Thanks for stopping in to see whats new in my world of adventure. Im excited to announce the release of a new CD with Bill Mays, as well as a new edition of my book, A Will of His Own. May each of these works provide a little therapy in the mad and tumultuous scene we find ourselves in during these modern times. Breathe! Sing! Appreciate all that you have, boys and girls!
The new CD Long Ago and Far Away: Songs of Jerome Kern has been a dream come true in its creation. I'd been talking with Mr. Mays, my piano hero, for quite some time about the two of us doing a record. I wanted to salute one of the American Songbook composers, so I embarked on a search for the perfect oneand at last decided upon the magnificent and timeless music of Kern. I was able to recruit my sweetly beloved, Chuck Deardorf,
to produce the CD and play upright bass. Bill Mays came out to Seattle from the East Coast and we immediately shipped him up to a fabulous private studio in the San Juan Islands, known only as a friends place. (the friend is my wonderful longtime pal, Jim Bredouw, aka Bunz.). In this spectacular, remote island setting we set up the band in Jims barn--a two-story Architectural Digest-worthy dream--as the morning sun shone through tall windows; we worked through the night as starlight fell upon the grand piano. Establishing an intimate groove, our little trio along with our engineers, Bunz and the incomparable Reed Ruddy of Studio X, had a fabulous time cutting simple, spontaneous arrangements. The CD is now being mixed at a studio in Seattle run by another fantastic engineer and producer, Garey Shelton.
Life is full with music, writing, friends, voice students, and of course, motherhood. My son Will is a guy (now seventeen!) who is moving forward, who loves the world and takes advantage of all the wonderful stuff that comes his way. He is currently a senior at Roosevelt High School here in Seattle and participates in the schools excellent Vocal Jazz group, conducted by Scott Brown; he also swims and practices yoga as a part of his school program. He is taller than both his parents. He is writing, drawing, riding his bike and keeping up with his hobby, the ferryboats of Washington State.
Stay tuned to my site for news, and thanks to all of you for your interest in my music, my writings and my loves. You can also check out myspace.com/kellyharlandsings where you will see photos of some of my amazingly talented voice students. And dont forget to time-travel to YouTube to view a vintage video of my eighties band Lazy Racer performing our single on A&M Records, written by yours truly and co-writer Craig Morley.
Oh, and--this site was created by the world-class photographer and design wizard Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, my favorite designer in the universe. His work can be viewed at: www.azfoto.com
CD photos throughout the site are by
the superb artist