Let’s Turn the Lights Down Low, the debut album by Debbie Montgomery, features our chanteuse singing the songs of her late father; a tribute to his musical legacy. The album was recorded with a top-flight trio of jazz players and produced by Randall Michael Tobin. Visit CDBaby.com to hear excerpts of this loving recording.
Album song titles and Debbie’s thoughts…
Desirez Moi – This is a beautiful, sensuous song I really enjoyed doing. It reminded me of my father’s passion, not only about his music but also about everything he did.
It’s Really You – Wow! Jeff’s piano rendition of this already-incredible song simply “blew me away” when I first heard it. It was so beautiful I sat there and cried happy tears. I’m sure that this song will become a “new” classic.
A Love that Lived Just Yesterday – Again, Jeff does an incredible job turning a gorgeous song into something truly unforgettable. I really had fun vocalizing the tag.
Let’s Turn the Lights Down Low – This song is a favorite of mine and I heard it played often by my father in our home. The saxophone was added after I heard a great sax down on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California; fell in love with the it, and knew it would sound cool on this track.
A Hopeless Dream – I heard dad playing various versions of this song as I was growing up. This set of lyrics lends itself to a mellow, laid back rendition of lost love.
Corpus Christi Bay – I grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, and my father said he wrote this song about me and my adventures in my late teens. (see the bridge in back…)
Summertime (bonus track) – This was added as something different and well-known to a CD of all original, unknown music. There was a big discussion about whether it should be done in the original classical style of high soprano, or in the traditional lower key. I think we ended up with a little of both in this rendition.
It’s a Wonderful Thing – This is an uptempo number with some interesting jazz intervals which keep it energetic, moving, and memorable. The reference to “Doc’s Remedy” refers to my father’s Dad who everyone called “Doc King” or just “Doc.”
Figment of Love – I really enjoy this song because of the poetic lyrics, and the changing jazz harmonies and rhythms from dark to light, and back to dark again. I feel it creates a mood that makes it hauntingly memorable.