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Norm Drubner's "Love Letters" puts the Great American Songbook in glowing context
(Published: September 15, 2014)

Covers from the Great American Songbook have been done over the years but not this many and by the same voice. Instead of them being corny and drab, on Norm Drubner's Love Letters they are arranged to tell a comprehensive story that builds in as varied dimensions as life.

Love Letters is as pleasant as his other ones with the same steady, golden voice glowing over the excellent orchestration. The sadness of it weaves into happiness and ambiguity.

"Ain't Misbehavin'" sounds like the confession of a long-distance lover. The flirting percussion give it away and so does the lilting Frank Sinatra piano orchestration. The tongue-in-cheek continues in "Give Me the Simple Life," where you hear caviar and liquor in the piano and percussion against lyrics that preach water and pottage.

"Everything Happens to Me" carries sadness through murky acceptance that this desperado needs to be pitied and cuddled. Echoes of Elvis Presley's "Return To Sender" stick with a subtle sophistication with even postage due. The sax and flute pierce through a cooperating piano which is dancing by "It All Depends On You" and the sadness in gone.

Irrespective of the mood of a relationship, the steady, solid vocals have a reassurance that all will end well. "Like Someone in Love" is the way to live. The sad saxophone loves the piano sweetly and so should life.

More Information: http://www.normdrubner.com/

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