Deanne Matley is a Calgary Jazz singer who will be recording her debut album in a couple weeks. She has decided that a song I have written titled 'Almost In Love' will be on her album.
Deanne interprets other peoples work. She does jazz standards and the odd pop cover (like Oasis' 'Wonderwall'). She has a catalog of jazz and pop thousands of titles deep and a hundred years old. Yet, words I strung together and a melody I found in the air and wrote down are what she chose to put on her album.
I've always wanted other people to take my songs and make them something new. I play guitar and sing but I don't consider myself a musician or a vocalist. I've always felt like the playwright who had to be his own actor.
This past Thursday Deanne asked me to come and watch her sing my song to see if I approved of what she had, in her words, "done to it". Well, what she and her accompanist had "done to it" was make it their own and I loved every second of it.
She showed me her lyric sheet afterward and one of her notes was "scared". It's the emotion she imagined the person in the song feeling. The emotion she wanted to portray in her vocal performance. It was a nuance that came through while I watched and I'm sure you'll feel it too when the CD is released.
You can be sure I'll let you know when it's out. My song is on it after all.