Howie Newman | When You're Happy, I'm Happy, Too

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When You're Happy, I'm Happy, Too

by Howie Newman

A collection of mostly humorous songs parts with varying arrangements that include country-rock, jazz, pop, swing, blues and Americana, with tight arrangements and pleasing harmonies. Clever lyrics and catchy music make this a fun listen.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Baby Can't Parallel Park
3:25 $0.99
2. Our Kids Aren't Kids Anymore
4:34 $0.99
3. When You're Happy, I'm Happy, Too
3:22 $0.99
4. Low Tech
3:05 $0.99
5. The Ballad of Mike Hessman (Minor League Home Run King)
3:15 $0.99
6. Where Is Everybody? (Live)
4:54 $0.99
7. Reality Check
2:31 $0.99
8. That Old Car
3:40 $0.99
9. It's Only Money
3:21 $0.99
10. My Last Cup of Coffee
3:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
This new collection of songs by Howie Newman explores the various facets of everyday life: marriage, parallel parking, coffeehouses, old cars, parenthood, money and caffeine.

Except for the electric guitar on one track, it’s pretty much an acoustic album, utilizing piano, drums, bass, fiddle, guitars, mandolin, flute, clarinet and saxophone to augment Newman’s upbeat rhythms. But it’s definitely not traditional folk music. The CD is equal parts country-rock, jazz, pop, swing, blues and Americana, with tight arrangements and pleasing vocal harmonies.

Six songs are humorous and the others provide poignant moments that will resonate with people of all ages. The clever lyrics and catchy music keep you tuned in.

Newman, who produced the album, plays acoustic guitar and harmonica, adding backup vocals and solid second-guitar work.

There’s even a baseball song that chronicles the career of Mike Hessman, who established the all-time minor league record for home runs, a memorable achievement and dubious distinction at the same time.

The title track is a rocking swing tune that features Billy Novick’s jazzy clarinet riffs weaving through Tim Ray’s nimble piano playing. Ray, a longtime pianist for Lyle Lovett who has performed with Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt, really shines on this album, adding his dazzling keyboard work on two other tracks.

There are many other fine performances as well, including Joe Kessler’s funky fiddle licks on That Old Car, Rob Ignazio’s rhythmic bass lines and some nice flute accompaniment by Newman’s son Keith on Reality Check.

"When You’re Happy" strikes a nice balance between lighthearted fun and the things that touch our deepest emotions. Overall, it’s an enjoyable, easy-listening ride and an amusing album, from start to finish. The lyrics – and the music – will keep you smiling throughout.



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