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Songs to Paint By

by Lanny Sherwin Jazz Project

Smooth jazz to inspire your artistic soul.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cerulean Blues
4:56 $0.99
2. Sunset Serenade
3:41 $0.99
3. Saxativity
3:43 $0.99
4. Moondreams
3:36 $0.99
5. Palette Full of Jazz
4:43 $0.99
6. Muse Music
5:26 $0.99
7. The Color of Groove
6:00 $0.99
8. First Light
4:35 $0.99
9. Shadowdance
6:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Songs To Paint By" is a collection of original Smooth Jazz compositions to inspire your artistic soul. "Songs" because each creation was written to stimulate your Muse, to take you to a place of infinite possibilities.

And, BTW, you can also insert whatever creative endeavor you are pursuing instead of "Paint." These songs are equally inspiring if you are into sculpture, printmaking, origami, jigsaw puzzles, doodling, drawing, cooking, jewelry-making, writing, etc. Enjoy this captivating CD over and over as you and your Muse take flight!

Lanny Sherwin is a songwriter with over 50 music awards to his credit. He is also a painter who understands that atmosphere and mood are key to successful artistic expression. The Lanny Sherwin Jazz Project is a band of stellar jazz musicians who were brought together exclusively for this CD.

Keyboards: Bob Patin
Sax & Flute: Denis Solee
Bass: Duncan Mullins
Drums: Brian Fullen

Recorded & Mixed by Brendan Harkin
Assisted by Jamie Johnson Harkin

*(All songs by Lanny Sherwin except “Saxativity” co-written as “No Tomorrow” with Burton Collins)

Cover painting by Lanny Sherwin (to see more of Lanny’s art, visit
Package Design by Derek Rudnak.

Enjoy this captivating CD over and over as you and your Muse take flight!

1. Cerulean Blues
Soft, subtle, plays well with others … that’s cerulean blue all right. And that also describes sax player, Denis Solee. The blues virtually pour out of his instrument in a swirl of laid back R & B.

2. Sunset Serenade
What painter isn’t drawn to and hypnotized by the daily miracle of the setting sun? This serenade celebrates the colors, the moods – the feeling of Oneness we share at sunset. Pianist, Bob Patin, and Denis Solee share the smooth and easy melody with warmth and feeling.

3. Saxativity
Sometimes when I’m laying in an imprimatura or painting large swaths of sky, ocean, or fields, I love to stroke along with the rhythm of certain songs. This is one of them. Bassist Duncan Mullins and drummer Brian Fullen roll out a solid rhythm section as Denis floats over top with, well, saxativity.

4. Moondreams
The jazz ballad has a long history in smoky bars, New Orleans street corners, Paris cafes, and bedrooms around the world. I wrote this one for the quiet moments in our studios when we imagine and re-imagine our next creation. What do we want to express? How deep can we go? Can we go deeper still? That’s just what Denis and Bob have done so tastefully on this song.

5. Palette Full of Jazz
Brian Fullen kicks off this tasty tune that shows the many colors of The Lanny Sherwin Jazz Project. It dances in and around a palette of musical phrases giving each player a chance to shine. I wanted to express how, like individual colors come together to produce a finished, harmonious painting, so it is with a great jazz band. For extra smiles, check out Bob Patin on B3 organ and Duncan Mullins turbo-charging his bass.

6. Muse Music
Sometimes our Muse just likes to sway and swirl coaxing out the best in us. Peer into those hidden corners, experience those ancient emotions, cry at the drop of a hat, laugh out loud at nothing at all. Hey, Life at its best is pretty darn a-MUSE-ing.

7. The Color of Groove
When the groove grabs you, you gotta groove. I said that. Denis grabbed his flute for this meditation on being in the flow. “Flow” is a word that has all kinds of meanings for painters. It’s a physical state of the paint, it’s a transcendental state of the painter. Flow on, mighty Groove.

8. First Light
Slightly drowsy, slight aftertaste of coffee or tea, that first sip of daylight is pretty much the Motherlode for plein air painters. Soft, subtle, and magical it’s the New Beginning, the Fresh Start, the Being in the Now. That’s where I was as I wrote this song, and it was hard to come back from that slow shuffle, the mesmerizing promise of colorful melodies to come.

9. Shadowdance
I wanted this song to be a sultry glorification of all things creative. The band said, “Gospel!” and I said “Hallejulah!” Painters know that shadows are not black, empty spaces, but rather exquisite mysteries where possibilities dance with creativity. When I listen to this song, I imagine rows flickering candles, raised hands (holding paintbrushes), spirits connected … and it reminds me to say “Thanks.”



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Greg LeRoy

A masterpiece!
Lanny Sherwin has put together a masterpiece. He has painted nine wonderful sonic portraits with solid compositions and beautiful interpretations by the members of The Lanny Sherwin Jazz Project. "Songs To Paint By" is the perfect studio companion.
- Greg LeRoy, Art teacher for 35 years, Founder of the Riviera Fine Arts Center (Santa Barbara, CA), former lead guitarist for Crazy Horse.

Eileen Erikson

A Delight!
Music to Paint By is a delight! Lanny Sherwin's latest CD bills itself as smooth jazz. It is that and then some. There is a fullness of sound and mood that is better than just plain smooth jazz. I am not a painter. But I have designed a quilt, done beadwork, taken a drive and even vacuumed to Music to Paint By. Vacuuming to these lovely tunes might be a bit sacrilegious but it made a mundane task lighter! A most enjoyable CD. Thank you, Lanny.

Eileen E., Tucson AZ