Slow Down

by Michelle Walker

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Jazz Vocalist, Michelle Walker, has been described as a sultry and soul stirring singer in the styles of Cassandra Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter, Nancy Wilson and Diana Krall. The gifted singer has a way of making the lyrics come alive. In this DEBUT CD RELEASE, she expertly captures the mood of each tune and takes her audiences to harmonic highs.

"For a debut jazz vocals CD, SLOW DOWN is excitingly original in concept and innovative approach, and the vocals of Michelle Walker are topnotch. Michelle Walker has a sensual, restrained, melodic voice that will attract new listeners in the jazz listening audience. Every note is perfectly sounded, every emotion is perfectly visualized as well as vocalized, and her voice is very poignant." --Lee Prosser, Jazz Review

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released November 24, 2014

Album Features:

UPC: 656613541623
Artist: Michelle Walker
Format: CD
Release Year: 2001
Record Label: Jazzgirl Productions
Genre: Jazz General

Track Listing
1. Nature Boy
2. Be My Baby
3. Pennies From Heaven
4. East of the Sun
5. The Very Thought of You
6. Sometimes I'm Happy
7. Summertime
8. Straighten up and Fly Right
9. Kiss of Life
10. Daddy
11. Slow Down
12. Your Song
13. Time After Time
14. Crazy He Calls Me
15. On the Sunny Side of the Street

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Playing Time: 52 min.
Producer: Michelle Walker, Wayne Wilentz
Distributor: (Independently by Label)
Recording Type: Studio
Recording Mode: Stereo
SPAR Code: n/a

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Michelle Walker New York, New York

Based in NYC, Michelle Walker is an international touring singer with a beautiful voice.

Her arrangements of jazz standards and pop tunes blend genres effortlessly. Originality pushes her to solidify her distinctive sound.

AllAboutJazz.com says, “Walker demonstrates an extraordinary degree of musicality." She is compared to Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone and Betty Carter in style and tone.
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Track Name: Nature Boy
"Nature Boy"

There was a boy
A very strange enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far
Very far, over land and sea

A little shy and sad of eye
But very wise was he

And then one day, a summer day
He passed my way, and while we spoke
Of many things, fools and kings
This he said to me

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return"
Track Name: Be My Baby
Every morning, every evening I am dreaming of you,
I keep hoping and believing that all these dreams will come true,

Come on and kiss me, baby just kiss me,
Come on and hold me tight, and fill my life with sunshine,
And make everything alright,

Every morning, every evening, baby, baby can't you see,
Time is right for loving, you're the one for me,

Oh, whether it's raining or people are complaining,
And even in the dead of night,
Forget your cares and be my baby tonight.
Track Name: Pennies From Heaven
"Pennies From Heaven"

Every time it rains, it rains pennies from heaven
Don't you know each cloud contains pennies from heaven?
You'll find your fortune's fallin' all over the town
Be sure that your umbrella is upside down

Trade them for a package of sunshine and flowers
If you want the things you love, you must have showers
So, when you hear it thunder, don't run under a tree
There'll be pennies from heaven for you and me

[lengthy instrumental-sax solo and then brass]

Every time, every time it rains, it's gonna rain pennies from heaven
Don't you know every cloud contains lots of pennies from heaven
You'll find your fortune's fallin', baby, all over the town
Be sure, be sure that your umbrella is upside down

Trade them for a package of sunshine and flowers
If you want the things you love, you've got to have showers
So, when you hear it thunder, don't run under a tree
There'll be pennies from heaven for you and me
Track Name: East of the Sun
"East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)"

East of the sun and west of the moon
We'll build a dream house of love dear
Close to the sun in the day
Near to the moon at night
We'll live in a lovely way dear
Sharing our love in the pale moonlight

Just you and I, forever and a day
Love will not die; we'll keep it that way
Up among the stars we'll find a harmony of life to a lovely tune
East of the sun and west of the moon dear
East of the sun and west of the moon
Track Name: The Very Thought of You
The very thought of you
And I forget to do
Those little ordinary things
That everyone ought to do

I'm livin' in a kind of a daydream
I'm happy as a queen
And foolish though it may seem
To me, that's everything

The mere idea of you
The longing here for you
You'll never know
How slow the moments go
Till I'm near to you

I see your face in every flower
Your eyes in stars above
It's just the thought of you
The very thought of you, my love

I see your face in every flower
Your eyes in stars above
It's just the thought of you
The very thought of you, my love
Track Name: Sometimes I'm Happy
"Sometimes I'm Happy (Sometimes I'm Blue)"

Sometimes I'm happy
Sometimes I'm blue
My disposition
Depends on you

I never mind
The rain from the skies
If I can find
The sun in your eyes

Sometimes I love you
Sometimes I hate you
But when I hate you
It's 'cause I love you

That's how I am
So what can I do
I'm happy when I'm with you

Sometimes I'm happy
Sometimes I'm blue
My disposition
Depends on you

I never mind
The rain from the skies
If I can find
The sun in your eyes

Sometimes I love you
Sometimes I hate you
But when I hate you
It's 'cause I love you

That's how I am
So what can I do
I'm happy when I'm with you
I'm happy when I'm with
I'm happy when I'm with
So happy when I'm with
I'm happy when I'm with you
Track Name: Summertime
"Summertime"

Summertime and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is fine
Oh your Daddy's rich and your ma is good lookin'
So hush little baby, don't you cry

One of these mornings
You're goin' to rise up singing
Then you'll spread your wings
And you'll take the sky
But till that morning
There's a nothin' can harm you
With daddy and mammy standin' by
Track Name: Straighten up and Fly Right
"Straighten Up And Fly Right"

A buzzard took a monkey for a ride in the air,
The monkey thought that everything
was on the square.
The buzzard tried to throw the monkey
off his back,
The monkey grabbed his neck and said,
"Now listen, Jack..."

Straighten up and fly right,
Straighten up and stay right
Straighten up and fly right
Cool down, papa, don't you blow your top.
Ain't no use in divin',
What's the use in jivin'?
Straighten up and fly right
Cool down, papa, don't you blow your top.

The buzzard told the monkey,
You are chokin' me.
Release your hold and I'll set you free.
The monkey looked the buzzard right
dead in the eye and said,
Your story's so touching, but it sounds
just like a lie.

Straighten up and fly right
Straighten up and stay right
Straighten up and fly right
Cool down, papa, don't you blow your top.

Straighten up and fly right
Straighten up and stay right
Straighten up and fly right
Cool down, papa, don't you blow your top.

Ain't no use in divin'
Ain't no good in jivin'
Straighten up and fly right
Cool down, papa, don't you blow - your - top.

Fly right!
Track Name: Kiss of Life
"Kiss Of Life"

There must have been an angel by my side
Something heavenly led me to you
Look at the sky
It's the color of love
There must have been an angel by my side
Something heavenly came down from above
He led me to you
He led me to you
He built a bridge to your heart
All the way
How many tons of love inside
I can't say

When I was led to you
I knew you were the one for me
I swear the whole world could feel my heartbeat
When I lay eyes on you
Ay ay ay
You wrapped me up in
The color of love

You gave me the kiss of life
Kiss of Life
You gave me the kiss that's like
The kiss of life

Wasn't it clear from the start
Look the sky is full of love
Yeah the sky is full of love
He built a bridge to your heart
All the way
How many tons of love inside
I can't say

You gave me the kiss of life
Kiss of Life
You gave me the kiss that's like
The kiss of life

You gave me the kiss of life
Kiss of Life
You gave me the kiss that's like
The kiss of life

You gave me the kiss of life
Kiss of Life
You gave me the kiss that's like
The kiss of life

You wrapped me up in the color of love
Must have been an angel come down from above
Giving me love yeah
Giving me love yeah

You gave me the kiss of life
Kiss of Life
You gave me the kiss of life
The kiss of life
Track Name: Daddy
"Daddy"

Oooooh, Daddy,
I want a diamond ring, bracelets, everything
Daddy, you oughta get the best for me
Oooooh, Daddy, gee, don't I look swell in sables?
Clothes with Paris labels?
Daddy, you oughta get the best for me

Here's 'n'amazing revelation
With a bit of stimulation
I'd be a great sensation
I'd be your inspiration

Daddy, I want a brand new car, champagne, caviar
Daddy, you oughta get the best for me

Hey, Daddy, I want a diamond ring, bracelets, everything
Daddy, you oughta get the best for me
Hey, Daddy, gee, don't I look swell in sables?
Clothes with Paris labels?
Daddy, you oughta get the best for me

Dress me up in silks and satin
Put good booze in my Manhattan's
Tempt me with expensive presents
Feed my oysters and royal pheasant

Daddy, I want a sunken tub
Baby sorta give me a rub
Oh Daddy
You oughta get the best for me!
Track Name: Slow Down
"Slow Down" Written by Michelle Walker

Slow down take you time
I wanna relax, enjoy the wine
I wanna feel like we're feeling free
Slow baby and talk to me

Don't you want to see me
Don't you need to be free
Don't worry I will be there
if you have something to share

Come back, be with me
Don't go home angry
I want the best for us even if I have to fess, you see

I feel you wanting me
I feel you needing me
So come baby slow do

Every morning when you look my way
I loose my cool, my head you boy you make me nervous
You're so seductive
You know you drive me crazy

Every time you pull away
I grow tired and scared like it has a purpose
I know you tend to stray, boy I'm hear to say that I love you.

You know I'll never stray, I am to say that I love you.

Every morning when you look my way
I loose my cool, my head, you make me nervous
You're so seductive
You know you drive me crazy

Every time you pull away
I grow tired and scared like it has a purpose
You know I'll never stray, I am to say that I love you.

Slow down take your time
I want to relax your mind
Just stay for an hour or two,
I know that you've got things to do

But I feel you wanting me
I feel you needing me
Don't want you fooling around
Just come back baby slow down
Track Name: Your Song
"Your Song"

It's a little bit funny this feeling inside
I'm not one of those who can easily hide
I don't have much money but boy if I did
I'd buy a big house where we both could live

If I was a sculptor, but then again, no
Or a man who makes potions in a travelling show
I know it's not much but it's the best I can do
My gift is my song and this one's for you

And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it's done
I hope you don't mind
I hope you don't mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you're in the world

I sat on the roof and kicked off the moss
Well a few of the verses well they've got me quite cross
But the sun's been quite kind while I wrote this song
It's for people like you that keep it turned on

So excuse me forgetting but these things I do
You see I've forgotten if they're green or they're blue
Anyway the thing is what I really mean
Yours are the sweetest eyes I've ever seen

And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it's done
I hope you don't mind
I hope you don't mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you're in the world

I hope you don't mind
I hope you don't mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you're in the world
Track Name: Time After Time
"Time after Time"

Time after time
I tell myself that I'm
So lucky to be loving you

So lucky to be
The one you run to see
In the evening
When the day is through

I only know what I know
The passing years will show
You've kept my love so young
So new

And time after time
You'll hear me say that I'm
So lucky to be loving you
Track Name: Crazy He Calls Me
"Crazy He Calls Me"

If I say I'll move a mountain
Then I'll move a mountain
If he wants it, I'll move it away
Crazy he calls me
Sure, I'm crazy
Crazy in love, I'd say

If I say I'll go through fire
Then I'll go through fire
If he wants it, so it shall be
Crazy he calls me
Sure, I'm crazy
Crazy in love, you see

Like the wind that shakes the bough
He moves me with his smile
The difficult I'll do right now
The impossible will take a little while
If I say I'll care forever
Then I mean forever
If I have to hold up the sky
Crazy he calls me
Sure, I'm crazy
Crazy in love am I
Track Name: On the Sunny Side of the Street
"On The Sunny Side Of The Street"

Grab your coat and grab your hat
Leave your worries on the doorstep
Just direct your feet
To the sunny side of the street

Can't you hear that pitter-pat?
That happy tune in your step
Life can be so sweet
On the sunny side of the street

I used to walk in the shade
With my blues on parade
But now I'm not afraid
'Cause this rover, has crossed over

If I never have a cent
I'll be rich as Rockefeller
With gold dust at my feet
On the sunny side of the street