Listen Love

by Tessa Souter

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released December 12, 2004

Tessa Souter (vocals), Freddie Bryant (guitar), Mark Berman (piano), Miles Okazaki (guitar), Essiet Okon Essiet (bass), Chembo Corniel (percussion)

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Tessa Souter New York, New York

From her Flamenco-tinged debut, Listen Love (2004), to Beyond the Blue (Motema, 2012) - featuring her lyrics to jazz versions of classical gems - Anglo-Trinidadian vocalist, Souter explores music mostly untouched by other vocalists. A Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star, Beyond the Blue made the London Times Top Ten Jazz CDs of 2013 - on a list including Ahmad Jamal, Gregory Porter and Stacey Kent ... more

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Track Name: Willow
Willow (lyric by Tessa Souter. Song by Pat Martino)

What if I became a willow tree
On the banks of you, a wild river
What would you do if I fell into the dark of you
Would that be too deep
And if I touched the very heart of you
Would you let me keep
The tender moment when a part of you loved me too
I'm yearning for a deeper blue
Please let me run away with you
To the sea

And if I should let a tender leaf
Go floating over you, a pale green dancer
Would I just sink or would you hold me while you danced with me
Lead me to the brink of falling deeper
In romance with me, dance with me
I'm yearning for a deeper blue
Please let me run away with you
To the sea
Track Name: You Don't Have to Believe
You Don't Have to Believe (Song and lyric by Tessa Souter)

You say you don't believe in spring
But spring is love and love is in everything
Within the bare branches of December trees
Live the red leaves of fall
You don't have to believe at all

A skylark rises up from the ground
it is singing but you don't hear the sound
But that does not mean the lark's not there
Just cos you're unaware
It doesn't need you to care

Warmth comes from the sun
Wind blows on everyone
And the rivers wind
Even though you're not mine
The stars still shine

In the dark you don't see me at all
When it is raining you don't hear me call
But above the clouds of gray and the dark
The sky is always blue
That doesn't depend on you

Warmth comes from the sun
Wind blows on everyone
And the rivers wind
Even though you're not mine
The stars still shine