INTO WHITE - 2007


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Into White

Filmed at Carly's home on Martha's Vineyard


Quiet Evening

Filmed at Carly's home on Martha's Vineyard.

Liner Notes

This album is dedicated to Paul Samwell-Smith

As I listen to this record I like to think this is the kind of music grown-ups like me can definetly get a little weepy over. But probably by the first two or three tracks, it will lull you to sleep as it is meant to do. Therefore, you won't notice if you have tears on your pillow.

The players on this CD are not studio musicians, although they are, but not on this project. The collaboration was like a band record more than a solo album. Everyone collected here on the Vineyard and recorded at Jimmy's studio where each of us had input and more. I didn't want to finish this project without it being known how much I love them and how much working with them has been a great joy in my life. Thank you Teese, Peter, David, Ben and Sally. Teese alone could have been the whole band, but by a stroke of genius luck, the others appeared. And especially thank you to my co-producer, Jimmy Parr.

I would like to give special thanks to: Steve, Denise Searle, Jodie Wright, Ben and Sally, Husband, Jimmy Hart, Mol, Raife, Tamara, Gary, Jules & Noah, Jessie, Arlyne Rothberg, Jac Holzman, Jake, Lee Phillips, Larry Ciancia, Jonno, Mia F., Nora E., Arlene Graff, Evelyn Pons, Ken Starr, Trish Kubal, The Wolf Family and John Forte. Thank you always to my family, Joey, Lucy, Peter, Richard and Andrea. Also, to my cousin Jean.

Much thanks and love to my friends at Columbia Records: Jay Landers, Steve Barnett, Tom Donnarumma, Bob Stringer, Sir Howard Stringer, Lisa Wolfe, Maggie Wang, Barbara Jones, Marc Offenbach, Denise Gatto and Allan Stein. Thanks also to Michele Anthony for her belief in this project.

Jimmy Parr would like to thank his loving, patient, and supportive family Laura, Sadie, Issac, Jerry & Carolyn, and the talented folks at MOTU.

Credits

Release Date: January 2, 2007
Label: Columbia Records
Album Billboard Peak: #13

Produced by Carly Simon
Co-Produced, Engineered & Mixed by Jimmy Parr
Executive Producer: Jay Landers

Recorded and Mixed at Parr Audio, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Mastered by Bob Ludwig / Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME
Personal Management: Jodie Wright
Art Direction: Michelle Holme
Photography: Sally Taylor, except pages 3 and 8 by Heidi Wild

Additional Mixing: Frank Wolf
String Arranger: Teese Gohl
Production Manager: Jill Dell'Abate
Assistant to Carly Simon: Denise Searle
Marketing Director: Lisa Wolfe
Marketing Consultant: Jay Krugman
Into White
Lyrics & Music by: Cat Stevens

I built my house from barley rice
Green pepper walls and water ice
Tables of paper wood
Windows of light
And everything emptying into white

A simple garden, with acres of sky
A brown-haired dogmouse
If one should drop by
Yellow Delanie would sleep well at night
And everything emptying into white
And everything emptying into white

A blue eyed drummer rehearses outside
A black spider dancing on top of his eye
Red legged chicken stands ready to strike
And everything emptying into white

Teese Gohl: Piano, Keyboards, Bass Synth Strings
Peter Calo: Guitar
Jan Hyer: Cello
Carly Simon & Jimmy Parr: Background Vocals

© Published by EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP) o/b/o Cat Music Ltd. (PRS)
Oh! Susanna
Lyrics & Music by: Stephen Foster

Well, I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee
And I'm bound for Louisiana, my true love for to see
Well, It rained all night the day I left
The weather it was dry
The sun so hot I froze myself
Susanna don't you cry

Oh! Susanna, oh don't you cry for me
Well, I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee

I had a dream the other night
When everything was still
I dreamed I saw Susanna
She was coming down the hill
A red, red rose was in her mouth
A tear was in her eye
Said I come from Alabama
Now, Susanna don't you cry

Oh! Susanna, don't you cry for me
Well, I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee

Well, I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee
The land of Louisiana is where I want to be

Teese Gohl: Keyboards, Bass Synth Strings, Kalimbo, Flute
Peter Calo: Guitar, Dobro
Jan Hyer: Cello
Jimmy Parr: Kalimba
Carly Simon: Arrangement & Background vocals

© Public Domain. Published by C'est Music (ASCAP)

Blackbird
Lyrics & Music by: John Lennon & Paul McCartney

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free

Blackbird fly
Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night
Blackbird singing in the dead of night

Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Teese Gohl: Piano, Pizzicato Strings, Hi Strings, Synth Cellos, Bodhran
Peter Calo: Guitar, Dobro Slide
David Saw: Guitar
Jan Hyer: Cello
Carly Simon & Ben Taylor: Background Vocals

© 1Published by Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP)
You Can Close Your Eyes
Lyrics & Music by: James Taylor

Well the sun is surely sinking down
But the moon is slowly rising
So this old world must still be spinning around
And I still love you

So close your eyes
You can close your eyes, it's all right
I don't know no love songs
And I can't sing the blues anymore
But I can sing this song
And you can sing this song
When I'm gone
When I'm gone

It won't be long before another day
We gonna have a good time
And no one's gonna take that time away
You can stay as long as you like

So close your eyes
You can close your eyes, it's all right
I don't know no love songs
And I can't sing the blues anymore
But I can sing this song
And you can sing this song
When I'm gone
oooh, when I'm gone
oooh, when I'm..................



Teese Gohl: Piano
Peter Calo: Guitar
Jan Hyer: Cello
Teese Gohl: Arrangement

© Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI) / EMI April Music Inc.
o/b/o itself and Country Road Music Inc. (ASCAP)


Quiet Evening
Lyrics & Music by: David Saw

Won't somebody tell me
Won't you let me know
Quiet evening
I'm sleepy and I'm holding on
I've got nowhere to go
Quiet evening
You know you still have friends
And they'll be waiting for you

Quiet evening
You've been longing for
Quiet evening
You've been longing
Take this night, for the sake of your soul

Moonlight calls and it covers you
There's nothing left but this hidden view
Quiet evening
Cars roll by on that motorway
Others may have a lot to say
Quiet evening
You know you still have friends
And they'll be waiting for you

Quiet evening
You've been longing for
Quiet evening
You've been longing
Some people might stay up til it's light
But take this night, for the sake of your soul

Teese Gohl: Piano, Bass, Percussion
Ben Taylor: Guitar
David Saw: Guitar
Carly Simon & Ben Taylor: Background Vocals

© Published by C'est Music (ASCAP)
Manha De Carnaval
Lyrics by: n/a
Music by: Luiz Bonfa

La, la's....


Teese Gohl: Keyboards, Synth Strings, Bass
Peter Calo: Guitar
David Saw: Guitar
Jan Hyer: Cello

© Published by Chappell & Co. Inc. o/b/o Les Nouvelles Editions Meridian (ASCAP)

Jamaica Farewell
Lyrics & Music by: Irving Burgie

Down the way where the nights are gay
And the sun shines daily on the mountain top
I took a trip on a sailing ship
And when I reached Jamaica, I made a stop

But I'm sad to say, I'm on my way
Won't be back for many a day
My heart is down, my head is turning around
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town

Sounds of laughter everywhere
And the dancing girls swinging to and fro
I must declare that my heart is there
Though I've been from Maine to Mexico

But I'm sad to say, I'm on my way
Won't be back for many a day
My heart is down, my head is turning around
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town

Down at the market you can hear
Ladies cry out while on their heads they bear
Ackie rice and salt fish is nice
And the rum is good any time of year

But I'm sad to say, I'm on my way
Won't be back for many a day
My heart is down, my head is turning around
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town
Leave a little girl in Kingston town
Leave a little girl in Kingston town

Teese Gohl: Lo & Hi Kalimba
Peter Calo: Guitar, 8-string Guitar, Dobro
David Saw; Guitar
Carly Simon & Ben Taylor: Background Vocals

© Published by Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co. Inc. o/b/o Lord Burgess Music / Publishing Company and Dimensional Music of 1091 (ASCAP)
You Are My Sunshine
Lyrics & Music by: Jimmie Davis & Charles Mitchell

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You'll never know, dear
How much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away

The other night, dear
As I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms
When I awoke, dear
I was mistaken
Please don't take my sunshine away

Please don't take my sunshine away

Teese Gohl: Piano
Peter Calo: Guitar, 8-string Guitar, Dobro
David Saw: Guitar
Carly Simon & Ben Taylor: Background Vocals

© Published by Peer International Corp. (BMI)

I Gave My Love A Cherry
Lyrics & Music by: Traditional

I gave my love a cherry
That had no stone
I gave my love a chicken
That had no bone
I gave my love a story
That had no end
I gave my love a baby
Got no cryin'

How can there be a cherry
That has no stone
How can there be a chicken
That has no bone
How can there be a story
That has no end
How can there be a baby
With no cryin'

Well, a cherry when it's blooming
It has no stone
A chicken when it's pippin'
It has no bone
The story of I love you
It has no end
A baby when it's sleeping
Has no cryin'

Hush little baby
Hush little baby
Hush little baby
Don't you cry

Teese Gohl: Piano, Synth Strings
Jan Hyer: Cello
Carly Simon: Arrangement

© Public Domain. C'est Music (ASCAP)
Devoted To You / All I Have To Do Is Dream
Lyrics & Music by: Boudleaux Bryant

Darling you can count on me
Till the sun dries up the sea
Until then Ill always be
Devoted to you

I'll be yours till endless time
I'll adore your charms sublime
Guess by now you know that I'm
Devoted to you

I'll never hurt you
I'll never lie
I'll never be untrue
I'll never give you reason to cry
I'd be unhappy if you were blue

Through the years our love will grow
Like a river it will flow
It can't die because I'm so
Devoted to you

Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream

When I want you
In my arms
When I want you
And all your charms
Whenever I want you
All I have to do is
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam............

Teese Gohl: Keyboards, Synth Strings, Bass
Peter Calo: Guitar
Jan Hyer: Cello
Jimmy Parr: Percussion, Heartbeat
Ben Taylor: Background Vocals

© Published by House of Bryant Publications (BMI)

Scarborough Fair
Lyrics & Music by: Traditional

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
He once was a true love of mine

Ask him to find me an acre of land
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Between the sea foam and over the sand
And then he'll be a true love of mine

If he tells me he can't, I'll reply
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Let me know at least he will try
And then he'll be a true love of mine

Love, it imposes impossible tasks
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Though not any more than any heart asks
He once was a true love of mine

Teese Gohl: Lo Kalimba, Lo Drum, Hammered Piano, Flute
Peter Calo: 8-string Guitar
Ben Taylor: Guitar
David Saw: Guitar
Jimmy Parr: Woodblock
Carly Simon: Arrangement, Background Vocals

© Public Domain. C'est Music (ASCAP)
Over The Rainbow
Lyrics & Music by: Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
There's a land that I've heard of
Once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true

Some day I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why, can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why, can't I?

Teese Gohl: Piano, Synth Strings
Peter Calo: Guitar
Jan Hyer: Cello

© Published by EMI Feist Catalog Inc. (ASCAP)

Love Of My Life
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

I love lilacs and avocados
Ukuleles and fireworks
And Mia Farrow and walking in the snow
But you've got to know that

That you're the love of my life
You are the love of my life
You are the love of my life
You are the love of my life
From the moment I first saw you
The second that you were born
I knew that you were the love of my life
Quite simply the love of my life

I love Lucy and pumpernickel bread
The statue of liberty and chocolate ice cream
And falling into bed
But get it through your head that

That you're the love of my life
You are the love of my life
You are the love of my life
You are the love of my life
From the moment I first saw you
The second that you were born
I knew that you were the love of my life
Quite simply the love of my life

You are the love
The great love
Of my
Of my life

Teese Gohl: Synth Strings, Electric Piano, Cello, Pad
Peter Calo: Guitar
Jan Hyer: Cello
Jimmy Parr: Bass
David Saw: Guitar
Carly Simon: Background Vocals

© Published by TCF Music Publishing Inc. / C'est Music (ASCAP)
I'll Just Remember You
Lyrics & Music by: Ben Taylor & David Saw

I don't remember day and night
Don't remember any fights
I don't remember what to do
I just remember you

I can't recall the summer breeze
Whispers through the apple trees
And I forget the songs I knew
I just remember you

Time to go on
So much life to be lived on my own
Some day I'll wake up as good as new

Then I'll remember skies of blue
Handsome boys I almost knew
I try my best but I know it's true
I just remember you

Teese Gohl: Acoustic & Electric Piano
Carly Simon: Acoustic Guitar

© Published by CNMNE Music c/o Starr & Co. LLC (ASCAP) /C'est Music (ASCAP)
Into White

I certainly would never have guessed that a song I first heard in 1970 on Cat Stevens’ Tea For The Tillerman album would be the title song on an album of mine thirty-six years later. It makes me think that anything is possible in the realms of music. I am reverential about the song (although in the rest of these liner notes I shall try to refrain from hyperbole.) I wonder why no psychic told me that I would be singing it. Not even one psychic. I've often thought it would be quite reasonable to get second and third opinions from psychics.

Oh! Susanna

“Oh! Susanna” by Stephen Foster is one of the best-known folk songs in America. When coming up with ideas for songs to do on this album, this was an early favorite. I knew, even before the album evolved, that this was a strong contender. There are so many possibilities with songs that have easy chordal changes. Peter began to play a muted guitar, and we, like small children played on kalimbas, which are like little thumb pianos. We decided on modulations after each chorus, using a flute played by Teese, to contrast with the verse melody. I have been neither to Alabama or Louisiana, and though I have held a banjo on my knee, I've never actually played one. It comes from underneath the soil. It belongs to the American heritage, and I am part of both.

Blackbird

“Blackbird” by Lennon & McCartney is the song on the album I relate to the most because I AM that blackbird. I am trying to take my broken wings and learn to fly. Not to mention those sunken eyes I need to see with. There is so much to connect with in the song. Peter, Teese, David and I just began to play it without thinking about an arrangement, and I did a vocal, first take. Teese composed a cello part, which was played by Jan Hyer. The added bridge of ‘ooohs’ was sung by all of us (Ben, David, Jimmy Parr, Peter and me). Ah, ’tis Shakespeare.

You Can Close Your Eyes (with Ben & Sally Taylor)

“You Can Close Your Eyes” by James Taylor, my one-time husband and the dad of Ben and Sally, is another song I first heard in 1970. I never expected to bring myself this close to something so beautifully, transparently and emotionally dangerous. This surprising arrangement, with the three of us: Ben, Sal and me singing and Teese's inspired, yes, inspired piano part, arrived after all of us at the same time, but Ben probably just a little faster, said: “Let's try it in 6/8 time.” Peter's guitar part, coming in and out, adds a light dynamic that puts a bit of fairy dust on this plaintive and all-time great song.

Quiet Evening

“Quiet Evening” is the only song on the album that is brand new. Written by David, one of a very few cast-of-characters on the album, the one I call “Husband,” not because he is, but because he looks like 'husband'. It is the first song he ever wrote and listening to it at home, over and over (played by he and Ben), I knew I had to pilfer it and make it my own. At first, it was very guitar based and then Teese, playing the role of a bass player, added a part that I found almost too sensual for prime time. Instead of being tastefully understated, I turned it way up in the mix, prodding poor Jimmy Parr until he threatened to sue. This is the song I most love singing.

Manha De Carnaval (Theme from Black Orpheus)

“Manha de Carnaval” (from“Black Orpheus”) is the main musical theme to this understated, brilliant movie, which was largely composed by the Brazilian bossa nova legend, Luiz Bonfa. To me it has one of the most beautiful melodies (this side of ‘Der Rosenkavalier’) ever heard in my lifetime. It’s not exactly sad or nostalgic, but it conjures up the rising of the sun over the mountains of Rio. It conjures up the calm before the fanfare of carnival. It certainly conjures up romantic love. Peter, David and I dug in deeply and sensitively. Without words.

Jamaica Farewell

“Jamaica Farewell” is a song I first heard at a Harry Belafonte concert at Carnegie Hall in the Sixties. I went out and bought his record (the one with the colorful shirt and his blazingly handsome face). I learned how to strum it on the guitar, and my sister Lucy and I sang it as one of the three or four songs we had in our repertoire during the first year we sang together on Cape Cod and the Vineyard. Ben and I do a cool little part (arranged by Ben) as an ending to the song, which leads into....

You Are My Sunshine

This one just came as a shot in the dark. No one knew we were going to do it. I just started singing it when I was on a mic in the control room. I was happy I remembered all the words, because I almost sang “You make me happy when skies are blue,” which would have reinvented reason. Teese went, standing up, to the acoustic piano, and we lucked out on being bang on the same key. We edited a section of Ben’s and my “la la’s” at the end, and then a final “Don't take my sunshine away.” Peter came back in, almost in a vacuum, as though across the water on some Jamaican beach, playing under the final star of the night.

I Gave My Love A Cherry (The Riddle Song)

“I Gave My Love A Cherry” is a song that many good mothers and fathers sing to their babies. It asks the riddle “How can there be?” and then answers it in the last verse. I always thought the line: “The story of I love you, it has no end” is very like me. I am an incurable romantic and still love my first elevator man. (I was a privileged child.)

Devoted To You / All I Have To Do Is Dream

“Devoted To You” is another song that Ben and I wove various themes into, predominantly “All I Have To Do Is Dream.” I’ve read that at least two ex-presidents loved the song and so I recorded it for them, hoping it would make up for their very tense time in office. It’s also a lovely and gentle pop song of the Fifties recorded by the wonderful Everly Brothers. I myself recorded it before on my 1978 album Boys In The Trees. Maybe I’ll record it again with Bill Clinton singing the high part.

Scarborough Fair

“Scarborough Fair” is an old Celtic folk song that was made famous by Simon & Garfunkel. When looking at the song to possibly record, I discovered many lesser-known verses. In the grand folk tradition, I have made up a few of my own. I suggest that you listen to a version by Martin Carthy, which is probably the same version that Paul and Artie (excuse me, I forgot their last names) first heard. In our melancholy arrangement we go whispery, husky and foggy, allowing for criss-crossing harmonies. As is true of all the songs on this album, I wish I had written it.

Over The Rainbow

I bow to this song. It’s amazing how many birds there are on this album. Especially if you include the chickens in “I Gave My Love A Cherry.” It doesn’t get much better than this and to do anything that Judy Garland ever sang tells you just how crazy / brave I am.

Love Of My Life

“Love Of My Life” is an original song of mine. I wrote it for This Is My Life, a movie written by Nora Ephron. I am singing half of the song here. I changed a few of the lyrics. The original lyric said “I loved Woody Allen.” This version says “I love Mia Farrow.” Get my Reflections or Anthology album (or the soundtrack to the movie) to hear the whole song. The part that is not sung here, is primarily about car keys.

I'll Just Remember You

I came down the spiral stairs from my bedroom one morning a month ago (in August of 06) and Ben (Taylor) and David (Saw) were playing this song. I sat rapt and listened. I thought it was a Rodgers & Hart song, as they had been working on versions of "My Funny Valentine" and other classics. I said "That is the most beautiful and simple song I have ever heard. Whose is it?" (expecting to feel a fool for not knowing it was one of Gershwin's greatest.) When they modestly told me they had been working on writing it for about fifteen minutes, I just made some French toast and understood it was all over. Life will never be the same. It's such a perfect combination of talents. Ben and David...like Lennon and McCartney, like George and Ira, like Fred and Ginger. Life is good.