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It's All Making Sense

by Alice Leon

A scrumptious buffet of smart lyrical pop, acoustic jazz and orchestral folk. An eclectic mixture of Peggy Lee meets Sara Barreilles all wrapped up in a collection of songs that are fun, provocative and beautifully orchestrated.
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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1. Lightning Alice Leon
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2. Love That Never Was Alice Leon
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3. That Guy Alice Leon
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4. I'd Be Bad Alice Leon
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5. Shy Girl Alice Leon
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6. Mother's Day Alice Leon
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7. A Boy Like U Alice Leon & Eryn Shewell
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8. Exit 162 Alice Leon
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9. Train Home from New Orleans Alice Leon & Eryn Shewell
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10. Tree Grows in Nyc Alice Leon
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11. Happiness Is a Warm Gun Alice Leon & Eryn Shewell
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12. Insane Asylum Alice Leon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
About the CD...
Creating this 12 song CD was an incredible adventure that took nearly 3 years to complete. Each song was developed and recorded in an unorthodox fashion in several studios. 6 tracks were written with my great friend and guitarist Jimmy Leahey, 3 tracks were created from lyrics written by the beautiful Eryn Shewell who not only sings lead on "A Boy like you" but lent her stellar voice to 3 others as well. 1 track was written with my talented husband/bassist/drummer/studio engineer Al Greene and 1 is a unique arrangement of one of my favorite Beatle Songs. Al Greene spent 100's of hours recording and mixing the finished product and it was expertly mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Audio in NYC. I can't thank Al enough for his drive and talent. My ridiculously talented neighbor and friend...virtuoso violinist Laura Oatts is featured on "I'd be Bad". Eryn's guitarist Pat Ruh is on a number of tracks and her drummer Jake O'Handley crushed our version of "Happiness". I'm so lucky to have such incredibly talented friends...
The Tracks... (scroll through to see all lyrics and stories)
Lightning (Leon/ Leahey)
(This song was inspired by my search for the great inventor Nikola Tesla)

Lightning going off in my brain, propelling me forward
Another lost train of thought it's like rain
A daydream of sorts running it's course of life's big events...and it's all making sense

Look at the stars, not so far away
Just like a ray of sun crackles to life
And I'm just a girl off to explore

Something so real, it's just how I feel
Just want to know, no interruptions
It's best to agree and see what I see
The center of life about to commence
And it's all making sense

Spark in the night, shines in my hand
Yes I'm alright, just want to know
Just want to know

I'm just a girl off to explore
It's how I feel and it's all making sense....

Jimmy Leahey: guitars and stuff
Al Greene: bass and drums
Love that never was(Leon/Leahey)
(This one is about unattainable love...one that resides only in the mind)

I think about you all the time
Yeah every day, the one that got away
You are the same for all time
So iconic, you're like a dream to me now

On the way, I got lost, and I promise to
Climb, climb every mountain
Turn over every stone
for a love that never was
Yeah I think about you all the time
every day, the one that got away

They say, peace is in your heart but
how come my heart is oh so undecided
We all want greatness
There's a time and place and you need to know when to leave the race

I got lost, tried to find on the way I got lost
Dreaming 'bout you all the time
yeah every day, the one that got away

Yeah I think about you all the time
every day, the one that got away

I can't get you back..
And you are like a dream to me now

Jimmy Leahey: Guitars and stuff
Al Greene: Piano and Bass
Mr. drum machine on drums
That Guy (Leon/Greene)
(I wrote these lyrics driving home from a gig I did with my friend Sandy at a disgusting cigar bar. All references are true)

Who's the guy shouting "Can you play one for me" talking louder than my microphone at 100 db's
Who's the guy dancing round touching himself... I think he's turning me on. That guy

Who's the guy who says I can kick your ass on guitar. Hey Mr. Big I ask you this... "Where's your gig?"

There's a million reasons why
There's a million reasons why you don't want to be... That guy

You know your chance has passed you by. There won't be no jacuzzi time. You've got to get out, gotta get out, gotta get out of my personal space.

There's a million reasons why you don't want to be That guy

Jimmy Leahey: Guitar
Al Greene: Bass and Drums

I'd be Bad (Leon/Leahey)
(I imagined what it would be like to be married to the same grumpy old man for 40 years and here's what I came up with... This song features Laura Oatts on violin. Hauntingly beautiful...)

I just saw you walk into this empty room. I knew from that moment I'd settled too soon. I looked at my old hands then looked at your young face. It gave me no comfort to think that I had been like you once. I'm not so sure that I'm happy to say I always kept temptation away. 4o years faithful, I dreamed I could hold someone else. If I could go back I'd be bad...

The sun sets another night.
Nothing about it feels right. Now that I know how it feels to yearn, feel my heart burn. I would give everything up in my life to be bad. Everything just to be bad.

Me: Piano
Al Greene: Acoustic bass
Laura Oatts: Violin

Boy like you (Leon/Shewell)
(I fell in love with these lyrics and wrote this melody and and feel to fit Eryns soulful voice.)

Sulking in his misery playing in that smoky bar. I must have heard his inner plea through the melody of his guitar.

I could love a boy like you

We talked for hours of music's power
til the whiskey slurred our words and stirred desire. He moved in closer, I was toast in his toaster and he whispered in my ear....
I could love a girl like girl like you...

If only in this moment could be true...You know I would really fall for you...

Lead Vox: Eryn Shewell
Bkgrds: Me
Acoustic guitar: Pat Ruh
Guitar solo: Jimmy Leahey
Bass and shaker: Al Greene

Train home from New Orleans (Leon/ Shewell)

(This was the first collaboration with Eryn. These lyrics were so powerful and I knew I needed to write this. Eryn and I sat next to each other in my studio and sang this duet in one take. We had a blast recording while our kids were playing upstairs. Al did an amazing job making his drums sound like a train)

The wheels thump as my suitcase rolls to the train home from New Orleans. Cross the platform to the silver car torpid from the storm. Emmy and Me are headed home. Struggled through the aisles found our seats. Emmy fell asleep. With all that I've seen I could not bear to eat so I headed straight to the bar.

Once such a powerful place I am lost in it's scene on the train home from New Orleans.

Paneled windows and abandoned lots roll on by. Orange x's marking sorrows courtesy of Katrina's line...Oh and the music plays on.

The wheels thump as my suitcase rolls from the train. Emmy and me are headed home...

Me and Eryn singing
Me on piano
Al Greene: bass and drums




Shy Girl (Leon/Shewell)
(When Eryn sent me these lyrics they resonated with me completely. I , too have always been shy and accused of being a snob or a witch. Not true!)

I heard through the grapevine just a couple of times. Exactly what's being said, exactly what's being spread.
You say I'm a snob that I'm a stuck up witch. If I'm in a bad mood I'll blow you off in a twitch. It's not that I care so much...I just want you to know...

That I'm a shy girl, shy girl.I don't know what to say girl say girl. Sometimes on stage girl, I try not to hurl when strangers come my way. I'm get so shy.

I really try to hold up, every day is a break through. But sometimes I still freeze up like an old gray statue. (like a rock). So maybe next time you'll understand if I seem so mean to you.
The only thing that's really true is I don't mean to be rude.

That I'm a shy girl, shy girl.I don't know what to say girl say girl.
Sometimes on stage girl, my heart beats so fast, my head begins to twirl.
I get so shy...

Pat Ruh: Acoustic guitar
Al Greene: Bass and drums

Exit 162 (Leon/Leahey)
( I actually scribbled these lyrics on a piece of paper swerving down the Parkway. Al has never gotten over the fact that there is no exit 162 on the Garden State...)

Swerving down the parkway in the rain near exit 162, putting my makeup on in the rearview. All at once in a flash oh I believe I just might crash. That's the time I start praying to you.

Give me some hope, give me some love
give me space, give me time
I'll give you my heart along with my soul, I will change my ways. I will work hard so give me a sign and while you're at it...give me a kiss for luck.

I try so hard to walk the line, but the straight and narrow way just seems to confine me. You know that faith is a struggle... two steps forward and 11 steps back, but still I try to believe.

We all need a little correction, some direction, maybe a resurrection in this life. Gonna stop just making motions and show some real devotion and try not to waste more time...

Swerving down the parkway in the rain near exit 162, I think I see you in my rearview....

Jimmy Leahey: Guitars and stuff
Al Greene: Bass and Drums

Gig at the Insane Asylum (Me)
(One night I found myself sitting alone at a deserted bar having a conversation with the only other patron who was telling me about his gig at an insane asylum. I said ...aren't they all?)

Come up to me and see if I am real
or am I just another voice in your head. You are invisible as far as I can see. I guess there's something that we share.

It's like staring at the sun, the party's just begun at the insane asylum.

An adjective like crazy doesn't go so far. Rock and roll in here is rock and roll. Yeah lock and load...

Me on piano
Al Greene: Bass and drums


Mothers Day (Leon Leahey)
(When Jimmy gave me this piece of music, my son Eli was still very young and I envisioned our life together. I even cried writing it.)

Oh baby you arrived today. So tiny and perfect and squirming away and I hold you for the first time.
You’re so amazing, now what can I say
And we’re tossing and turning and getting no sleep, rocking and rolling, trying to get you to eat. And I’m singing you love songs I’d forgotten for years. I know it’s your day, but it’s my day too...Happy Mothers Day

Come on in now it’s getting dark
Why? Cause I said so, now don’t be so smart. Then you’re on my back and I’m down on all fours and we’re laughing and singing and sharing the chores.

There’s heartaches and headaches and worries and pain along with the dancing and splashing in the rain.
It’s a life that is full, one that I’d never trade. If one thing is true, I simply love you...
And this is Mothers Day

Oh even when you’re all grown
this love will be my own through happy and sad, good times and bad.
For now it’s my turn to watch your life unfurl wind blowing through your golden curls...

I’m at your graduation and you’re soon leaving home.
It’s all that I’d hoped for but I’m not ready at all. And you smile and say “thanks Mom” and I’m flooded with tears.

Feels like a day, not so many years
and I call up my Mother and cried on the phone, tell her I’m sad and I feel so alone. She listens a while says you now understand. This is your day and it’s my day too...

Happy Mothers Day
I say, yeah...Happy Mothers Day

Jimmy Leahey: Guitars and stuff
Al Greene: Bass and drums


Tree Grows in NYC (Leon/Leahey)
(I saw a tree growing in the middle of Manhatten and wondered how it could be there amidst the cars and building and crowds. Felt it was a great metaphor for a girl unlucky in love...)

Love is passing by so fast I'm wondering if this one will last. Fall has come, Winter's ahead. Looking for a sign that's not already red.

If a tree can grow in NYC than I know there's hope for you and me. If a tree grows in NYC than I know there's hope for you and me.


I keep hearing we all make our bed. I'm so tired, I just need a little luck instead. Rules keep changing, I do my best. Is this heart strong enough to take this test?

Sometimes all I see seems hopeless though I know hope is the key...

Jimmy Leahey: Guitars and dobro
Al Greene: Bass and Drums




Happiness is a warm gun (Lennon/McCartney)


Anyone who knows me, know I'm a huge Beatle head. This is a song that I felt I could do justice. It seemed like a song about a women being abused and it resonated with me in that way. Turned out Eryn loved it as well...so everyone followed my crazy train and here it is...


Me on piano and organ
Eryn: Vocals
Pat Ruh: whale sounds
Jimmy Leahey: Guitars & strings
Al Greene: Bass
Jake O'Handley: Drums


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