Cheryl Anne Roach / All the Things
You Are Review - ChristianMusic.com
"God gives each
of us gifts—gifts that we are to use to glorify Him and to be used for uplifting
His Kingdom and spreading the Word. This is what I believe and why I sing. My
first CD, In the Mornin,’ was a recording of songs of faith. This recording is
of songs to lift people’s spirits by the joy and love conveyed in the songs."
This collection of
26 songs, found on ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE, were created by talented American composers
and lyricists from the first half of the 2Oth century, who used their musical
and lyrical gifts to create them, using the versatile instrument, the piano. These
special selections, which were recorded at Cheryl Anne Roach's concert at the
George Nakano Cultural Arts Theatre, were chosen by Cheryl Anne Roach from a huge
collection of 200 songs.
explains their origin, "This
music is very special to me. I have very strong memories of sitting at the grand
piano in the living room of my family’s home in Dallas, playing and singing all
these songs by the hour, plus hundreds more. (This piano is now in my living room
in Hermosa Beach, California.) There was a pile of music about three feet high,
which I still have, and I would just go from one song to another. Until recently,
I haven’t had the opportunity to perform these songs in public. Singing them was
purely for my own pleasure, and any friends and family who happened to be in my
I began the selection process for which songs to include, it was overwhelming
because I love--really love--so many. I started with around 200 songs, and kept
narrowing it down to the 26 that are on the recording."
order to appreciate what a treasure this collection of songs is to the listener
and how wonderfully these songs are presented musically by Cheryl Anne Roach,
which truly do lift and encourage the spirit, the reader should first get acquainted
with these talented composers and their songs which meant so much to so many people,
and still offer so much to present day generations.
lovingly presented on ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE.....
at a concert at the George Nakano Torrance Theatre.)
Kern (1885 – 1945): A gifted pianist
and composer, known mainly for his musical theatre and film work. Because of his
characteristic use of "rich harmonies" throughout his musical repertoire,
many of his songs have been adapted by the jazz community. He was a master of
romantic melodies, creating timeless tunes which are memorable, sometime haunting,
and always musically interesting. Pairing up with talented lyricists, such as
Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein 11 and Dorothy Fields provided the perfect lyrics
for each of his songs.
Selections: “Long Ago and Far Away (lyrics by Ira
Gershwin)” (1944), COVER
GIRL (Film musical}
“All the Things You
Are (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 11)”
VERY WARM FOR MAY (Stage
SWING TIME - “The
Way You Look Tonight (lyrics by Dorothy
Academy award for best song.
Musical) “Look for the Silver
Notes: Cheryl Anne chose “All
the Things You Are"
to be the title of her new CD. She explains,
"If I had to choose a favorite, this would be it—that’s why it’s the title
track, and was the encore. I even performed it once for Michael Feinstein, who
autographed the music I was playing from, which was my mother’s, with her signature."
Way You Look Tonight" - Won
Academy award for best song, for good reasons!
“Long Ago and Far Away" -Combination
of a hauntingly beautiful melody and Ira's effective lyrics create a song which
sends every romantic to the moon. Beautiful modulations between major and minor
key creates a lovely sound.
for the Silver Lining” A classic, timeless anthem for stepping out in
faith, being positive about the future.
Irving Berlin (1888-1989): Son of Jewish Russian
immigrants, who was a brilliant lyricist and even composed his own melodies in
one key, F#, (using the black keys). Self-taught and motivated, is considered
the most famous American classic songwriter. Was responsible for 3,000 songs over
his long life span, which saw personal heart ache; (early death of father, first
wife and an infant son, 2nd marriage family woes) WW1, the depression, WW2, etc.
Early works were written for general
music revues on Broadway. He also composed 17 film
scores and 21 Broadway scores. As he didn't read music, he dictated the bulk of
his tunes to his long time, musical secretary, Helmy Kresa. His song, GOD BLESS
AMERICA was sung by the Congress after the attack on 911.
Selections: “I Love a Piano” (1915) - (Transcribed
by Cliff Hess)
(1925), “What’ll I Do” (1924), “How Deep Is the Ocean” (1932)
-Transcribed by Helmy
by Helmy Kresa
“What’ll I Do,”
and “How Deep Is the Ocean” -
very romantic, love-filled songs, expressing the commitment to everlasting love,
paired with dramatic compositions, not afraid to use minor key modulations
and other interesting chord progressions.
"Always" was composed in a 3/4 meter tempo, with a lovely, flowing
melody, and heart-felt lyrics, promising a love which will withstand the ups and
downs of life. For many years, it was a favorite at weddings. Irving signed over
the royalty rights to his new bride, Elaine after she was disowned by her father
for marrying outside her Catholic faith. One of this reviewer's favorites!
Skies"- Written the year he married his
beloved Elaine, used perhaps to cheer her up as well.
Love a Piano” A spirited, dynamic
composition which celebrates the versatility and potential of the piano! Interesting,
peppy, and diverse musically and in tempo, including an ambitious interlude, in
the style of 1915!!
Porter (1891 – 1964): He is described
as a songwriter with "a wit and sophistication rarely
heard." His most successful years on Broadway were during the 1930's. His
music shined in such musical theatre gems as THE NEW YORKERS, GAY
DIVORCE and ANYTHING GOES. Despite his tragic riding
accident which crushed his legs, Porter continued to write and compose music for
both the stage and Hollywood. Other big hits include, LEAVE IT TO ME, KISS ME
KATE; (won a Tony for Best Musical & a Tony for Best Composer and Lyricist)
and two Fred Astaire films, "Broadway Melody of 1940" and "You'll
Never Get Rich."
Selections: “You Do Something to Me” (1929)
-FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN (1929)
“Night and Day”- GAY
DIVORCE musical play (1932).
& 1934 film version, THE GAY DIVORCEE
Notes: “You Do Something to
Me” and “Night and Day”
were much loved romantic songs, with memorable melodies, infectious
rhythms and very poignant lyrics dedicated to true love.
Gershwin (1898 – 1937): Also
a son in a immigrant musical Russian family. For
his 38 years of life, George Gershwin, a brilliant, inspiring show tune, jazz
and modern classical music composer, left his legacy in some truly glorious songs
and compositions. His musical talent on the piano became obvious early in his
life. At the age of 19, his ragtime piece, Rialto Ripples" was very popular. First
big national hit was his song, "Swanee," in 1919. Some of his other
well-known work are the opera, PORGY AND BESS, and the classical masterpiece,
for piano and orchestra, "Rhapsody in Blue."
Selections: “Our Love Is Here to Stay”
(words by brother Ira Gershwin) (1937),
The Goldwyn Follies Movie.
“The Man I Love (George's piano arrangement)” (1924), LADY
Again”( words by B.S. Desylva,
FRENCH DOLLS (1922) (Judy Garland also
recorded it in 1958)
“I Got Rhythm” (words by Ira
Gershwin)(1930) - GIRL
CRAZY; Broadway Theatre
Notes: "The Man I Love" - A dynamic, beautifully romantic
composition, featuring a soaring melody, written in a minor key, carried with
dramatic full chord progressions, spiced with key modulations and interesting
Got Rhythm." -
George teamed up with lyricist brother,
Ira, to write a number of songs with great success. The musical composition itself
became very pivotal in the development of the modern jazz genre. Sources say it
is the chord progressions or "rhythm
changes" which turned the world of jazz, often treated then as a step-sister,
on its ear, allowing it to evolve into a respectable member of the musical establishment.
Another favorite of this syncopation-challenged
"Our Love is Here
to Stay" - George and Ira created a timeless, romantic ballad which
has been cherished by people in love everywhere! Cheryl Anne Roach shared with
ChristianMusic.com, "'Our Love is Here to Stay'" is my husband’s and
my “song” that we danced to at our wedding."
Rodgers (1902 – 1979) & Lorenz Hart (1895
– 1943): Rodgers and Hart teamed
up to write songs for more than 30 musicals (mostly comedies), 1919-1943. Rodgers
was known for composing poignant, effective, irresistible melodies and Hart was
known for his "smart, touching and sophisticated lyrics." Together,
they raised the musical standards for the musical theatre of their time. In their
songs, there was always an element of "wistfulness and sadness, co-mingled
with expressing the joy of being in love," etc.
Hart died from his alcoholism, Rodgers teamed up with lyricist Oscar Hammerstein
11, and created the wonderful melodies for a series of wildly successful musicals
in the '40's and '50's, such as OKLAHOMA, THE KING AND I; and THE SOUND of MUSIC,
to name a few. They earned thirty-four Tony Awards; fifteen Academy Awards; two
Pulitzer Prizes; and two Grammies.
Selections- Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers: “Johnny One Note” (1937). Comical
look at turning limitations into a positive result.
“It Never Entered My Mind,” “I Could
Write a Book,” and “Bewitched," From
notes: I loved this three song arrangement of “It
Never Entered My Mind,”“I
Could Write a Book,” and “Bewitched." Especially
like “It Never Entered My Mind,” which has
a sad, haunting, beautiful melody, some great chord modulations, and wonderful
Arlen (1905 – 1986): Considered to be
one of the greatest American 20th century pop music composers, who wrote music
for around 400 songs. In 1930's
wrote songs with lyricist Ted Koehler for shows at Harlem's Cotton Club. Arlen
also composed music for Broadway musicals and Hollywood films. A characteristic
that one finds In Harold Arlen's songs are elements of blues, making them popular
with jazz singers.
Selections:“Accentuate the Positive,” lyricist
Johnny Mercer (1944), released as a record.
Old Black Magic,” lyrics by Johnny Mercer (1942), released as a record.
Love the rumbling, broken chords.
the Rainbow,” lyricist Yip Harburg (1939) WIZARD OF OZ - Won academy
awards for Best Music and Best song.
Anne shares with ChristianMusic.com, "The last group of songs are songs that
I love and had to include. They are by composers who may not have written as many
songs as the previous composers, or whose names are not as well-known, but whose
songs are equally wonderful."
Fisher, Joe Goodwin and Larry Shay (1928):“When
You’re Smiling,” recorded
by 100 different artists. The ultimate positive-thinking
song which many people hung onto during the depression era.
Jones (1894 – 1956): A Band leader, violinist, saxophonist and songwriter.
Recorded records / and did live gigs.
Had to Be You,” lyrics by Gus Kahn (1924) -
Originally released as a record, but also was sung
in 1939 film, "The Roaring Twenties," the 1942 film, "Casablanca,"and
the 1951 film , "I'll See You in My Dreams."
McHugh (1895 – 1969): “It’s a Most Unusual Day,”
lyrics by Harold Adamson (1948)
A DATE WITH JUDY film
Youmans (1898 –
1946): “More Than You Know,"
lyrics by William Rose and Edward Eliscu,(1929)
OF ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
uplifting, encouraging, romantic collection of songs, presented in wonderful musical
compositions!! The cuts on this album not only inspire the listener to remember
and appreciate what is loved and cherished about a spouse or significant other,
but also encourages the listener with some wise advice on how to face the inevitable
troubles in life, making the best of our talents and limitations, appreciating
the blessings we do have! These values and attitudes about cherishing a loved
one, and looking at life, come from older generations of people who survived two
World Wars, a depression, epidemics and hard times, and offer hope from the power
of love and positive thinking to persevere through difficult situations, and work
on relationships, by remembering the positive qualities of one's partner.
Anne Roach shares, "In my performances of these songs,
I often go to various types of senior residences. I love sharing this great music
with those who were young when these songs were written. I am often told by listeners
that they remember dancing to the tunes, or where they were when they first heard
a certain song, or even that one of the songs was “their song.”
these songs mean a lot to the older generation, they also are relevant to newer
generations as well. Their sentiments and lyrical messages are timeless, because
human needs and nature haven't changed, and the difficulties and stresses of real
life still effect relationships and are ever with us.
can benefit from the loving inspiration from these songs which encourage one to
remember those loving feelings experienced at the beginning of a relationship
and why love grew in the first place, bringing to mind all those positive, wonderful
qualities of a person who now shares the toothpaste! This can be a great antidote
to the dour and crabby feelings one may feel about any annoying behaviors of spouses
/ significant others which tend to bubble up to the surface sometimes in a marriage
/ or relationship! (Love covers a multitude of sins!)
Corinthians 13: Love is patient, love is kind. It
does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps not record of wrongs. It always, protects,
always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
the definitions of love stated in 1 Corinthians 13 are then easier to put into
practice with a loving positive attitude, putting self second to one's beloved,
kindling the reciprocation of love, kindness, and thoughtfulness, and maybe even
the willingness to work on annoying habits and behaviors, in the spirit of putting
The following variety of songs,
which range from lively to dramatically poignant to anthem-like, are wonderfully
romantic, perfect to inspire and nurture relationships. Musically, they offer
a variety of interesting melodies, musical compositions and tempos to fit perfectly
with the various lyrics and moods established by the composers.
about Being in Love:
in Love - IT'S A MOST UNUSUAL DAY * DO
IT AGAIN * LONG AGO AND
FAR AWAY * NIGHT and DAY
OLD BLACK MAGIC
Qualities of the beloved - ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE * THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT
* THE MAN I LOVE
COULD WRITE A BOOK * BEWITCHED
Having True Commitment -
ALWAYS * HOW
DEEP IS THE OCEAN * OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY * MORE
THAN YOU KNOW * IT HAD TO BE YOU
of a broken heart - IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND * WHAT’LL I DO
upbeat, positive delightfully different songs listed below offer encouragement
and advise on how to approach life, which often strains relationships themselves.
Attitudes affect our perceptions of the problems which enter our lives.
the Best of it and Being Positive....
good use of gifts: JOHNNY ONE NOTE * I LOVE THE PIANO
thankful for blessings: I
GOT RHYTHM * IT’S A MOST UNUSUAL
an optimistic positive outlook: WHEN
YOU’RE SMILING * BLUE SKIES * LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING
hope alive: SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW (Wizard of OZ)
of these songs I have heard parts of during my own childhood and growing up years,
but it is a real blessing to be able to hear the wonderful lyrics, the refrains
and the piano compositions in such a delightful, inspiring, professional, musical
presentation, courtesy of Cheryl Anne Roach. Her wonderfully dynamic, poignant
vocals and her considerable skills at expressing the spirit and life of each of
these 26 compositions through her piano playing are not to be missed, as her love
of this music shines through!
For Cheryl Anne
Roach is an accomplished, enormously talented, versatile pianist and an experienced
professional mezzo-soprano, with an open heart for the Lord and insightful musical
instincts, which together have brought to life the music of each composer and
lyricist. The combination of Cheryl's inspiring expressive vocals, and her wonderful
piano renditions of these truly fabulous musical treasures, provide a powerful
presentation of these songs by the masters of yesteryear for a whole new generation
A great pianist and vocalist
not only plays the notes and sings on key, but can actually sense, think and express
the musical essence of each composition in his or her repertoire. Cheryl has this
gift in spades, using just the right piano technique & presence, paired with
the perfect vocal dynamics and style. She has the power and coordination in her
hands to play Berlin, Gershwin and Arlen, the delicate, soft touch to play Rodgers,
Kern & Porter, and the dramatic instincts to fully express the emotion and
musical nuances in all the songs presented.
she is playing the piano so effectively, she can also give powerful to poignant
vocal performances at the same time! She truly offers an inspiring, uplifting
musical presentation with clear tones, great diction, an impressive vocal range,
stellar breath control, all with feeling and joy which comes from the spirit and
Cheryl Anne shares with ChristianMusic.com
how these composers and their lyrics inspired her performance, and how the
Lord uses her abilities for the blessing of others.
my most important mentor for this music is the composers and lyricists themselves.
If we open ourselves, then the emotions in the songs come through, and the performer
is just a conduit for the listener to feel the emotion of the music."
continues, "That is exactly what we as human beings and as musicians are
to God, also. We are the way others see, hear, and often experience, God. So,
as a performer and a Christian, I try to get out of the way, and let the music,
and God speak through me."
What an inspirational album which is highly recommended by this reviewer. It is
a MUST for married people, and for people involved in a relationship!! For it
is the perfect musical inspiration to pop in your CD player or computer to uplift
and bolster your resolve, renew a positive attitude and spirit and / or kindle
a loving attitude toward a spouse or significant other.
about Cheryl Anne Roach.............................
Anne Roach has earned:
Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal arts from University of Southern California
A Bachelor and Master
of Music Degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Illinois.
has been on the faculty staff of several universities and colleges, and has taught
privately as well.
performs widely in recital and oratorio work:
As featured soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Mozart
Orchestra, & the Beverly Hills Symphony.
featured with the Camerata Singers of Long Beach, the Long Beach Bach Festival,
and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers.
has performed in operatic productions with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera
and the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra
Anne's considerable musical gifts and the ability to perform appeared at an early
age. She began piano lessons as a precocious 5 year old, which was the beginning
of her great love of the piano, singing and music. I can see her sitting at the
piano in her family's Dallas, Texas home, practicing her music lesson, happily
singing the words which were printed in her music lesson for that week!
Anne played any music she could get
her hands on as she grew up. She also loved to sing. She
would play and sing in the living room for family and friends, much to their delight.
She not only had the talent, but also had the heart and will to share her gifts
Her church was
very important in her musical development. Her school experiences were also good
training for her future service in music, using her gifts to let the music and
the Lord speak through her.
asked about her early singing experiences and training, Cheryl Anne shares with
ChristianMusic.com, "Always in church;
the church was my main network. And the school, as well. I sang and was always
the accompanist for the group I always sang in the choirs at church and school
and did solos on talent shows at school. I usually accompanied myself on the piano,
or even the ukulele at that time. That was in the big folk music revival in the
60's, so I did a lot of that kind of singing."
wasn't until her under graduate years that she began to study voice. While she
was a piano performance major at the University of Illinois, she minored in voice.
However, when she went to graduate school to earn her Masters in Piano Performance,
she began a serious study of voice.
Anne recalls, "My assistantship in
graduate school was vocal accompanying (still majoring in piano), and that is
when I really got into serious study of the voice. However, I was mostly known
as a pianist and did most concerts on the piano. The first concert that I remember
actually singing as a part of the recital was probably the first incarnation of
my sacred recital. It was at my church in Champaign, Illinois, Temple Baptist
Church. I did sacred songs along with some piano hymn arrangements. That was in
1978, right before I moved to California."
was in California that I kind of switched careers. I was on the piano faculty
of the University of Illinois, and started here in LA teaching piano at El Camino,
then someone heard me sing, and I started teaching voice there. I taught at El
Camino for 11 years, then Loyola Marymount University for 11 years. Along the
way, as I was teaching and performing almost exclusively now as a singer (LA Opera,
LA Master Chorale, Zephyr, alto soloist at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church for
11 years), I decided to get a doctorate in voice, since my other degrees were
Cheryl Anne continues,
"The piano and voice were always together. It's just until my 20's I was
mostly known as a pianist, and in the last 20 years have been known as a singer.
The singing became my main focus because I wanted to communicate and sing, but
the piano always remained an integral part of me."
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Reviewed by Julie
Carr for ChristianMusic.com
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