Blossom & Blue

by Janet LaBelle

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LaBelle, who came of age as a musician on the NJ pop punk scene, has taken a unique approach to “Blossom & Blue,” recording each song live to capture the raw emotion that shines through on each track.

The unique collection of songs reveals several of her main influences. Opening track, “Losing All The Way,” has a very '60s girl group vibe to it, while “Heaven Can Burn” contains flourishes of Fleetwood Mac and Tom Waits, with the chorus emerging like a howl, brimming with emotion. “Honey Song” goes in a different direction, with tinges of Patsy Cline and alternative country, featuring a haunting melody that’s impossible to get out of your head. LaBelle also explores several different moods on the record, delving deeply into the bittersweet complexities of romantic relationships.

“I feel like I’m at a time where I’m blossoming as an artist,” LaBelle says. “I think this album shows my development as a musician. I’ve always been into vintage sound, and using an organic approach allowed me to tap into classic influences in a way that was really spontaneous and energizing. I feel a rebirth from this album.”

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released November 29, 2011

All songs, with exception to “Goodbye, Baby,” were engineered and mixed by Spencer Guerra at 4th Street Recording Studio in Santa Monica, California.

“Goodbye, Baby,” was engineered and mixed by Gus Seyffert and Bram Inscore at Sargent Studios in Echo Park, CA.

Mastered by Steve Berson at Total Sonic Media

Photography by Rebecca Dorff. Layout by Mallory Massara.

Produced by Evan Taylor.

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Track Name: Losing All The Way
When I’m talking to you
I don’t care what you say.
It was a losing haul,
I was losing all the way.

Well, I won’t ask about you,
All the things that you say.
It was a losing haul.
I was losing all the way.

Well I don’t mind you coming
Around to my door.
You weren’t the kind of guy
That I was looking for. Oh, no.
And every time I see you
I want to cry.
Well I’m not the kind of girl
That wastes her time. Oh, no.
You were different guy
When you stole my heart away.

I won’t ask about you.
I won’t beg you to stay.
It was a losing haul,
I was losing all the way.
I won’t ask about you,
All the things that you say.
It was a losing haul.
I was losing all the way.

It may be summer before
you reach my mind that way.
Well I’m in a different place.
And heaven knows all of our mistakes.
I wish it was another way,
But all I can say:

I won’t ask about you.

It may be summer before
you reach my mind that way.
Well I’m in a different place.
And heaven knows all of our mistakes.

I won’t ask about you.
I won’t beg you to stay.
It was a losing haul.
It was a losing call.
It was you that
I wanted save.
It was a losing haul
I was losing all the way.
It was a losing haul.
I was losing all the way.
Track Name: Heaven Can Burn
I gave you my word
That my heart would start
beating again,
But I couldn’t pretend.

And if with my last breath,
Every promise I could defend,
Could we still make amends?

Well it’s about time to lose
all the things we knew.
How could I be prepared
to take it all away from you?
Well I could.

Heaven can burn before my eyes now
When I’m watching you hurt before my eyes.
And heaven can burn before my eyes now
When I’m watching you hurt before my eyes now.

I gave you my word that my heart
Would be in it.
Well, I thought we could win it.

And if with my last breath,
I could rise from the ashes I have made,
Could we ever be saved?

Well it’s about time to lose
all those things we knew
Well how could I be prepared
to take it all away from you?
Well I could.

CHORUS

You want me to console you.
You ask me to still hold you.
It’s not that I don’t want to,
I’ve done more harm than
I could do. And you say,
Well it’s better off this way.

CHORUS

I gave you my word that
My heart would start beating again,
But I couldn’t pretend.
Track Name: Flowers In My Eyes
I like a different kind of guy.
One who grows the flowers in my eyes.
And sometimes when the rain gets stronger
I know we’ll make it alright.
I like a different kind of guy
One who takes the clouds
Right from my eyes.
And sometimes when the wind blows
Harder, I know we’ll always be fine.

I’ll try a different kind of guy,
One who sees the flowers in my sky.
And sometimes when the rain gets stronger
I know he’ll always be mine.

I am going to stay.
You’re not getting away.
My heart is on the line
With every season to climb.

I like a different kind of guy.
One who knows the secrets of my sky.

I’ll try a different kind of guy.
One who sees the flowers in my eyes.
And sometimes
When the rain gets stronger,
I know we’ll always be fine.
Track Name: Honey Song
Honey, you’re wasting all my time when you worry.
You know you’re my one and my only love,
The one that I want.
Honey, you give me everything that you’ve got.
Your love to me is more than enough,
So I need all of your crazy love.

You’ve been running all around those silly thoughts
No need to think of everything that could go wrong.
Don’t you let them bring us down.
Don’t you know that I’ll always hang around.

Honey, you’re wasting all my time when you worry.
You know you’re my one and my only love,
The one that I want.

You’ve been running all around those silly thoughts
No need to talk of everything that could go wrong.
Don’t you let them bring us down.
Don’t you know that you’re the best boy in town!

Honey, you’re wasting all my time when you worry.
You know you’re my one and my only love,
The one that I want.
Honey, you give me everything.
Who knows me better?
You and I could get through any weather,
So I need all of your crazy love.
Track Name: Goodbye, Baby
Goodbye, my baby.
I’ll still miss you when you’re gone.
When time is wasting,
I’ll be waiting for your love.

It started getting better.
We pulled ourselves together,
but only for a time.
And the saddest thing about it
Is thinking of all those things
That we wanted to align.

Goodbye, my baby.
I’ll still miss you when you’re gone.
When time is wasting,
I’ll be waiting for your love.

And don’t you know that all the lights
Will remind me that you’re not there.
I know I’m gonna miss you.
I just hope that you know I care.

And it makes no sense to me,
That we could love so simply,
And still have our doubts.
We tired of questioning
All those things we couldn’t place.
It’s hard when there’s no one to blame.

Goodbye, my baby.
I’ll still miss you when you’re gone.
When time is wasting,
I’ll be thinking of your love.
And don’t you know that all the lights
Will remind me that you’re not there.
I know I’m gonna miss you.
I just hope that you know I care.

Goodbye, my baby.
I’ll still miss you when you’re gone.
Goobye, my baby.
I will be thinking of your love.

Time is wasting. I will be waiting.