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Lore Constantine | My Red Car (Deluxe Edition)

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My Red Car (Deluxe Edition)

by Lore Constantine

My Red Car is Lore Constantine's far-ranging new adventure of mostly original songs, with Lore singing vocals and playing the ukulele as well as the piano, with an ensemble of violin, cello (Michael Ronstadt), guitar, upright bass, and percussion.
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1. If Ever Such a Day
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2. Lore's Song
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3. Movin' Ahead
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4. On Nights Like These
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5. Dream a Little Dream of Me
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6. A Quicksand Conversation
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7. Night Stroll
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8. My Red Car
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9. You Never Asked My Middle Name
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10. Sunrise Over Haleakala
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11. Brokedown Palace
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12. If Ever Such a Day (Piccolo)
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13. Lore's Song (Flute)
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14. Movin' Ahead (Flute)
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15. On Nights Like These (Flute)
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16. Dream a Little Dream of Me (Flute)
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17. A Quicksand Conversation (Flute)
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18. My Red Car (Flute)
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19. You Never Asked My Middle Name (Flute)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
My Red Car is recording artist Lore Constantine’s new adventure. Far ranging from the beautiful lyrical solo piano albums of the past, we now find an album of mostly original songs, with Lore singing vocals and playing the ukulele as well as the piano, along with other musicians, including Michael Ronstadt – cello & guitar, Janet Marquardt - violin, Jack Prucella - Guitar, Daniel Bacon – upright bass & whistling, and Russell Gellman, drums & percussion.

It all started with an idea Lore had for a song (My Red Car), based on a true story (hers), and the same day she was given a ukulele from her friend (& lyricist) Nancy Paolin. So that was the start of the journey. This began a year of collaboration, writing music to Nancy’s words, giving her ideas of several songs which she turned into song lyrics for Lore, and also Lore doing a few lyrics herself. The result was some strong ballads like "If Ever Such a Day", a waltz called "Lore's Song" about someone going through hard times, "Movin' Ahead" which is a bit inspired by Carole King (but you decide!), the very lyrical "On Nights Like These", and a blues piece "Quicksand Conversation". There are 3 ukulele songs (the others have piano, of course!) on the album - the catchy "My Red Car", a bittersweet tune called "You Never Asked My Middle Name", and a cover of "Dream a Little Dream of Me".

In addition, there are 3 instrumental numbers on the main album. One, an original, is called "Night Stoll", a cool jazzy piece. There is a beautiful cover of Merle Saunder's "Sunrise Over Haleakala" (piano with a beautiful cello part played by Michael Ronstadt), and as Lore’s fans have grown to expect, a solo piano cover of the Garcia/Hunter tune Brokedown Palace.

The second CD is bonus instrumental tracks of the vocal music, but with Lore playing flute/piccolo instead of singing. Sometimes you just want to listen to music, not a voice, and this allows you to do that. The music itself is the reason for this wide-ranging album, and the wonderful collaborations of the other musicians only enhance the experience.

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Kathy Parsons

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"My Red Car (Deluxe Edition)" is a two CD-set from pianist/composer/multi-instrumentalist Lore Constantine. Quite different from her three previous releases, Disc 1 is a collection of eight vocal songs and three instrumentals, and Disc 2 Bonus Tracks is the eight vocals from Disc 1 arranged as instrumentals. Constantine wrote the music for all of the pieces except her covers of Mama Cass Elliot’s 1968 hit “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Sunrise Over Haleakala,” and The Grateful Dead’s “Brokedown Palace.” Some of the lyrics were written by Nancy Paolin and some were collaborations with Constantine. Constantine does all of the vocals, piano, ukulele, piccolo, and flute; guest musicians perform on guitar, violin, cello, bass, and drums. While I really appreciate the spirit of the vocals on this album, I vastly prefer the instrumentals, which are all excellent. The emotional range of the songs goes from heart-break to playful and are expressed in ballads, blues, country, and pop styles.

One of my favorite tracks on Disc 1 is the sweet and charming “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” a song I’ve loved since Cass Elliot had her hit with it a few too many years ago. The instrumentation is spare with ukulele, a little bass, cello, and drums, allowing the listener to focus on the lyrics and melody. I love the instrumental, “Night Stroll,” a lively jazz piece that reminds me a bit of Scott Cossu. Piano, violin, cello, bass, and drums really cook on this one! The title track is a lighthearted ode to an aging red Chevette (a first???) and the quest to find a replacement for it. Merl Saunders’ “Sunrise Over Haleakala” is a beautiful duet for piano and cello - smooth, flowing and very relaxing. Constantine usually includes an arrangement of a Grateful Dead song on her albums, and her solo piano “Brokedown Palace” finishes out the disc.

Disc 2 opens with “If Ever Such A Day” with Constantine playing the piccolo rather than singing (she also plays the piano). Jack Prucella provides some really tasty guitar licks and Constantine plays her heart out. She switches to flute for the other seven tracks, conveying at least as much emotion with that instrument as she does on Disc 1 with her voice. I really like the lyrical slow dance “Movin’ Ahead” and the somewhat mysterious “On Nights Like These.” “Dream a Little Dream of Me” is even more charming with flute expressing tenderness and affection. “A Quicksand Conversation” becomes a spirited, bluesy toe-tapper as an instrumental, and even the cellist sounds like he’s having fun! I love the laid-back calm and playfulness of “My Red Car” even without the vocal references to the red Chevette!
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