Rebecca Sanborn

Rebecca Sanborn

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

Carefully crafted original songs built around Rebecca Sanborn's voice. With a lyrical penchant for the profound and fantastical, she utilizes epic and often intimate arrangements that include the interplay of Jazz, the scope of Classical, and the sonic underpinnings of Modern Electronica.

Biography

Rebecca Sanborn
was fortunate enough to grow up in a home with a piano. She began taking private lessons, and subsequently strayed from classical practice to improvise and compose at the age of 5. Being active in many arts, she chose to continue her studies at The College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. There she expanded her musical outlet to compose scores for a stylistically diverse range of student films, including Science Fiction, Horror, and even a documentary on early on-set Alzheimer’s. While studying dance in New Mexico, Rebecca also had the opportunity to study closely with Juanita Barry, long time personal demonstrator for the Martha Graham Dance Company.

After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, she returned to her hometown of Portland Oregon to pursue music and performance. In Portland, Rebecca met jazz drummer Ji Tanzer and the two formed a personal and musical alliance. Touring twice a year since 2006, they have performed Rebecca’s music at both festivals and concerts throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and California.

Rebecca's first full length record, "Ballads & Namesakes", documented five years and 6 months of the creative process. In August of 2000 Rebecca and Ji recorded 3 songs at legendary jazz pianist Randy Porter’s Heavywood studios. In demo version, they released these 3 songs as an EP entitled “Gratitude”. Shortly after completing “Gratitude” Rebecca began to have an artistic vision for her full-length album and once again called upon Randy to help arrange some of her songs. Around five years later—horrible jobs, lost loved ones, carefully selected musicians, gained loved ones, and nearly every ounce of money they had—and the vision was complete. What they had finally finished was “Ballads & Namesakes”, a unique blend of jazz, classical, and folk in a grand scale production of horns, strings, voice, and rhythm section.

Rebecca is now in the studio recording her second full-length album entitled, "Odd Things From the Kitchen Drawer". The release date is set for February of 2008.

Lyrics

January Light

Written By: Rebecca Sanborn


we have been brought to this January light
soft, no edges
the clouds hang blue-grey, like some gloomy thought
but the low sun surprises
warm beyond warm, color beyond color
the rain barely visible, i forgot why i was so miserable

the bare trees bear their diamonds proudly before my eyes
this eulogy has become ecstatic praise for the skies

i miss her…
but i must believe in the power of birth

we have been shown the colors of dawn
phosphorescent cantaloupe
periwinkle cotton behind where the birds have flown
good fortune, they offer hope
glowing beyond glowing, cologne beyond cologne
the scent of the morning air adoring, why wasn’t i out here before?

the leaves on the ground reveal forgiveness gently to my soul
you are here on this earth to learn when to let go

i miss her.... i miss her so much
but i must believe in the power of birth, but i must...

birth and death
birth and death
birth and death
mirth and breath

Vases of Lovers

Written By: Rebecca Sanborn


abruptly the conversation ends
“i wanna feel more like a queen,” she said
“but don’t you know all queens are lonely
and you are the receiver that never sends.”

i walked away from that talk with myself
feeling quite refreshed
like cool water on flushed skin
or vases dusted on the shelf

yes that is it, i have been haunted
of late, by lovers past
hearts i left, then woke alone
too late to know i wanted that

i take these gifts from all of these lovers
like handmade glass vases so bright
and i hold them up, in my hands they hover
i watch them reflect the light
and i look for beauty and what is unique
as i gauge the weight of them all
before i know their worth as something to keep,
i smash them against the wall

you know the fever of indecision
three lanes over at a traffic light
too late to cross over and correct the mistake
a new path unpremeditated precision

that’s how i feel before i smash
i have it all, it is so rich
i don’t remember how to let it sink in
and i bail before i crash, i bail before i crash

it’s not so fair, it’s not so nice
to be flush with blood and draw
involuntary blood donations
you wanna be queen? you’re the Queen of Ice
i wanna be queen not the Queen of Ice
no Queen at all, here…

i take these gifts from all of these lovers
like handmade glass vases so bright
and i hold them up, in my hands they hover
i watch them reflect the light
i look for beauty and what is unique
as i gauge the weight of them all
before i know their worth as something to keep
i smash them against the wall, the wall

i remember their voices
i remember their uncensored eyes
i’ll hear them again in a thousand songs
with the night sky fire they harmonize

i walked away from that song to myself
feeling quite refreshed
like cool water on flushed skin
or vases cleared from a shelf

and tempered in a kiln by the heat that it lends
into a gift for some unique beauty
sent by this erstwhile receiving queen
abruptly the conversation
abruptly the rumination
abruptly the haunting
abruptly the haunted rumination ends.

Luke

Written By: Rebecca Sanborn


And darkness swallowed their legs
walking through the woods
stars above played peek-a-boo
through the treetops high above
bowed napes of necks,
napes of necks

searching the dirt path
Oh Moonlight
will you open their eyes
open their eyes
their eyes, their eyes
their eyes, they rise

to the top of an open field
an open field, an open field
an open field, an open

feel the dark blue
ceilinged overhead
lit by ten thousand chandeliers
surrounded by the safety of
the strongest trees, the oldest trees

thinking on future things
the quiet here has a special ring
on the hillside circle
circle, circle, circles of

smoking on a red plaid car blanket
wishing on the only lantern in the sky twinkling

open eyes
open hearts
open souls

this is possibly the best friend you’ll ever have

well i don’t remember kissing you heart
that evening

and darkness swallowed their faces
in the closet that night
eyes the only ones they see
lit by ten thousand twinkling stars

reaching out to say goodbye
Oh Moonlight
will you open their eyes
open their eyes, their eyes
their eyes, their eyes
and maybe i

open eyes
open hearts
open souls

well this is, quite possibly, the very best friend you’ll ever have

Discography

Rebecca Sanborn : Ballads & Namesakes

Rebecca Sanborn : Odd Things From the Kitchen Drawer--Advance Single

Set List

Rebecca's typical set for 1 set shows lasts between 45min-1hr 30min.

For 2 or more sets of music, 45min-1hr is typical.