“unique beauty and warmth … a ‘timeless standard’ identity redolent of, say, Cole Porter or Jerome Kern”
“These songs may not be standards now, but they will be soon enough. They’re that good … [Mancio’s] lyric-writing is sophisticated and sensitive beyond her years”
“This pairing of … lyrics and melody could hardly be improved upon: it is therefore unsurprising that comparisons are made with the classic songbook era”
“Alan Broadbent’s lucid melodies and Georgia Mancio’s delicately evocative lyrics already have that inseparable feeling”
The Songs of Alan Broadbent & Georgia Mancio
The Songs Of Alan Broadbent and Georgia Mancio is a book of all 33 of Alan and Georgia’s co-written works.
Available in both digital and physical formats (wire-bound to stay open!), this 94-page volume is presented with the elegance and expanse of an art book: with clear lead sheets (in standard female keys), Simon Manfield’s evocative artwork (pen and ink illustrations and watercolour landscapes) from both albums, Songbook and Quiet Is The Star, photos and song by song descriptions.
Though all 33 songs contained within were co-written between 2014 and 2020, they actually span some 55 years. As Alan explains: “Every once in a while, melodic inspirations would pop into my head uninvited, expressing my inner feelings with just notes and chords but without words. That is, until they met Georgia Mancio. She has the same love for song as I do and knows the language they need to speak to the heart. She also found, word for word, note for note, solutions to my sometimes enigmatic titles and gave life to the sentiment they implied.”
From wry political commentary (Same Old Moon) to the challenges of mid-life (Forever); moments of deep kinship (To Walk With You) to obsession (One For Bud); the beginning of life (Small Wonder) to the end of life (Lullaby for MM) and a seasonal song for our times whose depth eschews the usual tropes of Santa, snow and religion (That Time Of Year).
From the profound poetry of ballads, waltzes and bossa novas to the linguistic and melodic joy and gymnastics of bop and samba; through journeys and resting places, childhood and old age, community and solitude: their collection displays an astonishing conviction and consistency and has been praised and performed by global artists Sheila Jordan, Janis Siegel, Tierney Sutton, Claire Martin, Steve Tyrell, Judy Wexler, John Proulx and Norma Winstone.