Paul Bodden | I Lose My Heart (And Other Body Parts...)

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I Lose My Heart (And Other Body Parts...)

by Paul Bodden

14 newly minted Blues, Jazz, and Gospel-inspired songs by Cabaret and Theater composer-songwriter sung with a distinctive voice, expressed with an open heart, and observed with a keen eye for the ridiculous and absurd.
Genre: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary
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1. Autumn Weather
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2. Fool for Love
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3. Power Plant
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4. Broken Ground (Hold On)
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5. Pouncing Sleep
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6. The Nose That Got Away
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7. She Had Lost Her Head
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8. Born to Be His (The Older Man)
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9. Blue Veil of Tears (Being Here With You)
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10. You May Be a Thief
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11. Slow Relationship
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12. Gray Green Eyes
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13. I Lose My Heart
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14. Huffa Chuffa (feat. Seth Weinstein)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I WRITE CABARET AND THEATER SONGS HERE IN MY NATIVE NEW YORK CITY.

My songs show the influence of my wide-ranging musical interests: Blues artists like Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters and Mississippi John Hurt; Jazz singers like Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald; Songwriters like Fats Waller, Kurt Weill and Harold Arlen; Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Joni Mitchell; as well as John Bucchino and Ricky Ian Gordon; all mixed up with a big dollop of modern classical music.

“You do write some great stuff!” says veteran cabaret singer/piano player, Steve Ross.

The mood of these songs is by turns funny, dark, passionate and open hearted. Singers who hear the songs want to use them in their shows and concerts.

I DECIDED THAT IT WAS THE TIME FOR MORE PEOPLE TO GET TO HEAR MY SONGS.

My musical director, Seth Weinstein, and I went into the studio and laid down piano and vocal tracks for 14 of my songs. The experience was surprisingly pleasant, easy and fun thanks to Seth’s superb musical supervision and to the advice, expertise and enthusiasm of engineer, Chip M. Fabrizi of PPI Recording, here in New York City.

I am also writing a musical about a boy living in the Projects on New York’s Lower East Side who imagines that he is a beautiful princess. (Can’t imagine where I came up with that story…)

Meanwhile, Seth and I are planning another cabaret act. Here’s what Steve Ross had to say about my last show:

“A real revelation … you are SUCH a wonderfully communicative singer. You bring such heartfelt intelligence to everything you sing and say...”


BIO

PAUL BODDEN (the artist formerly known as Paul David Ross) is a native New Yorker of Jamaican and Polish-Jewish descent, which may or may not account for his “special” view of the world. He started playing guitar at age 9, beginning with folk music and later branching out to blues and jazz.

After pursuing dual careers in graphic arts and acting, Paul thought the world would be a better place if he would write a musical about youth and childhood. So he enrolled himself at the Extension Division of the Mannes School of Music in Manhattan where he studied musical theory and composition. He also took piano lessons with Tardo Hammer and Hector Martignon.

Paul has performed a solo cabaret act for many years for which he has often written special lyrics. He has recently started songwriting in earnest. The 2004-2005 season saw the debut of four of his songs by other singers in various cabaret and concert venues. He followed up with his own cabaret act at Helen's Hideaway Room in NYC in the autumn of 2005.

Paul currently lives in Manhattan and continues to write songs and work on his musical, which is based on short stories he has written about his childhood.

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Rob Gardner


author: Rob Gardner

I had the privilege of directing Paul's 2005 show at Helen's Hideaway. The show was a combination of family history, standards and Paul's trunk songs. I was immediately takenby Paul's original songs and encouraged him to use more of them in his show. Paul agreed.
Hearing I LOSE MY HEART brings back the initial pleasure of discovering a new voice in the post modern American Songbook. the well crafted songs run the gamut from gospel-blues to 1950s cocktail music. Paulm even leaps into the world of absurdist art songs. And if you listen closely you'll hear echoes of Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin and Kurt Weill. I LOSE MY HEART is a tasty feast for the ears and the heart. Happy listening!
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Babs Winn


I have seen Paul perform his songs on many occasions and can never get enough. Listening to his musical creations takes me to a place of
warmth and comfort. His beautifully produced CD, I LOSE MY HEART, captures the true essence of his music and now I can listen whenever my heart desires, which is often!
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Alex Frederick


Paul Bodden takes us on a joyous and heart-wrenching romp through a vast musical landscape - his songs run the gamut from Blues, Barbershop and Gospel influences, to Latin, Cowboy and even Classical Lieder. They have a deliciously unpredictable and untamed quality, are rhythmically and melodically exciting, and the lyrics are witty and sharp. Songs like 'Slow Relationship' are surely worthy of the likes of torch singers Bette Midler and Judy Garland, and you can most definitely hear hints of Hoagy and the roaring twenties in 'Huffa Chuffa, the Railroad Lullaby'! It's no accident that Bodden paints with a pallette reminiscent of his rich cultural heritage, and it's right here to be heard.

Alexandra Frederick
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