Mark Christopher Brandt

Composer, Pianist, Writer (February 2, 1961 - )

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Joie de Vivre (2015)

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Personnel:

Dan Leonard: acoustic and electric guitars

Shani DuFrain, TCRG: vocals, Irish Step Dancing, hand clapping

Mark Christopher Brandt: acoustic piano, hand clapping

Special Guest Violinist: Emily Wellington

Joie de Vivre Released March 17, 2015

Album Notes from CD Baby

One year after the release of Round Trip, Joie de Vivre appeared in it’s own niche, immediately surprising the Irish dance world and both the Portuguese Fado and French torch song markets. The versatile and eclectic violinist Emily Wellington contributed to making Joie de Vivre [Joy of Life] a unique and powerful album with her ability to become the sound and the style of each country invoked by composer Mark Christopher Brandt and his universal music.  A completely different side of guitarist Dan Leonard is found here with Spanish, Irish, jazz and classical guitar styles appearing at a moment’s notice and seamlessly intertwining with the violinist and the pianist.

 

The title track is a haunting melody with lyrics composed by Brandt and sung by his daughter, Shani DuFrain. DuFrain, a professional Irish dancer, also contributed percussion on two tracks with hand claps and Irish dance steps. The melody of Joie de Vivre is reprised at the end of the album as an instrumental duo between Mark and Dan.

Album Tracks

1. Joie de Vivre

American Suite for Irish Dancers

2. Part 1: The Clifton Slip Jig

3. Part 2: Alannah's Spanish Dance

4. Part 3: Jazz Horn Pipe

5. Hope Springs Eternal

6. The Visit

7. The Child In Me

8. A Celebration of Life

9. Joie de Vivre (Reprise)

Liner notes from the Joie de Vivre Hard Copy

Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life)

I never know just how I want to spend the day with you

I know I never want to spend a day in life without you

Being with you makes me free

Your heart is where I want to be

The Joy of Life is in giving

 

When I was lonely all I thought about was being loved

But you have taught me joy comes from giving and not receiving

Sharing with you makes me free

My heart is where you’ll always be

The Joy of Life is when I live in your love

 

I take the risk and I

dive in

your love

the place I

choose to live

in freedom

and not in fear

 

A day will come when we will separate to pass from this life

And one will grieve while one moves on to see eternal beauty

I know if first I stay behind

My heart will echo with my mind

The Joy of Life is love eternal

 

I’ve always known that true love comes to those who wait with patience

A pearl of value far beyond the dust of endless ages

Being with you makes me free

Your heart is where I want to be

The Joy of Life is in your love

 

Sharing with you makes me free

My heart is where you’ll always be

The Joy of Life is in your love

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