Mike Swan | If You Let Me Care For You

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If You Let Me Care For You

by Mike Swan

A beautiful voice sings beautiful songs of love and longing.
Genre: Easy Listening: Love Songs
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  Song Share Time Download
1. East Of The Sun
3:05 $0.99
2. Sweet Lullaby
2:59 $0.99
3. Beautiful Love
2:36 $0.99
4. If You Let Me Care For You
2:18 $0.99
5. After All
3:31 $0.99
6. Melancholy
4:09 $0.99
7. Poor Butterfly
2:32 $0.99
8. Indian Summer
2:33 $0.99
9. I Love You
2:58 $0.99
10. Because
3:00 $0.99
11. Here, There, And Everywhere
2:40 $0.99
12. Long Ago And Far Away
2:56 $0.99
13. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
2:51 $0.99
14. With A Song In My Heart
3:04 $0.99
15. My Ideal
2:18 $0.99
16. On The Banks Of The Wabash
2:30 $0.99
17. I'll Be Seeing You
3:53 $0.99
18. They Didn't Believe Me
2:17 $0.99
19. Body And Soul
3:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
I'm a singer and musician in New York. I have survived jingle sessions, childrens' records, Dixieland bands, society orchestras, banjo parlors, church choral singing, klezmer gigs and just about every way a singer can ply his craft. Over time I've developed some pretty definite ideas about what a good song is and what good singing is. 'If You Let Me Care For You' is a collection of some of my favorite love songs done the way I think they should be done. For me, a good song can be an exquisite distillation of human feeling. I hope I've hit the mark here and there.

Here are some further thoughts taken from the liner notes:

"... I had to decide what to do. Howie Leshaw [a good friend and fellow musician] insisted that I do love songs. I happily agreed and picked out 19 songs that seemed to speak to me. The selection was instinctive. It consisted mostly of standards that I felt hadn't been overdone, plus three of my own tunes. When I first looked at the list, I wondered what they had in common. In style, they were all over the lot. From a late 19th century sentimental ballad by the brother of the American novelist, Theodore Dreiser, to an album cut from the Beatles' Revolver. One answer was that they were songs I liked. It turned out to be better than that.

"All these songs had beautiful melodies. I felt that they all were interesting from a harmonic point of view. What surprised me was to find how many different aspects of love were expressed in the lyrics. From the declarations of love of "With A Song In My Heart" and "I Love You" to the foreboding of betrayal in "Poor Butterfly." From the poignance of loss in "I'll Be Seeing You," "Indian Summer," and "On The Banks Of The Wabash" to goofily getting lost in love in "East Of The Sun." From the torchy enslavement of "Beautiful Love" and "Body And Soul" to the liberating joy of "They Didn't Believe Me." From the hope of "My Ideal" to the fulfillment of "Here, There And Everywhere" and "Long Ago And Far Away." From the pledges of love in "If You Let Me Care For You" and "Because" to the confident simplicity of "The Folks Who Live On The Hill." From the aching longing for love in "Melancholy" to the comfort of love in "After All." And lastly, to the love for a child in "Sweet Lullaby."

"But after all, these are just songs. I've tried to sing them in a way that makes sense to me. I will have succeeded if they also make sense to you."



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Jeff Ganz

Mike Swan has delivered honest performances of time-tested music in a multiple of genres. In addition to his own instrumental prowess and the superb accompaniment of all the musicians, the listener really understands what the songs are about when Mike sings them. Excellent!

Linda from England

What a pleasant way to spend a evening
Now that many of the great crooners have passed to a higher place and the greatest of them all Jack Jones seems to have semi retired it's hard to find my type of music. So it was marvellous to find this CD by Mike Swan. Songs from all the great composers, a good mix of ballads and faster tracks and a very listenable-to voice. The backing musicians are excellent as well. My favourite is Long ago and far away but there's lots to enjoy. A very pleasant way to while away an hour or so here in rainy England.