Along the Road

by Maria Mendes

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about

Along the Road is the debut album of the Portuguese jazz singer Maria Mendes.

The inventive sound of this album is driven by Maria's tender and unique singing together with the truly moving sound of Wim Dijkgraaf's harmonica.
The Portuguese singer Maria Mendes, based in The Netherlands since 2007 and runner-up of the famous Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal competition sings melancholic and romantic stories combined with a passion for jazz and improvisation.
The band members represent the best in the Dutch jazz scene. Their sensitive approach towards her music makes this album a strong and fresh sound in the European and American jazz world.

credits

released 05 June 2012

Wim Dijkgraaf: harmonica
Karel Boehlee: piano
Clemens van der Feen: accoustic bass
Jasper van Hulten: drums

- Recorded at Fattoria Musica Recording Studios in Osnabrück, Germany, August 31 and September 1-2, 2011
Sound engineer: Chris Weeda

- Recorded at Sandlane Recording Facilities in Rijen, The Netherlands, December 3, 2011
Sound engineer: Ruben Montes

- Mixed at Zensa Lodge, South Africa by Chris Weeda and Hein van de Geyn

- Mastered at QPoint Digital Audio in Hilversum, The Netherlands by Peter Brussee and Chris Weeda

- Produced by Maria Mendes and Wim Dijkgraaf with great assistance by all those listed above.
Executive producer: Maria Mendes

All arrangements by Maria Mendes except Obsession and So Many Stars by Karel Boehlee
Portuguese lyrics by Maria Mendes on Saia Preta and Olha Só no Meu Olhar
Saia Preta co-written by Maria Mendes, Wim Dijkgraaf and Alexander van Popta

Photography by David Dinis and Joel Bessa
Assistant: Maria Clara Henriques
MUA: Marisa Anunciação
Styling: Joana Campos Silva
Production: Liliana Carvalho

Art direction and design: André Coelho

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Maria Mendes Holland

Quincy Jones stated: “I see a promising, shining future for this young talented singer.”

The Portuguese vocalist is remarkable for her crystal clear voice, creative and exciting phrasing and outstanding vocal virtuosity.Her sold out performances worldwide have been drawing the attention of the jazz media worldwide,considering her to be one of the most promising singers in the European Jazz scene.
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Track Name: Love Dance by Maria Mendes
Love Dance
(L. Lins / G. Peranzetta / P. Williams)

From too much talk to silent touches,
Sweet touches.
We turned our hearts to love, then tried it,
First time romance,
There in the quiet,
Love learns to dance.

We loved, we slept, we left the lights on.
The night's gone
And morning finds us caught in life's most
Sensible trance.
Turn up the quiet,
Love wants to dance.

Old souls find new life
In hearts that are listening like ours,
And old dreams find young wings
In silence, in silence.

From too much talk to loving touches
Love touches
When pure emotion takes the moment
We take the chance.
Turn up the quiet
Love wants to dance
Track Name: Obsession by Maria Mendes
Obsession
(D. Caymmi / G.Peranzetta / T. Mann)

You know I never really see who you are,
It seems I never really can understand.
Just when I think that you’ve gone
I feel you take a hold of my hand.

You’re like the wind that blows in front of a storm,
The electricity explodes in the night.
Now it’s already too late
To decide if it’s wrong or it’s right.
This obsession is too strong to fight.

Somewhere there must be a place where two heartbeats can touch,
Where lovers can meet in the daylight and find it’s enough.
So do I really need the shadows you hide in,
This passion that lives in the dark?
Show me your heart.

I never hear about the pain in your past,
You never talk about the places you’ve been.
Each time you say that you love me
I find you are lying again.

And still you know you rule my dreams with your charms.
You still put all those silver clouds in my eyes,
Make me believe you’re a blessing
When you are a curse in disguise,
An obsession that can’t be denied.

You know I never really see who you are.
You’re like the wind that blows in front of a storm.
You still put all those silver clouds in my eyes.

Somewhere there must be a place where two heartbeats can touch,
Where lovers can meet in the daylight and find it’s enough,
So do I really need the shadows you hide in,
This passion that lives in the dark?
Show me your heart.
Track Name: Saia Preta by Maria Mendes
Saia Preta
(M. Mendes / W. Dijkgraaf / A. van Popta)


Cadê você nesse compasso
Juro de indecisão
Entre tristeza e solidão


Sei que ando
Vagueando perdida
Sem rumo e direcção
Sabendo que não encontro você
Nessa minha saia preta
Preta na canção


Ela é preta no “I love you”
Com mistura do açaí,
Tem de tamanho a Lagoa
E do samba tem o Rio
Dançando em meu abraço
Que não chega nem aí


Preto é o solo sólido
Significado amarrado
Dessa saia preta
Saia que venta em minhas coxas
Sólidas, tristes de solidão
De não ter você aqui

Sou Maria em ti
Sou criança em mim
Sou mulher na saia preta
Saia que voa voando
Nessa canção de solidão
Que chama por ti
Track Name: Come Rain or Come Shine by Maria Mendes
Come Rain Or Come Shine
(H. Arlen / J. Mercer)


I'm gonna love you like nobody's loved you,
Come rain or come shine.
High as a mountain and deep as a river,
Come rain or come shine.

I guess when you met me
It was just one of those things.
But don't you ever bet me,
'Cause I'm gonna be true if you let me.

You're gonna love me like nobody's loved me,
Come rain or come shine
Happy together, unhappy together
Now won't be just fine

Days may be cloudy or sunny,
We're in or we're out of the Money,
But I'm with you always,
I'm with you rain or shine!
Track Name: Olha Só no Meu Olhar by Maria Mendes
Olha Só No Meu Olhar
(P. Metheny. Portuguese lyrics by M. Mendes)


Entre os pés e o chão
A distância é um luar, o mar.
Flutuando você vai achar
O lado que você não viu.

Olha só no meu olhar.

Sente a luz que vem
Do espaço que nos faz sorrir,
Chorar e amar
Basta só tentar,
Vem olha só pra mim.
Estendo a mão pra voce chegar

Entre os pés e o chão
A distância é boca tua na minha.
Caminhando vamos encontrar
O nosso lado de nós dois

Olha só no meu olhar
Vem, olha só no meu olhar
Track Name: Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Maria Mendes
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
(H. Arlen / E. Y. Harburg)

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?
Track Name: So Many Stars by Maria Mendes
So Many Stars
(S. Mendes / A. Bergman / M. Bergman)

The dawn is filled with dreams,
So many dreams, which one is mine?
One must be right for me.
Which dream of all the dreams,
When there's a dream for every star?
And there are oh, so many stars,
So many stars.

The wind is filled with songs,
So many songs, which one is mine?
One must be right for me.
Which song of all the songs,
When there's a song for every star?
And there are oh, so many stars,
So many stars.

Alone, the countless days, the endless nights
That I have searched so many eyes,
So many hearts, so many smiles
Which one to choose?
Which way to go?
How can I tell?
How will I know?
Out of oh, so many stars,
So many stars.
Track Name: Verão by Maria Mendes
Verão
(R. Passos / F. De Oliveira)

Cinco pranchas deslizam nas ondas
E os surfistas parecem voar.
Tem veleiros nos verdes ao longe
E o nascente promete um luar.

Gaivotas disparam em seta
Num mergulho sem freio no azul.
E eu me sinto assim como o poeta.
Água viva dos mares do sul, do sul...

Tem conversas e risos nos bares
E lilases na tarde que finda.
Passam ônibus cheios de olhares
E um desejo de novo me anima.

Eu desejo o fervor de outros tempos
E a beleza dos dias de então...
Chove tanto nos meus sentimentos
E é verão, verão, verão.
Track Name: Começar de Novo by Maria Mendes
Começar De Novo
(L. Lins / V. Martins)


Começar de novo e contar comigo,
Vai valer a pena ter amanhecido.
Ter me rebelado, ter me debatido,
Ter me machucado, ter sobrevivido,
Ter virado a mesa, ter me conhecido
Ter virado o barco, ter me socorrido.

Começar de novo e contar comigo,
Vai valer a pena ter amanhecido.
Sem as tuas garras sempre tão seguras,
Sem o teu fantasma, sem tua moldura,
Sem tuas escoras, sem o teu domínio,
Sem tuas esporas, sem o teu fascínio.

Começar de novo e contar comigo,
Vai valer a pena já ter te esquecido.
Começar de novo.