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The Rules Don't Apply

by Lorraine Feather

This is 3x Grammy nominee Lorraine Feather's version of "The Rules Don't Apply," by Feather and Eddie Arkin. The song was featured (as performed by Lily Collins) in the 2016 Warren Beatty film Rules Don't Apply. Pianist: Russell Ferrante
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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Lyricist/singer Lorraine Feather was born in Manhattan. She is the daughter of the late jazz writer Leonard Feather, and the goddaughter of Billie Holiday.

Feather moved with her parents to Los Angeles at age 12, then returned to New York at 18 to pursue a career as an actress. Some touring and off-Broadway work followed, as well as a stint in the chorus of Jesus Christ, Superstar, but she spent much of the next decade working as a waitress, and in her late 20s, as a singer with Top 40 bands.

Feather returned to Los Angeles and spent eight years singing with and writing lyrics for the vocal trio Full Swing, which recorded three albums. When the group disbanded, Feather spent most of the next decade mostly on writing lyrics. She was the lyricist for Disney's Dinosaurs, The Jungle Book 2, and The Princess Diaries 2; MGM's All Dogs Go to Heaven and Babes and Toyland; and Hasbro's Candy Land and My Little Pony. Feather's work as a lyricist has earned her seven Emmy nominations.

Feather has recorded 11 solo albums as an artist since the late 1990s. Her 2001 release, New York City Drag, featured contemporary lyrics to formerly instrumental pieces written by Fats Waller; she did similar treatments with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn instrumentals on Cafe Society, Such Sweet Thunder (all Ellington/Strayhorn), and Dooji Wooji. Lorraine’s 2008 CD, Language, reached the #1 spot on both the national charts and the Amazon jazz vocal charts. Her 2010 release, Ages, focused on different stages of life and was nominated for a 2011 Grammy in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category. Her next two albums, Tales of the Unusual and Attachments, received Grammy nominations in the arrangement category and for Best Jazz Vocal Album, respectively. Lorraine’s 2015 release, Flirting with Disaster, was her first project to be made up entirely of love songs, and earned the fourth and fifth nominations for Feather's projects in December of 2015, for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Arrangement for Instruments with Vocals. She is currently working on her next project, for 2018, entitled Math Camp.

Feather met Warren Beatty when she sang on the Dick Tracy soundtrack. When she began producing albums for herself as a solo artist, she periodically sent him her own jazz CDs (featuring her original songs). After some years of this, one weekend Feather received a call from her agent that Beatty had requested her contact information. He called the next day and began talking to her about a film project he had been developing for many years, and asked her to write a song. Feather approached her longtime co-writer, composer Eddie Arkin, and they created “The Rules Don’t Apply.”

“Zany observations … a conversational ease … suggests Dave Frishberg in double time, mixed with the antic playfulness of Jon Hendricks.”
—Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Great jazz lyricists are not easy to find … Feather can turn a phrase with the best of them.  Her nimble style does justice to both melody and lyrics.”
—Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune

“Her stuff glitters and gleams and makes you think of Dorothy Parker or Norah Ephron  … her words [are] witty, nostalgic, critical, fanciful, bitchy and romantic by turns.”
—Tony Gieske, The Hollywood Reporter



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Great song and vocal--as one has come to naturally expect from the gifted Lorraine Feather!