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Tracy Stark :: Reflections

Reflections (2009)

This, my second album, was tough to make. I never expected the success of The Collection, which I’m thrilled has found a place in so many hearts. Like all things, the more you know the more you fear. In hindsight the first recording was easy. I just went into the studio and sang. Reflections was more challenging because it needed to be at least as good as The Collection and it had to be different.

For this album I’ve chosen a range of songs that are multi-faceted reflections of how I feel both musically and lyrically. I’ve opened with some of my favourite swinging jazz standards. You can’t help but be moved by the heart-wrenching lyrics of that great torch song You Don’t Know What Love Is “…until you greet the dawn with sleepless eyes…”; feelings echoed later in Sinead O’Connor’s tragic Nothing Compares to You and Phil Collins’ bittersweet Separate Lives. I couldn’t resist including the timeless Eagles classic, Love Will Keep Us Alive. Lionel Richie’s beautiful song Hello, the lilting Nine Million Bicycles and You Are So Beautiful are pure pleasure for a singer and it’s been great to perform gutsy songs like Chains and Now That The Magic Has Gone. I love Chantal Kreviazuk’s stunning arrangement of Leaving On A Jet Plane and just had to try Amy Winehouse’s version of the Carole King classic Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. Christine McVie’s exquisite Songbird seemed a perfect way to close these Reflections.

Thanks to Leonard for the technical wizardry and to Andy for the coolest studio around and much appreciated words of encouragement.

Once again my grateful thanks to the most determined man I know, my wonderful husband (and producer) Steve, a perfectionist who is only satisfied when he is convinced I’ve done the very best I can…

Tracy Stark Recorded at Lindsay Road Studios, Knysna June 2009
Produced and Re-mastered at Songworks Recording Studios, Hilton in April 2010

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