The Language of Love

The Language of Love by Julia FordhamProduced & Arranged by: Grant Mitchell
Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by: Rob Hoffman

Vocals: Julia Fordham

Piano & Keyboards : Grant Mitchell

Upright Bass : David Piltch

Drums : Herman Matthews

Vocal Beatbox on “Happy Ever After” : Herman Matthews

Percussion : Ramon Yslas

Guitar: Ramon Stagnaro

Trumpet: Harry Kim

Guitar on “Moon River” : Colin Ryan

Background Vocalists: Judith Owen & Sista Jean McClain on “Happy Ever After” / “Like You Used To Do” / “Fragile” / “Who’s That Girl”

Photo : Greg Shappell & Nicholas Leopold

Release Date: October 22, 2014
JVC Entertainment

Call Me »

Written by Giorgio Moroder & Deborah Harry

Call on me oh call up, baby
Call on me oh call
Call on me oh call up darling
I know who you are
Come up off your calling chart
I know where you’re comin’ from
Call me, on the line, call me
Call me any, anytime
Call me, I’ll arrive
You can call me any day or night
Call me
Cover me with kisses, baby
Cover me with love
Roll me in designer sheets
I’ll never get enough
Emotions come, I don’t know why
Cover of love’s alibi
Call me, on the line, call me
Call me any, anytime
Call me, I’ll arrive
You can call me any day or night
Call me, on the line, call me
Call me, any, anytime
Call me, oh my love

When you’re ready we can share the wine
Call me
Ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo, he speaks the languages of love
Ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-Oo, amore, chiamami
Ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo, appelle-moi mon cherie, appelle-moi
Anytime, anyplace, anywhere, any way
Anytime, anyplace, anywhere, any day-ay
Emotions come, I don’t know why
Cover up love’s alibi
Call me, my love
Call me, call me any, anytime
Call me, for a ride
Call me, call me for some overtime
Call me,  oh my love
Call me, call me in a sweet design
Call me, call me, for your lover’s lover’s alibi
Call me, I don’t mind
Call me, call me any, anytime
Call me, on the line
Call me, call me any, anytime
Call me, call me, call me, call me, call me.
Call Me

“I have always been a huge fan of Blondie and thought Debbie Harry was electrifying. We tried to infuse that same energy and drive into our swing version of their classic song.”

Who’s That Girl »

The language of love
Slips from my lover’s tongue
Cooler than ice cream
And warmer than the sun
Dumb hearts get broken
Just like china cups
The language of love
Has left me broken on the rock
But there’s just one thing
There’s just one thing
But there’s just one thing
And I really wanna know
Who’s that girl
Running around with you?
Tell me, who’s that girl
Running around with you?
Tell me, who’s that girl
Running around with you?
Tell me, who’s that girl?
The language of love
Has left me stony gray
Tongue tied and twisted
At the price I’ve had to pay
Your careless notions
Have silenced these emotions
Look at all the foolishness
Your lover’s talk has done
But there’s just one thing
There’s just one thing
But there’s just one thing
I really wanna know
Who’s that girl
Running around with you?
Tell me, who’s that girl
Running around with you?
Tell me, who’s that girl?
Who’s That Girl

“It was so inspiring to rediscover the incredible talent and amazing voice of Annie Lennox when considering the perfect Eurythmics track to cover. We felt a bossa nova rendition of this great song would make an intriguing choice.”

Happy Ever After »

Don’t ask me why I’m running out of laughter

There’s tears in these eyes, not happy ever after
And I thought it was plain to see
And I thought the whole world could be
And I thought we’d be happy ever after.
You could say that I’m living in a pipe dream
It’s just looking back, things are never what they seem
And I hope I can safely say
And I hope most things go my way
And I hope they’ll be happy ever after
Down in Northern Africa
And throughout Syria
The long, long road to freedom
The endless suffering and pain
That seems to be wars only gain
When will we be happy ever after?
North Africa, Africa, Africa and Syria
So don’t ask me why I’m running out of laughter
There’s tears in these eyes, not happy ever after
And I thought it was plain to see
And I thought that maybe you and me
And I thought we’d be happy ever after
North Africa, Africa, Africa and Syria
Happy Ever After

“So much has changed in the world since the first recording of this song and we wanted to reflect this with a World Music vibe infused into the groove. Originally it was simply a love song about ‘being happy ever after.’ Seeing a piece on TV about apartheid in South Africa and Nelson Mandela, the lyric took on a different dimension for me. In the new middle section, we reflect upon the current humanitarian crises and suffering affecting people in northern Africa and Syria.”

I’m Not In Love »

I’m not in love, so don’t forget it
It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
And just because I call you up
Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made
I’m not in love, no, no
(It’s because)
I like to see you, but then again
That doesn’t mean you mean that much to me
So if I call you, don’t make a fuss
Don’t tell your friends about the two of us
I’m not in love, no, no
(It’s because)
I keep your picture upon the wall
It hides a nasty stain that’s lying there
So don’t you ask me to give it back
I know you know it doesn’t mean that much to me
I’m not in love, no, no
(It’s because)
Oooh, you’ll wait a long time for me
Oooh, you’ll wait a long time
Oooh, you’ll wait a long time for me
Oooh, you’ll wait a long time
I’m not in love, so don’t forget it
It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
And just because I call you up
Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made
I’m not in love
I’m not in love
(It’s because)
I’m Not In Love

“When I was a teenager, my parents reluctantly agreed to let me go to a disco. Just as well they did, because when the ‘slow song’ came on, it was this timeless gem from 10cc. I was mesmerized by the production, arrangement and sheer beauty of the melody and clever lyric, and was influenced by every component of it for years to come.”

Alone Again (Naturally) »

I’m grateful for the crumbsIn a little while from now
If I’m not feeling any less sour
I promise myself to treat myself
And visit a nearby tower
And climbing to the top
Throw myself off
In an effort to
Make it clear to who-ever
What it’s like
When you’re shattered
Left standing in the lurch at a church
Where people saying, My God, that’s tough
He stood her up
No point in us remaining
May as well go home
As I did on my own
Alone again, naturally
To think that only yesterday
I was cheerful, bright and gay
Looking forward to, who wouldn’t do
The role I was about to play
But as if to knock me down
Reality came around
And without so much as a mere touch
Cut me into little pieces
Leaving me to doubt
Talk about, God in His mercy
Oh, if he really does exist
Why did he desert me
In my hour of need
I truly am indeed
Alone again, naturally
It seems to me that
There are more hearts
Broken in the world
That can’t be mended
Left unattended
What do we do
What do we do
Looking back over the years
And whatever else that appears
I remember I cried when my father died
Never wishing to hide the tears
And at sixty-five years old
My mother, God rest her soul
Couldn’t understand, why the only man
She had ever loved had been taken
Alone Again (Naturally)

“While researching each song we ultimately selected for the album, I was so surprised to read that Gilbert O’Sullivan had made the whole thing up. His vocals and delivery were so convincing on the original, I felt sure he had been personally stood up at the altar, his father had died and his mother cried. I tried to apply the same effortless conviction to my delivery of his moving and compelling tale.” 

Fragile »

If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one
Drying in the colour of the evening sun
Tomorrow’s rain will wash the stains away
But something in our minds will always stay
Perhaps this final act was meant
To clinch a lifetime’s argument
That nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could
For all those born beneath an angry star
Lest we forget how fragile we are
On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are how fragile we are
On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are how fragile we are
How fragile we are how fragile we are
Fragile

“An outstanding song from one of my favorite artists. Sting is such an exceptional all-rounder. His voice, songs and standard of musicianship are inspirational. Dominic Miller, the guitarist on my Porcelain album, has worked with Sting for 20 years. We were honored to have Latin Jazz guitarist extraordinaire Ramon Stagnaro play the signature theme when we recorded this live in the studio.”

Like You Used To Do »

I’m grateful for the crumbs
They remind me of the bread I used to get
Delivered to my door
Leavened, blessed and freshly warmed.
I’m gonna take these crumbs and feed them to the birds
I’m gonna make some wings and fly above the earth
And from my sky high view, I’ll find somebody new
Who loves me, loves me, loves me,
Like you used to do
I’m thankful for the load
It reminds me of my deep and great resolve
My Herculean strength
I can lift this load with both arms straight
I’m gonna take this load and throw it in the sea
Gonna break this chain and anchor around me
And from my submerged view, I’ll find somebody new
Who loves me, loves me, loves me,
Like you used to do
Like you should to do
When your love was new blind and true
Like you should do
When the sky was always blue
Like you should do
Now every day is winter
I’m gonna take these crumbs and throw them to the birds
I’m gonna make some wings and fly above the earth
And from my sky high view, I’ll find somebody new
Who loves me, loves me, loves me,
Like you used to do
Who loves me, loves me, loves me,
Like you used to do
Who loves me loves me loves
Like you used to do

“I had this brand new song that had a jazz feel and we felt it went well with our other selections. Along with the sensational singer songwriter Judith Owen, the fabulous Sista Jean McClain, who was featured on “Hope, Prayer & Time” (a song on my 4th album Falling Forward), added sizzling background vocals to this track and 3 others.

Eleanor Rigby »

Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
Lives in a dream
Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?
Father McKenzie writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near.
Look at him working, darning his socks in the night when there’s nobody there
What does he care?
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?
Ah, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people
Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
Nobody came
Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?
Ah, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people
Eleanor Rigby

“Every Beatles song is a perfect classic. We considered many options, but the combination of such moving words and melody made this our final pick.”

The Morning After (The Night With You) »

Was that the red wine
Talking for you?
You said you loved me
And in your way you do
And my best clothes are scattered on your floor
I kiss your forehead and let myself out the doo
Cos you don’t ask me to stay
You just let me walk away
And I do, the morning after
The night with you
I lost my mind
Lost all control
Go ask the devil
He paid me for my sou
And best friends keep telling me to let go
But I love you more than I let them know
Though you don’t ask me to stay
You just let me walk away
And I do, the morning after
The night with you
Maybe I come over like a new age Joan of Arc
The truth is, the soldier before you, broke my open hear
You’re the walking wounded, I’m a survivor in disguise
You come on like the cavalry and disappear before my eye
And you don’t ask me to stay
You just let me walk away
And I do, and I do
And I do, the morning after the night with you
And I do the morning after the night with you

“We really did have the dream team for this album, including a killer rhythm section, Herman Matthews on drums and David Piltch on upright bass. They had just returned the day before from a world tour with Hugh Laurie and were on fire. We also had the brilliant guitarist Ramon Stagnaro, who has played with Andrea Bocelli, and Latin Jazz groove-master, Ray Yslas, who has played with Santana, on percussion. It was a real thrill to have the guys add their magic to my new song.”

At Seventeen »

I learned the truth at seventeen
That love was meant for beauty queens
And high school girls with clear skinned smiles
Who married young and then retired
The valentines I never knew
The Friday night charades of youth
Were spent on one more beautiful
At seventeen I learned the truth
And those of us with ravaged faces
Lacking in the social graces
Desperately remained at home
Inventing lovers on the phone
Who called to say – come dance with me
And murmured vague obscenities
It isn’t all it seems at seventeen
A brown eyed girl in hand me downs
Whose name I never could pronounce
Said – Pity please the ones who serve
They only get what they deserve
The rich relationed hometown queen
Marries into what she needs
With a guarantee of company
And haven for the elderly
Remember those who win the game
Lose the love they sought to gain
In debentures of quality and dubious integrity
Their small-town eyes will gape at you
In dull surprise when payment due
Exceeds accounts received at seventeen
To those of us who knew the pain
Of valentines that never came
And those whose names were never called
When choosing sides for basketball
It was long ago and far away
The world was younger than today
When dreams were all they gave for free
To ugly duckling girls like me
We all play the game, and when we dare
We cheat ourselves at solitaire
Inventing lovers on the phone
Repenting other lives unknown
That call and say – Come dance with me
And murmur vague obscenities
At ugly girls like me, at seventeen

“Janis Ian. Wow. She is one of the leading ladies of the singer-songwriter genre. I remember being moved to tears when I first heard this song and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. This is yet another illustration of her winning and spot-on combination of exquisite melody and lyrics.”

Sir Duke »

Music is a world within itself
With a language we all understand
With an equal opportunity
For all to sing, dance and clap their hands
But just because a record has a groove
Don’t make it in the groove
But you can tell right away at letter A
When the people start to move
They can feel it all over
They can feel it all over people
They can feel it all over
They can feel it all over people
Music knows it is and always will
Be one of the things that life just won’t quit
But here are some of music’s pioneers
That time will not allow us to forget
For there’s Basie, Miller, Sachimo
And the king of all Sir Duke
And with a voice like Ella’s ringing out
There’s no way the band can lose
You can feel it all over
You can feel it all over people
You can feel it all over
You can feel it all over people
You can feel it all over
You can feel it all over people
You can feel it all over
You can feel it all over people
You can feel it all over
You can feel it all over people
You can feel it all over
You can feel it all over people
You can feel it all over
You can feel it all over people
You can feel it all over
I can feel it all over-all over now people
Can’t you feel it all over
Come on let’s feel it all over people
You can feel it all over
Everybody-all over people

“Incredibly, our phenomenal trumpet player, Harry Kim, was in the original live band that toured the Songs In The Key of Life album with Stevie Wonder. In the studio, he shared an incredible story about his audition. While in a room alongside eight other trumpet players, Stevie played the iconic theme of ‘Sir Duke’ and challenged the hopefuls. The first musician to play it back perfectly would get the job. Harry was that man. Now, all these years later, he has performed it again on our version. We felt this coincidence was a real blessing on our project.”

Moon River »

Moon River, wider than a mile
I’m crossing you in style some day
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker
Wherever you’re going I’m going your way
Two drifters off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after the same rainbow’s end
Waiting ’round the bend
My huckleberry friend
Moon River and me
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker
Wherever you’re going I’m going your way
Two drifters off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after the same rainbow’s end
Waiting ’round the bend
My huckleberry friend
Moon River and me

“When I was a kid getting ready for school, this is the tune my dad would sing on a loop while shaving in the shower. I am so happy he is still alive to hear my version and that he loved it. We also wanted to capture something for the album that was reminiscent of our live set and this track features our stellar guitarist, Colin Ryan, weaving a subtle dance around Grant’s beautiful piano.”