Written For You

by Naomi LaViolette

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Sven B. Schreiber This is an album about the world's most essential topic - it's all about the power of love in all of its aspects. While some songs have been commissioned by others as gifts to their respective partners, the majority of the songs on this album is dedicated to the most important people in Naomi LaViolette's own life - grandfather, mother, husband, children, friends... and in last consequence, there's also a song about the supreme love of God, which is the wellspring of all human love. Favorite track: Written For You.
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With her 2017 release, Written for You, Portland singer-songwriter-pianist Naomi LaViolette is veering in a slightly different direction than her previous albums. LaViolette’s vocals are as smooth and rich as ever, and sonically the album is as steeped in classical music and jazz as it is in folk and pop, but the wrinkle here is in the nature of the content, and that wrinkle is the gift. Instead of solely mining the depths of her life experiences while creating songs for this album, much of the content comes from songs she was commissioned to write for others. Creating a record with this theme happened naturally, but almost accidentally.
 
“Someone asked me to write a song commission several years ago, and it was really fun to do,” says LaViolette. “Then I got another and that was fun to do. It was this snowball effect. My husband knew how much I loved doing these, so he said, ‘You should put all these songs on a record and call it Written for You.’ So that was how this idea was born.”
 
The album’s nine tracks touch on subjects ranging from the power of love (“You Are My Own”) to dreams (“Waiting to Love You”) to the beauty of creation (“Sunrise”), but while there is a theme of seeking and finding the beauty in the present, some of the album’s strongest moments occur on tracks which contemplate mortality and the eternal. Whether it’s a song written as a celebration of life for a dearly departed relative (“Forever Loved”), or an attempt to offer God genuinely unique praise, as on the album’s title track, the wonder, the gift in it all is found in LaViolette’s ability to offer something moving, something profound to someone else.
 
Gifts appear in various forms on the record, most notably on the exquisite closing track, “Farewell,” a spine-tingling piano-led ballad which morphs into what LaViolette calls an “explosive celebration of happy guitar.” Written for legendary Portland guitarist and producer Tim Ellis, who passed away in 2016, the song is LaViolette’s way of saying thank you to Ellis.
 
“Tim had a huge influence on my development as an artist,” LaViolette says. “He played guitar on my first record, produced my second record, and he was a huge support to me.”
 
Adding to the magic of that track is the appearance of one of Tim’s protégés, Josh Cary—one of a number of guests on the album. Also making appearances are members of the Oregon Repertory Singers and the Oregon Symphony, as well as Grammy Award-winning artist Nancy Rumbel. But more than the people who have contributed to the record, or the melodies she has woven together as though they were plucked from the stars, the greatest gift she has received has been from the people who asked her to create these songs.
 
“It's a blessing to write songs out of other people’s stories,” says LaViolette. “They say it’s really special to have their own song, like they’re reopening that gift every time they listen to it.”

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released October 15, 2017

All songs written by Naomi LaViolette
Published by LaViolette Music (ASCAP)

Produced by Steve Sundholm
Orchestral & Choral Arrangements by Naomi LaViolette
Engineered, Programmed, Mixed & Mastered by Steve Sundholm
“Waiting To Love You” by Naomi LaViolette and Amy Hawkins

Naomi LaViolette - piano & vocals
Ken Ollis - drums & percussion
Bill Athens - bass
Julie Coleman - violin
Casey Bozell - viola
Erin Ratzlaf - cello
Nancy Rumbel - oboe
Josh Cary & Keith Sommers - guitar
Joseph Rykert, Ben España, Aliyih Bristol & Lucy LaViolette - vocals
Ivy Newport - artwork

For lyrics and song stories, visit www.naomilmusic.com
© 2017 LaViolette Music

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Naomi LaViolette Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon-based songwriter, pianist and vocalist Naomi LaViolette has found her niche in the marriage of two worlds: folk singer and jazz soulstress. Combining otherworldly Sarah McLachlan-like vocals with the soul of Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones’ understated elegance and Ingrid Michaelson’s playfulness, LaViolette’s songs demand your attention. ... more

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Track Name: Walk With Me
Come with me, my love
May you be happy
Let’s find the path together
Will you put your hand in mine?
Walk with me

You and I, my love
We belong together
Oh I know it’s true that every step
Is a gift with you along
Walk with me

Don’t wanna waste any more time
I realize how amazing you are
Gonna make the most of each moment I have
With you my love, with you

It is spring, my love
Cherry trees await us
But I know the blossoms won’t compare
To the beauty I see in you
Walk with me

Come with me, my love
May you be happy
I will be the one to hold your hand
As all is solved by walking
Walk with me
Track Name: Sunrise
It's gonna be a good one today
The clouds tell me so
Their swells and their threads
Have arranged themselves for quite a show

I wonder are you still asleep
Have you seen what's to come
Are you waiting just like me
For the rising of the sun

Sunrise, sunrise, and I think of you
Sunrise, sunrise, can you see it too
From where you are?
Our morning star

The colors glimmer and flow
Out of the night
Slowing crawling wild fire
Through the sky

At the break of dawn
You're the only one I call
So we both catch the glory of it all
And you’re there with me

A beautiful surprise
Every time I realize
That when I fix my eyes on painted skies
You are there with me
In the sunrise
Track Name: Forever Loved
Flowing like a river
giving life along the banks
Your love rippled from
a deep source of faith

Now you flow into the sea
We all were forever loved
leaving canyons of legacy
We all were forever loved

Devoted to your family
always unconditionally
and the glimmers in your eyes
something of a grace divine

Yes it was a blessing
a hundred years of you
Look at all the people
your honor lives through

You are forever loved
Track Name: Written For You
What can be written for you?
There’s too much to say
Strength eternal, a peace I can’t explain

So many ways you appear
In my hope, in my fear
In sacred prayers repeated for thousands of years

You are firelight, firelight in my soul
Firelight, firelight, and always love

I sit alone by the sea
And I feel you where I breathe
With nothing more I need to be
Beautiful mystery
Track Name: Waiting To Love You
Rain falls on my windowpane
I’m dreaming of you, though I don’t know your name
Wherever you are, do you feel the same?
Because I’m waiting to love you

Maybe we’ll meet in a crowded room
Or a sidewalk café in Paris in June
Wherever it is, just meet me there soon
Because I’m waiting to love you

I’ll wait for you like the shore waits for waves
I’m counting the days ‘till I see your face
Just tell me the time, tell me the place

Every star in the night you see
Is the same soft life shining down on me
Once I’m in your arms, oh I’ll never leave
Because I’m waiting to love you

For today, living lives of our own
You and I walk our paths alone
Darling I can’t wait for us to come home
Because I’m waiting to love you
Track Name: You Are My Own
Out of the blue, I found you, and I found love
And so it seems you came to me from heaven above
Somehow you knew my soul right from the start
You made it easy to give you all my heart

There are days when I lose my way, things are unclear
You pull me close, I tell you my hopes, I tell you my fears
And when I feel your heart beating next to mine
That’s when I know everything’s gonna be just fine

Oh I’m gonna love you the best that I can
So grateful that you want me just as I am
And in your eyes I can see
That you’ll never leave me
This I know, you are my own

Every night hold me under darkening skies
And when we rise kiss me in the morning light
Seasons will change and we’re gonna age in time
Day by day I just need your hand in mine

Forever, forever, forever, you are my own
Track Name: Four Leaf Clovers
Looking up through her enchanted eyes
That jet plane looks like a shooting star in the sky
If time would only slow down so I could go
And gather all these moments that I find

The first day of summer’s here again
Feel that sun sinking into my skin
Let’s go find a four leaf clover
Don’t blink now before it’s all over

This young man has got himself a plan
Today he’s gonna have his very own lemonade stand
Oh freeze this moment now, forever feeling proud
Of shiny quarters landing in a can

And oh how I love the light in his eyes
When he’s chasing a butterfly
I just found a four leaf clover
Don’t blink now before it’s all over

These moments are my four leaf clovers
Don’t blink now

See her dance with her hands on her hips
Wearing a smile on her lips
Later we’re throwing a ball at the tree
Trying to set our frisbee free

These moments are my four leaf clovers
Don’t blink now before it’s all over
Track Name: Up Silver Star Mountain
Come with me up Silver Star Mountain
Take my hand upon the Angel’s Rest
Up in the sky you look in my eyes
And I show you my soul
Up in the stars you give me your heart
Kiss me, my love, I’m yours forever

Now that we can weave our lives together
You and I will rescue each other
You give me the world, I give you a home
These things we never had before
For the rest of my life I won’t let you go
Kiss me, my love, I’m yours forever

We have been saved
We’re no longer alone
By the sweetest love we’ve ever known
Kiss me, my love, I’m yours forever
Track Name: Farewell
Beautiful resonance made by seasoned hands
Flying like the wind we loved to watch them dance

Farewell, my friend, farewell
And now I say farewell

Now we all look for ways to press replay
Of all the joy you shared with us beyond yesterday

Farewell, my friend, farewell
And now I say farewell
Farewell, my friend, farewell
Somehow I say farewell

Listen up to the sky, there’s a song
It’s your guitar in the stars, the angels sing along

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