Second Bloom – The Hits Re-Imagined

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Song-By-Song and Writer/ Publishing Info

Drifter

Second Bloom opens with “Drifter,” the title track from Sylvia’s debut album and her first number one hit. The original recording, with its disco beat and dramatic strings, epitomized what came to be known as ‘prairie music.’ On this production, Sylvia nods to this sound but brings it up to date with a modern string chart and drums. One of the original song’s most recognizable elements, backing vocals by The Jordanaires, are recreated by Jim Glaser (who sang on the original recording with the Jordanaires), Keith Sewell, and Harry Stinson.

Writers: Archie Jordan and Don Pfrimmer
Universal-Polygram International Pub Inc. and Univeral-Songs of Polygram International Inc.

Nobody

Perhaps the song for which she is best known, “Nobody” was Sylvia’s second number one country hit. When an L.A. pop radio station started playing the record, pop and A/C stations across the country also jumped onboard. Soon it crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100 chart and earned widespread success, ultimately selling more than two million copies. “Nobody” was also awarded BMI’s Song of the Year for most radio airplay. On this version, electric guitars replace the synthesizers from the original, giving it a more grounded sound, and vocalists Lisa Silver (who sang on the original recording), Vicki Hampton, and Robert Bailey sing the backing vocals fans will remember.

Writers: Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan
Little Shop of Morgansongs (c/o Morgan Music Group, Inc. and Dennis Morgan Music (a Div. of Morgan Music Group, Inc.

Tumbleweed

One of Sylvia’s very first singles and her first top ten record, “Tumbleweed” is another hit whose production and Western imagery helped establish the ‘prairie music’ sound. In crafting this updated version, Sylvia wanted to honor the lyric with a more scaled-down treatment with acoustic guitar, pedal steel, the backing trio of Glaser/Sewell/Stinson, and strings. The result is more exposed than the original, both musically and emotionally, and infused with a sense of longing.

Writers: Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan
Little Shop of Morgansongs (c/o Morgan Music Group, Inc. and Dennis Morgan Music (a Div. of Morgan Music Group, Inc.

Fallin’ in Love

“Fallin’ in Love” was the first single and first top ten hit (peaking at #2) from Sylvia’s fifth album, One Step Closer. The original track was characterized by its striking vocal harmonies and up-tempo feel, but at its core Sylvia felt the song always wanted to be bluegrass, which is the treatment she gives it on Second Bloom. This version swings joyfully along, with Sylvia’s voice and Andy Leftwich’s fiddle taking turns in the spotlight.

Writers: Randy Goodrum and Brent Maher
Round Hill Music OBO California Phase Music and Sony/ATV Tunes LLC DBA ATV-Lichelle Music OBO Welk Music

Cry Just A Little Bit

“Cry Just A Little Bit” is another top ten hit from One Step Closer. This new version both honors and updates the original, with strings replacing synth lines, tin whistles exchanged for the saxophone solo, and master drummer John Gardner doubling down on the shuffle feel. The song’s lyric still evokes young love and yearning, but Sylvia is able to have fun with it without making light of it.

Writer: Robert Heatlie
EMI Blackwood Music Inc OBO EMI Music Publishing Ltd.

Sweet Yesterday

“Sweet Yesterday” was the first single from Sylvia’s second album, Just Sylvia. The original version ached with longing, but on Second Bloom, Sylvia brings her life experience to bear on the song and produces an even more authentic and affecting meditation on lost love. The result is a track that is both orchestral and intimate, featuring only classical guitar, strings, and Sylvia’s skilled vocals.

Writers: Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan
Little Shop of Morgansongs (c/o Morgan Music Group, Inc. and Dennis Morgan Music (a Div. of Morgan Music Group, Inc.

Like Nothing Ever Happened

A number two hit from Just Sylvia, “Like Nothing Ever Happened” is a story song that will resonate with anyone who has experienced a break-up. As with “Sweet Yesterday,” Sylvia’s new interpretation of the lyric feels even more lived-in and conversational than the original. Co- producer John Mock and Sylvia also chose to give the song a treatment reminiscent of the Byrds, highlighting 12-string electric guitar.

Writers: Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan
Little Shop of Morgansongs (c/o Morgan Music Group, Inc. and Dennis Morgan Music (a Div. of Morgan Music Group, Inc.

Snapshot

From the moment the camera click starts off the track, fans will easily recognize “Snapshot,” which was the title track of Sylvia’s third album and featured production and themes similar to “Nobody.” On this version, background vocalists Bailey/Hampton/Silver reprise the song’s original background parts, while the synthesizers are replaced by electric guitar, mandolin, and tin whistle.

Writers: Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan
Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music

I Love You By Heart

“I Love You By Heart” was a top ten hit from One Step Closer and a duet with Michael Johnson, who sadly passed away in July 2017. Sylvia wanted to include the song but couldn’t imagine singing it with anyone else, so on Second Bloom she sings it alone. The new version fully embraces the reggae feel of the original, adds ukulele, and includes a lyrical tweak that astute fans will notice and love.

Writers: Jerry Gillespie and Stan Webb
Universal-Polygram International Tunes Inc.

You Can’t Go Back Home

Although never released as a single, Sylvia chose to include “You Can’t Go Back Home” because she likes to imagine it might have been a hit. An allegory for her whole approach to Second Bloom, this song is a tender reminder of the inevitability of change. The new version features a moving intro with strings and tin whistle, and gives way to Sylvia’s voice inviting us to join her in reflecting lovingly on the past. Although we can’t go back, there’s no reason to wish we could when Sylvia is giving us so much to appreciate in the present.

Writers: Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan
Little Shop of Morgansongs (c/o Morgan Music Group, Inc. and Dennis Morgan Music (a Div. of Morgan Music Group, Inc.

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