May 3, 2015, 8:00 PM
Micah Barnes -- "New York Stories" CD Launch
“New York Stories” is a romantic collection of original songs inspired by the Big Apple’s rich musical history, as well as the artist’s own personal experience in the city that never sleeps:
“When you fall in love with a lover that lives in a different city, that’s bad enough. When that city is New York City, you’ve really got some competition. A few summers ago I joined my partner, who was working 8 shows a week on Broadway at The Palace Theatre. We lived right above the very place where the Savoy Ballroom stood, and a few blocks from the Apollo Theatre. I decided to rent one of those little hourly piano studios off Time Square and make the most of the musical inspiration I was feeling from the city swirling around me. How many classic pop songs of the Brill Building era, how many Broadway shows and jazz standards were born in those piano studios? It's like the walls were talking to me, a magical experience indeed. And thats when all the New York Stories started to take shape.”
Inspired compositionally by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim, Barnes penned both music and lyrics, with a few selections co-written by rising star J.P. Saxe. The result is a recording that captures the cinematic roller coaster of romance, from the picturesque title track that oozes with seduction to the hopeful realism of "Starting Tomorrow," the jealous undertones of “Harlem Moon” and the languid ode to sleeplessness, “I’ve Been Awake Too Long.” Micah’s stellar trio features brother Daniel Barnes on drums, Russ Boswell on bass and Michael Shand on piano, all three of which occasionally provide a lush layer of back-up vocals.