The third tune in my Valentine’s Day Week medley is a particularly sensual one: Blue Satin Mood, from my 1984 musical BGDF. The singer is Debbie Silver, a talented young woman I’m embarrassed to say I’ve lost track of since then (see below for more about my Internet sleuthing). The recording was made in director Richard Aumiller’s Hells Kitchen walk-up with Nehemiah “Hank” Leftwich at the piano. Debbie played Dee Alexander, a graphic designer and free spirit about to hook up with an advertising executive named Avery Shapiro. Avery’s divorced and feeling insecure about his charms, as he reveals in his song “This Year’s Model.” Meanwhile Dee is in the next room, and her thoughts as she prepares for her assignation with Avery are more focused on her own pleasure. Eventually, they sing their respective soliloquies in counterpoint before they come together; alas, technical flaws in the recording prevent me from presenting you with the full duet, and this excerpt will have to suffice!
The second song in my Valentine’s Day medley is a tale of love’s young dream awakening in the heart of a bright and spunky young lass. Not Your Typical Fairy Tale was part of the 2004 production of Gemini the Musical at the Prince Music Theater, and is sung most charmingly by Jillian Louis. The song was originally written as a song to introduce the character of Judith on the occasion of her first appearance. Later, we moved it to the second act, where she sings it to Lucille as a way of explaining the history of her relationship with Francis, and it’s Lucille’s voice you hear at the very end of this track; we amputated the end of this tune to make a segue to Lucille’s song You’re Only Young Once. Neither of these songs made it to NYMF in 2007, but I’ve always been exceedingly fond of this one – c’mon, it rhymes “Joseph Campbell” and “worth the gamble!” Sarah Bolt included it in her one-woman show for awhile, and it deserves to be heard again. Check back later in the week to hear the song we wrote for Judith to declare her feelings in the 2007 version of Gemini.
Are you in the mood for love? With today’s post, I’m kicking off a week-long retrospective of Chazzy-style love songs as we count down the days to Valentine’s Day. Today’s song is called, simply enough, Love Duet, and it’s from the commedia musical Goosefeathers that I wrote with Steve Seyfried. Steve sings the part of Arlecchino in this duet, while the part of the goose-seller Columbina is sung by Tom Reiff. Arlecchino is smitten by the rude and unlovely Columbina – ah, who can comprehend the mysteries of the heart? – and has borrowed his master’s ruby ring to give himself a little bling for their rendezvous. Columbina is more impressed by the ring than by the servant who wears it, and manages to convince him to give the jewel to her as a gift, leading to escalating comic complications. Hey, it’s the commedia – what did you expect?