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The Song Is You

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The Song Is You
The Song Is You


Lilly sings standards from the Great American Songbook accompanied by Gilad Hekselman and Kirk Knuffke.

Interpreting the standards from the Great American Songbook is considered by many to be the supreme discipline in jazz. Anyone who dares to sing songs like "My Foolish Heart" by Victor Young and Ned Washington, "It Might As Well Be Spring" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein or "Prelude to a Kiss" by Duke Ellington automatically exposes himself or herself to the comparison with hundreds of performers who have already sung them.

For the Danish jazz singer Lilly full name Lilly-Ann Hertzman they also are part of her musical DNA. "I love these songs; they speak to me," she said with enthusiasm. "I have been listening to and singing jazz since I was a child, so I am very familiar with these songs. I mostly only sang my own songs on my first three albums. But it was completely natural for me to sing these other songs now." She already did this on her previous album "Tenderly", in a duet with the Israeli-American guitarist Gilad Hekselman. The album received euphoric reactions. For Lilly, this was a reason to dare something similar without repeating herself. This time, Kirk Knuffke joined the tried-and-tested duet of singer and guitarist. The American trumpeter brings an additional tone quality into play.

In addition to nine standards, Lilly's own song "Five Wild Geese" made it onto the album, about whose title and title track the singer was particularly concerned. It is not without reason at the end of the album. "I tried to find a common framework for the songs that made it onto the album," Lilly said, "and then I decided on the album title 'The Song Is You'. It expresses the spirit of that day for me." The song by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein is of course a love song. "To show your love to another person requires courage," Lilly said. "That's my interpretation of the song." But she also finds other levels of interpretation of this song, which has been close to her heart for quite some time. "At the same time, you can also emphasize the 'You' from 'The Song Is You'," Lilly explained. "It's not about ego, but about following your heart and dreams. You also have to love yourself and be honest if you really want to love."

And finally, the song expresses something a lot deeper for Lilly. "The title 'The Song Is You' is also about what musicians and singers do when they interpret a song," the singer explained. "The moment you sing or play a song, you become that song. At least that's what I'm interested in. I want to interpret a story and make it my own. I completely blank out who else recorded this song."


  1. Name
  2. If You Could See Me Now
  3. Up Jumped Spring
  4. My Foolish Heart
  5. Five Wild Geese
  6. Prelude To A Kiss
  7. It Might As Well Be Spring
  8. Scarborough Fair
  9. Lonely Woman
  10. That Old Feeling
  11. The Song Is You
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