Eclectic Album: Tell Me the Meaning 1
...no new comer to show business!! Gyle (prononced as djill) Waddy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., and that's where he began his career as a singer in the Afro-American tradition. Gyle has been based in Brussels, Belgium for more than 30 years. "Tell Me The Meaning" (The Eclectic Album, Vol. 1), Elyts Records CD 6763, is his 5th. Album. This double album features, on each CD, 10 different styles of music. On CD 1 "The Groove Down Side" features 6 original songs and 4 covers. CD 1 begins with an original, medium-tempo-bossa-nova, "Sap-Doo-Da", then jazzing on to two cover songs "Mornin" from Al Jarreau and "Moondance" from Van Morrison. If you're into more original songs then listen to these 4 new compositions. There's his medium, moving new blues called "Missing You Blues", or if you like « World » music, try grooving to "Tell Me The Meaning". If you prefer some inspirational songs then these two songs "Nothing Is Impossible" and "Miracle Of Love" just should not be missed. If you're more into 1940's nostalgia jazz-swing, then here it is. Listen to this cover of Mike Jackson's song "Knock Me A Kiss". If you like French songs, let's not forget that famous song, "Ne me quitte pas", written by composer-poet Jacques Brel. Gyle had an interesting idea to arrange "Ne me quitte pas" in a very unique way by using a jazzy, acoustic-percussive approach. So as to keep the dramatic intensity of Brel's lyrics, each verse Gyle sings, is pitched down a half tone. If you like to dance well this is the track for you. Groove along with Gyle as he sings one of his original songs: A fun, bio-historical-up-tempo-singin'-an-rapin'-party-song dedicated to the president of the U.S.A. entitled "Barack Obama Is His Name" (Barack Obama Is The Man). You like grooving music? This is where you'll find it on the "Groove down side" - CD 1 is for you. On CD 2 "The Mellow Down Side" features 5 original songs and 5 covers. If you are in more of a cool mood then CD 2 is for you. Gyle, once again, starts us off with an original, a smooth bossa-nova, "You See I Love You". Many people know of the 1930's ballad "Body & Soul" written by Johnny Green, well Gyle has included the rarely, if ever performed two verses, before getting into the theme of the song that many of us know so well. Once again Gyle decided to interpret the lovely melodies and lyrics "Glow" written by Al Jarreau, and "Have I Told You Lately" written by Van Morrison. In keeping with the mood of this CD Gyle offers you his original ballads like "Just Hold On", "Are You Sure?", the moderate, Bolero tempo "Broken Heart", and the very soft "Emotional Skid Row", which gradually moves into a 50's doo-wap feeling in the middle of the song. In keeping with the "Eclectic" feeling of this CD Gyle chooses to finish the album with a traditional Negro Spiritual "De Blin' Man Stood On De Road An' Cried" and the German Lieder "Morgen" Op. 27, N° 4. composed by Richard Strauss. If you like mellowing music this is where you'll find it on the "Mellow down side" - CD 2 is for you. There's a little bit for everyone!