Forged in Rhythm

by Keenan McKenzie

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Kendrick Wallace Joyful swinging music for dancers and lovers of 30s and 40s Jazz. Thanks for keeping this art form alive. Favorite track: Forged in Rhythm.
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T D Nelson Old and somehow new, insanely clever and somehow only took a weekend to pull together!!? Really excellent music in every way. Favorite track: My Well-Read Baby.
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Team Oktopus Mana for your ears (and your soul). Favorite track: My Well-Read Baby.
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Ryan Alexander I love big band music! To see people reviving this music with modern lyrics and sounds is amazing! Favorite track: My Well-Read Baby.
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One of the most driving, foot-tapping albums for dancers I've heard in a while. Favorite track: Down the Hatch.
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Matt Lloyd WOW! This album is on fire!! Such a solid album that captures the vintag swing sound. Favorite track: My Well-Read Baby.
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released December 5, 2017

Music composed and arranged by Keenan McKenzie

Keenan McKenzie...............reeds
Gordon Au.......................trumpet
Lucian Cobb.................trombone
Jonathan Stout...................guitar
Chris Dawson......................piano
Seth Ford-Young..................bass
Josh Collazo......................drums
Laura Windley....................vocals

Recorded in Los Angeles on August 12-13, 2017
Engineered by Miles Senzaki at Grandma's Dojo (Los Angeles, CA)
Mixed by Jason Richmond at the Efland Shack (Efland, NC)
Mastered by Steve Turnidge at UltraViolet Studios (Seattle, WA)

Artwork by Ryan Calloway Art

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Keenan McKenzie Durham, North Carolina

Keenan McKenzie is a Durham-based saxophone and clarinet player, specializing in dance-oriented music. He also frequently appears with The Mint Julep Jazz Band, Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders, and The Shakedown.

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Track Name: Transcontinental
I've got a man you haven't met
But he's perfectly charming and sweet
He's saved me a kiss I'd have to bet
For the next time that we meet
After the tour, I'll fly out west
And we'll be together again
But for now, I'll write my very best
And I'll count the days 'till then

My new romance is transcontinental
Sea to shining sea
Although you think it's all incidental
We're happy as can be

He signs his cards with hearts
I return them all in kind
He keeps my locket 'round his neck
And I keep him on my mind

The modern ways are now instrumental
For love affairs to last
Forgive me if I'm not sentimental
Tradition is the past

I can fly in the sky, to see my guy
He's the one I want to most
My new romance is transcontinental
I love him coast to coast
Track Name: My Well-Read Baby
If you wanna be my honey bee
You gotta show some wit and charm
You don't have to be from the Ivy League
If you say the right words when you're in my arms, so

Philosophize me, Socrates me
Write me a sonnet or a song
With some rhetoric and rhyme, It won't take you any time
You'll be me well-read baby from now on, yes
My well-read baby from now on

***

Show me stacks of play in three acts
And darling never will I roam
For the man I'm gonna marry needs a broad vocabulary
I want a well-read baby to call my own, sweetheart
A well-read baby to call my own

***

If you're anything lesser that a tenured professor
You better quote me Emily Dickinson on the phone
'Cause if you're Thomas, Dick or Harry, I hope you own your own library
I want a well-read baby to call my own, yes
A well-read baby to call my own
Track Name: If I Wrote a Song for You
If I wrote a song for you, sweetheart
It would keep me company
With its winsome melody
In summer rain

Well the verse would play its part
Tell our story from the start
Then I'd warm my tender heart
With each refrain

Let me take us note by note, floating
On a tune as shimmery
As the weathered memory
Of love still new

But there's a problem 'round the bend
I don't think the song could end
It's time I'd gladly spend
If I wrote a song for you
Track Name: Callous & Kind
You're callous and your kind
You can't make up your mind
I wish you'd treat me right
Now it's Friday night
And you can't be found
So if you want me and love me true
Why don't you keep me around?

You're fickle and you're fun
But not the only one
I think you've figured wrong
Because I've sung this song
Too many times before
So when you're ready to leave me, dear
Go on and get out the door

***

So now you wanna go
I wish you'd let me know
I hope you've had your fill
Well to quote old Bill
"Parting is such sweet sorrow"
Because I'll find me another Romeo
When I wake up tomorrow
Track Name: Forged in Rhythm
Down in the valley where I was born
My dear folks they would play
Some good old tunes their parents knew
And songs from far away

My mama plays old time guitar
With a perfect pulse in every bar
The beat will get you where you are
I was forged in rhythm

My old man he fiddles good as sin
But don't call that thing a "violin"
Four potatoes and you're in
I was forged in rhythm

I met someone who cuts a rug
When the music starts to jump
Now when my baby smiles at my
My heart goes thump thump thump

Before the kids were in the band
They hailed from all across the land
BUT THERE'S A BEAT THAT WE DEMAND
We were forged in rhythm
Track Name: When I'm Here Alone
I hear what my heart has told me
I'm happy, as the years have shown
I don't need arms to hold me
But it's cold when I'm here alone

All of my friends are hitchin'
But I've followed a path of my own
Can't spare no time for courtin'
Though it's cold when I'm here alone

You can keep your songs of righted wrongs
Of soulmates and chivalry
If "love is blind," then I don't mind
Missing out, so I can see

Someday romance will find me
It's not like I'm carved from stone
Don't send me names of potential flames
Though it's cold when I'm here alone

***

Keep your songs of righted wrongs
Of soulmates and chivalry
If "love is blind," then I don't mind
Missing out, so I can see

Someday romance will find me
It's not like I'm carved from stone
Don't send me names of potential flames
Though it's cold when I'm here alone
Track Name: The Dwindling Light by the Sea
Strolling 'cross the sand
We're so happy hand in hand
Think how charming it would be
In the dwindling light by the sea

Darling if I may
Take us dancing by the bay
Picture you so close to me
In the dwindling light by the sea

The band plays our favorite tune
And you smile, and I swoon
The sun dips below the sky
A breeze rolls in with a gentle sigh

Watching golden waves
'Till one of us misbehaves
Nothing sounds as fine to me
As the dwindling light by the sea

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You dear, at my side
I could search both far and wide
But nothing sounds as fine to me
As the dwindling light by the sea
As the dwindling light by the sea

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