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In These Verses

by Adam Book

Filled with all the theatrics of a Broadway musical, this piano-based debut CD by Adam Book treats listeners to a diverse array of pop, cabaret, new age, Latin, and novelty tunes.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. Don't Touch Me Adam Book
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2. I Am Free Adam Book
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3. Coming Out Adam Book
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4. It's All That You Are Adam Book
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5. Dance to My Very Own Song Adam Book
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6. Youthful Dreams Adam Book
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7. Jenny's Song Steven Fischer
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8. Don't You Feel Like Dancing? Adam Book
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9. Another Shade of Blue Adam Book
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10. If I Could Fly Adam Book
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11. Brothers in Music, Sisters in Song Adam Book with Joanne Stato
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12. Elvis Wants a Banana Adam Book
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Adam Book was trained classically on violin and piano from an early age while growing up in Smithtown, New York. He earned numerous awards for violin and performed in chamber ensembles, orchestras, choruses, and pit orchestras for musicals during high school and college. Adam became infatuated with 80s popular music during high school and started writing pop instrumentals on the piano in his late teens.

Adam took his first songwriting class in the spring of 1990 and tried out a ballad ("Jenny's Song") he had written for the class. His instructor, Toni Wine Moman ("Groovy Kind of Love"), was very impressed and the class called for an encore performance. It was a new beginning for Adam - the night he realized that he had the ability to write a song that could move people.

Adam's piano-based debut CD, "In These Verses," represents his growth as a songwriter over the past decade. The songs on the CD combine elements of pop, cabaret, folk, rock, and classical music. As his songs show, Adam has a knack for creating interesting melodies and producing vivid images with his lyrics. People have described his songs as being very theatrical. Indeed, some of his songs feel like they belong in Broadway musicals or movies. He hopes someday that they will be.

The title of the CD ("In These Verses") comes from the end of the chorus of the track "Brothers in Music, Sisters in Song," in which Adam sings "it's in these verses that we find where each of us belongs." The songs on the CD cover a number of universal themes - self-discovery, self-acceptance, longing, hope, love, and loss. It is up to the listener to find where he or she "belongs" in these songs. Adam's emotional outpouring of honesty in his music and verse helps the songs resonate long after the CD has ended.

Adam's influences: Late 70s country music and disco, 80s pop music (Kim Carnes, Duran Duran, Cyndi Lauper, Eurythmics, Crowded House, Lone Justice, and John Mellencamp), dance remixes of pop songs, 90s "adult alternative" music (Sarah McLachlan, Cowboy Junkies, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, John Wesley Harding, and SONiA/disappear fear), contemporary Broadway musicals ("Rent", "Hairspray" and "Mamma Mia"), vocalists (Maureen McGovern, Barbara Streisand, and Josh Groban), and a wide variety of classical music (Paginini, Bach, and Bruch).

Of note, Steven Fischer sings lead vocals on "Jenny's Song" and Joanne Stato sings backing vocals on "Brothers in Music, Sisters in Song" on this CD. The CD was produced by Mike Zampi and Adam and was digitally recorded, mixed, and mastered by Mike Zampi at The Note Factory (www.zampi-productions.com).


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Joanne Stato

Could be a hit musical in a genre somewhere between RENT and HAIRSPRAY.
Some enterprising playwright could connect the dots between the songs in Adam Book’s new CD, In These Verses, and produce a hit musical that would land in a genre somewhere between RENT and HAIRSPRAY. All the elements are there: a young gay man coming of age and coming out; bitter torch songs, tender love songs, anthems of determined idealism, triumphant dance numbers, and just plain sincere philosophizing. Adam Book's finest strengths lie in writing the unexpected lyric and in releasing some of the prettiest melodies I have heard in a while. It’s All That You Are is a stunning love song that resolves all the challenges of life into a sane and affectionate realm. Dance to My Very Own Song is a defiant doo-wop tune. Jenny’s Song (the goosebumps I get are related to the Stones’ Ruby Tuesday and the Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby,) and Another Shade of Blue get my vote as the two most emotionally hard hitting songs. The CD concludes with the anthem, Brothers in Music, Sisters in Song, and as the Beatles often did, Adam uses melody and harmony and good hooks to make some very sorrowful images and lyrics become downright charming to your ears.

Diane Marotta

Wonderfully profound and inspiring!
Adam's lyrics speak candidly about the profound, universal truths of existence. Everyone will see themselves in the deeper meaning of his songs.

Joe Spatarella

Beautiful Music With All The Right Words
Adam writes beautiful melodies so rich they carry his honest and direct lyrics straight to the heart. Imagine putting the highs and lows of life to music - that's what you'll find In These Verses

Bl. F.

A Delightful Work of Love
Adam Book's cd, In These Verses, sounds like a Broadway musical. His songs take pleasure in spotlighting the theatrics of storytelling. Here's a man who has courageously opened his heart with truths most of us find hauntingly familiar: the want of acceptance, the struggle for identity, and the search for answers to alleviate the turmoil within. Mike Zampi and Adam Book have outdone themselves with a diverse instrumentation that changes on nearly each track to appropriately accompany each song's individuality: a sensual Latin dance for Don't Touch Me, a nod to Andrew Lloyd Webber for Jenny's Song, and light-hearted humor for Elvis Wants a Banana. It's all here in what is clearly Adam Book's delightful work of love.

Paul Iwancio

Heartfelt songs with memorable melodies
Adam presents a group of heartfelt songs performed with honesty and bravery. These tunes have memorable melodies that will linger with you long after listening.

Mary Mehl

Poignant, expressive, beatiful lyrics and music, great.
Dear Adam,
> Want to tell you how much I liked your CD--the music, the message, your
> voice-just great
> I was so thrilled to know someone who has a CD. Your voice was so
> expressive -I like the lyrics and wit and poignancy of your music.
> good for you.
>

Steven Fischer

Enjoyably Theatrical
I am proud to have been part of Adam Book's cd, "In These Verses", and recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys a good musical! Adam's expressive writing is the pride of his cd. Driven by heartfelt emotion, his music distinguishes itself with creative storytelling and memorable melodies. Adam Book truly is Baltimore's answer to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice!

Michael Zampi

WATCH OUT BARRY MANILOW!!
Adam Book's music soars with angels and birds. His style is so beautifully unique and honest. There is so much passion in his singing and piano playing. While all of his songs are so melodic and gorgeous, the listener is brought back to simpler and more honest times. Adam's music style is very similar to Barry Manilow and parallel's with his broadway style.

Mr. Book's CD is genuine and a masterpiece as he demonstrates the mastery of the piano. Adam's lyrics are very powerful and has a wonderful voice to support his strong songwriting capabilities. This is a CD that I'm very proud to have in my collection.

Beautiful work here Adam!! :)