Ofelia Guizzon | Crying In Four Stages: Stage Three Relationships Life (Special Edition)

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Crying In Four Stages: Stage Three Relationships Life (Special Edition)

by Ofelia Guizzon

With soulful lyrics, soaring melodies and heart-felt honesty, Stage Three unfolds in the progression of song about the beauty and upsets that can be encountered through relationships and life.
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1. Introduction
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2. I Need Your Love
4:54 $1.69
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3. Fallen for You
3:57 $1.69
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4. Trust
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5. Crying
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6. You and Me
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7. First Impression
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8. One of Those Nights
2:48 $1.69
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9. Crying, SATB & Classical Guitar Version
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10. Medley of "You Can Count On Me" & "The Dream You've Dreamed" (Reprise)
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11. From Ofelia
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ofelia Guizzon is a contemporary Pop/R'n'B/Soul Performing Artist and Songwriter. Ofelia's music embodies contemporary pop/soul with influences of R’n’B, jazz and music theatre.

"Crying IN FOUR STAGES: Stage Three Relationships Life" was released in 2007 as a Special Edition containing bonus tracks from Stage One, Two and Four. Stage Three was the first release from the four CD compilation album "Crying IN FOUR STAGES".

The Bonus Tracks on "Crying IN FOUR STAGES: Stage Three Relationships Life" include:
1. "One of Those Nights: from “Stage One - First Love True Love”.
2. "Crying, SATB & Classical Guitar Version": from "Stage Four - Loss Hope".
3. Medley of "You Can Count On Me" & "The Dream You've Dreamed" (Reprise): from "Stage Four - Loss Hope". The individual songs are featured on "Stage Two - Dreams Goals".

I started writing short poems from a very young age which soon evolved into stories. I had always kept journals and diaries and writing was always my outlet and so was singing even more so. But it wasn’t until 1997 that I combined my knack for writing with that of singing. From that point onwards the songs, which will all be included on my album, emerged. My songs are much like diary entries which is why my album is of an autobiographical content.

The songs on the album "Crying IN FOUR STAGES" appeared within certain stages of my life that I was experiencing - my first relationship, the pursuit of a career as a singer, love, an incredibly painful loss and the challenges life can throw at you. The songs naturally fell into the four stages of life that I'd encountered as a maturing adult and each stage was entitled according to its theme:

Stage One - First Love True Love
Stage Two - Dreams Goals
Stage Three - Relationships Life
Stage Four - Loss Hope

Collectively, these are the stages of my album, Crying IN FOUR STAGES.

Stage Three is about the beauty and upsets that can be encountered through life and relationships. The story of this stage unfolds in the progression of song.

"I Need Your Love", "Fallen for You", "Trust" and "You and Me" tell a collective story about the beginning and fall of a relationship...

“I Need Your Love” is a smooth, soulful ballad about wanting the right person to enter your life. The feel of “I Need Your Love” was inspired by the sounds of Phil Collin's “One More Night” and Aaron Neville's “Everybody Plays the Fool”. “I Need Your Love” is one of my favourite songs to listen to because of its soothing and calming nature. The song is simplistic in melody, chord progression and lyric and is a song that the modern single can relate to. "I Need Your Love" will feature twice on the album “Crying IN FOUR STAGES”. An SATB version will be on “Stage One - First Love True Love”.

“Fallen for You” is a moderate pop ballad about meeting someone and the formation of that relationship. By the end of the song you have realised your feelings and know that you have fallen in love with that person. The song has a clever development of lyric starting with the lyrics “I think I’m falling in love with you” in the first two choruses changing to “I know I’ve fallen in love with you” in the last three choruses of the song. Musically, it is a well written song where the Verses are in a major tonality changing to a minor tonality for the Chorus and Bridge. "Fallen for You" has been a popular request at wedding ceremonies and receptions.

“Trust” is a pop/R’n’B song based on the importance of having the bond of trust between both parties in order to overcome the challenges that a relationship can be subjected to. It has a light-hearted, catchy mood. “Trust” has been popular amongst listeners, as a performance piece and also a song-writing piece. It received the Best Song Entry for the category R’n’B/Rap/Soul along with another of my songs “First Impression” in the 2003 Benelux International Song & Culture Festival (Song Expo – Netherlands). “Trust” made it to the final judging round in the R’n’B/Rap/Hip-Hop category of the Australian Songwriting Association Songwriting Contest (2003) and gained a Distinction in the Pacific Songwriting Competition (2006).

At this point in listening to the album, if you have never endured the heartache of a broken relationship, then this is where your interaction ends and your imagination begins.

“Crying” tells of heartbreak - when the story of the songs “Fallen for You” and “Trust” has collapsed. The period of grief that you go through after the breakup of a relationship can be excruciating and confusing – especially when things are unclear as to why the relationship did not work out.

“Crying” was my biggest heartfelt piece of writing. I was feeling a lot of heart ache when I sat down at my electronic organ and started singing "Losing you feels so alone..." Celine Dion has a song called “Fly”. When I first heard this song it made a huge impact in its power and emotion; it contained so much sorrow. I drew on this emotion in the production of the song “Crying”. “Crying” became the first song that I completed and produced. It was also the first song I wrote which I performed on stage. I thought it suitable that “Crying” be the title track of the album because of these reasons as well as the content of the song itself. We all, at one point in our lives, suffer a loss, feel despair and pain. “Crying” is the only song that I have so far written that doesn't conclude with an obvious 'happy ending'. It leaves you with a sense of 'waiting' - who knows what the future holds.

I made the debut performance of the song “Crying” in my Grand Final performance in the annual, prestigious Tooheys Talent Quest 2000 in the Showroom of Twin Towns Services Club making me the first contestant to ever win this Talent Quest with an original. “Crying” was also nominated for Best Demo in the Queensland Recording Association’s Sunnie Awards 2001.

“Crying” makes an array of impact on listeners. Some have related the song to the loss of a loved one, some to the break-up of a relationship… people relate this song to pain and sorrow through the loss of a loved one; an emotion we all experience in some way throughout our lives. The album title track “Crying” will feature twice on the album “Crying IN FOUR STAGES”. An SATB version will be on "Stage Four - Loss Hope".

"You and Me" is a tango pop ballad which takes the fall of a relationship a step further. The lyrics are based on relationships that end on bad terms and how people can proclaim their "love" for one another and then turn around and behave in such a hateful manner. This song draws on the emotions of anger, hurt and frustration both experienced and seen in other relationships. These emotions are characterized by the abrupt changes from section to section in instrumentation and vocal depiction. "You and Me" placed 14th in the Pop Section of Australia’s Musicoz Challenge (2003).

“First Impression” is a hard hitting, 'tell it how it is', well-crafted contemporary song. With an R'n'B feel, intense vocals and soaring vocal ad libs over reflective lyric, this song tells of the frustration of being underestimated and under-valued. This is my most personally reflective song. This is a deeply moving song that draws the listener with its raw honesty and emotional impact. In the 2003 Benelux International Song & Culture Festival (Netherlands Song Expo) "First Impression", along with the song "Trust", was the R’n’B/Soul/Rap category winner. "First Impression" alone won the best song entry from Australia. "First Impression" placed 10th in the R'n'B/Rap/Hip-Hop Category of The Australian Songwriting Association Songwriting Contest (2003).

Though I write about my life experiences through my perspective I am careful to be responsible in all that I write into song. I am conscious that my lyrics are written with honesty based on particular experiences I have encountered in life. I am not preaching or offering advice - I am simply telling things as they have happened to me, as I see them happening to others and what I learnt from those things. Through my experiences I hope that those listening to my music will be able to relate to what I am writing about and gain some level of comfort.

The message that I am trying to convey in my music and at the completion of listening to my album “Crying IN FOUR STAGES” is that life deals us good and bad hands, through which we grow and learn. We all go through different levels of challenge, hardship, achievement and prosperity. Sometimes the challenges of life can become so overwhelming that we see no way out - but there always is a way out - and no matter how hard life can seem there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

The important thing is to value, respect and love yourself. Always maintain a positive mind frame and surround yourself with beautiful and supportive people. Trust your instincts and listen to your intuition - they're there for a reason. This is your life, and what matters is that at the end of the day you are honestly happy with your decisions.

The ultimate message from me to everyone is "Be true to yourself".

Now to continue completing the other stages of my album (Stage One, Two and Four)... what a project in the making! It will be a personal goal for me to achieve and with it, I hope other’s will be able to enjoy my music in its integrity and worth.

I hope you enjoy my music,

Ofelia Guizzon


Testimonials:
"New look, new style, new sound" (New York International Music Festival, 2003)
"... your CD (which I feel is so wondrous and beautiful). It has given me such peace and comfort which I thank you very much for" (2004)
"The vocals are stunning" (Jaxter Artist Awards, 2004 - review of "First Impression")
"1. I was very pleased with your passion and expression 2. Your range was dynamic and enticing 3. Your delivery was clear and concise 4. You have a lot to offer the industry and keep up with your gift... You are very special!!!! Where does the pain and passion stem from.... " (MoFam Entertainment Executive Producer - EP Review, 2003)
"The song displays outstanding courage in the raw, exposed honesty it reveals" (First Impression, EP Concert Launch, 2003)
"I was most impressed with Ofelia's magnificent voice and depth of feeling and honesty in her lyrics" (EP Concert Launch, 2003)
"Trust is really catchy and I wouldn't be surprised if it hits the charts" (Trust, 2003)
"... the song seems to have more substance to it than a lot of commercially produced love songs you see on Video Hits" (Trust, 2010)
"Ofelia is a tremendous talent" (EP Concert Launch, 2003)

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