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Taking the Wheel

USA - Released September 9, 1997. Recording Label: Pgd/Philips Catalog Number: 537936
Australia - Released September 29, 1997. Recording Label: PolyGram Catalog Number: 537936-2

This CD was recorded in Sydney during June/July 1997.

The track listing for the album is as follows. I have included David's listening notes from the CD as shown in green italics.

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Track Listing

  1. Grateful

  2. Gentle Souls and Tender Hearted Fools
  3. It Will Always Be You
  4. I Honestly Love You
  5. Old Devil Moon
  6. The Nearness of You/Not a Day Goes By
  7. I Got Rhythm
  8. Never Really Mine to Lose
  9. Storybook
  10. Yard Sale
  11. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  12. Taking the Wheel
  13. Just Where They Should be
  14. It Will Always Be You (Acoustic Version)
     
     


CD Liner Notes

1. GRATEFUL
Music and Lyrics: John Bucchino from the musical "Urban Myths"

It's impossible to sum up the meaning of this song in the space I have here. It brought John Bucchino into my life both as a composer and a friend. Its ability to capture all of my thoughts and feelings about the last year, makes it an incredibly potent message for me.

Life seems to speed by so quickly and it can be hard to stop and appreciate what you have before you go racing off to pursue your dreams. So for me this is the best way to start the album. Before going on to the many places and emotions evoked by the other songs, it feels right to start by remembering how grateful I am to be where I am today.

2. GENTLE SOULS AND TENDER HEARTED FOOLS
Music: John Bucchino Lyrics: Lindy Robbins (Copyright Control)

I love the wonderfully romantic notion of this song about the need to establish that the person you love returns your feelings.

3. IT WILL ALWAYS BE YOU
Music and Lyrics: Don Walker (Palomarr Pty Ltd/Randor Music Australia Pty Ltd)

A last minute entry to the CD (literally!!). My father drew my attention to this song. It's written by one of his regular writers, Don Walker. Don was generous enough to let me use it. I'm thrilled he did because it's an incredibly haunting song.

4. I HONESTLY LOVE YOU
Music and Lyrics: Peter Allen and Jeff Barry (Woolnough Music/Randor Music Australia Pty Ltd)

I love all of Peter Allen's songs, but I chose this one because we've been able to match the arrangement to the simplicity of the song and highlight the beauty of the lyrics.

5. OLD DEVIL MOON
Music: Burton Lane Lyrics: E Y (Yip) Harburg from the musical "Finian's Rainbow" (Werner-Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd)

1997 marked the passing of the great Burton Lane and this is one of his best known songs. We've tried to capture its bluesy sensuality in this arrangement.

6. THE NEARNESS OF YOU/NOT A DAY GOES BY
"The Nearness of You" Lyrics: Ned Washington Music: Hoagy Carmichael (BMG Music Pty Ltd)
"Not a Day Goes By" Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim (Warner-Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd)

My musical director, Chris Denny, brought this Hoagy Carmichael/Stephen Sondheim medley to me and it proved to be the perfect blend of songs from two different eras. Both are about being completely open with someone about the depth of your love.

7. I GOT RHYTHM
Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin (Warner-Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd)

I've been performing this song for years and have always enjoyed playing with its different rhythms. Chris and I decided that it was finally time to set this down and a blast in the process.

8. NEVER REALLY MINE TO LOSE
Music: Ann Hampton Callaway Lyrics: Lindy Robbins (Copyright Control)

This is a new song by Ann Hampton Callaway and Lindy Robbins and I think its power is perfectly captured in the first two lines of the chorus. It's about being the one who has to move through the fear and find the courage to be honest about their emotions.

9. STORYBOOK
Music: Frank Wildhorn Lyrics: Nan Knighton from the musical "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (Warner-Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd)

This song from the Broadway musical "The Scarlet Pimpernel" evokes mystery, passion, adventure and romance. Its hypnotic power comes from the character's quest for the one person who will teach him the true meaning of love.

10. YARD SALE
Music and Lyrics: Tom Anderson based on an arrangement by Ian Herman (Copyright Control)

When I arrived in New York in October of '96, this was the first of the new songs I heard. The potency of this song by Tom Anderson comes from the fact that the story it tells is true.

11. BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER
Music and Lyrics: Paul Simon (Paul Simon/Larrikin Music Publishing)

I heard this song recently on a plane and in that moment felt as if I had never really listened to the lyrics and understood their message. So what I most wanted to do, was to accentuate the spirituality and essence that I rediscovered in the song.

12. TAKING THE WHEEL
Music and Lyrics: John Bucchino (AMCOS)

In making this album I've looked for songs that reflect a part of me. For me this song is about taking charge of life and being willing to take risks. Once again, John has given me a song that perfectly explores my desire to own the risks that life presents both personally and professionally.

13. JUST WHERE THEY SHOULD BE
Music and Lyrics: Craig Carnelia (Carnelia Music/Administered by Schroede International Ltd)

This song has a wonderful sense of finality to it. At the close of an album which has so many songs about searching, it feels right to end with a song about the peace that can be found at home with the person who makes you whole.

Many thanks to San Fran Sue for typing up these liner notes for me.


Some of David's shots taken from the CD slip