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Brad Hatfield – Piano
Mark Carlsen – Bass
Jack Menna – Drums
Jane Hemenway – Violin I
Lucy Pope – Violin I
Brian Clague – Violin II
Mimi Rabson – Violin II
Ella Lou Weiler – Viola
Cameron Sawzin – Cello
Johann Soults – Cello
Joe Smith – French Horn
Dave Burdett – Flugelhorn
Jeff Galindo – Trombone I & II
Matt Marvuglio – Flute
Tom Ferrante – Clarinet
John Baboian – Guitar
Evan Harland – Accordion
Mike Turk – Harmonica

Produced by: Ida Zecco

Recorded, mixed, and mastered:
Thin Ice Productions/Bob Patton
Booklet design/layout: Will Sherwood

Music arranged and conducted by 

Dick Lowell


Better to Have Loved

I was blessed to have been able to record this collection of love songs; some familiar, some deliciously not so familiar. Why 14 love ballads? For me, when loves turns in an unexpected direction and forces me to recover and come out on the other end the better for it—that’s a good thing and the reason that these songs were chosen. My own story exists in the words and music of this CD, yet, each song has its own story. And, for those who may think the stories are only about love lost, I say: with love lost, comes the hope of love; and with hope, all things are possible.

My sincere thanks to Carroll Coates for his composition, “Better To Have Loved” which Carroll generously wrote for this CD, and I am eternally grateful to him for this wonderful addition to the American Songbook. A
heartfelt thanks to Duncan Lamont for “Manhattan in the Rain;” Duncan, it was a privilege to sing your words and music. Thanks to my dear friend Mary Taylor who requested that I record “At Seventeen,” and to my good friend Edith Sims whose beautiful rendition of “Mon Amant de Saint-Jean,” with English lyrics so lovingly translated by her husband, Michael, inspired me to record it here. Thanks also to my ever-ready, music historians and researchers Brad Conner and Ben Sears; and to Trudi Mann and Bob Grimes for 
finding and sending music that was difficult to put my hands on. Many thanks for the hours and generous time given to me by Bob Patton, Engineer and Proprietor of Thin Ice Productions. Your editing genius is deeply appreciated—not to mention your finely tuned listening skills. My deepest gratitude goes to my friend and consummate musician/arranger, Dick Lowell. Dick, you have filled these songs with passion, life and heart! Lastly, to Jim, my friend, partner and husband—you are the reason that it is “Better to Have Loved”

Track Listings

  1. Once You’ve Been in Love 2:56

    Michel Legrand, Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman

  2. At Seventeen 5:39

    Janis Ian

  3. I Have a Feeling 4:14
    Carroll Coates
  4. Goodbye Romance 3:22
    Ernest Lijoi
  5. Not Exactly Paris 3:52
    Michael Leonard, Russell George
  6. Manhattan in the Rain 4:59
    Duncan Lamont
  7. As Long as I Live 3:30
    Ernest Lijoi
  8. Too Long at the Fair 3:40
    Billy Barnes
  9. Mon Amant de Saint-Jean 4:00

    E. Carrara, L. Agel (English translation by Michael Sims)
    whistler, Jim Porcella

  10. Love, Come Take Me Again 3:06
    Meredith Willson
  11. Once Upon a Time 4:37
    Charles Strouse, Lee Adams
  12. Cuando Te Fuiste De Mi 3:51
    Bobby Manrique
  13. There’s Something About an Old Love 3:45
    Will Hudson, Lupin Fein, Irving Mills
  14. Better to Have Loved 2:42
    Carroll Coates
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A unique holiday collection for the romantic listener with a beautiful mix of cabaret and standards.
Tom Lamark – piano
Marshall Wood – bass
Gary Johnson – drums
John Baboian – guitar/mandolin
Jane Hemenway – violin I
Gerald Mordis – volin II
Jennifer Shallenberger – viola
Johann Soults – cello

A Song for Christmas

This is a wonderful CD of holiday music. The two pieces by Carroll Coates (‘A Song For Christmas’ and ‘The Holiday Song’) alone are worth the price of the CD. Ida Zecco is a fine musician with a magnificent vocal instrument. There is great variety in what this CD offers. From the gentle and touching (‘A Child is Born’ and ‘Bel Bambino’, a beautiful duet with Randy Zinkus) to the festive and frolicking (‘Santa Baby’ and another fine duet, ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ with Jim Porcella). Another highlight is the Ahrens and Flaherty tune, ‘All Those Christmas Cliches’. This is a great addition to any holiday CD collection. Who knows, you might even find yourself listening to it in July!

Track Listings

  1. A Song for Christmas
  2. The Christmas Waltz
  3. Christmas Time is Here
  4. All Those Christmas Cliches
  5. Santa Baby
  6. A Child is Born
  7. Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  8. Bel Bambino
  9. Merry Christmas
  10. The Secret of Christmas
  11. The Holiday Song
  12. My Christmas Song for You