How Am I Gonna: words & music J. Holland
Opening track from the Kitchen Sessions collection: Sony Holland, vocals: Jerry Holland, guitar. Recorded by Gary Mankin, filmed by Terry Dudley. Dedicated to the baristas of the Fog Lifter Cafe and dreamers everywhere...
I Will Wait For You: This dramatic & romantic song was written for the 1964 film Umbrellas of Cherbourg. It was originally sung in french by the young and beautiful star, Catherine Deneuve. The Michel LeGrand and Jaques Demy composition (with English lyrics by Norman Gimbel) was nominated for an academy award in the ‘best song’ category. I performed the song in a french themed fundraiser produced by the Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation at San Francisco's Palace Of Fine Arts.
Evergreen: When Jerry & I were playing at the Ritz-Carlton management asked us to learn the song Evergreen for a couple who would be in the next evening to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Fortunately, it was familiar to me. As a teenager I accompanied myself on the piano and sang it for a talent contest. I won:) Even though I was a rocker back then I loved Streisand’s voice and still do. Don’t @ me! With the 4th remake of A Star Is Born coming out later this year starring Lady Gaga, we decided to include this song on our upcoming CD, Kitchen Sessions, whether you like it or not:)
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow: Everyone still loves Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It was a #1 hit for the Shirelles in 1960 and has been recorded by artists spanning the decades from Brenda Lee to Amy Winehouse. WYSLMT is also featured in the 2013 Broadway hit Beautiful, the Carole King musical.
Not Ready To Say Goodbye: The genesis of this sweet, tender song came in February 2016. We were driving home from a Valentine’s Day brunch gig at the Terrace Room in Oakland, listening to a program of vintage jazz recordings on the radio, KCSM. That was when Jerry got the news that his karate teacher and mentor, Soshu Shigeru Oyama, passed away. It was a season that we lost so many musical heroes as well… Prince, David Bowie, Glenn Frey. All of these events combined in the songwriters imagination to inspire this touching meditation on saying goodbye. Music and lyrics: Jerry Holland.