Erik-Peter Mortensen | I Remember

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I Remember

by Erik-Peter Mortensen

Written in a hybrid Latino/Ballad/World Sound style, "I Remember" is a story about how lovers can sometimes drift apart. The person that's abandoned often only has the memories of the other one, good or bad, to hang onto to help heal from the pain.
Genre: Latin: Rhumba
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Many years ago, my best friend John met a beautiful woman, Olga, at a Christmas party here in New York City, and it was basically love at first sight. They were inseparable and soon were a couple, got engaged, and were married. The first few months into the marriage was like an extended honeymoon, but shortly thereafter, conflicts arose, primarily around finances and cultural differences (Olga was from Eastern Europe). John was hardworking and able to support Olga and himself modestly by buying an apartment in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood, but eventually Olga found the neighborhood very different from where she had grown up in her country and wanted to move to a smaller but much pricier apartment in the Midtown area. Unable to sell the first apartment, John got into financial difficulty maintaining both apartments, but Olga refused to help since the way she was raised, it was the man's responsibility to provide. Eventually, they separated for financial reasons, and during the separation, Olga fell in love with one of her clients in the hospitality industry. It was so sad to see this beautiful couple drift apart, and eventually divorce. Although Olga moved on, John was devastated by the loss of his only love and would spend hours weeping and talking to me about it, just "remembering" the mixture of good and sorrowful times he had experienced in this relationship.

Having experienced the whole situation with him as his friend, I was moved to write this song for him while studying songwriting at Berkleemusic.com. Through our conversations, i had come to realize that sometimes the best way for a broken heart to heal is to simply remember.

Lyrics by Erik-Peter Mortensen

Verse
I remember clearly the way you smiled at me.
Just seems like yesterday, but it was many years ago.
There was something about you so innocent and free
That moved my deepest spirit much more than you could ever know.

Chorus
Try to remember the things we used to do.
The way we made each other happy through and through.
What changed my darling? Oh where did I go wrong?
Without your arms to hold me tight the cruel nights are all too long!

Verse
I remember sweetly the first time that we kissed,
Underneath the Christmas tree at Rockefeller in New York.
I felt a quiet lightning that couldn't be dismissed
When I sang you a love song down by that fountain in Central Park!

Chorus
Don't you remember the love that we once shared?
It's not as if there weren't times you never cared.
What changed my darling? Oh where did I go wrong?
Without your arms to hold me tight the cruel nights are all too long!

Instrumental Bridge

Verses
I remember longingly the morning in your hair,
The few times you loved me, the many more you weren't there.
It's funny how my memories try to forget the pain.
They only fuel the need to feel your touch just once again!

I remember bitterly when you walked out the door.
You said you'd found another man, and didn't need me anymore.
I thought we'd stay together when I gave myself to you.
I thought we'd last forever when you said "I do"!

Chorus
Why can't you remember the things we used to do?
The way we made each other happy through and through.
What changed my darling? Oh where did I go wrong?
Without your arms to hold me tight the cruel nights are all too long!

Without you in my arms the nights are long!

Tell me, my darling, oh where did I go wrong?
It's not as if there weren't times you truly cared!

Performance

Erik-Peter Mortensen, vocals
Brad Notman, Steel and Electric Guitar
Celeste Monteith, Flute

Virtual Band:
Piano, P-Bass, Acoustic Drumkit, Latin percussion

Mixing and Production

Boris Berlin








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