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MARIA FRIEDMAN (BROADWAY BABY)
Debut 'self titled' solo album.
This album has been re-titled, re-packaged and re-released as 'Broadway Baby'. (Bottom graphic)
Recorded at Angel Studios, Metropolis, Olympic Studios, Skratch Studios and Westside Studios
A pre-release three track promotional CD was issued of this album which contains the tracks 'The Man That Got Away', 'Paris in the Rain' and 'I Happen to Like New York'.
In the sleeve notes Maria commented briefly on each song on the album:
I Happen to Like New York: You bet I do!
The Man with the Child in his Eyes: This a story as old as the sea - the man who can't commit, and the woman who won't believe
The Golden Days: This is an extraordinary song by the late great Leo Ferre which I hijacked. I asked Jeremy Sams to write a lyric about childhood (specifically mine) and the vexed questions of whether my memories, good or bad, are 'real or coloured by hindsight. I'm none the wiser.
If You Go Away: This song to me is like listening in to someone's most private hopes and fears. Very painful. Very personal.
I'm Gorgeous: What can I say about this song except... I agree... it's true... I am.
My Romance: The idea of a solo guitar arrangement seemed fitting for a song about simple it is to make music and make love.
In the Sky: This was written in 1941 by a twelve year old boy who was living in the Vilna ghetto. The Jewish community held a competition to encourage people to write about ghetto life. He won that competition. This song is as timely now as then. The voice of the individual is still crying out amid the ravages of war. aAnd still no-one listens.
Paris in the Rain: There are hundreds of love songs about Paris, but now that it's on our doorstep here is the first Channel Tunnel love story, or 'chanson de shuttle'.
Play the Song Again: The original French lyric by Jacques Brel is surreal and untranslatable, so Richard Stilgoe provided us with an all too familiar story. A woman wronged goes barking mad before our very ears.
A Nursery Rhyme (Toby's song): Once upon a time there was a song about a lion eating a little girl. Then one day the big bad copyright agency arrived and swallowed up the rights. So we wrote a new tune and new words and hey presto there was a new song, which was sung happily ever after. This one's for my son Toby to enjoy as he grows up.
The Man That Got Away: In an ideal world this song wouldn't mean anything to anyone. As it is, the emotions are all too familiar. This one's for us girls!
Guess Who I Saw Today: I love this song, with its surprise twist at the end which we all spot a mile off. My mother who is unassailably optimistic is still convinced that it's a sweet love song with a happy ending.
Finishing the Hat: This seemed to me to be the only grown-up song about what it is to be an artist and live in the real world. How do you square love and relationships with concentration and creativity?
Now and Then: When I first heard this one I was so moved I had to have a bit of lie down! It's a hell of a song and a hell of a sing.
Broadway Baby: This isn't just a showbusiness song. It's a song about the real hopes and dreams we all have which are completely possible but always just out of reach.
Maria also gave the following personal thanks you's:
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