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Phantom Heart

by The Ukulele Cowboy Society

The Fun, Hot, Eclectic Alternative Jazz & Swing Style Duo delivers a repertoire reminiscent of the Gershwin’s, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Hank Williams, Peggy Lee, Cole Porter, Lena Horne, The Beatles, Johnny Cash and more on their first CD release.
Genre: Jazz: Retro Swing
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  Song Share Time Download
1. After You've Gone
3:06 $0.99
2. Let Me Call You Sweetheart / I Wonder Who's Kissing Him Now
4:45 $0.99
3. Phantom Heart
3:38 $0.99
4. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
4:30 $0.99
5. April Showers
3:06 $0.99
6. Ebb & Flow
4:21 $0.99
7. You Made Me Love You
4:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Ukulele Cowboy Society is a Fun, Hot-t-t, Eclectic Alternative Jazz and Swing Style Duo creating excitement in the present with a nod to the past. The band is proud to introduce it's first recording!

The performance repertoire is reminiscent of and heavily influenced by the Gershwin’s, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Hank Williams, Peggy Lee, Cole Porter, Lena Horne, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, and many other artists of the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and beyond!

With a nod to the Punk tradition of the 1970's, the music in this EP is gleaned from classically fabulous Public Domain music written and published before 1923.

There's a strong Indie sensibility notable, in the bare bones quality of instrumentation, and it is very easy to appreciate the beautiful quality of the individual parts as they relate to the whole. The addition of original music, written in the style of the classic jazz standard from the earlier part of the last century, completes this introductory musical collection.

The Ukulele Cowboy Society relies on the strong rhythmic foundation of Michael Kaplan's Baritone Ukulele. The lyrical and percussive sound, swims upstream from the typical experience of Ukulele Music. Jesse Chandler’s vocal renditions of the great Swing and Jazz standards evolve from a strong classical, theatrical and “Pop” music background rolled into a stylization of song all her own. Friends, Mark Donovan and Dave Lossez fill out the listening experience with lonely, sexy, and lilting rambling sounds of Horns and Guitars.

The Ukulele Cowboy Society has much to offer young and old…the informed and uninitiated… so stayed tuned, this is just the beginning...


“After You've Gone" This 1918 composition was first introduced by jazz and blues vocalist, Marion Harris. Harris was a wildly popular 1920's and 30's vaudeville, recording and film star thought of as the quintessential “flapper-girl.”

"Let Me Call You Sweetheart" Written and published in 1910 in popular waltz tempo and first recorded by 1911 The Peerless Quartet. In 1931, Ruth Etting, America's Sweetheart of Song, also recorded this sentimental tin-pan-ally favorite.

"I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" Published in 1909 and first heard in the '09 musical, The Prince of Tonight. We put a little gender-bender swing on it!

“Phantom Heart” An original Ukulele Cowboy Society selection , written in 2011.
This song is the offspring and release of some long held anger. What a relief to let go...

"I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" Originally published in 1917, with lyrics by Joseph McCarthy. The music is credited to Harry Carroll, although the melody is adapted from Fantasie-Impromptu by Frederick Chopin. The song was featured in the 1941 movie Ziegfeld Girl sung by Judy Garland.

"April Showers" Published in 1921, this song was introduced by Al Jolson that same year in the Broadway musical, Bombo. Judy Garland released it on a 1956 recording and Mel Torme performed it so beautifully as well with The Page Cavanaugh Trio.

“Ebb & Flow” Another original Ukulele Cowboy Society composition written in 2011.
The ghost of Peggy Lee hung close as this song evolved.

"You Made Me Love You" The song was published in 1913 and recorded by many artists over the years, including Al Jolson. But in 1937 to mark the Clark Gable's 36th birthday MGM commissioned Roger Edens to write additional lyrics for Judy Garland to sing for Gable at his MGM birthday celebration. Judy was so delightful that MGM added the song to the film, Broadway Melody of 1938 as well as released it as the B side of “Over the Rainbow” in 1939.

PHANTOM HEART (Jesse Chandler – © 2011)
I'm the Princess, you're the Pea-And you're irritating me -
So go on and let me be... Alone.
You're a Pebble in my shoe. That I'm trying hard to lose,
Have to rid myself of you, forever.

Think you're lookin' at a Fool - Who's been broken by the rules.
Grateful just to stand by you - You don't even have a clue.
Phantom Heart and tears of rust - Vacant eyes and soul of dust.
Red flags calling out my name - Ignored my instincts just the same.

Black and blue and lost at sea - Hiding out, don't search for me.
Dropped my breadcrumbs on the ground - Crashed my lifeboat, won't be found.

I'm a damsel in a tower - Weaving straw, by the hour
Saving strength, restoring power... so I can fly.
One night I'll vanish in the mist - Just stand back, watch it all un-twist
Wings of steel, wind can't resist... my flight from darkness.

EBB & FLOW (Jesse Chandler - © 2011)
Like an echo of a song... long ago - Like an imprint of a hand... in the sand
You whisper my name, my heart catches flame
Time just freezes in the breeze when I'm with you.

Not enough ocean, in the whole sea - To quench this heat inside me.
You hypnotize me with passion's vertigo - Oh, How you conjure – my ebb and flow.

Not enough stars in a dark night sky - To come between you and I.
Your eyes embrace me and upset my status quo - Oh, How you conjure – my ebb and flow.

Wash me away in the tide - To thaw my fear and my desire for flight.
I ask myself, “Are you really there? - Or are you a trick of the light?”

Not enough ocean, in the whole sea - To quench this heat inside me.
You hypnotize me with passion's vertigo - Oh, How you conjure – my ebb and flow.

In my silent wishes, for your loving kisses - I stoked the fire of a dream.
You captivate me in love's undertow - Oh, How you conjure my ebb and flow...

Mark Donovan is one of the most sought-after musician-educators in Central Ohio. Performing as a saxophonist and pianist, Mark appears regularly on stage with many well known regional and national acts. It was an honor to have Mark play clarinet and sax so beautifully on Phantom Heart.

Dave Lossez plays a wide variety of instruments from balalaika to violin. On Phantom Heart, he generously lent his substantial skills on Tenor Guitar. Dave resides in Western Massachusetts where he performs solo artist, as well as collaborates with other musicians.

Business and Musical Assistance by Sharon Hamersley (

Special Thanks to: Debbie Shaw, Paul & Phyllis Byard, Jennifer Dorn, Joyce Hayden

Cover Photography and Styling by: Lucy Chandler and Matt Trent

Hair Styling Genius by Cindy Ward (

Photoshop, text, logo, additional artwork by Jesse Chandler and Michael Kaplan

Produced by Jesse Chandler and Michael Kaplan

Sound Mix by Michael Kaplan - Mixed at Ragged Rose Studios

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