On Hollywood Boulevard

by BILLIE DAVIES

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January 2017 Editor's Pick on DOWNBEAT Magazine at DownBeat.com:
"As a bandleader, Davies delivers an ambitious program that incorporates r&b-flavored vocals, propulsive bass lines, drum patterns with a swing feel, occasionally blues-tinged keyboard work, growling trombone, epic prog-rock synthesizer washes and brief bouts of hip-hop turntableism,
all tied together with an improviser's approach." Bobby Reed - DownBeat Magazine

"Clearly Billie Davies and A Nu Experience are a class act, one full of bold inventive and inspired interplay. Let us hope "On Hollywood Boulevard" won't be their only project together, and that there will be more adventurous music to come." Sacha O'Grady - All About Jazz

"A beautiful example of the vitality of the New Orleans scene.." - Claude Loxhay - Jazz'Halo

Billie Davies offers a cool confident update on jazz with the playful nature of “On Hollywood Boulevard”. By BeachSloth.com - Skope Magazine

On Hollywood Boulevard
BILLIE DAVIES - A Nu Experience

"A new direction in New Orleans!"
After 20 years of playing, producing and releasing instrumental jazz, Billie Davies is turning a page and is bringing us a Nu Vocal and Electric Experience, “On Hollywood Boulevard”.
“On Hollywood Boulevard” came about while Billie Davies lived at 6533 Hollywood Blvd. at The Historic Hillview Hollywood in Hollywood, Los Angeles. She lived there for several years and her many experiences in and impressions of Hollywood Boulevard needed recording. It took from 2012 in Hollywood, the initial conception, to September of 2016 in New Orleans to result in a recorded album of 5 songs that Billie Davies wrote melodies and lyrics for, 1 instrumental improvisation and 1 improvisation with improvised lyrics by IRIS P.
Billie and her husband/producer Mike Davies chose Evan Oberla, with whom she has recorded and performed since February of 2015, on keys/synth and trombone and Oliver Watkinson, who became her bass player in the summer of 2015, on electric bass. Billie Davies met Iris P through an introduction by Evan, during one of their performances at The Dragon’s Den, in New Orleans, and was rejoiced to find the perfect vocalist, the perfect chemistry, to record and perform the “On Hollywood Boulevard” lyrics and experience.

The “On Hollywood Boulevard” CD Release Party was 12/08/2016 at The Prime Example, 1909 N Broad St, New Orleans.
The “On Hollywood Boulevard” release date was 12/10/2016.

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released December 10, 2016

Words and Melodies by Billie Davies
Electronic Drums & Percussion by Billie Davies
Electric Piano, Synthesizer & Trombone by Evan Oberla
Electric Bass by Oliver Watkinson
Vocals by IRIS P.
Music for "On Hollywood Boulevard 1 & 2" by Davies, Oberla & Watkinson
Words for "On Hollywood Boulevard 2" by IRIS P.
Arrangements & Improvisations by Davies, Oberla, Watkinson, IRIS P.

Recorded live at Cobra Basement studios
Live recording engineered by Mike Davies
Produced by Billie Davies & Mike Davies
Mixing by Mike Davies, Billie Davies
Instrument/Vocal mixing sessions by Mike Davies with Evan Oberla, Oliver Watkinson, Billie Davies & IRIS P.
Mastered at HiZ Productions
Recorded Live in New Orleans on September 26, 2016.
Photography by Sam Weil.
The music was recorded live, with a small intimate audience in attendance, in one take on an evening in September with all musicians
in one room that was acoustically treated. A slide show was playing photos of life on Hollywood Boulevard.

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“Billie Davies is a very accomplished free-jazz drummer. Born in Belgium, she now lives in New Orleans. There is a vitality and fluidity in the way that she plays the drum kit...; she speaks through the drums to the other players, asking questions of them and replying with the fusion of styles that she has built up over her travels.” (Chris Baber, Jazz Views) ... more

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Track Name: The Girl In The Window
THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW (Billie Davies)

I need to be 

This unreachable dream 

This fantasy

That you own

Just for a moment 

For just an adventure 

And then you go back 

To your other life... 
 


I need to be 

This unreachable dream 

This fantasy

That you own

Just for a moment 

For just an adventure 

And then you go back 

To your other life... 



I need to be this mystery

This myth

Sometimes to good to be true

But always... always there

To be that what's missing

To be that part that you cannot justify

In your world

But always... alway there

When you need to relax

When you need me for your fix

when you need to have your fun

When you just need to let go

And then you go back to your other life...

To your world


I need to be 

This unreachable dream 

This fantasy 

That you own

Just for a moment 

For just an adventure

And then you go back 

To your other life...

I need to be 

This unreachable dream 

This fantasy 

That you own

Just for a moment 

For just an adventure 

And then you go back

To your other life...
Track Name: Jacaranda
JACARANDA (Billie Davies)

This is my song 

For all the love you give to me

My deep and sweet everlasting world 

You are my life

We are an infinite creation

Where only future makes a melody

We are the sunshine and the moonlight

We are a song that lasts forever

This is my song 

For all the love you give to me 

My deep and sweet everlasting world 

You are my life


This is my song to you

Because I love you 

My beautiful world 

You make me sing with all my heart

For you, my darling world

Because I love you so so much

My never ending inspiration

You make me sing with all my heart


This is my song 

For all the love you give to me 

My deep and sweet everlasting world 

You are my life


This is my song to you 

Because I love you

My beautiful world 

You make me sing with all my heart
Track Name: Yellow Sunshine
YELLOW SUNSHINE (Billie Davies)


Sweet mornings are there

Sweet sweet mornings are coming 

I feel those funny feelings in my body

no words can explain

Sweet yellow sunshiny days 

Don't wait too long to show your face 

You make me swinging in my mind 

I send vibes dancing in the air
Sweet mornings are there 

Sweet sweet mornings are coming

Soon the clowns will be back on the street

The buckets will be drumming

And the horns will be blowing

While under an olive tree

In Jane's Court

I am what I am,

To be or not to be
Vive la difference...
On ne sait jamais,

One never knows...



Sweet mornings are there 

Sweet sweet mornings are coming

I feel those funny feelings in my body 

no words can explain

Sweet yellow sunshiny days 

Don't wait too long to show your face 

You make me swinging in my mind 

I send vibes dancing in the air

Sweet mornings are there 

Sweet sweet mornings are coming
Track Name: Palm Trees
PALM TREES (Billie Davies)

Since I could spread my wings 

I have flown with the palm trees... 

Since I could spread my wings 

I have followed the palm trees 

I have flown to the palm trees... 

Before I could spread my wings 



I dreamed of the sun, the blue sky...

And had visions of palm trees...

Waving at me since I was born

With their green wings, playing in the air,

The sun, and the white sand beaches

Playing at the shores of blue oceans.


Since I could spread my wings

I have flown with the palm trees... 

Since I could spread my wings 

I have followed the palm trees 

I have flown to the palm trees...

Earth is my god

And life is my religion

My color is gold

My fragrance is yellow

And my knowledge deep blue.


I have flown with the palm trees...

Since I could spread my wings

I have followed the palm trees 

I have flown to the palm trees... 

Before I could spread my wings
Track Name: Hollywood Boulevard
HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD (Billie Davies)


People

Just like stars 

Just like you, just like me 

Twinkling behind bars

Fires of joy 

Fires of war 

Fires of joy 

Fires of war 

What are we looking for 

This world is filled with...

Toothpaste...

Toothpaste... 

Toothpaste... 

Toothpaste...

People

Just like stars in the sky

Just like you, just like me

Yearning to fly high...



It is a world of Drugs and Sex and Rock & Roll.

It is a world of selling the American Dream.



It is the world of high end entertainment that the Hollywood Boulevard locals cannot afford... but they learn to work and perform in it.

It is the world of the dream, the last stand of bohemia where poetry is very much alive and where punk rock and rap and hip hop and DJ's rule...

It is the world where we smell crack in the hall ways and where thugs and pimps and sex workers and homeless and hopefuls and the rightful meet at night...

It is the world where we sell you “Crazy”

And where people for Jesus tell us that the last day is near. Anybody wants a cure? Listen to Jesus!

It is a world of selling the American Dream... 

selling that fantasy of Disney and Oscars and Grammys.


People 

Just like stars

Just like you, just like me 

Twinkling behind bars

Fires of joy

Fires of war 

Fires of joy

Fires of war 

What are we looking for

This world is filled with...

Toothpaste... 

Toothpaste... 

Toothpaste... 

Toothpaste... 

Track Name: On Hollywood Boulevard 2
On Hollywood Boulevard 2 (Davies, Oberla, Watkinson, Iris P)

Just Believe One More Time (lyrics Improvised by Iris P)

You’re So
You”re so cold
To your dreams

Dream big
Dreams
Dream Big

Don’t wonder just know
Don’t wonder just know
Don’t wonder just know
Just know

Never doubt your feelings
When you’re feeling low
You wanna cry but there’s no feelings
How do I need my feelings
It’s here I am standing

Just believe
Just believe one more time
Just believe
One more time
One more time
One more time
One more time
One more time

Two more times
When you’re low

Could it be, could it be
Forever
I wonder
I wonder
I wonder
Yeah yeah
I wonder babe
I wonder is there a problem?
I wonder
Dreaming
Dreaming
Dream, dream

I dream of the sun
The Blue sky
Dream of the sun
Of the skies

And flowers bloom
Ocean waves
People
For the love of the world