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Hopeful Romantic (2012)

David Thorne Scott
2012-04-12
David Thorne Scott & John Stein

Story

This is a smoky jazz tune called “The Sign On My Door.” John Stein plays some whispery jazz guitar while the drums are brushed and horns blow cool. The vocals are whispery, too, with an invitation to “come play” to a certain intimate somebody.

Lyrics

When I see your eyes Smiling that way I stop whatever I’m doing And get ready to play Check in with me early, Or late, or in between I’ll provide room service If you know what I mean. You can act nonchalant And pretend you don’t care But I know what you want When you play with your hair. Cancel my meetings Turn off the phone I am feeling well I'm stayin' home. That’s my sign I don’t mind I got the time The sign on my door says, "Please Disturb"! Let the paper stay there Cuz I don't even care What the headlines are Let the coffee cool down While we're foolin' around We can go to Starbucks afterwards Cancel my meetings Turn off the phone I am feeling well I'm stayin' home. That’s my sign I don’t mind I got the time The sign on my door says, "Please Disturb"!
David Thorne Scott
2012-04-12
David Thorne Scott & Scarlet Keys

Story

A rock piano anthem, “Who Doesn’t Want To Fall In Love?” The energy gets cranked up and the instruments crackle. Greg Loughman lays down a deep groove on his acoustic bass and the background vocals build up to a choir in high gear. The lead vocal is playful wailing, all the way up to that high E-flat at the end.

Lyrics

Love, love, draws you in, A sweet kiss will come, then it turns and runs but you still taste it Every time you swear you’ll quit it But deep down deep You can’t resist it ‘Cuz who doesn’t want to fall Who doesn’t want to fall In love? Like a bad stray dog, comin'’round It’s not welcome in the house, But still you chase it You can’t turn your back on love, It’s not a thing to be trusted, not for a minute But who doesn’t want to fall Who doesn’t want to fall In love? Sweet hellos and sad goodbyes You see your life flash in her eyes That’s the way it’s always been Down that road and back again, What's behind that smile? What's beyond that bend in the road? What's with those big eyes? Hey, she might be looking at you! You think you’re much too cool for love Too smooth to be a fool for love but you dig it You say you’re jaded say you’re bored But you love to hate that revolving door just admit it ‘Cuz who doesn’t want to fall Who doesn’t want to fall In love?
David Thorne Scott
2012-04-12
David Thorne Scott

Story

The funky “Too Late,", with the keyboard sound switching to a gritty cool 1970s Fender Rhodes while the guitar works the wah pedal. The melody goes from a whisper to a shout of pain and loss, but the story twists around when the band jams out a la Medeski, Martin and Wood.

Lyrics

You understood better than anyone else You knew me better than I knew myself Grateful I had you to hold on to A warm fire to come home to I never knew what Could go wrong because I was weak and Love was strong, but I Guess I guess I failed you In some way, Or I Wouldn't be crying Still today, but it's Too Late It's too late for me now I let you get away somehow Oh… It's too late When I saw that you'd moved on Like a loving Amazon It hit me like a punch that reversed me Nothin but a whiskey bottle could have nursed me But now you're gone, and I've Gone ahead, And I Just can get myself Out of bed, But After all is Said and done, I Still believe that You're the one, but it's Too Late It's too late for me now I let you get away somehow Oh… It's too late You said "can't we be friends?" I knew just what you meant You wanna get back with me To feel good about yourself again I really really wanted to But a voice inside said "Don't do it." I just wanted to hide in your boudoir I couldn't lower myself so far So now it's you who is Out of time, and You can go on and Lose your mind, 'cause Since that pain you Laid on me, if I learned nothing, it's Tragedy, cause it's Too Late It's too late for me now I let you get away somehow Oh… It's too late
David Thorne Scott
2012-04-12
David Thorne Scott

Story

The rich texture of voices, horns, guitars and keyboards on “More Than One Way” holds you like a velvety comforter, but the Steve Gadd-like energy of Larry Finn on drums makes this song anything but sleepy. The repeating horn riff at the end has been linked to altered states of consiousness, so perhaps best not to listen too closely while driving.

Lyrics

Bought it I believed what you told me Got it I got the message, yeah I believed when you told me that I was gonna have to do it your way You said there's only one way. Caught it I caught the fever you were givin' me Thought it I was obsessive, yeah, I was burnin' with the knowledge that you were gonna point me to the one way You said there's only one way. You touched my soul for a while You got me out of my head when I needed you And always made me smile But the price That you asked Me to pay was over and above The normal dedication of love But it was Not it It's not the way that I wanted Fought it I fought your method, yeah I rejected all the parts of your plan that said I'd have to do it your way I know there's more than one way
David Thorne Scott
2012-04-12
Alison Wedding

Story

“I Should Take It From Here” bounces the blues away with a courtship story that demonstrates that tenacity in love sometimes pays off. The stop-and-start shuffle groove gives way to a flowing chorus that will have you singing along, but it’s the gorgeous orchestral breakdown that melts her heart and closes the deal.

Lyrics

I saw you in the corner trying to blend in But you couldn't hide from me So I counted to 10, I took a few steps closer in And I forgot how to breathe And then caution showed up And I threw it right out the window I should take it from here Cause you really got me fascinated From this moment it's obvious you're the one Time is tickin' on by If I don't move forward I could lose you So I push my fear aside Cause I won't let you get away So I got up the nerve, I made my move toward where you stood But you were nowhere to be found What a joke, just my luck Seems you slipped right through my fingers Before I had my mind make up But then I spun around and there you were smilin' at me. I should take it from here Cause you really got me captivated From this moment it's obvious you're the one Time is tickin' on by If I don't move forward I could lose you So I push my fear aside Cause I won't let you get away You don't have to tell me how rare this is Cause I never felt anything remotely like it These feelings we can't deny We've got to give us a try I should take it from here Cause you really got me fascinated From this moment it's obvious you're the one Time is tickin' on by If I don't move forward I could lose you So I push my fear aside Cause I won't let you get away
David Thorne Scott
2012-04-12
David Thorne Scott & Christine Fawson

Story

“Wisdom From Truth” brings a hip-hop sensibility together with bebop melodic lines, making you wonder how a collaboration between Eddie Jefferson and Robert Glasper might sound. Producer Anthony J. Resta’s fingerprints are all over this one, from laying down the tight groove on the drumkit to providing all the ear candy from synths, guitars, and even – yes – cowbell.

Lyrics

Wisdom from truth Truth from seeing And seeing from no expectation Wisdom from truth Truth from seeing And seeing from no expectation Who are you, man? I don't understand you at all Why you want to kill… Is it such a thrill now That you would trade your human mind in for a wishing spell What of the human race? Are we abandoning love now? Do we just consume all the property, own it, chew it up and spit it out? Will we ever learn? Take a turn, do it right a single time Another opportunity to prove that we are wise? Well, I just don't know… I just don't know Wisdom from truth Truth from seeing And seeing from no expectation Wisdom from truth Truth from seeing And seeing from no expectation I don't think you like me I don't think you approve Why people gotta assume what is true about me when they don't even know Put yourself in my shoes, don't you question my heart, even though we are miles apart What you are trippin' on has absolutely nothing to do with me Will you ever see clearly someday, it's all up to you Wisdom from truth Truth from seeing And seeing from no expectation Wisdom from truth Truth from seeing And seeing from no expectation Listen in, Just begin. Don't simply wait for fate It might not come Don't you be a dummy Some people never learn See outside Lose your pride Free your mind, never end it If you can Never end the story of an open mind that listens or there's no hope for you, Better open up your eyes, then you know you better realize Or you'll never admit you're full of shit, Better hurry.
David Thorne Scott
2012-04-12
David Thorne Scott & Renée Scott

Story

The album ends with a sigh on “Crossing the Line.” Beginning with a jazz rubato chorus of just piano and vocals, the song proceeds to add in the rhythm section and lush strings behind a soaring, dreamy whistling solo. It’s not quite Andrew Bird, not quite Bing Crosby, but a highly satisfying expression of the yearning and disappointment of unrequited love.

Lyrics

Oh gee, oh my What a fool am I To open up and let you in my heart It's very well that I should hold you And pretend that you are mine But if I tell you that I love you You'll say I've crossed over the line Oh well, I'll tell Though the line's been drawn And even though I think I know That when you find these words I'll find you gone, But then at least you'll see Just what you mean to me And I can say I've loved you, And move on

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