It Would Be Nice To Know

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Jazz. This tune is straight up jazz. I co-wrote this one with friend Ed Scheiblin who I previously collaborated with on the song I Could Always Make Her Laugh. Ed came to me with these lyrics telling me he had Ol' Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra in mind. So I wanted to give it a melody and vibe in the vien of those classic jazz vocal songs. I love this style; I'm a fan of Sinatra, Diana Krall, and so many other jazz singers and musicians whose talent far exceeds my own. I only hope I did it justice.

For the arrangement and recording, I reached out to my friend Lee Hansen, an incredibly talented musician with whom I play in the band Urban Blue. I asked him to do his magic on the sax and he delivered. It was fun too, because we did it entirely over the internet. Thanks Lee, and thanks Ed. Enjoy.


It would be nice to know
If you still listen to those old LPs
When the world has laid you low
Toss and turn with sorrow all night long
Then rush at dawn to make angels in the snow
It would be nice to know
But I don't understand why I still give a damn

It would be nice to know
That you'll have nothing to do with the ones
Who told us to take it slow
Right or wrong do you still believe now
That the warmest moment is the afterglow?
It would be nice to know
But I don't understand why I still give a damn

Drop me a line
If you're in town
Drop in anytime
We could catch up
On all we left behind

It would be nice to know
That you keep looking for a safe haven
There the four winds never blow
That you might finally deign to tell
The untold reason you felt you had to go
It would be nice to know
But I don't want you to understand
That I still love you


from All Fruits Ripe, released May 28, 2011
Lyrics: Ed Scheiblin
Saxophone: Lee Hansen


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