Pussy Finch & The Stellar Jays release The Cabaret Collection

April 11th, 2012 by admin Categories: Blog, Press, Projects, Pussy Finch No Responses

JoBird MUSIC is proud to present: The Cabaret Collection, a limited edition ten song CD of original tunes by Joanna Finch, AKA Pussy Finch.

Following the resounding success of the March 24th, Lasqueti Island production of the Tsk Tsk Revue, a full throttle  back-woods-style burlesque show from Bazoombah Productions, I zipped home to Cumberland and began production on my much anticipated Cabaret Collection. We had four more shows booked in the tour and I wanted to have something to offer the next group of satiated, still slathering crowds after this ribald and sensual show.

With the help of producer, musical wizard Peter Gimore, I finally managed to record a seductive, low lights version of A Bad Woman, a song I wrote fifteen years ago, but never had the venue in which to perform. Trumpeter and percussionist Robert Vail Grant popped around to offer his musical theatre advice on arrangement and we ended up with the version I had imagined, minus the male chorus. That had to be me, for this edition at least. I have plans to record a live video recording of this song later this month with the fabulous trio of Lasquetian men who perform A Bad Woman in the show. And with this song comes a whole story of vintage, classic, clever scenes of seduction between men, women, animals and animated objects, akin to Looney Tunes and Film Noir era. I have been dreaming of pulling all my songs that don’t quite fit other genres into a collection of Musical Theatre style and offering this as the start of my One Woman Show/Cabaret. With the recording of A Bad Woman I find I have enough songs that string together with a similar theme: seduction. Let the Cabaret begin!

A Bad Woman is set at a 1920’s soiree where the narrator – Madame Jojo- relays a seduction scene between herself and a younger man, inviting him into her garden where, “wrapped in dark shadows of wisteria”  she finds she “can’t resist” him…or is it he who cannot resist her? In the show a trio of suited men lean into an old microphone, singing, “Although she means only to entice him, she knows she has a dangerous weapon…she’s a bad woman…” This treatment of the song is just as I have dreamt it would be, complete with a male chorus, and I’m pleased to finally perform it and release this dream.

Other songs on the CD include my most popular songs on MTV , Bravo and Oprah: The Black Widow’s Tango and Toad’s Lament. These are re-released from the original, 2000 CD, Tease for Two, the acclaimed debut CD of Norbury & Finch. Again, both of these songs are show stoppers-especially Toad’s Lament, due to Judy’s face percussion and tongue wags- and, with the right costuming, they will work well into a full scale cabaret.

Last May I released an EP, Duets of Moreuphorea with Jim Lambert on guitar. I wanted to include a few sensitive, not-so- seductive songs that still fit the era and the effect I was going for in the Cabaret Collection, so I chose the song I wrote in French that seems to get the most requests- possibly because of it’s tender tone,  Cette Fleur.  The other two sweet songs include, Take Myself Out Dancing, which happens to be one of my favourite songs, released in May 2011, and It’s Never Too Late, from the Cumberland Audio recording of an EP that I had all but forgotten!

I had first recorded It’s Never Too Late on my 2005 Solo Debut, In The Arms Of Morpheus, but since pianist  Sean Mooney was playing all my songs so beautifully and had helped to arrange many of them, I wanted to record the ones that showcased his playing. From our 2006 recording with Cumberland Audio producer/ engineer Alain Millette, I pulled Poison, Sticky and It’s Never Too Late. They have a live, fresh feel to them after six years of being closeted. There are no overdubs or auto tuning, and Sticky is even more, umm…sticky than it is in the 2005 version with Miles Black. Sean Mooney is on fire in this recording! On all the tracks that he plays you can hear the musical genius of this unsung Cumberland musician. Poison is the transition song that moves the album from the street of Paris with Cette Fleur into the pulsing Latin groove of the Rhodes piano, of Poison, a dark and sinewy song about unrequited love, which then makes way for the crunchy electric organ on Powder Puff. I used to perform this song as Elvis. Some people say it is their favourite song of mine, maybe because it celebrates women in a very very sexy way. Now I perform it in the Tsk Tsk Revue as Roberta, the woman who inspired the song. And here I have a chorus of four dancing women, performing to the words: “Roberta knows the magic of Sappho…”

For now The Cabaret Collection is available exclusively in small batches of signed, limited edition copies at the Tsk Tsk Revue. The next and final show is on April 27 at the Cumberland Cultural Centre.

 

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