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Marieann Meringolo | Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: The Songs of Alan & Marilyn Bergman (Live)

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Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: The Songs of Alan & Marilyn Bergman (Live)

by Marieann Meringolo

The New York based vocalist has been receiving "Rave" reviews for her powerful interpretations of the songs written by the legendary team of Alan & Marilyn Bergman.
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1. The Way We Were / Where Do You Start? (Live)
3:52 album only
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2. Opening Dialogue (Live)
0:42 album only
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3. Nice ’n’ Easy / That Face (Live)
4:49 album only
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4. It Might Be You / What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (Live)
7:10 album only
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5. I Was Born in Love with You (Live)
4:11 album only
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6. The Way We Were, II / How Do You Keep the Music Playing? / Summer Me, Winter Me (Live)
7:15 album only
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7. Love Makes the Changes (Live)
4:14 album only
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8. The Windmills of Your Mind / Between Yesterday and Tomorrow (Live)
8:46 album only
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9. Pieces of Dreams (Little Girl Blue) [Live]
4:53 album only
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10. The Way We Were, III / Fifty Percent (Live)
5:03 album only
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11. Where Is It Written? / A Piece of Sky (Live)
7:07 album only
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12. Thank You Dialogue (Live)
1:29 album only
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13. On My Way to You / Something New in My Life (Live)
8:39 album only
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Marieann Meringolo -
Between Yesterday and Tomorrow, The Songs of Alan & Marilyn Bergman

From the Albums Liner Notes...

“I think that the reason we can relate to all these songs so much is because at one time or another we have lived them, and even if we didn't play out each specific scenario in our own individual lives, it's like Alan and Marilyn Bergman know each and everyone of us - how do they do that? Each and every proposal, each and every marriage, each and every breakup. And it's through these songs of Life, Love, and Hope, that we realize what brings us together, and through that togetherness there isn’t anything we can’t achieve.”
- Marieann Meringolo

To me, “Where Do You Start” is a kind of a smoking gun. Every time I hear that song, I always think that most lyric writers have a much easier time of it than Alan and Marilyn Bergman had with this one. To explain, when Cole Porter wrote “So In Love,” nobody was going to argue with him and say something like, “You are wrong, sir, love is not an especially powerful emotion.” Most songwriters have the advantage of trying to communicate a message that the listener already agrees with, at least in principle. But “Where Do You Start?” is a different case entirely: I love the song, but I firmly disagree with what it’s saying. In this case, Alan and Marilyn Bergman are completely incorrect: divorce, and the ending of a longstanding relationship are nothing like they are describe in these lyrics. In a real break-up, no one cares who gets which “tapes and dreams,” it’s all about the division of more tangible assets. It's like any other legal battle, with two sides out for blood - believe me, there’s nothing beautiful or sentimental about sitting in a lawyer’s office or in family court. (I’m not at liberty to divulge how, specifically, I happen to know these facts so well, but I am willing to bet a large sum that anyone reading this who has gone through a divorce will agree with me.)
And yet “Where Do You Start” always makes me cry - especially as sung by Marieann Meringolo - in spite of myself. The intellectual side of me knows that these lyrics have nothing to do with the actual experience, but I can’t help it. I just have to hear a few lines of this song, and I’m finished.
The songs of the Bergmans almost always have that effect on me; more than most lyricists, as Marieann shows here, the Bergmans have created an emotional universe that's entirely their own. In that respect, although we might compare the Bergmans to the iconic writers of the Great American Songbook, like Alan’s mentor Johnny Mercer, in practice they probably have more in common with the singer-songwriters of the last 50 years, like Bob Dylan or Joni Mitchell. Lyricists like Mercer or Alan Jay Lerner had a distinctive style, yes, but they wrote words mostly for various characters to sing in shows and films; the Bergmans, more like contemporary songwriters, express a point of view that is consistent from song-to-song, but one that, by all evidence reflects their own personal experience.
As Marieann shows us, that worldview is held firmly in place no matter who is writing the melody, from Johnny Mandel (“Where Do You Start?”), Marvin Hamlisch (“The Way We Were”), Lew Spence (“Nice ‘n’ Easy”), or their most celebrated and frequent collaborator, Michel Legrand (on the majority of the songs here). In the world of the Bergmans, love is no small thing, no minor emotion, rather it’s a ginormous, all-powerful force global that binds people together for at least a lifetime - sometimes even before birth (“I Was Born In Love With You”) and sustaining Itself for season after season throughout the passing of the years (“Summer Me, Winter Me”).
Marieann is also to be commended for including those rare songs of the Bergmans that deviate somewhat from the others but still are informed by worldview, like “Love Makes the Changes,” which touches on the musical vocabulary of the blues and the lyrical language of the saloon song. There’s also “Where is it Written?” and “Fifty Percent,” two of their few Bergman songs written for the general idiom of musical theater.
Further, in making “Fifty Percent” about a same-sex relationship (via the change of a few pronouns), Marieann has made it even more personal. She and her musical director Doyle Newmyer have also achieved this by melding key songs together in ways that make the point more fully than they could individually. By shifting from “The Way We Were” and into “Fifty Percent,” and then from “Windmills of Your Mind” to “Between Yesterday and Tomorrow” or melding two Yentl songs together, “Where Is It Written?” and “A Piece of Sky”), she takes the familiar and makes it sound fresh.
As we’ve seen, the songs of the Bergmans are rarely about first love or first meeting, they’re almost always about mature love that’s supposed to last forever, as when Marieann leads from “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” into “Summer Me, Winter Me” - even though the first song may end with a question mark, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the music will keep playing. And yet “It Might Be You” raises more questions; Marieann has wisely chosen to answer that question with another, namely “What are You Doing The Rest of Your Life,” yet the 1982 song (from Tootsie) is a rarity in the Bergman canon. However, when Alan sings “It Might Be You” in his own concerts (catch one if you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity) he always introduces it with a caveat, namely that he doesn’t understand why the song is so popular since it’s somewhat less affirmative and decisive than most of what he’s written, ie, “it might be you” rather than “it must be you.” I’m sure Alan is kidding, at least to a degree, because he obviously realizes that to “might” have love is as close as most of us will actually come to achieving lifelong happiness, even if the music of the Bergmans, as movingly realized by Marieann Meringolo, transports us to a better and more ideal world.
- Will Friedwald (author of The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums, Pantheon Books, 2017 and the new and revised edition of Sinatra! The Song Is You, Chicago Review Press, 2018

More About Marieann...

“Ms. Meringolo’s powerhouse interpretation makes full use of the dramatic Bergman lyric and the adventurous Legrand melody.” Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal

The New York based vocalist has been receiving "Rave" reviews for her powerful interpretations of the songs written by the legendary team of Alan & Marilyn Bergman. From being called "The Miracle at Feinstein's," to being compared to both Streisand and Linda Eder, Marieann's reputation as one of the best interpreters of song working today, continues to soar!

She is a MAC Award-Winning Recording Artist as well as a Back Stage Bistro Award-Winner for “Outstanding Vocalist.” BroadwayWorld.com also had a say…in Nominating Marieann’s 2016 Alan & Marilyn Bergman show “Between Yesterday and Tomorrow” presented at Feinstein’s/54 Below for BEST TRIBUTE SHOW. And, noted by The Wall Street Journal…“If you don’t do it brilliantly it isn’t worth doing at all…Ms. Meringolo’s powerhouse interpretation makes full use of the dramatic Bergman lyric.”

Marieann thrills her audiences wherever she performs…Including these New York City venues: Feinstein’s/54 Below, Joe’s pub…at The Public Theater, Iridium, Metropolitan Room, The Friars Club, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Rainbow Room, The Hammerstein Ballroom and Tavern On The Green. She has toured with comedian David Brenner, has headlined at the State-of-the-Art Steinman Hall concert venue at The Ware Center, Lancaster, PA and can also be found performing on other Concert Stages around the country, or internationally as a Headliner on prestigious cruise lines such as Oceania, Regent Seven Seas and Princess…Marieann is an entertainer who always leaves her audience cheering for more!

Marieann can be heard on several recordings: Her critically acclaimed debut album: Hold Me Close her Award-Winning second solo CD: IMAGINE…IF WE ONLY HAVE LOVE (Back Stage Bistro Award & MAC Award for Outstanding CD & Recording of the Year.) Her Live CD/DVD Here’s To The Ladies! A Salute to Great Ladies in Song was praised as a “Four-Star Dazzler” in Cabaret Scenes Magazine, and is proud to have released her long awaited and critically acclaimed Holiday CD In The Spirit. And now…Stay tuned for her new album…Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: The Songs of Alan & Marilyn Bergman.

Marieann’s gorgeous voice is often played on radio stations and the internet around the world, and has been heard on selected United Airlines flight’s featured artists.

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