The Final Tre-Re: Day After Day
Except it isn’t a Tre-Re (Retrospective Re-Release) really, since this has never been publicly released. A few of you have heard it~
This is the final song recorded with this band, after the other four that are the Four Sweets CD (and after Le saboteur, really a remix of My Man released as a single) with that best band Ever~~> Liz Kinnon, keys, arrangement, and direction~ Hussain Jiffry bass, Enzo Todesco drums, Roberto Montero guitar, and Kirk Brundage percussion—all of whom contributed immeasurably to that whole Brazilian rhythms-cum-genres process and project, of course especially their smokin-hot chops!!
This— Day After Day, a rendition of the great Dulce Amor, with my original English lyrics—!!—features a special appearance by Richard Mitchell on sax (who with his Pantages buddies Jeff Bunnell and Charlie Morillas are the horn section on My Man & Le saboteur~).
And yet this was the first song I worked on for that project. Liz (& her husband Richard) & I prepared a demo for the composer long before Four Sweets & the full band—a demo just with keys/synth, flute, and vocal. The composer pianist Rodgers Grant had approached me in the aughts about his music, which I loved; I performed three of his over the years: He wrote the monster hit Yeh-Yeh (with Pat Patrick) that Jon Hendricks wrote lyrics for and performed. Rodgers wrote lush Dulce Amor while playing piano with Mongo Santamaria’s band: It became an instant classic with Hubert Laws playing.
Rodgers Grant had been contacting singers—whose work he found online and liked :-) —to sing his songs and even to write for him: He wanted English lyrics for Dulce Amor, so I took that on. I worked on it for years & did that demo with Liz and Dick (Richard). Later this—full band—recording was our last-minute fifth song we laid down the day we tracked the Four Sweets CD, the only one not Brazilian blends: it's a classic bolero~ That was Jan. 13, 2010, not an easy date to forget!
Unfortunately Rodgers was ill the later years I knew him, and died in 2012. He was such a sweet guy and fun—he loved to joke—he'd send out funny emails :-). His longtime friend and publisher Don Sickler of Second Floor Music etc. has his portfolio, and kindly gave me permission to release this version with my English lyrics.
So voici the climactic (!!) ending to my Tre-Re campaign: Day After Day, music by Rodgers Grant, lyrics by Kay Martin, performed by the Kay Martin Band with special guest Richard Mitchell. Engineered by Paul Tavenner.
In my lyric story, the main verses are intended to be daytime, and the intervals, night.
Oh and let me add, Day After Day / Dulce Amor was just chosen as a "Best Song of the Year 2021" By WNIR Indie Radio and affiliates!~
I hope you like it!