Gail Marten

Gail Marten

BandJazzLatin

Jazz improvisation in a harmonically sophisticated manner driven by a pulsating latin groove. Gail’s sensuous voice - delicious - girl next door dressed in a black sheath!

Biography

Her music career began in the 80's, and Gail has worked primarily with The Clem Ehoff Trio for more than 10 years. The music of this stellar group, which is based in the Baltimore/Washington area, is rich in color, rhythm and style. It runs the gamut from “on the edge Latino” to “caliente” and quietly percussive

Gail Marten and Clem Ehoff have recently been announced WINNERS of several international songwriting competitions, and their CDs, Is It Love and Pure Joy, were both nominated for Best Vocal Jazz album at JPF.

Gail and Clem have just been awarded First Prize in the Jazz Category of the 2005 UK Songwriting Contest again for the title song from their new CD, IS IT LOVE! This is the second time they have won First Prize in the UK Songwriting Contest. They also won in 2003 for their song, HEAVEN ON A TROPIC SHORE, from their CD, Pure Joy.

Their new CD, Is It Love, was released with rave reviews in August 2005, and is comprised of all originals by Ehoff, Rondon and Marten, all of the lyrics written by Marten.

Marten is expected to complete a recording project with guitarist/producer O'Donel Levy later this year.

GAIL MARTEN (nee Divac), vocalist/lyricist/composer
Performing throughout the mid-Atlantic region for more than 20 years, Gail has captivated audiences at music festivals, concert venues, jazz clubs and private social events. She has held long term engagements at many premier area hotels & bistros and has sung with many notables including Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Waters, Billy Colucci, Hank Crawford and Charles Covington. Evocative overtones of Peggy Lee, Julie London and Chris Connor, she has a unique and subliminal quality alll her own.

Lyrics

Dream With Me

Written By: Gail Marten

Close your eyes and dream a dream with me
At the end of day.
Catch a cloud and float above the earth...
Sail the Milky Way.

Book a flight upon a shooting star
Move across the sky.
There is music in the silence
Of the cosmic lullaby.

bridge:
’Neath the shady sycamore
Dream a dream with me,
Possibilities unfold,
Close your eyes and you will see.

Swim with shiny, silver dolphins
Through Tahiti’s blue lagoons,
Warmed by orchid scented breezes
Polynesian honeymoon

Ride the wind to Argentina,
High above the southern sea
Feel the rhythm of the tango
Be my partner, dance with me.

Join a caravan of nomads
Winding through the desert night
In a trail of clove and cinnamon
Toward the morning light.

bridge:
Skies ablaze with setting sun
Farewell to yesterday.
Twilight beckons to the moon,
Purple shadows paint the way.

Tomorrow at the end of day
A magic carpet ride
To imaginary places
We will journey you and I.

©2004

Is It Love?

Written By: Gail Marten

Is it love, Is it love,
And does it really matter?
Is it true, really true,
Or merely idle chatter?

Is it you, Is it me?
Is it us, Is it we? Is it love?
Tell me why, Please don’t lie,
Will it fly, Specify. Is it love?

Are you mine, really mine,
Or someone else’s baby?
Bottom line, are you mine?
No ifs or buts or maybe.

Are you friend, Are you foe?
Is it yes, Is it no? Is it love?
Am I high, Am I low?
Should I stay, Should I go? Is it love?

Is it love, Is it love
Or just a game we’re playing?
Is it true, really true
Do you mean what you’re saying?

Is it you, Is it me?
Is it us, Is it we? Is it love?
Tell me why, Please don’t lie,
Will it fly, Specify. Is it love?

Are you mine, really mine,
Or someone else’s baby?
Bottom line, are you mine?
No ifs or buts or maybe.

Should I go with the flow?
Should I care? Do I dare? Is it love?
Is it phony or real?
I don’t know, What’s the deal? Is it love?


Just Before Dawn

Written By: Gail Marten

Moonlight through the willow,
Tracing shadows on my pillow,
I lie awake here in my lonely room
I’m haunted by an old familiar tune.

Is it a beginning or an ending?
Revelation or pretending?
The echoes of the distant night reminding me,
It’s always darkest just before dawn.

Moon will soon surrender
To the early morning splendor.
I’ve tossed and turned another sleepless night,
Wondering what went wrong and who was right.

Streetlights dim, and dawn will soon be breaking,
And the world will be awaking,
The echoes of the distant night reminding me,
It’s always darkest just before dawn.

Big Girl Blues

Written By: Gail Marten

I’m a big girl now
I’m a big girl now
I pay my own damn bills
And find my own cheap thrills
I’m a big girl now.

I’m a big girl now
Don’t need no help nohow
I can run my own life
Won’t be nobody’s old wife.
I’m a big girl now.

bridge:
When I was a little girl
I was taught to stand alone
And like the Lady says
God bless the child that’s got her own.

Don’t need no one to bail me out
Yes, I know what’s all about
No one can knock me down
Cause I have been around
And I’m a big girl now.

No one to tell me what to do
No one to start me feeling blue
Hey, I can sleep all day
And dance the night away
And spend my time with who-knows-who.

last time:
You know, I must confess
There are sometimes I realize…
If some big boy would come along
And help me sing my song…
…He’d cut this big girl down to size.

Lotus Blossom

Written By: Gail Marten

Lotus blossom,
Cradles baby
In your petals
Love eternal.

Lotus blossom
Bathed in dewdrops
Warm my dreams in
Golden sunlight

Shadows disappear
Melted by a tear
Floating, gently, floating.

Lotus blossom
Breezes sighing
Whispering secrets
Mystifying.

Lotus blossom
Hear me singing
Raindrops falling
Ancient rhythm

Shadows in the mist
Time does not exist
Floating, gently, floating.

We Can Learn To Fly

Written By: Gail Marten

Hey, baby, we can learn to fly.
Hey, maybe we can learn to fly.

Let’s have a picnic in the park
A fiesta in the sun
You and me and everyone
Let’s have a picnic in the park.

Let’s take a stroll down Lovers’ Lane.
Hang out with the birds and bees
Baby, underneath the trees
Let’s take a stroll down Lovers’ Lane.

bridge:
Life will pass you by
Waiting for the bell to ring
I’m not getting any younger
And I’ve got this song to sing.

Let’s dance beneath a million stars
Gazing at the silver moon
I will sing your favorite tune
Let’s dance beneath a million stars.

Let’s take a drive down to the sea
We’ll go walking hand in hand
Building castles made of sand
Let’s take a drive down to the sea.

Let’s pay a visit to the zoo
Monkey see and monkey do
You love me and I love you
Let’s pay a visit to the zoo.

bridge:
Life will pass you by
Waiting for the bell to ring
I’m not getting any younger
And I’ve got this song to sing.

Come on, throw caution to the wind
Don’t let the good times pass us by
Baby, we can learn to fly
Come on, throw caution to the wind.

tag:
Hey, baby, we can learn to fly.
Let’s dance beneath a million stars.
Hey, maybe we can learn to fly.
Let’s take a stroll down Lover’s Lane.
Hey, baby, we can learn to fly.

Discography

IS IT LOVE, 2005
PURE JOY, 2003
BEYOND THE RAINBOW, 2002

Listen and buy at www.gailmarten.com, www.cdbaby.com

Set List

In addition to their award-winning originals, Marten and her group offer hundreds of beloved standards by the great American composers with traditional, mainstream and latin jazz arrangements. Complete list available by request.

SAMPLE SET LIST OF STANDARDS
taking a chance on love
what a difference a day made
summertime
long ago and far away
nightmood
like someone in love
i thought about you
nature boy/you don't know what love is
manha da carnaval
round midnight
this masquerade
besame mucho
satin doll

SAMPLE SET LIST OF ORIGINALS
is it love
always there
big girl blues
we can learn to fly
sunday rain
heaven on a tropic shore
one of those tomorrows
big girl blues
her point of view
lotus blossom
taco, taco
who would know
a summer afternoon