an actress, as well as a jazz singer. Ross wrote the clever and very amusing words to Wardell Gray's bebop classic “Twisted”. She introduced “To Hell with Love” in Robert Altman’s film Short Cuts, portraying a depressed, alcoholic lounge singer whose cellist daughter commits suicide. Compared to all of her “dark night of the soul” songs on the soundtrack, this was the “feel-good” number! Romantic it ain't, but one can still appreciate its cynical, dark humour.

13. MAKE ME RAINBOWS (John Williams, Alan & Marilyn Bergman)

I love discovering and performing wonderful songs that are lesser-known, and from unexpected sources. “Make Me Rainbows” was written for the film Fitzwilly, a 1967 comedy starring Dick Van Dyke and Barbara Feldon. Film composer John Williams wrote the fresh and sophisticated music, and Marilyn and Alan Bergman's lyrics are whimsical, yet deeply passionate.

14. YOU WERE MY FIRST LOVE (Joel Sheridan)

This is possibly the most autobiographical song I've ever written. I believe that “You Were My First Love” speaks for itself, but I will disclose something not evident in the lyrics... This song was inspired by not one, but two separate people in my life. One was the first person I ever fell in love with. The other was a very special platonic friend whose loyalty and love transformed my life in beautiful and remarkable ways. Sometimes a friend can do that.

15. NO MORE BLUES (CHEGA DE SAUDADE) (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Jessie Cavanaugh, Jon Hendricks)

Haven’t we all felt at some point that the grass was greener some place else? This song is about learning to appreciate one’s roots, and going back home, to begin again... full circle. Considered the first bossa nova song ever recorded (in 1958), “No More Blues” was written by Brazil's musical treasure, Antonio Carlos Jobim. Although “The Girl From Ipanema” might always be the tune Jobim is most remembered for, this founding father of the bossa nova movement wrote many timeless classics that are now a vital part of the Pop and Jazz Standards Songbook. This is one of them.


Joel Sheridan - vocals
Mark Kieswetter - piano
Jordan O’Connor - upright bass
Maxwell Roach - drums
Reg Schwager - guitar (tracks 6, 8, 10, 11, 15)

Producers: Mark Kieswetter and Joel Sheridan
Executive Producer: Joel Sheridan
Musical Director and Arranger: Mark Kieswetter
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Bernie Cisternas
Released May 23, 2018
Graphic Design: Yesim Tosuner
Photography: Denise Grant
Liner Notes: Joel Sheridan



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