Shake Russell
Mary Kay's Waltz


A man is seated at a small writing desk in dim light. On the floor nearby is the sheaf of onion skin manuscript paper with the music he has just penned. ...and, of course, her note. ...and the words of his plaint flow from his pen...

Shake is not merely an outstanding songwriter, but a gifted vocalist who captures and conveys the pure emotional content of a song, giving voice to the writer. I have been a friend and a fan for over thirty years and I don't believe I have ever enjoyed his music as much as now. Check out his latest CD, The Shake Russell Band Live at Gruene Hall.

Floyd's first reaction to this song was to point out that it is an "Irish" waltz, FYI. Music being essentially a two-part invention between melody and bass, Spencer elegantly establishes a cantus firmus against the melody such that the dulcet intimacy of chamber music just seems right. At Tequila Mockingbird, Danny scored and recorded the string trio (violin, viola, cello), gently nestling Shake's voice and Mike's guitar, and conveying the sweet anguish of the writing desk.


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Floyd Domino
Spencer Starnes
Art Kidd
Mike Harris
Danny Levin
piano
acoustic bass
drums
classical guitar
sting trio - violin, viola, cello
Fred Remmert
Marty Lester
Cedar Creek Studio (South Austin)
Tequila Mockingbird Studio (Austin)

MARY KAY'S WALTZ

You asked me to write you a waltz.
I never knew what it might mean to you.
Now that I see all of you thatís in me,
The words seem to come out in three.

Mary, sweet Mary,
My sweet MARY KAY.
The waltz that you asked me to write you,
I wrote you today.

You asked me to write you a waltz.
Itís straight from my heart, though we might be apart.
If my words frighten you, I swear theyíre all true,
For no one can dance like we two.

Mary, sweet Mary,
My sweet MARY KAY.
The waltz that you asked me to write you,
I wrote you today.

Singiní Mary, sweet Mary,
My sweet MARY KAY.
The waltz that you asked me to write you,
I wrote you today.
The waltz that you asked me to write you,
I wrote you today.

by Fletcher Clark
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rev. 07/29/10