Raf Nazario

Raf Nazario

BandJazzLatin

Composer, Singer-Songwriter, Producer and Arranger in various genres.

Biography

Rafael NazarioÕs music is as diverse as the many places he has called home, composing in various styles such as Latin, neo-classical, pop, electronica and straight-up jazz. Combining his Puerto Rican upbringing with years of performing across America, Europe, Asia and Australia, Rafael has developed and nurtured a distinct and personal style that has won and wowed fans and critics alike.

Armed with a post-graduate degree in orchestration and arrangement, Rafael ended up securing one of Los AngelesÕ most coveted gigs when he became resident pianist at 72 Market Street, a Venice Beach hotspot owned by Tony Bill and Dudley Moore and frequented by music industry heavyweights including Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock and Randy Newman. For over six years, Rafael performed jazz, classics and improvisational piano for HollywoodÕs elite and as a result, he shared the stage with such artists as Linda Ronstadt and Crosby & Nash. His profile and reputation grew via various media appearances Ñ including fronting the trio that played for National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate KCRWÕs ÔLive from 72Õ Ñand soon he was producing, arranging and composing for television and film, as well as acting in various film projects and TV shows.

Rafael further developed his style in TokyoÕs Roppongi district, playing swing, stride and singing jazz standards to appreciative audiences. Whilst in Tokyo, Rafael continued to refine his music and act in television until opportunity knocked once again with a prospect to relocate to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Rafael flourished in Mexico, where he wrote, arranged and produced Patria A–orada, performing with some of MexicoÕs finest studio musicians. His follow-up CD, PianoForte, was a genre-defying, collection of piano music reflecting his diverse variety of influences. It was also during this time that Rafael published his bi-lingual cookbook, Sand In Your Shoes.

Currently based in Sydney, Australia, Rafael is focusing on composing and recording. He recently released PianoForte 2, a collection of instrumental originals reflecting his ever-growing diverse tastes and influences.

Patria A–orada, PianoForte 1 and PianoForte 2 are available on iTunes, CDBABY and Amazon.com and Rhapsody, among other outlets.

Lyrics

The Shadows (Man in The Shadows)

Written By: Rafael A. Nazario

In the dark of a corner
Sits a man unencumbered
Story goes that his love went away
So he took to the shadows
Lost his mind, kept the bottle
Drowns the thirst of his passion
With his wine

Toasts the memory
Of his sweet sorrow
And tomorrow may as well not arrive
But the shadows give him the shelter
The rest of the world would deny

Morning comes on the sidewalk
Footsteps sound like the thunder
And the sunlight explodes in his eyes
So he runs to the shadows
Of the bar on the corner
Half moon faces that smile
from the dark

…And those faces
Drink to his sorrow
Tomorrow may as well not arrive
But the shadows give him the shelter
The rest of the world would
deny

Now his drink is his passion
His thirst is his treasure
Throat that burns with the pleasure of his wine
Midnight staggers around him
with its lingering faces
Fills the dark empty spaces
of his mind
.
…And those faces
Drink to his sorrow
Tomorrow may as well not arrive
But the shadows give him the shelter
The rest of the world would deny

From The Blue

Written By: Rafael A. Nazario


From The Blue
(For Laura)

(Verse)

From the blue…
Two souls run into one another
While they both had looked
The other way
It’s true…
They walk into each other’s lives
As if from the beginning
There was something they both knew

(Bridge)
One look, a glance they recognize
Sometimes that’s all it takes
Is just one look, one look
Into each other’s eyes
And now I realize...

(chorus)
[That] I’m looking everywhere I go
So that if I see you
I might know
If I have found you
It don’t make sense but what to do
Because I’m sure you’re waiting there
Waiting though I’m searching everywhere
And I know one fine day
You’ll walk in from the blue...

* * *

If I knew…
I wouldn’t have to spin around
And watch my heart
Go up and down
It just won’t do…
To start a love with someone else
Only to find she’s not the one
Because she isn’t you

(bridge)
If you’re alone your heart must know
There’s someone out here
Waiting, wading through the crowds of faces,
The lost hellos
But you’re the one I’ll recognize...

(Chorus:)
[Cuz] I’m looking everywhere I go
So that if I see you
I might know
If I have found you
It don’t make sense but what to do
Because I’m sure you’re waiting there
Waiting though I’m searching everywhere
And I know one fine day
You’ll walk in from the blue...

(key changes, Chorus melody repeats)

If you’re searching everywhere you go
If you feel there’s something that you know
Something inside of you
And you’re not sure just what to do
Look around and know that I’ll be there
I could be a stranger anywhere
Anywhere you will be
I’ll be with you in the blue...

© 2007, Rafael A. Nazario (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved.

From The Blue

Written By: Rafael (Raf) A. Nazario

From The Blue
music & lyrics by
Rafael A. Nazario

(Verse)

From the blue…
Two souls run into one another
While they both had looked
The other way
It’s true…
They walk into each other’s lives
As if from the beginning
There was something they both knew

(Bridge)
One look, a glance they recognize
Sometimes that’s all it takes
Is just one look, one look
Into each other’s eyes
And now I realize...

(chorus)
[That] I’m looking everywhere I go
So that if I see you
I might know
If I have found you
It don’t make sense but what to do
Because I’m sure you’re waiting there
Waiting though I’m searching everywhere
And I know one fine day
You’ll walk in from the blue...

* * *

If I knew…
I wouldn’t have to spin around
And watch my heart
Go up and down
It just won’t do…
To start a love with someone else
Only to find she’s not the one
Because she isn’t you

(bridge)
If you’re alone your heart must know
There’s someone out here
Waiting, wading through the crowds of faces,
all unknown
I hope you recognize...

(Chorus)
[Cuz] I’m looking everywhere I go
So that if I see you
I might know
If I have found you
It don’t make sense but what to do
Because I’m sure you’re waiting there
Waiting though I’m searching everywhere
And I know one fine day
You’ll walk in from the blue...

(key changes, Chorus repeats)

If you’re searching everywhere you go
If you feel there’s something that you know
Something inside of you
And you’re not sure just what to do
Look around and know that I’ll be there
I could be a stranger anywhere
Anywhere you will be
I’ll be with you in the blue...

© 2007, Rafael A. Nazario All Rights Reserved.

The Shadows

Written By: Rafael (Raf) A. Nazario

The Shadows
(a jazz song)

In the dark of a corner
Sits a man unencumbered
Story goes that his love went away
So he took to the shadows
Lost his mind, kept the bottle
Drowns the thirst of his passion
With his wine

Toasts the memory
Of his sweet sorrow
Tomorrow may as well not arrive
But the shadows give him the shelter
The rest of the world would deny

Morning comes
On the sidewalk
Footsteps sound like the thunder
And the sunlight explodes in his eyes
So he runs to the shadows
Of the bar on the corner
Half moon faces that smile from the dark

…And those faces
Drink to his sorrow
Tomorrow may as well not arrive
But the shadows give him the shelter
The rest of the world would deny

Now his drink is his passion
His thirst is his treasure
Throat that burns with the pleasure of his wine
Midnight staggers around him with its lingering faces
Fills the dark empty spaces of his mind
.
…And those faces
Drink to his sorrow
Tomorrow may as well not arrive
But the shadows give him the shelter
The rest of the world would deny…

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© Rafael A. Nazario. All Rights Reserved.

Transparente (Latin category)

Written By: Rafael (Raf) A. Nazario

TRANSPARENTE
(Latin Category: Pop-Reggaeton)
[English lyrics follow]

Soy muy transparente
todos pueden ver
lo que esta en mi mente
todos pueden comprender
son tantas las veces
que yo estoy pensando en ti
y mi suerte es que
no te das cuenta de mi

A veces me pregunto
como te podré decir
de todo lo que siento
nada puedo describir
si un poeta fuera
podría un verso componer
para que lea cualquiera
el nombre de mi querer

(Chorus)
Y me hice la promesa
que esto va a cambiar
pase lo que pase
al mundo le voy a gritar
Tu eres la única que quiero!!
Contigo busco un mundo nuevo!
y lo encontraré
te envío rosas para verte sonreír
lo encontraré...
te compongo versos
pensamientos por decir
y te lo daré…
de noche con guitarra
serenatas vas a oír
y en un avión al cielo
tu nombre voy a escribir...

Toda la gente
sabe que soy transparente
si encontrara la manera
de hacer que tu me vieras
porque veo tanta gente
hablarte tan fácilmente
que clase de tortura es esta
no sabes lo que me cuesta
esta situación….

(No me falta maña
para esto intentar
no dejo para mañana
mi meta realizar
no existe un océano
que no sepa yo nadar
no habrá montaña
que no se pueda cruzar
adiós la desconfianza
porque ya la olvidé
me hice la promesa
un día diré, “te conquisté!”
tenerte entre mis brazos
es el deseo que vive en mi
y la única manera de tenerte
es siendo así)

(Chorus)
y me hice la promesa
que esto va a cambiar
pase lo que pase
al mundo le voy a gritar
Tu eres la única que quiero!!
Contigo busco un mundo nuevo!
y lo encontraré
te envío rosas para verte sonreír
lo encontraré...
te compongo versos
pensamientos por decir
y te lo daré…
de noche con guitarra
serenatas vas a oír
y en un avión al cielo
tu nombre voy a escribir

(Reggaeton-Rap)
Mira lo que pasa
cuando pasas por ahí
siempre ves a todos
pero no me ves a mi
yo te veo siempre
y solo te quiero decir
tu eres la que amo
para ti quiero vivir

porque cuando yo te miro
con mis ojos yo te digo
no es que yo te tenga miedo
porque no se como hablarte
porque solo quiero
solo quiero
solo quiero darte
porque solo
a ti te quiero
lo que quiero
es amarte

(Chorus repeats and fades...)
Me hice la promesa
que esto va cambiar...

"Transparente",
Song written, composed, arranged, produced and performed by Rafael A. Nazario

ENGLISH
(English Lyrics by Jim Pagano and Raf Nazario)

I must be transparent
everybody knows
the way I feel about you
I can’t hide it I suppose
this maniac expression
on my face when you’re around
talking like I’m crazy and acting like a clown

I know I ought to tell you
though I’m sure you’ve got a clue
But saying I love you is so hard for me to do
it’s one thing or another, the time is never right
the moon’s too big or small,
the night too dark or light

(Chorus)

So I made myself a promise
to put it on the line
life’s too short to waste
what could be very precious time
I’m going to show I love you baby
you’re going to know I love you baby
somehow I’ll find a Way...
I can send a letter,
roses by the score…
I’ll Find a Way…
I can write a poem
—slip it underneath your door
Yes I’ll Find a Way…
stop you on the street
and say it’s you that I adore
fantasy and dreaming
won’t make it anymore

I just want to hold you
feel my face against your hair
still I haven’t told you
just how much I really care
to wake up every morning
with you lying by my side
is worth whatever risk
of damaging my pride

Did I see you smile
what’s that twinkle in your eyes
tell me what you’re thinking
I can’t see through your disguise
give some indication
a nod a wink a glance
guess I could be wrong
I’ll just have to take that chance

(Chorus)
So I made myself a promise
to put it on the line
life’s too short to waste what could be very precious time
I’m going to show I love you baby
You’re going to know I love you baby
Somehow I’ll find a Way...
(I can send a letter,
roses by the score…
I’ll Find a Way…
I can write a poem—
slip it underneath your door
Yes I’ll Find a Way…
stop you on the street
and say it’s you that I adore
fantasy and dreaming
won’t make it anymore

(RAP:)

someday my girl
I know we’ll be fine
cuz I know someday
someday you’ll be mine
and I’m sure that its true
cuz I know that its you
its you that makes my heart go zoom

and I wake up each morning
calling out your name
when I’m looking in the mirror
I see I’m not the same
Cuz I know it’s you
and I’m sure it’s true
I haven’t been the same
its you that makes my heart go vroom

(Chorus repeats and fades)
So I made myself a promise
to put it on the line
life’s too short to waste what could be very precious time
I’m going to show I love you baby
You’re going to know I love you baby
Somehow I’ll find a Way...
(I can send a letter,
roses by the score…
I’ll Find a Way…
I can write a poem—
slip it underneath yo

Isla ("Island" - DANZONETE/SALSA)

Written By: Rafael Antonio Nazario

ISLA
("ISLAND" - ENGLISH TRANSLITERATION FOLLOWS)

Isla…
todos somos una isla
la condición, la misma
nuestras vidas, aisladas

Campo…
campo llevamos adentro
fango de sangre y aliento
esta isla, nuestro cuerpo
Pero estamos
flotando en el océano
del olvido
remando al continente
de los perdidos
con corazones
desconocidos
Y yo nadando…
buscando donde encuentro
piedra firme
donde amor y respeto
no se fingen
en esa tierra, seré libre.

Tierra...
tierra que nos dio la vida
tierra que sangra y suspira
después de tantas,
tantas guerras
Guerra...
guerra que nunca gana
y cuesta
vidas perdidas,
como apuesta
entre razas divididas

Es evidente,
que nuestro camino
hemos perdido
y a la marea este mensaje envió
en la botella que despido
donde te digo:
“Manda, manda un buque
a nuestro rescate
que no hay amor
donde el despecho nace
y de esa ignorancia
quiero escape”

Mano,
vivir de mano en mano
tu vecino, tu hermano
con el anhelo,
todo es posible
Piensa,
piensa que maravilla
piensa que cada pieza
en la vida
tiene sentido y beneficio

Es evidente
que nuestro camino hemos perdido
por eso diariamente
yo le pido, le suplico
“Ay, Dios mió…”
que hay tanta gente
sobreviviendo
vidas naufragadas
sosteniendo esperanzas
inundadas...
échanos una mano
es caso urgente

(coros )
Esta botella con mi canto
yo te estoy mandando
y tu respuesta
aquí me quedo esperando...
(coros continúan)

Isla, somos todos una isla
un punto azul en el espacio
compartimos esta tierra…

Island (“ISLA”)
(transliteration by Rafael A. Nazario)

Island
we are all an island
our condition, not surprising
each of us living our lives
so isolated

Country
countries we carry inside us
borders that mark and divide us
this island,
[we call] our body…

[But] it seems we’re floating
on an ocean of forget
drifting towards a continent
we shall call regret
and in the meantime our hearts
seem not to know…

Still, I keep swimming
searching for solid rock on the horizon
where love and respect
are not some kind of prize,
only to be won if
you have the money

§§§

This land…
this earth that gave us our first breath
this land that bleeds and sighs and cries
after so many
so many wars

War…
war has no gain and only losses
lives lost like so many tosses
of the dice
between
divided nations

Quite evidently
we’ve strayed so far away
from our real journey
and into the night tide
[with] my message burning
inside the bottle
I am sending
where I try to tell you
send, oh please send
a life raft to our rescue
there is no love, where only revolt grows
and from that ignorance (hatred)
I want an escape

(solos)

Hand...
Living life hand in hand
Your neighbor: your brother
With the desire, all is possible

Think
think of the world
as full of wonder
sometimes even with lives
torn asunder
For with every breath
there’s a purpose
and a reason

It’s evident
We’ve lost our way
Which is why each day
I ask, and implore
Oh God…
There are so many people
Surviving ship-wrecked lives
Sustaining drowned out hopes
Give us a hand
This case is urgent

(choruses)

Island…
We are all an island
A blue dot floating in space
And this earth
We all have to share

Isla, Words & Music / Música y letra por: Rafael Antonio Nazario. © 1999, 2004, Rafael A. Nazario. (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved.

I’ll Find A Way

Written By: Lyrics by: Jim Pagano & Raf Nazario

I must be transparent
everybody knows
the way I feel about you
I can’t hide it I suppose
this maniac expression
on my face when you’re around
talking like I’m crazy and acting like a clown

I know I ought to tell you
though I’m sure you’ve got a clue
But saying I love you is so hard for me to do
it’s one thing or another, the time is never right
the moon’s too big or small,
the night too dark or light

(Chorus)

So I made myself a promise
to put it on the line
life’s too short to waste
what could be very precious time
I’m going to show I love you baby
you’re going to know I love you baby
somehow I’ll find a Way...
I can send a letter,
roses by the score…
I’ll Find a Way…
I can write a poem
—slip it underneath your door
Yes I’ll Find a Way…
stop you on the street
and say it’s you that I adore
fantasy and dreaming
won’t make it anymore

I just want to hold you
feel my face against your hair
still I haven’t told you
just how much I really care
to wake up every morning
with you lying by my side
is worth whatever risk
of damaging my pride

Did I see you smile
what’s that twinkle in your eyes
tell me what you’re thinking
I can’t see through your disguise
give some indication
a nod a wink a glance
guess I could be wrong
I’ll just have to take that chance

(Chorus)
So I made myself a promise
to put it on the line
life’s too short to waste what could be very precious time
I’m going to show I love you baby
You’re going to know I love you baby
Somehow I’ll find a Way...
(I can send a letter,
roses by the score…
I’ll Find a Way…
I can write a poem—
slip it underneath your door
Yes I’ll Find a Way…
stop you on the street
and say it’s you that I adore
fantasy and dreaming
won’t make it anymore

(Reggaeton-Rap)

someday my girl
I know we’ll be fine
cuz I know someday
someday you’ll be mine
and I’m sure that its true
cuz I know that its you
its you that makes
that makes my heart go zoom

and I wake up each morning
calling out your name
when I’m looking in the mirror
I see I’m not the same
Cuz I know it’s you
and I’m sure it’s true
I haven’t been the same
its you that makes my heart go vroom

(Chorus repeats and fades)
So I made myself a promise
to put it on the line
life’s too short to waste what could be very precious time
I’m going to show I love you baby
You’re going to know I love you baby
Somehow I’ll find a Way...
(I can send a letter,
roses by the score…
I’ll Find a Way…
I can write a poem—
slip it underneath your door
Yes I’ll Find a Way…
stop you on the street
and say it’s you that I adore
fantasy and dreaming
won’t make it anymore

I’ll Find A Way

Written By: Lyrics by: Jim Pagano & Rafael A. Nazario


I must be transparent
everybody knows
the way I feel about you
I can’t hide it I suppose
this maniac expression
on my face when you’re around
talking like I’m crazy and acting like a clown

I know I ought to tell you
though I’m sure you’ve got a clue
But saying I love you is so hard for me to do
it’s one thing or another, the time is never right
the moon’s too big or small,
the night too dark or light

(Chorus)

So I made myself a promise
to put it on the line
life’s too short to waste
what could be very precious time
I’m going to show I love you baby
you’re going to know I love you baby
somehow I’ll find a Way...
I can send a letter,
roses by the score…
I’ll Find a Way…
I can write a poem
—slip it underneath your door
Yes I’ll Find a Way…
stop you on the street
and say it’s you that I adore
fantasy and dreaming
won’t make it anymore

I just want to hold you
feel my face against your hair
still I haven’t told you
just how much I really care
to wake up every morning
with you lying by my side
is worth whatever risk
of damaging my pride

Did I see you smile
what’s that twinkle in your eyes
tell me what you’re thinking
I can’t see through your disguise
give some indication
a nod a wink a glance
guess I could be wrong
I’ll just have to take that chance

(Chorus)
So I made myself a promise
to put it on the line
life’s too short to waste what could be very precious time
I’m going to show I love you baby
You’re going to know I love you baby
Somehow I’ll find a Way...
(I can send a letter,
roses by the score…
I’ll Find a Way…
I can write a poem—
slip it underneath your door
Yes I’ll Find a Way…
stop you on the street
and say it’s you that I adore
fantasy and dreaming
won’t make it anymore

(Reggaeton-Rap)

Someday my girl
I know we’ll be fine
cuz I know someday
someday you’ll be mine
and I’m sure that its true
cuz I know that its you
its you that makes
that makes my heart go zoom

and I wake up each morning
calling out your name
when I’m looking in the mirror
I see I’m not the same
Cuz I know it’s you
and I’m sure it’s true
I haven’t been the same
its you that makes my heart go vroom

(Chorus repeats and fades)
So I made myself a promise
to put it on the line
life’s too short to waste what could be very precious time
I’m going to show I love you baby
You’re going to know I love you baby
Somehow I’ll find a Way...
(I can send a letter,
roses by the score…
I’ll Find a Way…
I can write a poem—
slip it underneath your door
Yes I’ll Find a Way…
stop you on the street
and say it’s you that I adore
fantasy and dreaming
won’t make it anymore

El Amor Que Se Va...

Written By: Rafael A. Nazario

This song has lyrics, but this is an
INSTRUMENTAL SUBMISSION

Actual title:
The Love That leaves opens the door for the next one
(El Amor Que Se Va, le abre la puerta al que viene)

If I Could I'd Send You Roses

Written By: Rafael ("Raf") A. Nazario

If I could I’d send you Roses
Of the kind that seem to glow with their own light
Or Tulips that hold their own poses
As if trying to reach out to you in the night

If I could I’d find a way to go back and start out
And this time everything would be all right
But here I am my head in hand, pouring my heart out…
When truth visits upon me in the night.

The months have slowly fallen
Like petals gently floating to the ground
Into the night your name I’m calling,
With the crazy idea you might hear the sound

And if I could I’d call you once again to find out
If you had any plans made for tonight
But here I am in the land of the solitary holdout
When bitter truths and broken dreams come visit in the night

(bridge)

I don’t know what to do with all these,
all these memories of you, it’s like,
I can still hear you
But, what I would give if I could see you
I’d give anything, anything at all just to see you, girl…
Then everything would be all right…

(verse)

Into the past I’ve fallen
and I’m trying to get my head back to the ground
Where the present heed their calling
While my heart takes the long road
through lost and found

And if I could I’d re-align the stars to standby
And I’d tell them to never go out of sight
But here I am, my head in hand
Watching them glide by…
When truth visits upon me
each and every night.

(Refrain)
If I could I’d send every little star to be near you, girl…

Then everything would be all right.

Music & Lyrics by Rafael A. Nazario © 2008, Rafael A. Nazario. (APRA) www.rafnazario.com

Discography

"Patria Anorada" CD (original songs; vocals, music, lyrics, production and arrangements-Nazario)

"PianoForte" 1 & 2 - CDs [digital releases]. Originals (Jazz, Neo-Classical, Ambient, Electronica). All available on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon.com, etc.

you can listen to all of Nazario's pieces at

http://www.rafnazario.com

you can view some playing clips at YouTube.com ("pianofood")

Set List

Entirely dependant on the occasion; Solo Piano: All original: 2-3 sets, aprox 40-60 minutes.

Latin [vocal] material done with a group.