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by Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf

An arrangement of Joni Mitchell's Blue by Jason Robert Brown. Vocalist, Jessica Molaskey, with Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, cello and Randy Landau, bass.
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1. Blue (feat. Jessica Molaskey)
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I first heard Joni Mitchell when I was in college and would listen endlessly to her early albums, Song to a Seagull and Blue. I found the songs - the harmonies, her voice and musicianship - calming, and her music became a reassuring constant. My favorite was the title song, Blue.

I was fortunate to work with Jessica Molaskey in the 2008 Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George, and had heard her sing beautiful Joni Mitchell arrangements with her husband, John Pizzarelli.

I already knew Jessica's voice from the original demos of The Last Five Years, by Jason Robert Brown - a show I was fortunate to play and record. When the production first began in Chicago some of the songs only had rhythm charts, and I was able to see how Jason's inventive and technically demanding string writing deepened and enhanced the score.

Once I moved to New York, I started to commission concert arrangements and knew I would love to play Blue. As both Jason and Jessica were Joni fans - and had a long history of friendship of collaboration - they were the perfect people to ask, and I was excited and honored when they both agreed.

My original idea for Blue was for solo voice and cello, and it was Jason's suggestion to add "fretless Randy Landau.” Randy played bass for the New York premier of The Last Five Years, and I would love to look over and watch his hands gracefully flying over the fingerboard.

The first performance of Blue was at Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC, in December 2010. The concert was called Joni and Johannes, and alternated the music of my two favorite composers, Mitchell and Brahms. The following week we performed the arrangement live on Jonathan Schwartz's Christmas Show on NPR.

Our Songs is a collection of non-Broadway songs, sung by Broadway singers, and arranged by Broadway arrangers. Blue is the first song to be released in this series.

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