The Dreamer

by Neha

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Recorded at Dimension Sound Studios in Jamaica Plain, MA.
June 25-27

Recording and Mixing engineer: Joe Stewart
Mastering engineer: Mark Donahue
Produced and sung by Neha. All songs written by Neha except Dans Ma Rue (Edith Piaf)

Evan Allen: piano
Dorsey Bass: bass
Connor Baker: drums
Bobby Spellman: trumpet
Rachel Panitch: violin and background vocals
Katie Seiler: background vocals

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released January 21, 2014

Neha’s music has that nostalgic quality to it, one that will have you feeling like you’re sitting in a Parisian street café sipping a glass of champagne. Her arrangements are thoughtful and complex, and her sumptuous powerhouse of a voice will leave you awed at the 5’2 framed young Indian woman.

A gifted singer, composer & pianist, Neha’s style can be characterized as a smorgasbord of musical personalities. She cites influences such as Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway, Sam Cooke, Dinah Washington, and Carmen MacRae, to name a few. While definitely rooted in jazz, elements of folk, blues, pop and her mother's classical indian musical background also permeate.

A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Economics, Neha spent four years post-college working for the tech giant, Google, Inc in the Bay Area. She penned some of her first tracks from her cubicle, and spent much of her free time hitting the jam sessions and songwriting open mics in San Francisco before quitting to pursue her Masters degree at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music.

Since graduating from NEC in May of 2012, Neha been actively engaged in the Boston performance scene, performing at prestigious venues like Scullers Jazz Club and Club Passim. In New York, her performance credits include headlining at the famous off-Broadway show "Sleep No More." Most recently, Neha came off a mini tour performing the world premiere of "Project Gilgamesh" in Cleveland, Ohio written by multi-talented contemporary violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain.

"Music is as necessary to me as food or air" says the first generation Indian-American singer-songwriter. "Leaving the life I led in San Francisco [at Google] and starting all over was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but definitely the most gratifying as well. Everyone should have the chance to pursue what they've always envisioned for themselves."

Neha currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. She’s very excited to be releasing her debut album this December, “The Dreamer.”

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Track Name: The Dreamer
she was a dreamer
that girl could dream
ponies and rainbows, anything goes

she was a dreamer
that girl could reach
for the stars and heavens,
she was a dreamer

she was a dreamer
that girl could dream
mermaids and starfish, imagined wildly

she was a dreamer
that girl could be
all that she wanted
all that she dreamed

dreamer by nature
dreamer of hope
dreamer by faith
dreamer of life

she was a dreamer
that girl could see
beyond the life that should
to life that could

all told her to get real
life doesn't work in dreams
but she still believed

she always was a dreamer
Track Name: Whole
noise in my head, the constant scream of thought
pounding, pounding incessantly
but once upon a time I felt true serenity
I long to go back to that bliss

where waves, they spray, cool on my face
salty sea right up my nose
here’s where I’m most alive
right here, on sandy shores

is where I
feel the most
at peace
with my world
and my thoughts
become hushed
and I hear
for the first time
in years the

lapping of the sea
murmur of the breeze
rustling of the leaves
buzzing of the bees
and I’m reminded of all the beauty
that is life
that is life

and for a moment
even so brief
i feel whole
again

thoughts abound indelible and oh so shrill
blurring fact from fiction, in my mind
freedom lies in true simplicity
eyes squeezed tight, I dream to be

on sand, so soft, it slips through my toes
caked and cracked on the bottom of my soles
here’s where I’m most myself
right here, out by that sea

is where I
feel the most
at peace
with my world
and bad thoughts
become faint
and I feel
for the first time
in years the

saltiness of the sea
dewiness of the breeze
summering of the leaves
sweetness of the bees
and I’m reminded of all the beauty
that is life
that is life

and for a moment
even so brief
i feel whole
again
Track Name: The French Man
I met a french man on the champs-elysées
he promised to take me to Bordeaux in may
and there on the blue lagoon we’d peek up to the stars
and sip sweet wine,
just as I dreamed

I met a french man on the champs-elysées
he promised to take me to the beach in Marseille
and there on the pearl white sand we’d lay out so carefree
and bask in the sun,
the bold french sun

zigzagging through the charming streets
hand clasped in hand, we would walk along
through quant cafes, cobblestone lanes
this is just how love must be

I met a french man on the champs-elysées
he promised we’d explore paris on sunday
and as dusk would paint the sky in auburn, crimson golds
I would marvel at the city,
so grand

zigzagging through the charming streets
hand clasped in hand, we would walk along
through quant cafes, cobblestone lanes
this is just how love must be

I met a french man on the champs-elysées
The eiffel tower would be ours on that last day
And at the very top, under the sheen of the moonglow
He would whisper so sweet,
je t'aime toujours
Track Name: Dreaming in Indigo
some days not so long ago
jane dreamt in shades of grey
bright blues and golds were not seen

and life was about all the things
that she could not do
could not believe she could do

thoughts steeped in monochrome
an old silent film
fading away
the pastels that nudged her smile

oh to be
dreaming in indigo
where purples are vibrant, so loud, so deep
dreaming in indigo

now peaceful she’d sleep

back then there she sat alone
stared at the wall above
pale whites were all she could see

and life cast a cold and harsh shadow
atop her smile
colors were mute all around

slowly there her light
a dullness of faith
whirling kaleidescopes
jane pleaded to see again

oh to be
dreaming in indigo
where purples are vibrant, so loud, so deep
dreaming in indigo
Track Name: The Darkness
there’s an awful sadness in my heart
it’s a sadness that speaks, only to me
it’s an evil sadness, it whispers to me
all the time
I can hear it, but I can’t make it go away

there’s an opaque hollowness
in my heart
it’s a hollowness
trapped inside my soul
it is slowly eating at me
make it go
so I can have
my life back

you said you could take the pain away
but you can’t
no one can

in this darkness I lie
in this darkness I hide
in this darkness I cry
in this darkness I confide

there’s an emptiness taking over my mind
it’s an emptiness draining me
it’s a blank emptiness shackling me
find the key
help me free me
from myself

you said you could take the pain away
but you can’t
no one can

in this darkness I lie
in this darkness I hide
in this darkness I cry
in this darkness I confide

oh to see the painted sky at sundown
with the same magnetic eyes
I used to
Oh to twirl carelessly
Under the sky
With the same capriciousness
I used to
is all I want

in this darkness I lie
in this darkness I hide
in this darkness I cry
in this darkness I confide
Track Name: Breathe In
moment. pause, breathe, sigh out.
chasing rapture.
fleeting hints of joy

rapture. mirth that finds me now.
morrow may be gone
so I still

eyes tight shut. Inhale all joy.
to not forsake
this beautiful beat in time
in time.
the hardest practice of all
I’ve found.
but each day I’m learning
more and more and more to

breathe in
breathe in
breathe in breathe in
for the light

fragile. specs of life
gleam through glass so brightly
and so proud.

wanting, to be seen
to be lived.
so I surrender.

eyes tight shut. Inhale all joy.
to not forsake
this beautiful beat in time
in time.
the hardest practice of all
I’ve found.
but each day I’m learning
more and more and more to

breathe in
breathe in
breathe in breathe in
for the light

moment. pause, breathe, sigh out.
chasing rapture.
fleeting hints of joy
Track Name: Baby Come Home To Me
i sit and wait for you
every day and night, I pray
that you’ll come back
and find your way to me

and I know I treated you bad
but baby, that’s all in the past
and if you’d just let me love you
darling I will do you right

I think about the days
our simple, happy days
when we saw into each other’s eyes
and love was all we knew

but then we
we fell apart
and baby where did we go wrong
but if you’d give us another chance
I promise I’ll prove us right

baby come home to me tonight
I’ll never fail you again
darling not in this life

and in this big and lonely world
I thank my lucky stars to have found you
I feel so blessed and loved to have known you
so come home, just come home
come home to me tonight

those days were long and cold
ever since you went away
and life became about waiting
cause I never could live life without you
and I know I broke your trust
and gave you reasons to doubt
but babe just put your faith back in us
and I’ll never leave your side

baby come home to me tonight
I’ll never fail you again
darling not in this life

and in this big and lonely world
I thank my lucky stars to have found you
I feel so blessed and loved to have known you
so come home, just come home
come home to me tonight
Track Name: Some Lovin'
baby, I got a broken heart
can you help me heal it?
I got a broken heart
I just need some attention

baby, I got a wilted soul
can you help me revive it?
i got a wilted soul
I just need some affection

they say that love
is a dangerous thing
so let's keep it simple
let's not play with fire

you gotta do what i want
and don't ask any questions
you gotta say what I like
and treat me like I tell ya

don't get any ideas
'bout being all cute and boyfriendy
I just need some lovin'

baby, i got a troubled mind
can you help me clear it
i got a troubled mind
i just need some huggin'

baby, i got those tired eyes
can you help me wake them?
I got those tired eyes
I just need some kissin'

they say that love
is a dangerous thing
so let's keep it simple
let's not play with fire

you gotta do what i want
and don't ask any questions
you gotta say what I like
and treat me like I tell ya

don't get any ideas
'bout being all cute and boyfriendy
I just need some lovin'
Track Name: The Willow Tree
I will awake in the September morning rain
and I will meet you by that willow tree you know
I will wait there for you until you come
and i will smile at the thought of you in my arms

when we meet we'll have the sweetest kiss of all
and we will talk and laugh like no time has passed at all
the sun will rise and set and we won't even know
and I will smile at the thought of you in my arms

if only this dream could last forever
i'd keep so cozy in my bed at night
but soon i'll wake and you'll be leaving
and i know that the day is here

the time has come for us to go our separate ways
but we will always have that willow tree you know
and there beneath the shade i'll wait for our embrace
and i will smile at the thought of you in my arms

those warm brown eyes of yours are so familiar
i could stay lost in them forever
i trace the playful crinkles shining on your face
and i will smile at the thought of you in my arms

the clouds float in and place a silk veil on the sun
and the sweet rain drops pitter patter above our heads
and there we'll have a dance under the dewey rainfall
and i will smile at the thought of you in my arms

if only this dream could last forever
i'd keep so cozy in my bed at night
but soon i'll wake and you'll be leaving
and i know that the day is here

the time has come for us to go our separate ways
but we will always have that willow tree you know
and there beneath the shade i'll wait for our embrace

and i will smile at the thought of you
and I will smile at the thought of you
and I will smile at the thought of you

in my arms
Track Name: Dans Ma Rue
j'habite un coin du vieux Montmartre
mon père rentre soûl tous les soirs
et pour nous nourrir tous les quatre
ma pauvre mére travaille au lavoir.
moi j'suis malade, j'rêve à ma fenêtre me
je regarde passer les gens d'ailleurs
quand le jour vient à disparaître
il y a des choses qui me font un peu peur

dans ma rue il y a des gens qui s' prominent
j'les entends chuchoter dans la nuit
cuand je m'endors bercée par une rengaine
j'suis soudain réveillée par des cris
des coups d'sifflet, des pas qui traînent, qui vont et viennent
puis le silence qui me fait froid dans tout le Coeur

dans ma rue il y a des ombres qui s' prominent
et je tremble et j'ai froid et j'ai peur

mon père m'a dit un jour : "la fille,
tu ne vas pas rester là sans fin
t'es bonn' à rien, ça c'est d'famille
faudrait voir à gagner ton pain

les hommes te trouvent plutôt jolie
tu n'auras qu'à sortir le soir
il y'a bien des femmes qui gagnent leur vie
en "s' ballant sur le trottoir"
dans ma rue il y a des femmes qui s' prominent
j'les entends fredonner dans la nuit
quand je m'endors bercée par une rengaine
j'suis soudain réveillée par des cris
des coups d'sifflet, des pas qui traînent, qui vont et viennent

puis le silence qui me fait froid dans tout le Coeur

dans ma rue il y a des femmes qui s' prominent
et je tremble et j'ai froid et j'ai peur

et depuis des semaines et des semaines
j'ai plus d' maison, j'ai plus d'argent
j' sais pas comment les autres s'y prennent
mais j'ai pas pu trouver d' client
j'demande l'aumône aux gens qui passent
un morceau d' pain, un peu d' chaleur
j'ai pourtant pas beaucoup d'audace
maintenant c'est moi qui leur fait peur

dans ma rue tous les soirs je m' promène
on m'entend sangloter dans la nuit
quand le vent jette au ciel sa rengaine
tout mon corps est glacé par la pluie

mais je n' peux plus, j'attends sans cesse que le bon Dieu vienne
pour m'inviter à me réchauffer tout près de Lui for

dans ma rue il y a des anges qui m'emmènent
pour toujours mon cauchemar est fini
Track Name: Way Back Then
way back then when I was young
a brown eyed girl with great big hopes
i dreamed one day to catch the stars
and never stop for less

way back then when I was young
a sweet shy girl with a toothy grin
i dreamed a one day I would learn to fly
and tip-toe on the air

but now I'm older
and life has met me
worn and broken
I rest my feet

way back then when i was young
a bold, brave girl brimming with curiosity
i sensed there was an unseen grandeur in life
larger than you and me

but now i realize
that life's not simple
and i was foolish to dream so big
maybe this is it

and I'm so tired
i can't be bothered
to keep believing and go on dreaming
but then you came by, and stirred that hunger
reminded me, that I am always me
I am always me

way ahead lies a silhouette
of a girl with those same brown eyes
arms outstretched she'll catch the stars
and never stop for less