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July 11, 2016

The Lion’s Den & Liner Notes

The Lion’s Den
Can be found:
Itunes
GooglePlay
CdBaby
Amazon
AMLD1
The “Lion’s Den” was released in 2015
Pre-Production was done at R Street Studios (Holly Bayhnumn engineer) in Washington, DC
Production was done at House Studio DC (Jake Grotticelli engineer) in Hyattsville, MD
Mastering – Kyle Murdock
Spain:
Arranged: Aaron Myers
Song by: Chick Corea / Al Jarreau 
 
So, who takes a jazz standard by the great Chick Corea, and puts a 21st century spin on it including: Opera, Jazz & Rap?  This dude!  We’ve taken Spain and incorporated the original Spanish language from the Concerto de Aranjuez sung by Aundi Marie Moore (who blew everyone away in the studio), combined it with the lyrics from Al Jarreau sung by Aaron Myers, adding the realness of rap by Pacman Slim, bringing the whole story together.  
Tyler Leak (Drums)
Dave Kane (piano)
Percy White (Bass)
Aundi Marie Moore (Soprano Vocals)
Pacman Slim (Rapper)
Aaron Myers (Voice)
Herb Scott (Saxaphone)
Aaron’s Blues
Composed & Arranged by Aaron Myers
 
This blues came by accident.  For years when I sang at the Black Fox Lounge, I was asked to sing a blues to open up my shows (mostly for sound check purposes).  After a while, I developed some consistent lyrics that stuck.  After a few years, my pianist (Oren Levine) suggested I go ahead and record it before someone else did…so here it is!  My blues or “Aaron’s Blues.”
Aaron Myers (Vocals)
Ollie Wright (Piano)
Percy White (Drums)
Warren G. Crudup (Drums)
Herb Scott (Alto Saxaphone)
Lionel Lyles (Tenor Saxaphone)
Almost Like Being in Love
Composed By: Frederick Loewe 
Lyrics by: Alan Jay Lerner
Arranged By Aaron Myers
I first heard Sammy Davis Jr. sing this song and fell in love.  Then year after year, I heard other legendary singers add their spin to this song.  I attempted to sing this song at one of my shows, and to my surprise I could see many people moving their lips to the song…I wasn’t alone, it was their favorite too.  On this project, I decided to add my interpretation, with a  mixture of Jazz & Soul.
Aaron Myers (Vocals)
Lionel Lyles (Tenor Sax)
Ollie Wright (Piano)
Waren G. Crudup (Drums)
Percy White (Bass)
One More Minute
Written/Arrange by Aaron Myers
This song was written about how I would imagine the situation would go if I were about to leave a significant other.  How I would imagine I would feel during that process, one more minute, one last time.  After living through these words, I must agree that my assumption was true, but it surpasses just intimate relations with others…but with many close friends and family members..we all want one more minute, before we have to say goodbye.  That is, if the love is true.
Aaron Myers (Vocals)
Lionel Lyles (Tenor Sax)
Ollie Wright (Piano)
Waren G. Crudup (Drums)
Percy White (Bass)
Percy’s Intro
Aaron Myers & Percy White
 
I‘ve known Percy for years now, he knows my deepest darkest secrets, and if I decide to run for President, he’d have to be my Vice-President so that my secrets will stay safe.  This is not our first rodeo!
Why I Sing the Blues
Written /Arranged by Percy White
 
This is ONLY A SONG as stated by Percy.  I will not profess the same for me.
 
Aaron Myers (Vocals)
Ollie Wright (Piano)
Waren G. Crudup (Drums)
Percy White (Bass)
The Conversation
Aaron Myers & Geneva Renee
Geneva has a voice as I’ve described it, “when Disney met God!”  We’re both Leo’s and at times, we get into a mess of trouble together, but we make such good music together as well.   This conversation is a conversation we’ve had many times…on both sides.  One day we’ll find “THAT” special someone.  I’m sure her Prince will come soon!
Strong Confident Woman
Written by Aaron Myers & Geneva Renee
Arranged by Aaron Myers
This song was inspired by one of the strongest girls I’d ever met in College.  “MK” (for short) stood her ground, stuck to her morals, and did not take any crap from the college boys (or men).  She befriended me, and did not hesitate to call me on my crap when I needed it, but also with her beautiful voice, offered me a shoulder to cry on at times, but believed in me.  MK…you’ll always have my heart!
 
Geneva Renee (Vocals)
Herb Scott (Alto Sax)
Ollie Wright (Piano)
Tyler Leak (Drums)
Percy White (Bass)
Black Lives Matter
Written & Arranged by Aaron Myers
 
This song is very simple.  BLACK LIVES MATTER!  I’m BLACK and BEAUTIFUL.  I was born Black and will die BLACK.  It is my hope that my life and death will not be determined BECAUSE of my color by society, but by my creator, in which according to some documents, I (and other Black people) have the right to LIVE.  It is my goal to DIE of NATURAL CAUSES…and not by the result of a bullet, strangle hold, or altercation with law enforcement of any kind.   #BlackLivesMatter   
Aaron Myers (Vocals)
Pacman Slim (Rapper)
Herb Scott (Alto Sax)
Lionel Lyles (Tenor Sax)
Ollie Wright (Piano)
Tyler Leak (Drums)
Percy White (Bass)
 
Dedication
Aaron Myers

Marvin Dunaway (Haywood) was and will always remain a friend.  I do not believe death ends friendship.  He took me in as a friend and was a true friend.  Also a Leo, he had spice, and had some of the best comeback lines I’ve ever heard.  One of my only friends who didn’t drink, but didn’t need it to have a great time.  To my knowledge, he didn’t have any enemies.  A gentle soul, and a great example of what a man should be,

 
Winter Ray
Written & Arranged by Aaron Myers
 
Winter Ray was written as I sat at my piano and watched the snow fall.  I tried to capture my feelings of loving the snow, but hating the cold.  Of loving the snow, but missing my family and the warmth of Texas.  Of loving the snow, but worried about those who could not actually be indoors in a safe space.  Of loving the snow, and still worried about those sliding across the ice in their cars.  Winter Ray is the first instrumental I’ve written and I was able to witness how the notes were interpreted by others.   
Dave Kane (Piano)
Tyler Leak (Drums)
Percy White (Bass)
Herb Scott (Alto Sax)
Lionel Lyles (Tenor Sax)
O How I Love Jesus
Written By: Fredrick Whitfield
Arranged by Aaron Myers
This song I dedicated to my Grandmother Velma Sanders.  She was in my first audience, and listened to me play this song on her upright piano for more hours than I could mention and she never complained.  She was a soul that possessed so much light, could ease the tension of any moment with a smile, and could make you feel safe with a simple embrace.  Because she was, I am.
Aaron Myers (Vocals & Piano)
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