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A Place in the Sun

by Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements

Great songs, great vocal blend. This CD makes you feel like you're on vacation.
Genre: Folk: Jazzy folk
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1. Night Blooming Jasmine
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2. My Kisses are Your Kisses
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3. Laraine
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4. A Place in the Sun
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5. Waffle Boy
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6. Desert Silvery Blue
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7. You Loved Me Better
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8. Diane Wants a Man
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9. Mama, I Know You Ain't Santa
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10. Goodbye, Aloha
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Album Notes
From 1989 to 2004 Tracy Newman was a television writer and producer. She had a partner – Jonathan Stark. Their first staff writing job was on the 10th season of "Cheers." After that they were on staff at "Bob" (starring Bob Newhart,) "The Nanny," "Hiller and Diller" (Richard Lewis and Kevin Nealon,) "Ellen" (Ellen Degeneres,) and "The Drew Carey Show." In 1997, they won the Emmy for co-writing the ground-breaking “coming out” episode of Ellen. In 2001, they created the ABC comedy, "According to Jim," starring Jim Belushi. That show ran for 8 seasons.

Tracy left the Belushi show during the third season to return to songwriting and performing, which is what she had been doing before her TV career. She says, “I found it easier to make a living in television. In my years as a song writer I had one significant placement: In 1985, Mel Tillis and Nancy Sinatra did an album together. The single from it was a song I wrote called, I Would Fly. I bet to this date I’ve made a whopping $400 on that recording.”

This CD, Tracy’s first -- “A Place in Sun,” features Tracy and singers Gene Lippmann and Lorie Doswell, ( otherwise called “The Reinforcements.” Gene also plays guitar on the CD. The three of them met in Harriet Schock’s ( songwriting class. Tracy started singing in coffee houses and clubs around town, and Lorie and Gene would show up and sit in front and harmonize with her. Soon Tracy invited them to join her on stage, and they’ve worked together off and on, for about two years.

About some of the songs:

"Laraine" – I wrote this about my sister, Laraine Newman from the original Saturday Night Live “Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time” Players which also included John Belushi, Danny Ackroyd, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin and Garret Morris. If you’re one of Laraine’s many fans, and enjoy a bit of inside trivia, I think you’ll love this song.

"A Place in the Sun" – Written after a trip to Palm Springs. My boyfriend and I stayed at a bungalow-type resort located on a quiet little street called San Lorenzo. ( This little jewel was named A Place in the Sun after the classic 1951 film starring Liz Taylor and Montgomery Clift. It was built to house the crew while they were shooting some of the scenes. As the song says, you can take your dogs there – each bungalow has a private little backyard.

"My Kisses are Your Kisses" – My boyfriend and I wrote this after a fight. He actually said some of these things to me, my favorite quote being, “Don’t flatter yourself...” I love singing this song. It is my fondest wish to have Merle Haggard cover it.

"Waffle Boy" – The first thing I did after I left the Belushi show was go to Nashville and hang out for a while. One Sunday morning I went to a Waffle House next door to my hotel, and pretty much saw this story play out in front of me. In 2006, this song was one of the top five winners in the novelty/holiday category of the Great American Song Contest.

"Mama, I Know You Ain’t Santa" – My friend, Lynne Stewart, came to me some years ago with most of these lyrics already written. (A little trivia about Lynne: She is “Miss Yvonne” – the most beautiful woman in Puppetland, from the amazing TV show, “Pee Wee’s Playhouse.”) In 2005, this song won 2nd place in the holiday category. We actually won $500! That was pretty exciting.

Some words about Tracy by others:

Her melodies have an inevitable, yet not predictable quality which makes them pleasing on first hearing and better each time and then you can’t get them out of your head. Her lyrics reflect a wry, unique and unusually refreshing viewpoint, a sense of irony that is present in great writing. And, of course, she’s very smart, droll and likeable on stage, which helps. I know that’s not a songwriting comment, but think back over all the performances you’ve sat through. The entire package of Tracy Newman is a delightful one. That’s why she keeps getting invited to perform. (Harriet Schock-2005)

Very few songwriters ever attain the sheer musicality and elegance in their writing that is the common thread throughout Tracy's catalog of songs. A gifted writer with an understated, captivating performing style, she gives the listener a glimpse into a simpler, better, song at a time. (James Hurley-July 2005)

For more detailed information on Tracy’s career, or if you think you might have gone to school with her or something, go to


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Amelia Barg

Her songs are haunting. I keep hearing the music throughout the day. It is an excellent CD and I heartily recommend it to those who love Country as well as other modes of music. It is a worthy trip.

Art Podell (Art & Paul, The New Christy Minstrels)

Sheer sunny delight
One of the most delightfully deceptive singer/songwriter albums I’ve ever enjoyed. Tracy’s uncomplicated delivery paints pictures with no smudges. Love, fun, whimsical satire, the songs flow like casual conversation that seems so effortless, you wonder why anyone couldn’t do it, even you. That is, until you try it yourself and realize why the word ‘craft’ was invented. Add the perfectly matched back-up of “The Reinforcements” and the instrumental ensemble that supports Tracy meticulously without intrusion, and you've got a song after song sunny day visit with a lovely person I’m happy to know, and if didn't, I'd wish I did. More, please.

Marlene Dreyfuss

Great album, a pleasure to listen to and enjoy
The CD starts with Night Blooming Jasmine which has such a catchy tune and great lirics you immediately get you into the album. The words of "Laraine", "Waffle Boy", "Diane wants a Man", "Mama, I Know You Ain't Santa" are so touching that they stay with you...I feel that Tracy is a great song writer and poet and wish that everyone will listen to an buy the CD as it is really a find.

Harriet Schock

Tracy Newman has great storytelling, great melodies, chords and performance.
Tracy Newman is a born writer. She observes life and pulls out the meaning, the irony, the pictures and mesmerizes us all in her storytelling of it. To find this talent along with great melody writing and chords that make people run to her guitar and say "what was that?" -- now we're talking total package. On stage, she's charming and droll and the audience wants her to sing at least 6 more songs when she's done. I've waited a long time for this CD. Tracy wrote 5 of the 10 songs when she studied with me either privately or in the songwriting class she's attended for over two years. She was incredible when she came to the class. Now I like to think she even incredibler.

August George

My heart is calm and smiling, as I float carefree through these stories.
This cd is filled with wonderful stories, full of touching emotion, humor, and realness. These stories are delivered in a refreshing and uplifting Island/Country feel, that lifts my heart and makes me smile. A Place In The Sun perfectly sums up the vibe of this collection, and is a must hear for everyone.

Kiki Wow

One of My Favorite Storytelling Performers!
As host for six years for the live music webcast at Kulak's Woodshed, I had the privilege of hearing many, many singer/songwriters tell their stories in song. Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements are definitely one of my favorite acts because of the humor, wit and harmonies that are demonstrated in each song. Tracy has perfected her craft in songwriting and there is no doubt that it brings great joy to her listeners by the smiles on their faces and the tapping of their feet to the rhythm. Now that the CD is available, think of all that smiling and tapping going on! Great job on the CD - love the artwork - and now I have the lyrics so I can sing along! You should feel very proud! Miss you.

Liza Cranis

Instant vacation when you listen to this CD!
Love, love, love all the songs on this CD. If I had to name favorites I'd have to say: Night Blooming Jasmine (even my 10 year old son loves this song!), Laraine, Waffle Boy (another of my son's faves), Mama, I know You Ain't Santa and Goodbye Aloha. Listening to this album lifts the spirits and transports me to a hammock on a tropical island. An instant vacation while stuck in traffic on the 405 freeway! Thanks Tracy, great album!

Declan Zimmerman

The first time I heard "Goodbye, Aloha" it was just the song I needed, mid-breakup. Tracy's songs are always deftly written, and sung in a voice that sounds like she's singing to me, personally. Rather than gloss our pain, these songs find the humor, riches and beauty which renew me in the certitude that it's good to be alive, no matter what life deals us.

denise carlin

great melodies and storytelling
I just love this CD...I am instantly in a relaxed place with Tracy's calming voice, hooky melodies, and clever storytelling. This collection is intimate and sweet, and a great way to lose the stresses of the day. I am a big fan!

Scott Moyer

music teacher/player/composer
Enjoyed all the soft shuffles and 6th chord harmonies as well as unique subject matter. Hope to see you at Bellissimo on Tues. to catch up.

Best, Scott
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