Jon Lumsden | Me & Francine

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Me & Francine

by Jon Lumsden

Looking for something a little different? Laid-back, easygoing blues-y swing/jazz style, some reminiscent of those relaxing ballads of the 40s.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Breaking My Heart
2:58 $0.99
2. Forever In Love
4:37 $0.99
3. Josephine
3:09 $0.99
4. It Would Be So Easy
3:14 $0.99
5. Latin Lovers
2:11 $0.99
6. Spend Some More Time With Me
4:06 $0.99
7. Francine
4:32 $0.99
8. That Old Memory
3:33 $0.99
9. Since You Left Me, Baby
4:53 $0.99
10. Close Your Eyes
3:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jon's debut CD, "Me & Francine," is a collection of original songs, most of which were written in the late 70s and 80s. Jon's laid-back style, reminiscent of the ballads of the 40s (listen to: Forever in Love; Francine; Since You Left Me, Baby)—with a mix of jazzy, blues-y swing—make for a unique, relaxing listening experience. Although Jon’s focus has been on songwriting rather than performing, many people have commented that his warm baritone is a nice complement to his easygoing music.

Having married and started his family while just in his late teens, Jon put his musical ambitions on hold for about 30 years. His catchy melodies have stood the test of time, and [in the words of his wife Susan] are ["FINALLY!!!"] now available for you to hear.

Around 1981, a mutual friend introduced Jon to a Nashville songwriter named Randy Hatch, who had recently had a song he had co-written with Wayland Holyfield go to #1 on the Country music charts ("You’re The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had" recorded by Ed Bruce). Jon co-wrote with Randy for several years, and although none of their songs were recorded, Jon learned quite a lot about songwriting from him. Jon’s songwriting inspirations are from the greats of the twentieth century: Berlin, Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers, and all the rest.

“Me & Francine” features a talented group of musicians accompanying Jon, including George Anderson on stand-up bass or Lou Carfa on electric bass; Kim Platko on guitar; Roland Elbert on piano; Chris McGuire on clarinet and saxophone; and Jorge Ginorio on percussion.

Before you listen to samples, here are comments from other listeners:

"Me and Francine" is the perfect mood-setter for waking up with coffee and relaxing at night. Jon's track two, "Forever in Love" is a perfect choice for when you want to have a dance with your sweetie. Stellar vocals, excellent musicianship and arrangements. The long wait for Jon to memorialize his music was well worth it. Congratulations, Jon! —Emily Higgins (performing songwriter)

Just wanted to let you know that I received your CD and the music is WONDERFUL!!!!!! What an excellent accomplishment and creative endeavor. —Leslie Hendricks

Oh my goodness, YOU ARE FANTASTIC!! How truly lovely & wonderful. I could listen to those 3 songs (Forever in Love, Francine, Since You Left Me, Baby) over and over. Really lovely. Thank you for sharing, I am honored to have listened! —Robin Hirsch

"Forever in Love" is just awesome. I can't sit still when I play it, because it's got such a catchy rhythm and at the same time it's soothing and comforting. So smooth! —Mary Pal

You guys did a great job and we really liked the songs. I didn't know you were such a good singer. Congratulations! —Christopher McGuire (professional classical guitarist)

I really have enjoyed listening to your CD. I very much appreciate your writing, voice and relaxed approach, which come through in the songs. —Roland Elbert

I really like it! Great vibe, voice and tunes. —George Anderson



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Aaron Arnold

A unique music listening experience that's right to the point
Jon Lumsden's enthusiastic gentle style is an asset to a music collection. You can feel that he loves to sing and play on every track. He's very serious about his songs, even if some of them are just plain fun. All songs have the common bond of his sweet natured, tangible delivery, applied to a variety of styles within. Continuity is strong, regardless of what style influenced the arrangements and the songwriting. A very clever, light Latin beat tinged opening, "Breaking My Heart" gives the listener a sense of a creative mellow excursion that is to follow, and it's a pleasant memorable introduction to the man and his music. All that follows lives up to the promise. Whether it's another with a Latin feel, like "Latin Lovers," a modern take on the Kalmar/Ruby sense of innocence and forlorn with a small dose of witticism as "Forever in Love," or the country and Mexican feel of “That Old Memory," it's all Jon Lumsden being his one-of-a-kind self. His rendering is endearing. One song, "Josephine," comes on like the Nat King Cole Trio at first, then it swings and lets loose while remaining rooted to the brilliantly sparse musician line up that swings like a big band. That song too is clever and lightly humorous. He picks up where the California sounds of the 1970s let off with "It Would Be Easy," a mode that is complimentary to Lumsden's song delivery. The New Orleans jazz number "Francine" slows things down a bit, and turns out to be the most heartfelt song. "Since You Left Me Baby," intentional or not, picks up on the spirit of Ivory Joe Hunter, as a follow-up to "Since I Met You Baby" and "I Almost Lost My Mind." It's written with the same lightweight bluesy nature. It also contains some beautiful call and response with sax player Chris McGuire. In the tradition of THE BEATLES (WHITE ALBUM), we get lullaby to close the day titled "Close Your Eyes," a positive happy note with a little traditional early rock and roll feel. Jon Lumsden is a name I hope to hear from in the future.