DIANA MAY CLARK and the SUNNY SET

DIANA MAY CLARK and the SUNNY SET

 Bentleigh, Victoria, AUS
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Melbourne singer-songwriter Diana May Clark established her interpretive credentials by way of 2 award winning recordings with Guitarist Doug de Vries. Her original band embraces acoustic and electric sounds twisted up with everything from ska to psychedelic styles and her love of Brazilian music into a new mix of sophisticated pop that is unique and instantly charming.

Biography

Vintage Pop mixed with World - Diana May Clark's well-established Bossa nova credentials take a new direction with this original Beatles meets Brazil sound that will have you swaying with a smile. Refreshingly genuine, brimming with cool guitar riffs, film-noir-ripe vocals and kicking grooves; Diana's groove driven songs speak of willing the sun into the darkest places, the wheel of life, unity and having an escape plan.

“From the get go, Diana May Clark & The Sunny Set’s music makes you wanna undulate.  Not nod your head, not tap your toes nor click your fingers - you wanna move your hips... Later, you can lie on your back staring at the sky and let the sublime blend of voice and music take you slipping through time like sunshine through tree tops.  You’ll be needing a rest after all that dance floor action.”  Pat Monaghan (Basement Disks)

Clark's 60s pop fusion 'Sunny Daze' and B-side 'Tango Noir' with their knockout clips have been captivating music lovers around the world.

Produced by Thing's of Stone and Wood's Greg Arnold, Diana May Clark's Album The Other Side of the Girl is out now

"If I told you that this was a great pop album there’s a chance you could overlook it. Do so to your own loss, this is a fine pop album bubbling along with terrific songs that you can bop along to.
With it’s easy sing along lyrics and sixties groove overtones the whole album is a delight to listen to and just the thing when you are in need of an aural pick me up.  An album worthy of a wider audience." Voice FM















Lyrics

SUNNY DAZE

Written By: DIANA MAY CLARK

Every morning in the summertime
I go walking before the sun is high
Feel it creeping, like the shadow of a mountain moving
As a change comes without a choosing---

On the weekend in the winter time
I go searching for a special wine
Release me, yeah the warm and bitter bite is soothing
As a change comes while kinda choosing---

It’s winning while I'm losing
Dancing while I'm sleeping
Chancing while I'm cheating---

Now we’re rocking on a rolling night
There’s no stopping just to be polite
Feel it grooving, ah the drum and base distort right through ya
And the change you crave comes cruising-- right up to ya

Just like a lover’s gaze
A very special place
A lovely sunny daze

And here is the sun again
I feel its warm embrace
Lifting me like a friend
Back to a secret space

It’s winning while I'm losing
Dancing while I'm sleeping
Chancing while - it’s like a lover’s gaze
A very special place
A lovely sunny daze…

Tango Noir

Written By: Diana May Clark

She disappears her French lace
A squirt of mundanes perfume
Abracadabra’s all trace
“How was work?” as she glides through the room

He didn’t catch her angle
Distracted numb by the screen
The cheating lover tangos
Her spell hits like morphine

Guilt free perfume
Erasing all the wrong
Broken curfews
Satisfy the longing…

His puppy eyes a smoke screen
Manufactured bait
Addicted to his own scene
Dirty online dates
Another window opens
One tap to cover lies
His racy heart unbroken
The kinky hours fly

Guilt free perfume
Erasing all the wrong
Broken curfews
Satisfy the longing…

The scent is getting stale on this complicated trail
In former days she was all he yearned for
In former days he the stray she fell for
Nowadays desire’s holding them apart
Puff of smoke illusion
Trick of the heart

Guilt free perfume
Erases all the wrong
Broken curfews
Satisfy the longing…
The tango noir plays on
After each dance card is done
The craving’s just begun

In Love with Love

Written By: Diana May Clark

Stealing the sweetest bite of the stone fruit's juicy skin
Raspberry gin bubbles and bounces off my chin
Lipstick pink lollies and icing clad limbs
Festival weekends and the cheekiest grins
Tasting each flavour at my favorite ice-cream bar
Darting eyes checking out each other from afar

This girl's in love
In love with love
This girl's in lo----ve with love

Did it occur to you I might be here alone?
And did it occur to you to turn off that damn phone?
I've designs on other pleasures moment based
Cartwheel dandelions and connecting face
Popsicles dribbling in Aunties back yard
Swaying on swinging chairs for two while counting stars

This girls in love
In love with love
This girl's in lo----ve with love

Davey my daisy chain needs some repair
I'm dancing in the rain with Freddie for a dare
This girl's in love
In love with love
This girls in lo---ve with love....

Hang On

Written By: Diana May Clark and Doug de Vries

Oh my mother, mother never understood me
Ah brother, brother do you know a remedy?
Any word you send I’ll memorize by heart and then
Learn to live above this endless searching need

He said: Hang on, yeah, hold on, hang in there
Hang on yeah hold on- } x2

Teacher taught me symmetry of dark and light
Bend and stretching boundaries is part of life
Ex-police musician friend who’d once been shot
Showed me true ascension giving all he got

Oh my mother, mother never understood me
Ah brother, brother do you know a remedy?
I will smother the solution-potion in deep
To recover and if needed, I’ll repeat

And he said: Hang on, yeah, hold on, hang in there
Hang on, yeah, hold on, hang in there } x2

Met a vibrant lady tailored her own rules
Foes attend her parties end up joking fools

She said: Hang on, hang on, hold on, hold on…

Ad lib..

Batucada Bonde (Tram Song)

Written By: Diana May Clark

Well ride the tram the people call bonde
Like a sardine can playing pinge-ponge

African beats rise from Portuguese streets
Cool as Johnny Depp, the boys all hang on the side-step

Lua de mel, in Brazil
Honeymoon Bonde Ping-Pong
Lua de mel, in Brazil - under the spell of a moon of honey- yeah

We’ll taste a fruit of the Amazon daily
Sugarloaf sweet, Cavaquinho ukulele

Lua de mel, in Brazil,
Honeymoon Bonde Ping-Pong
Lua de mel, in Brazil - under the spell of a moon of honey- honey-

Unified, we’ll ride - batucada bonde
Unified, we’ll ride - batucada bonde
Oo-oo, in Brazil- ié-ié-ié – batucada bonde
Under the spell of a moon of honey…

Lua de mel, in Brazil
Honeymoon Bonde Ping-Pong
Lua de mel, in Brazil –
under the spell of a moon of honey…} x 2

Unified, we’ll ride - batucada bonde
Unified, we’ll ride - batucada bonde

Blueprint (Love Unending)

Written By: Diana May Clark

Hey - I like your blueprint and all it's glitches
Such a sweet, sleek design, so catch it itches
So bright I have to squint! Your presence bitches
I want you full time, when you move my compass twitches

Let's forget ourselves tonight
Tune in via satellite
Walk with our eyes close
On open moonlit roads

I like your blueprint, put together so well
Beneath your fingerprint is where I want to dwell

Let's forget ourselves tonight
Tune in via satellite
Walk with our eyes close
On open moonlit roads
A round trip relationship, patent pending
No need for ownership, it's love unending...

From my hips to my lips I've feeling bulletproof and lean
Never know when love will hit, shit it's a healing thing
I'm gonna feel it, feel it without apology
I'm gonna real it in because it's come to me

Hey I like your blueprint - put together so well
Let's install this hyperlink and stay on the carousel
ad lib...

OH
Let's forget ourselves tonight
Tune in via satellite
Walk with our eyes close
On open moonlit roads
A round trip relationship, patent pending
No need for ownership, it's love unending...
Love unending, love unending, love unending....ad lib
Love, love, un-end.

Mama Africa

Written By: Chico Cesar,Diana May Clark (English Lyric)

Mama Africa
Been giving all her life
In groove and rhythm

We’re taking everything she’s giving
Every season

Through war and drought her tears
Renew the tempo of Bahia
People got to hear

Mama Africa a minha mãe
É mãe solteira
E tem que fazer mamadeira
Todo dia
Além de trabalhar
Como empacotadeira
Nas casas Bahia

Mama Africa’s hands
Reach right around the world
Her heartbeat it feeds us all
Uplifting us when we fall
The nectar to our seed
Mama Africa also needs
And if she left us we’d be lost

When this mama goes to work
She sings blues, Oludum-reggae, jazz
Mama comes home uninspired
Mama’s just so dog-tired
So help her to be gladder
Do a little for her
Put your arm around her shoulder
She’s your ma-a-ma

Ad lib…

Com Coracao (with depth of heart)

Written By: Diana May Clark

Just a little, little love song, dedication, appreciation
Little dose of unexpected, little dash of doce de Portuguese

Just a little temptation, the danger’s got me shaking
A loaded gun is a twist of lemon in a dirty martini

Vem ca vamos beber^essa magia connexão
Com coração, com coração, com coração

Just a little celebration without reason, good sensation
I’ll pour you one, um pouquinho de canção de amor

Vem ca vamos beber^essa magia connexão
Com coração, com coração, com coração

Com coração-- x3

Just a little saideira, one last cheers; obrigada
I’ll sing you one, um pouquinho de canção de amor

Vem ca vamos beber^essa magia connexão
Com coração, com coração, com coração, com coração,
Com coração, com coração, com coração, com coração – x2
Oo-oo-oo, oo-oo, oo-oo.

8 Measures (Losing it Gracefully)

Written By: Diana May Clark

I can’t take another drought
This Feb fast has strung me out
Just one to debrief the day
Three or four push the pain away
When six strikes, I’d better slow
Eight measures writing off tomorrow


Losing it gracefully-Losing it


Just like quitting cigarettes

Waking up in cold turkey sweats

One more whiff of freedoms cloud 

I stretch the rolling ritual

Up the filter into full strength 

Wide awake in a tarry dream of innocence



Losing it gracefully-----Losing it x 2


I’m with Monroe on a downhill incline blow-out

Unstitched at the seams and need my costume let out
This figure eight gait on platform heels is sliding in the cracks
And I’m unwrapping spectacularly----

Losing it Gracefully, losing it x2

I’m with Monroe on a downhill incline blow-out

Unstitched at the seams and need my costume let out


Just yesterday was chicken broth and lemongrass tea
Now I’m unraveling here quietly

(Chorus out)

Vanilla / Barcelona

Written By: Diana May Clark, Doug de Vries

Here in the hour before dawn
Where dreams are true desires born
And no-one ever tells it all – no
Just in case their cover's blown

I always knew one day you’d run
And jump aboard the circus train
But once you tasted every colour
All your cravings would be plain

And if I ever get the chance to choose again
I’ll take on sweet, sweet vanilla to the end
What else is there for me? What else is there?

I think I’ll go to Barcelona
The city’s promise shining gold
Gaudi draws me to flamenco
Calls the melancholy home

And if I ever get the chance to choose again
I’ll take on sweet, sweet vanilla to the end
What else is there for me? What else is there?

We wanted to rule our own domains
Questions struck on each refrain
We were a bridge of healing respite between shipwrecked affairs
We were craving dares-

And if I ever get the chance to choose again
I’ll take on sweet, sweet vanilla to the end
What else is there for me? What else is there?-

Guitar solo

I am putting it out, putting it, putting it out, I’m putting it out, out to you…

Discography

1/ Akasa - 1999
2/ A Knot in the Wood - Doug de Vries & Diana Clark 2002
3/ Three Shadows of Blue - Diana Clark/Doug de Vries 2004
4/ Views from an Urban Jungle - Akasa 2006
5/ Breathe into Time - Diana Clark original EP 2007
6/ Diana Clark Trio - live CD & DVD 2009
7/ Sunny Daze single & Tango Noir (Guilt Free Perfume) B-side - Diana May Clark and The Sunny Set June 2013
8/ Blueprint (Love Unending) single + Batucada Bonde (Tram Song) B-side - release date May 25, 2014


Set List

Sunny Daze
Tango Noir
Batucada Bonde
Blueprint
In Love with Love
Doin Well
Mama Africa
Leaozinho
Vanilla Barcelona
Space Oditty (in Portuguese)
Amandinha
8 measures
Adeus
Cry No More
3 Shadows of Blue
Heart of Glass (maracatu version)
Corcovado