Brainchildren

by elizabethjazz

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“every moment of this album has something to offer” – CMJ (College Music Journal)

“recommended if you like Regina Spektor and Norah Jones” – AOL

“one-of-a-kind jazzy pop tunes” – The Deli LA

“an enjoyable confection” – The Sun Chronicle

Jazzy, poppy "Brainchildren" (November 1, 2011 on Canopy Jazz), tells stories real and imagined, outlining the similarities found in our experiences no matter where we reside. “Three” tells the story of a couple deciding to have a child, “Bicycle” reminds a child to enjoy his innocence while it lasts, and “Melting Snow” describes the feeling of rebirth after tragedy. Several songs relate tales of love gained or lost, and the album is rounded out with instrumentals inspired by insomnia, tacos, and a skipping stroll in Memphis. Recorded in Brooklyn with her working band in a single day, Brainchildren features Rob Jost (Saturday Night Live, Bjork) on bass and Robert Di Pietro (Norah Jones, Josh Rouse) on drums. Special guests include Kiku Collins (Beyonce), Jon Natchez (Beirut), and Mark Erelli (Josh Ritter).

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released 01 November 2011
elizabeth! - voice & trombone & songs
Jason Domnarski - piano & Rhodes
Rob Jost - acoustic bass
Robert di Pietro - drums & percussion

Plus many special guests!

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elizabethjazz Los Angeles, California

Vocalist, trombonist, and songwriter elizabeth! is a fun and interactive performer and educator who connects with audiences through the thrill of improvisation and personal, accessible musical stories. She has performed across the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe with both her own band and teaching jazz workshops, and with acts like Michael Bolton, Matt Wilson, and St. Vincent. ... more

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Track Name: Santiago Sunrise
It’s been a long one
Time has not been kind
It’s been a long one
You reach inside to find
Your heart’s been broken,
You feel like smokin’,
‘Cause it’s all that you can do
To keep yourself from comin’ undone

Tonight I pray for you
I pray for her
For life, tonight I pray
Tonight I pray for you
I pray for her
For life, for love,
And the strength to see the Santiago sunrise

You don’t have a say
The truth is gonna come
You don’t have a say
Your brain is going numb
As the facts keep falling,
God is calling,
‘Cause it’s all that He can do
To get you on your knees to pray

Tonight I pray for you
I pray for her
For life, tonight I pray
Tonight I pray for you
I pray for her
For life, for love,
And the strength to see the Santiago sunrise


Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen, © 2008
Track Name: Three
Starting with one, the one you know
You can count on to stay

Then we were two, and this tired world
Became so brand new

And now the time is here
To ask ourselves the questions
No one else can
Do the lifting for us

So we
Start this journey
To where we
Become three.


Music by Paul Sanwald, © 2001
Lyric by Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen, © 2007
Track Name: Melting Snow
Last night
While you slept, I
Took flight
Away from here
To bright
Blue skies where they don’t
Miss the world below

No one
Took my coat or
My gun
They never dreamed
The fun
Of sending
Your body to the crows

I told you once
I told you twice
That I would never be the same
But you will choose
What you want to see
You’ll be the one to lay the blame

So now
I rise up to
My vow
To take back the day
Somehow
Push up like a
Flower through melting snow


© 2008 Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen
Track Name: Eye for an Eye
I was runnin' before I had shoes
Flirtin' with trouble, I had nothin' to lose
I didn't mean it, but I didn't choose
The time to reconcile...

He brought me to life
Though I still can't cry
He never knew me
But neither did I
And now here's that light
They told me I'd see
And here I stand, horrified,
(I) finally know how to be...
...Alive.

I live that night inside of my head
Colors receding 'cept for green and red
I invited stealth, but harm came instead
It's fire by trial...

He brought me to life
Though I still can't cry
He never knew me
But neither did I
And now here's that light
They told me I'd see
And here I stand, horrified,
(I) finally know how to be...
...Alive...
...Alive...

How can I tell you?
It's like I've thrown out my answers
And now I only have questions.
How can I tell you?
It's like a shock from above,
It's like he kills me with love and kindness.

He brought me to life
Though I still can't cry
He never knew me
But neither did I
And now here's that light
They told me I'd see
And there you are, glorified,
I finally know how to see...

He brought me to life
Though I still can't cry
He never knew me
But neither did I
And now here's that light
They told me I'd see
And there you are, glorified,
I finally know how to see...........

......An eye for an eye...

An eye for an eye.


Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen, © 2005
Track Name: On the Ferris Wheel
I didn’t know what a good thing I’d found
Never knowing that you’d come around
Sometimes you go in circles just to find the place you’re from
So I just reach out and take your hand

On the ferris wheel
On the ferris wheel
On the ferris wheel with you
On the ferris wheel
On the ferris wheel
On the ferris wheel with you

I used to think that you’d never change
Turns out all I had to do was rearrange
The feelings in my heart of hearts
And all my tiny fears
I slip my hand in your hand, and they disappear

On the ferris wheel
On the ferris wheel
On the ferris wheel with you
On the ferris wheel
On the ferris wheel
On the ferris wheel with you


Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen, © 2008
Track Name: Bicycle
Bicycle
Bicycle
Where are you going?
Bicycle

Bicycle
Bicycle
What’s in your basket?
Bicycle

Long ago we knew the things that we liked
Pleasures were simple and life black and white
But the rain comes down
And washes your innocence away

Bicycle
Bicycle
Who’s that you’re holding?
Bicycle

Bicycle
Bicycle
Tell him to go fast
Tell him it won’t last
Tell him to enjoy
His bicycle


© 2005/2009 Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen
Track Name: I Won't Even Tell You
Falling for the small things
Watching all the ways you bring
Joy to everyone
Drinkin’ in your smile
As the steps turn into miles
Of laughter without fear

Even as I go down
This path I wanna know how
To keep my stomach still
I heard a little rumor
And friends have even passed her
Name across their lips

I won’t ask you for details
Don’t wanna know her name
Won’t even tell you
I know you don’t feel the same

All I ask is this moment
With you by my side
If you can’t be mine
I won’t even tell you

Sometimes you gotta know when
Troubled winds are blowin’
Your bubbles into tears
You pack up all your loose ends
Tuck your kids in tight when
Time cannot forgive

I know that I can put aside
The lame old horse I used to ride
And redefine a win
I see the race is long but
I’ll follow a new song
That comes from within

I won’t ask you for details
Don’t wanna know her name
Won’t even tell you
I know you don’t feel the same

All I ask is this moment
With you by my side
If you can’t be mine
I won’t even tell you


Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen © 2008
Track Name: The Words I Don't Say
It’s late for no other reason
You’re here and I am in the light
And I know what’s best for me
But I’d rather do what feels good

Don’t mix your work with your pleasure
Don’t say it – hint, but don’t tell
Maybe I’m too subtle for you, baby
So listen to the words I don’t say

Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

You say that everything is scripted
But sometimes you surprise yourself
Though I may live to regret this
I’ll still try
I’ll still try
I’ll still try to make you stay.


Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen © 2008