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MAYSA: JAZZ CAFE, LONDON, JULY 25TH, 2014
There are some artists for whom each song has a story and when they choose to perform those songs and their origins, it always makes for a special evening. Maysa is one such artist, a songwriter, storyteller and a very comfortable performer who is more than able to have intimate and real conversation in between her songs. She channels some Ella Fitzgerald for us early in the gig and this clearly gets her 'in the zone.' She has crafted songs about a string of men....good...frustrating...wayward and some, the downright no good!

Other songs like "Live Inside My Dream," inspired from a dream about her parents, who are no longer with us, speaking to her one night. This moved me to tears. As someone myself who was orphaned in my forties, I miss my parents and their ways and I know when such dreams happen, I never want those dreams to end.

"Out of the Blue" is inspired by the premature birth of her son, Jazz, who has blossomed into a fine young man escorting his mum on tour fourteen years later. She takes us right back with some special '70s moments, including a truly beautiful rendition of "Wishing On AStar", "You Are My Starship" and "Betcha By Golly Wow". Her '80s moments creep into her own song "Day & Night" and we get to groove with "Shake Your Body Down To The Ground", "Le Freak", "Never Too Much" and an all too short snippet of one of my all time favourites "Do I Do".

She unintentionally delivers one of the funniest moments in a gig when she totally forgets the opening lyrics to her song "Sophisticated Lover". Thankfully her backing singer, Angela Phillips is able to remind her and the evening proceeds. Maysa is in fine voice throughout, faultless. However, as I said at the start, each song has a story and the story that leads to the Bluey-penned, "Deep Waters" is a real highlight of the evening. The songs and their stories leave me feeling like I know Maysa a little more. I will want to see her again and again to find out a bit more about that journey.


About the Writer
Terry Joe is a London-based has led bands as a vocalist, releasing cds and regularly performing. His favourite artists include Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Al Green, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Ledisi, Nathan Haines, Me'shell NdegeOcello and many more.
  
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