Stages

by Curt Sobel

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*liner notes by Phil Gallo

ACCLAIMED FILM MUSIC EDITOR CURT SOBEL RETURNS TO HIS SONGWRITING ROOTS

A garage clean-out leads to a revisiting of songs from his past. STAGES, his first original song release, comes out Nov. 9

Amid the clutter in countless garages, attics and basements, there are stories about lives once lived, paths not taken and relics that have faded from memory. Fortunately for Curt Sobel, his story was caught on tape.

Decades before Curt became one of Hollywood’s most in-demand music editors and an Emmy-winning composer, he wrote songs. In the late ‘70s/early ‘80s, during and after his years at the University of Michigan and studying conducting, arranging and composition at Berklee College of Music, Curt took a shot at writing and recording his own songs.

His successful career — music editing more than 130 films on hits such as “Risky Business”, “The Bourne Ultimatum”, “The Insider”, “The Revenant” and composing scores for “Alien Nation” and “The Young Indiana Jones-Transylvania” among others — put songwriting and performing on hold.

During a recent garage clean-out, however, he unearthed that earlier chapter, discovering cassettes and quarter-inch tapes recorded when a singer backed by just his guitar was enough to capture the interest of the public. He imported the recordings into ProTools and worked to sweeten some and record others anew, dust and humidity having taken a toll on his early efforts. The result is STAGES, a compilation of these recordings. It’s being released digitally Nov. 9 and on vinyl soon after.

Since the writing of the songs that appear on STAGES, Curt has worked with a who’s who of directors—Kathryn Bigelow, Michael Mann, Taylor Hackford, Rob Marshall and Barry Levinson to name a few—and top film composers—Thomas Newman, Dave Grusin, Harry Gregson Williams, Danny Elfman, James Newton Howard, among many others.

His work is heard in such music-heavy films as “Detroit”, “An Officer and a Gentleman”, “La Bamba”, “Speed”, “Under the Cherry Moon”, “Chuck Berry’s Hail! Hail! Rock n’ Roll”, “Nine”, “Get On Up” and “Ray”, for which he also served as the film’s Music Supervisor.

He has worked alongside Prince, Mick Jagger, Santana, Los Lobos, Keith Richards, Blue Man Group, Jamie Foxx, Ray Charles — the list goes on…

He won his Best Original Song Emmy for “Why Do I Lie” (lyrics by Dennis Spiegel), from HBO’s “Cast a Deadly Spell,” and recently co-wrote the theme song for the upcoming film remake of “Benji” with Oscar-nominated songwriter Stephen Bishop.

A native of Oak Park, Mich., he first tasted success when his senior class song beat out The Beatles “Let It Be.” Today, he is a member of the Recording Academy and serves on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Music Branch Executive Committee.

— Phil Gallo, Music Journalist

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released December 15, 2017

Released Winter 2017

All songs written by Curt Sobel
Produced by Curt Sobel and Gary Schreiner

Drums/Percussion: Doug Yowell
Bass: Mike Visceglia
Guitars/Mandolin: Thad DeBrock
Martin D28 & KALB guitars: Curt Sobel
Piano/Keyboards/Accordion/Chromatic Harmonica: Gary Schreiner

Trumpet: Tim Quimette
Trombone: Randy Andos
Tenor sax, Flute, Clarinet: Jack Bashkow

Background Vocals:
Emily Bindiger
Audrey Martells
Dennis Collins
Guest Vocals: Julie Corbalis

Strings/Horns/Keyboards arranged by Gary Schreiner
Background Vocals arranged by Emily Bindiger

Rhythm Section/Horns recorded by Dave Kowalski at Teaneck Sound Studio, NJ, September 2016 and January 2017
Additional tracks recorded by Gary Schreiner at Rich Man’s Den, NYC, 2017

Guitar and Vocals recorded by Curt Sobel at various locations throughout the years

Mixed and Mastered by Robert L. Smith at Defy Recording
Lacquers cut by Chris Muth at Taloowa
Pressed by Burlington Record Plant
Artwork Printing by Imprint Indie
Jacket design by A2Z Graphics, Inc.

Workhorse Records, Pacific Palisades, CA © 2017

All songs © 2017 Curt Sobel Music (BMI)

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Curt Sobel Los Angeles, California

Curt Sobel is an Emmy Award-winning songwriter & acclaimed film music editor.

His first song album, STAGES, comes out Nov 9

He's worked:
on over 130 films including Risky Business, Ray,
The Revenant, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Insider, Detroit...

with Prince, Mick Jagger, Santana, Jamie Fox, Ray Charles...

& co-wrote theme song for new film remake of “Benji” with Oscar-nominated Stephen Bishop.
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Track Name: Heaven Knows
Baby I was alone
where no love could find me
with all my dreams behind me
and then you took me home
gave my life some meaning
pulled me through the hardest times
Heaven Knows
I could not live a day through
without loving you
Heaven Knows
I could not live a day through
without loving you

Baby you were alone
where no sun could shine through
but with my love to guide you
I pulled you through the clouds
to sail across the ocean
and fly with love’s emotion

Heaven Knows
I could not live a day through
without loving you
Heaven Knows
I could not live a day through
without loving you

Heaven heaven knows
Heaven heaven knows
Heaven heaven knows

Baby it feels like home
to wrap my arms around you
and make sweet love the night through
yes I know how it feels
to bring our love together
through all kinds of weather

Heaven Knows
I could not live a day through
without loving you
Heaven Knows
I could not live a day through
without loving you
Track Name: It Might Have Been What You Needed
Carry the wind behind you
and never look back on that breeze
I know who you really are
you’re not the dreamer
you make yourself out to be

I offered you something
but you refused without a second thought
well It Might Have Been What You Needed
to work things out

Carry the clouds behind you
and never look back on that fog
I know where the gardens are
where flowers bloom all day
in the summer sun

I offered you something
but you refused without a second thought
well It Might Have Been What You Needed
to work things out

Who told you you’d last forever they lied
you’ve only today for pleasure
tomorrow none of this might seem right
so take what you need
and leave the rest behind

I offered you something
but you refused without a second thought
well baby
It Might Have Been What You Needed

Carry the wind…behind you…
Carry the clouds…behind you…
Track Name: How Lucky Can a Lover Be
Sometimes I feel alone
with no direction or home
when all I need is some sleep
and some sweet company
to carry on

You bring me joy
you give me love
you bring me happiness
when I’m up and when I’m down

How Lucky Can a Lover Be
to have someone like you baby
How Lucky Can a Lover Be
well just look at me
just look at me

When all that’s good turns bad
and what should be happy is sad
I know you’ll be there to right
all the wrongs tenderly with a smile
and your hand

You bring me joy
you give me love
you bring me happiness
when I’m down and when I’m up

How Lucky Can a Lover Be
to have someone like you baby
How Lucky Can a Lover Be
well just look at me
just look at me
Track Name: With Friends to Drink
Don’t go knocking on my door
‘cause it’s still your home you know
you’re still welcomed and loved
as you were before

Never think it’s at an end
‘cause that’s when loving friends begin
to care and to hold you at night
when you sleep

The setting day marks the time
that the night will shine with rhyme
and your glass will be filled
With Friends to Drink

You’re the lover on my mind
livens me up when I think I’m dyin’
there’s more I could say I’m so happy
I’m sittin’ here cryin’

All at once I feel ashamed
loose emotions throwing blame
to win and to lose and to love
well it’s all the same

The setting day marks the time
that the room will smell of lime
and your glass will be filled with
your glass will be filled with friends
your glass will be filled
With Friends to Drink
Track Name: Blue Moon Rising
Who’d have thought you would leave me
all alone and faced with the moon
on this dark and lonely evening
I’ll be waiting till dawn or doom

So tell me why you are leaving
and won’t you please answer your phone
I don’t find this all so amusing
like pretending that you’re not home

I’ve never considered astrology
to tell me how my days will be
but something I read
in the paper this morning said
my stars are crossed
with a Blue Moon Rising
my stars are crossed
with a Blue Moon Rising

Once I had more than many
and to you I gave my heart free
there must surely be here a lesson
that I’ve learned hard to some degree

So now I wake every morning
and worry ‘bout nothing at all
I just read the words of my life in brief
to see if I’ll rise or I’ll fall

I’ve never considered astrology
to tell me how my days will be
but something I read
in the paper this morning said
my stars are crossed
with a Blue Moon Rising
my stars are crossed
with a Blue Moon Rising
my stars are crossed
with a Blue Moon Rising
Track Name: Might As Well, I Can't Dance
You asked me if I would
I Might As Well I Can’t Dance
portraying all I could
I lost myself in the chance
sleeping while my eyes are open
wondering who am I to be chosen
refusing to believe the temptations
and yet takin’ them in and adjusting
to learning to dance for nothing
Track Name: Headin' Toward Loneliness
You stopped and said hello
your smile beside me
mesmerized me wanting me so
but that was long ago
when we were young
and thought our love would grow
how’d we know

You’d be walking away from all our dreams
walking away from reason
you’re forcing me to wish I’d never met you
I said it before well I’ll do my best
to bring you happiness
but when you’re walking away from lovin’ me
you’re Headin’ Toward Loneliness

You called me up and cried
you swear your love is true
so I greet you arms open wide
I looked into your eyes
they say to trust
to give you one more try
one more lie

Now you’re walking away from all our dreams
walking away from reason
you’re forcing me to wish I’d never met you
I said it before well I’ll do my best
to bring you happiness
but when you’re walking away from lovin’ me
you’re Headin’ Toward Loneliness
Track Name: But Not With You
Much of what I want to say
has been said before tonight
I’m sure in many ways

Most of what I feel inside
I’m no stranger to and
I can’t hide it away
though I’ve tried

There’ve been times in my life I failed
but still all in all my successes prevailed
and so I learned and grew
from loves I made or lost or saved

Now it’s yours I hope to share
as lovers dream of someone to
lean on you’re there

Mine is yours as yours is mine
through winter cold
summer rain or shine
till the end of all time

And in love how I played the fool
I won all the games though I broke all the rules
but now I feel I’ll work
it out someway because I love you

Much of what I want to say
is that it’s all been said
all been done
But Not With You with you
Track Name: A Friend on Whom You Can Rely
Take me up to your penthouse room
and let me wipe away your senseless gloom
sentimental teardrops can’t solve
all of the pain you’re going through inside
but a companion next to you just might

Send me off into a whirling wind
you know it ain’t so bad when you’ve got a friend
and soon what is will pass us you’ll see
how it so easily fades away in awhile
and it will open up your world to a smile

Though it can get cold
when you’re alone lonely
you’ve got A Friend On Whom You Can Rely

Take me up to your penthouse room
and let me wipe away your senseless gloom
sentimental teardrops can’t solve
all of the pain you’re going through inside
but a companion next to you just might

Though it can get cold
when you’re alone lonely
you’ve got A Friend On Whom You Can Rely
Track Name: Every Time I Bend to Tie My Shoes My Back Itches
Every Time I Bend to Tie My Shoes My Back Itches
everywhere I walk I listen for the car screeches
I’ve come along so slow
in deciding which way to go
but I’ve grown up so very fast
you know it could be worthwhile
if I could find me a smile
that would ignite a fire under my
ask me if I’m happy as if you think I know
Track Name: To Be Without Your Love
I never knew a love
like this could exist
except in my dreams
but here you are
sharing your love with me
softer than the rain and
warmer than the sun
you are to me

And I hope I never know what it’s like
To Be Without Your Love
I hope I never know what it’s like
To Be Without Your Love

The innocence of love
a kiss on the cheek
the tingling inside
a smile from you when
I take your hand in mine
brighter than the stars
higher than the sky
you are to me

And I hope I never know what it’s like
To Be Without Your Love
I hope I never know what it’s like
To Be Without Your Love

Because of you I have no reason
for singin’ the blues ‘cause you’re with me
everyday every season

I never knew a love
like this could exist
here in my arms
and I hope I never know what it’s like
To Be Without Your Love

Because of you I have no reason
for singin’ the blues ‘cause you’re with me
everyday every season

I never knew a love
like this could exist
here in my arms
and I hope I never know what it’s like
To Be Without Your Love
I hope I never know what it’s like
To Be Without Your Love
Track Name: Just Make Sure You Know
When your nightmares are over
and you wake up to better dreams
Just Make Sure You Know
that I’m still here
I’ll make sure you know I’m here

When the world around you crumbles
and you are left out on the street
Just Make Sure You Know
that I’ll be here
and together we’ll find somewhere to sleep

We’ve got to have a time
that’s all our own
and a place where we can go
and be by ourselves alone

So when the mood you’re in is passing
and looking up you smile at me
Just Make Sure You Know
I’ve waited here
‘til you thought you were ready for me

We’ve got to have a time
that’s all our own
and a place where we can go
and be by ourselves alone

When your nightmares are over
and you wake up to better dreams
Just Make Sure You Know
that I’m still here
I’ll make sure you know I’m here

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