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Yesterday is Now

Yesterday is Now is available on PGD/Polygram Records, catalogue number 532 714-2 both in Australia and the USA.

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The track listing for the album is as follows. I have included David's listening notes from the CD as shown in green italics. Some tracks have Real Audio samples to listen to also. Enjoy!

Track Listing & Liner Notes

1. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MELODY
Music: Ray Jessel Lyrics: Ray Jessel and Cynthia Thompson (CC)

A new song that evokes a time and place and a way of living. being the nostalgia buff I am, I was naturally attracted to this song. Besides, those days-gone-by sound pretty good.

2. HELP IS ON THE WAY
Music and Lyrics: David Friedman (CC)

Nancy La Mott was one of New York's most esteemed singers who tragically died at the end of 1995. This song was written for her by David Friedman. It's a beautiful song that came out of the blue for me, with its message of hope, written for a great performer.

3. ERROL FLYNN
Music: Amanda McBroom Lyrics: Gordon Hunt & Amanda McBroom (CC)

This song was written by the great cabaret artist and songwriter, Amanda McBroom (author of "The Rose") and is about her father, who was a bit-player in Errol Flynn movies. I include it because it is a perfect example of how great ballads are still being written in the nineties.

4. I HAVE DREAMED/OUT OF MY DREAMS
I Have Dreamed - Music: Richard Rogers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II (EMI Music) from the Musical "The King and I"

Out of My Dreams - Music: Richard Rogers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II (EMI Music) from the Musical "Oklahoma"
Here I've combined these two songs as I think they complement each other. The sweeping music of Richard Rodgers and the immortal lyrics of Oscar hammerstein II are never to be underestimated for their depth and sentiment.

5. ONLY HEAVEN KNOWS
Music and Lyrics: Alex Harding (CC) from the musical "Only Heaven Knows"

This is the title song from the Australian musical in which I performed at the Stables Theatre and the Sydney Opera House. It was a magical experience and in this version of the song the wonderful Alex Harding has written an extra verse.

6. ROCK-A-BYE YOUR BABY WITH A DIXIE MELODY Real Audio
Music: Jean Schwartz Lyrics: Sam M Lewis and Joe Young (J Albert & Sons/D. Davis & Co) from the musical "Sinbad"

My favourite Al Jolson song which is always a joy to song. It holds up just as well today as it did eighty years ago.

7. COME RAIN OR COME SHINE
Music: Harold Arlen Lyrics: Johnny Mercer (Warner-Chappell) from the musical "St Louis Woman"

I think this is one of the sexiest songs ever written. The combination of Harold Arlen's music with words by the great Johnny Mercer, is electric.

8. BROADWAY BABY
Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim (Warner-Chappell) from the musical "Follies"

A wonderful Stephen Sondheim song from "Follies" which is usually sung by women. It's great fun to turn it around and sing it from a male perspective.

9. ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND Real Audio
Music and Lyrics: Irving Berlin (D. Davis & Co)

Irving Berlin's classic tune. I've interpreted the song in various ways and yet still stayed true to the melody.
It's the history of the joy of popular music. In any style you care to sing it, it's just a great song.

10. AUSTRALIAN MUSICAL MEDLEY
I Dips Me Lid - Music: Albert Arlen Lyrics: Albert Arlen, Nancy Brown, Lloyd Thomson and C J Dennis (CC) from "The Sentimental Bloke"

Saturday Girl - Music: Peter Stannard Lyrics: Peter Benjamin (CC) from "Lola Montez"
Once in a Blue Moon - Music: Terence Clarke Book and Lyrics: Nick Enright (CC) from "Summer Rain"
Jindyworoback - Music: Terence Clarke Lyrics: Nick Enright (CC) from "The Venetian Twins"
Here is a bit of fun from that oft criticised genre - the Australian musical. I think it has a lot to offer as these songs demonstrate. "I Dips Me Lid" is from "the Sentimental Bloke", a classic Australian musical based on the series of poems by C J Dennis. "Saturday Girl" is from the Musical "Lola Montez", a story of the goldrush in Ballarat last century. "Once in a Blue Moon" is from the musical "Summer Rain" and tells the story of a group of tent performers stranded in an outback town. "Jindyworoback" is the showstopper from "The Venetian Twins", which was a pastiche of Goldoni's 18th Century comedy classic, with a wonderful Australian flavour.

11. A KID INSIDE
Music and Lyrics: Craig Carnelia (CC) from the musical "Is There Life After High School?"

I've been singing this song for a few years now and it's very close to my heart. Its sentiment is universal yet exptremely personal. I adore Craig Carnelia's work and this is one of the best examples of his songwriting style.

12. MR TANNER
Music and Lyrics: Harry Chapin (Festival Music) Additional Vocals: David Whitney

Harry Chapin was a fantastic songwriter and performer who produced such hits as "Cats in the Cradle" and "Taxi". I love the story in this song and what it says about the love of music.

13. ON SUCH A NIGHT AS THIS
Music: Marshall Barer Lyrics: Hugh Martin (CC) from the unproduced musical "A Little Night Music"

This song comes from an unperformed musical called "A Little Night Music" (not the Sondheim one). It was rediscovered by Michael Feinstein and I sang it at the Barbara Cook Masterclass in Melbourne. I actually met Michael after the masterclass because of this song, so I guess it's a good luck charm.

14. 'TIL TOMORROW/THE PROMISE
'Til Tomorrow - Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick (CC) from the musical "Fiorello"

The Promise (I'll Never Say Goodbye) - Music: David Shire Lyrics: Marilyn and AlanBergman (CC) from the film "The Promise"
Two great songs to finish: "Til Tomorrow" is from the rarely performed musical "Fiorello", and "The Promise" I first heard on a Rosemary Clooney CD. It was too good to resist!

All tracks arranged by Michael Tyack.


Some of David's shots taken from the CD slip

Note: These photos are copyrighted as listed in the CD liner notes.


  Adam's autographed CD cover.