One Note Samba

from by Frances Livings



The interpretation of this American songbook classic is another unique variation from familiar renditions: The form was re-harmonized and extended for a Flügelhorn solo played by Nolan Shaheed. Joey Heredia created an enticing drum pattern that possesses the dramatic nuances of a New Orleans march and that compliments Trey Henry’s moody bass in the intro and his syncopated patterns in the verse and bridge. These killer grooves are complimented by steel string acoustics by Greg Porée that were used to create dissonant pads for Frances’ playful interpretation of these whimsical but clever lyrics.



This is just a little samba, built upon a single note
Other notes are bound to follow but the root is still that note
Now this new one is the consequence
of the one we've just been through
as I'm bound to be the unavoidable consequence of you

There’s so many people who can talk and talk and talk
and just say nothing, or nearly nothing
I have used up all the scale I know and at the end I've come to nothing, or nearly no-thing

So I come back to my first note, as I must come back to you
I will pour into that one note all the love I feel for you
Anyone who wants the whole show, Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
He will find himself with no show,
better play the note you know!


from Ipanema Lounge, released August 31, 2016
Writers: Antônio Carlos Jobim, Newton Ferreira de Mendonca [Corcovado Music Corp., Songs of Universal Inc.]

Frances Livings – vocal
Greg Porée – steel string guitar
Trey Henry – double bass
Joey Heredia – drums
Nolan Shaheed – Flügelhorn


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Frances Livings Los Angeles, California

The London-born artist Frances Livings can be heard on a variety of recordings. Besides music, she has worked as a designer, has earned a PhD in art history and is the founder of the music production company Moontraxx.
Drawing from these different life experiences has made her ability to both craft and tell a story very unique.
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