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by Dr. David L. Freeman

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about

Dr. David L. Freeman, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on November 15, 1942. He was the son of Dr. Harry and Rosanne Freeman. His father was a prominent medical researcher and worked with Gregory Pincus on the development of the birth control pill and developing early psychiatric medications. His mother played piano. At a young age, he fell in love with the piano and studied classical music. He would spend hours at the piano and developed a particular affection for Chopin and Beethoven. His passion for the instrument would last throughout his life.

Dr. Freeman followed his father's path to both Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, and yet through these years, he continued to play and practice the piano. That is how he met his wife, Amanda Freeman, on January 1, 1967. She sat and listened to him as he practiced Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" on a piano in Harvard Medical School's Vanderbilt Hall. Noticing this beautiful Latin American woman watching him, he approached her and introduced himself and thus began a marriage that lasted 45 years.

In the late 1990's, Dr. Freeman rededicated himself to the piano after a decade devoted primarily to writing and researching. He spent several years studying jazz harmony and theory. He amassed a collection of solo piano recordings and became fascinated by piano interpretations of American standards of the mid-twentieth century. He practiced for hours after work and on weekends and began mastering a repertoire of arrangements that he selected. He also began looking for opportunities to play this music and became active with the Boston Piano Amateurs and landed a monthly gig at Boston's Symphony Hall Cafe. His love for this music went beyond simply playing it. He read extensively on the composers and lyricists who created these songs and became an expert on their backgrounds and influences as well. For that reason, I have included the full musical and lyrical credits for each of these pieces of music and would encourage listeners to listen to other works of these remarkable songwriters and lyricists.

In the final decade of his life, Dr. Freeman was able to bring together the three passions of his life; music, medicine and community service. He played daily in the lobby of the Lahey Clinic in Burlington where he worked and he would often express to me the happiness he felt at bringing comfort through music to those who were often anxious or ill. He also played at homes for the elderly and loved to see how the older generation received so much pleasure from hearing the songs of their youth.

This record is a collection of several of his favorite selections. I offered to produce it for him in the spring of 2012 as a way to say 'Thank you' for his considerable help in starting my career as a producer. At first he was hesitant, but then he embraced the idea. He gathered arrangements that he wanted to record and on May 28th, 2012, a burning hot late spring day, we spent the afternoon recording his playing at the Hook Studios in Red Hook, Brooklyn. I planned to mix and master the record with him during a trip to Boston later that summer.

I never got the chance: on July 8, 2012, he passed away suddenly. The last words that were spoken between us on the phone two days earlier were about how much he was looking forward to finishing this record. Instead, I ended up using some of these selections to play at his funeral and then in the subsequent months of grief, I couldn't bring myself to even listen to what we had recorded.

In the spring of 2013, almost a year after we had done the initial sessions, I returned to the recordings and was amazed at their beauty and warmth. With the help of Grammy-winning engineer/producer Bob Power, it was completed.

I'm sure he would be so proud of this collection which he spent countless hours preparing and playing and it gives me so much happiness to be able to continue to share his music, even after he has left this world. Please listen and enjoy.

To a beloved father from a son - Dan FreeMan (CØm1x)

- This record is free, however, if you choose to buy it, all proceeds will be donated to the Boston Piano Amateurs Association.

To read more about Dr. David Freeman:

www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2011/01/16/piano_music_soothes_anxious_hospital_visitors_in_lahey_clinic_lobby/

www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?pid=158469311#fbLoggedOut

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released July 8, 2013

Dr. David L. Freeman - Piano
Amon Drum - Recording Engineer
Bob Power - Mixing and Mastering Engineer
Produced by Dan FreeMan (CØm1x)

All tracks recorded at 'The Hook Studio,' Red Hook, Brooklyn: May 28, 2012

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Track Name: Tenderly
The evening breeze
Caressed the trees, tenderly
The trembling trees
Embraced the breeze, tenderly

Then you and I
Came wandering by
And lost in a sigh
Were we

The shore was kissed
By sea and mist, tenderly
I can't forget
How two hearts met

Breathlessly

Your arms opened wide
And closed me inside
You took my lips
You took my love
So tenderly

Your arms opened wide
And closed me inside
You took my lips
You took my love
So tenderly
Track Name: La Vie en Rose
Des yeux qui font baisser les miens
Un rire qui se perd sur sa bouche
Voila le portrait sans retouche
De l'homme auquel, j'appartiens

Quand il me prend dans ses bras
Il me parle tout bas
Je vois la vie en rose

Il me dit des mots d'amour
Des mots de tous les jours
Et ça me fait quelque chose

Il est entré dans mon coeur
Une part de bonheur
Dont je connais la cause

C'est lui pour moi
Moi pour lui dans la vie
Il me l'a dit, l'a juré pour la vie

Et, dès que je l'apercois
Alors je sens en moi
Mon coeur qui bat

Des nuits d'amour à ne plus en finir
Un grand bonheur qui prend sa place
Des enuis des chagrins, des phases
Heureux, heureux a en mourir

Quand il me prend dans ses bras
Il me parle tout bas
Je vois la vie en rose

Il me dit des mots d'amour
Des mots de tous les jours
Et ça me fait quelque chose

Il est entré dans mon Coeur
Une part de bonheur
Dont je connais la cause

C'est toi pour moi
Moi pour toi dans la vie
Il me l'a dit, m'a juré pour la vie

Et, dès que je l'apercois
Alors je sens en moi
Mon coeur qui bat

Lalalala, lalalala
La, la, la, la
Track Name: Misty
Look at me
I'm as helpless as a kitten up a tree
And I feel like I'm clinging to a cloud
I can't understand
I get misty just holding your hand

Walk my way
And a thousand violins begin to play
Or it might be the sound of your hello
That music I hear
I get misty the moment you're near

You can say that you're leading me on
But it's just what I want you to do
Don't you notice how hopelessly I'm lost
That's why I'm following you

On my own
Would I wander through this wonderland alone
Never knowing my right foot from my left
My hat from my glove
I'm too misty, and too much in love

You could say that you're leading me on
But it's just what I want you to do

On my own
Would I wander through this wonderland alone
Never knowing my right foot from my left
My hat from my glove
I'm too misty, and too much in love

Look at me
Track Name: Laura
You know the feeling of something half remembered
Of something that never happened, yet you recall it well.
You know the feeling of recognizing someone
That you've never met as far as you could tell, well.

Laura is the face in the misty light,
Footsteps that you hear down the hall.
The laugh that floats on a summer night
That you can never quite recall.
And you see Laura on the train that is passing through.
Those eyes, how familiar they seem.
She gave your very first kiss to you.
That was Laura but she's only a dream.
Track Name: Dancing In The Dark
Dancing in the dark 'til the tune ends
We're dancing in the dark and it soon ends
We're waltzing in the wonder of why we're here
Time hurries by, we're here and we're gone

Looking for the light of a new love
To brighten up the night, I have you love
And we can face the music together
Dancing in the dark

What - though love is old
What - though song is old
Through them we can be young

Hear this heart of mine
Wailin' all the time
Dear one, tell me that we're one

Looking for the light of a new love
To brighten up the night, I have you love
And we can face the music together
Dancing in the dark, dancing in the dark
Dancing in the dark
Track Name: Stardust
Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely nights dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you

When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
Ah but that was long ago
Now my consolation is in the stardust of a song

Beside the garden wall when stars are bright
You are in my arms
The nightingale tells his fairy tale
Of paradise where roses grew

Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain
My stardust melody
The memory of love's refrain
Track Name: I Will Wait For You
If it takes forever I will wait for you
For a thousand summers I will wait for you
Till you're back beside me, till I'm holding you
Till I hear you sigh here in my arms

Anywhere you wander, anywhere you go
Every day remember how I love you so
In your heart believe what in my heart I know
That forevermore I'll wait for you

The clock will tick away the hours one by one
Then the time will come when all the waiting's done
The time when you return and find me here and run
Straight to my waiting arms

If it takes forever I will wait for you
For a thousand summers I will wait for you
Till you're here beside me, till I'm touching you
And forevermore sharing your love
Track Name: Autumn Leaves
The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun-burned hands I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter's song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

C'est une chanson, qui nous ressemble
Toi tu m'aimais et je t'aimais
Nous vivions tous, les deux ensemble
Toi que m'aimais moi qui t'aimais
Mais la vie sépare ceux qui s'aiment
Tout doucement sans faire de bruit
Et la mer efface sur le sable les pas des amants désunis
Track Name: Besame Mucho
Bésame, bésame mucho
Como si fuera esta noche
La última vez

Bésame, bésame mucho
Que tengo miedo a perderte
Perderte después

Quiero tenerte muy cerca
Mirarme en tus ojos
Verte junto a mi
Piensa que tal ves mañana
Yo ya estaré lejos
Muy lejos de ti

Bésame, bésame mucho
Como si fuera esta noche
La última vez

Bésame, bésame mucho
Que tengo miedo a perderte
Perderte después

Bésame, bésame mucho
Que tengo miedo a perderte
Perderte después

Que tengo miedo a perderte
Perderte después


English translation:

Kiss Me A Lot

Kiss me, give me many kisses,
As if tonight were
the last time.

Kiss me, give me many kisses,
for I'm scared to lose you,
lose you afterwards.

Kiss me, give me many kisses,
As if tonight were
the last time.

Kiss me, give me many kisses,
for I'm scared to lose you,
lose you afterwards.

I want to have you very close
To see myself in your eyes,
To see you next to me.
Think that perhaps tomorrow
I already will be far,
very far away from you.

Kiss me, give me many kisses,
As if tonight were
the last time.

Kiss me, give me many kisses,
for I'm scared to lose you,
lose you afterwards.

Kiss me, give me many kisses,
for I'm scared to lose you,
lose you afterwards.

Because I'm scared to lose you,
lose you afterwards.
Track Name: You, the Night and the Music
You and the night and the music
Fill me with flaming desire
Setting my being completely on fire
You and the night and the music
Thrill me but will we be one
After the night and the music are done

Until the pale light of dawn and in daylight
Hearts will be throbbing guitars
Morning will come without warning and take away the stars
If we must live for the moment
Love ‘til the moment is through
After the night and the music die, will I have you?

Until the pale light of dawn and in daylight
Hearts will be throbbing guitars
Morning will come without warning and take away the stars
If we must live for the moment
Love ‘til the moment is through
After the night and the music die, will I have you?
Track Name: Ebb Tide
First the tide rushes in
Plants a kiss on the shore
Then rolls out to sea
And the sea is very still once more
So I rush to your side
Like the oncoming tide
With one burning thought
Will your arms open wide
At last we're face to face
And as we kiss through an embrace
I can tell, I can feel
You are love, your are real
Really mine in the rain
In the dark, in the sun
Like the tide at its ebb
I'm at peace in the web of your arms
Track Name: What's New
What's new?
How is the world treating you?
You haven't changed a bit
Lovely as ever, I must admit

What's new?
How did that romance come through?
We haven't met since then
Gee, but it's nice to see you again

What's new?
Probably I'm boring you
But seeing you is grand
And you were sweet to offer your hand

I understand, I do
Pardon my asking what's new
Of course you couldn't know
I haven't changed, I still love you so

Gee, but it's nice to see you again

What's new?
Probably I'm boring you
But seeing you is grand
And you were sweet to offer your hand

I understand, I do
Pardon my asking what's new
Of course you couldn't know
I haven't changed, I still love you so
Track Name: El Dia Que Me Quieras
Acaricia mi ensueño
el suave murmullo de tu suspirar.
Como rie la vida
si tus ojos negros me quieren mirar.
Y si es mio el amparo
de tu risa leve
que es como un cantar,
ella aquieta mi herida,
todo todo se olvida.

El día que me quieras
la rosa que engalana,
se vestirá de fiesta
con su mejor color.
Y al viento las campanas
dirán que ya eres mía,
y locas las fontanas
se contaran su amor.

La noche que me quieras
desde el azul del cielo,
las estrellas celosas
nos mirarán pasar.
Y un rayo misterioso
hara nido en tu pelo,
luciernaga curiosa que veras
que eres mi consuelo.

It caresses my dream
the smooth murmur of your sighing.
How life laughs
if your black eyes want to look at me.
And if it is mine the shelter
of your slight laughter
that is like singing,
it calms my wound,
everything is forgotten.

The day that you love me
The rose that adorns,
will dress in celebration
with its best color
And to the wind the church bells
will say that already you are mine,
and the crazy fountains
will tell about their love.

The night that you love me
from the blue of the sky
the jealous stars
will watch us go by.
And a mysterious ray
will nest in your hair,
inquisitive glow-worm that'll see
that you are my consolation.
Track Name: Perhaps, Perhaps. Perhaps
You won't admit you love me
And so how am i ever to know
You always tell me
Perhaps perhaps perhaps
A million times i've asked you
And then
I ask you over
Again
You only answer
Perhaps perhaps perhaps

If you can't make your mind up
We'll never get started
And i don't wanna wind up
Being parted
Broken-hearted
So if you really love me
Say yes
But if you don't dear
Confess
And please don't tell me
Perhaps perhaps perhaps
Perhaps perhaps perhaps

If you can't make your mind up
We'll never get started
And i don't wanna wind up
Being parted
Broken-hearted
So if you really love me
Say yes
But if you don't dear
Confess
And please don't tell me

Perhaps perhaps perhaps
Perhaps perhaps perhaps
Perhaps perhaps perhaps
Track Name: Un Homme et une Femme
Comme nos voix ba da ba da da da da da da
Chantent tout bas ba da ba da da da da da da
Nos cœurs y voient ba da ba da da da da da da
Comme une chance comme un espoir
Comme nos voix ba da ba da da da da da da
Nos cœurs y croient ba da ba da da da da da da
Encore une fois ba da ba da da da da da da
Tout recommence, la vie repart

Combien de joies
Bien des drames
Et voilà !
C'est une longue histoire
Un homme
Une femme
Ont forgé la trame du hasard.

Comme nos voix
Nos cœurs y voient
Encore une fois
Comme une chance
Comme un espoir.

Comme nos voix
Nos cœurs en joie
On fait le choix
D'une romance
Qui passait là.

Chance qui passait là
Chance pour toi et moi ba da ba da da da da da da
Toi et moi ba da ba da da da da da da
Toi et Toi et moi.
Track Name: Maria
The most beautiful sound I ever heard
All the beautiful sounds of the world in a single word
Maria
I just met a girl named Maria
And suddenly that name
Will never be the same
To me
Maria
I just kissed a girl named Maria
And suddenly I found
How wonderful a sound
Can be
Maria
Say it loud and there's music playing
Say it soft and it's almost like praying
Maria
I'll never stop saying
Maria
Maria, Maria...
Maria
Say it loud and there's music playing
Say it soft and it's almost like praying
Maria
I'll never stop saying
Maria
The most beautiful sound I ever heard
Maria