New Release! Taja’s new single, I’m Still Here

New Release! Taja’s new single, I’m Still Here, is from her forthcoming full-length CD.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QZB2I8Zyw4

“I wrote this song about my Father, who has dementia. In this song, I seek to give a voice to his experience. It is meant to convey what it is like from the perspective of having one’s memory and brain functions decline bit by bit, and how difficult and heartbreaking it is…

I intentionally wrote the 2nd  verse in French to give listeners who do not speak French an idea of what it’s  like to hear words and not be able to respond to them the way you want to—or perhaps not even understand them any longer.

The producer of my first and second CDs when I was first signed to Prince, Chico Bennett, played the bass and drums, produced, mixed, and mastered the song. Another brilliant string player, Kiara Ana played the violin and viola on this song, with some foundational strings parts and embellishments, and she also performed solo parts within the song.  Grammy winning producer, D-Moet, whom I have worked with extensively through the years, co-produced my vocal parts with me and contributed to the mastering of the YouTube version. Dylan Kilbride is featured playing the violin in a specially crafted Reprise and flourishes within the song. In the full-length CD version, Dylan is also featured playing a violin solo in a special prelude.

     It has been heartbreaking to watch my Father slip into another world. I hope this song brings a sense of dedication, love, and legacy to him, as well as a better understanding for others who may gain some insight into the terrifying and heart wrenching experience of dementia, alzheimer’s and other forms of loss. Dedicated to my Father, his Brothers, my Grandfather, and to Jan Spoerri, Gary LeMel  (Jazz singer and former head of the soundtrack division of Warner Brothers Pictures) ,  the Legendary Tony Bennett, Beverly Goodman (Nile Rodgers’ Mother), Sid Dauman, and anyone who has suffered loss of any kind, especially during the challenges of 2020, during which so many have lost businesses, and their lives as they once knew them…”

Available on Online Stores including

Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/Im-Still-Here/dp/B08T65GHKB/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=taja+sevelle+I%27m+still+Here&qid=1612298080&s=music&sr=1-1

iTunes: https://music.apple.com/us/album/im-still-here-single/1549166850

I’m Still Here

Written by Margie Hauser and Taja Sevelle ©2020

He said, “I’m still here…please don’t forget me.

These days I just can’t get my words out, the right way, the way I hear them inside of me…

And trying to tell my feelings is like piecing puzzles in the wind…

Days of strangers, and all the things I knew have changed,

one by one they fade away, and time has come undone

just like the fallen leaves, from trees,

my life rides with the breeze…(but I’m Still Here)

il a dit “je suis toujours là, S’il te plait ne m’oublie pas.

Ces jours-ci, je ne peux juste pas sortir mes mots De la bonne manière,

De la façon dont je les entends à l’intérieur de moi

En essayant de dire mes sentiments c’est comme faire des puzzles dans le vent… ‘

Days of strangers, and all the things I knew have changed,

one by one they fade away, and time has come undone

just like the brand new leaves, on trees,

I’m Still Here in the breeze…Don’t forget me”

All vocals: Taja Sevelle / Piano: Margie Hauser   /  Bass: Chico Bennett  /  Drums: Chico Bennett

Violin and viola performances: Kiara Ana

Introducing additional solo violin performances: Dylan Kilbride

Executive Producer: Taja Sevelle / Associate Producer: Margie Hauser

Producer: Chico Bennett  Vocal Producer: Taja Sevelle and D-Moet

Online Store Versions Mastered by: Chico Bennett

YouTube Version Mastered by: Chico Bennett and D-Moet

The Purple Current interviews Taja Sevelle

 

by Sean McPherson

This week Andrea Swensson shared her Purple Hour with Taja Sevelle. If you aren’t familiar with Taja, she is a renaissance woman who has flourished in many careers. For those who go deep into Minneapolis history, you might remember her from the airwaves of KMOJ. She also made huge waves in the mid-1980s when she was signed to Paisley Park and worked closely with Prince on her self-titled debut album.

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Paisley Diaries Volume 4 – Taja Sevelle

Taja Sevelle: Contagious Love

by Miles Marshall Lewis

1987 saw the release of two Madhouse albums, the greatest Prince album of all time, the greatest protégé record of Paisley Park Records’ brief history, and a third Sheila E. album. The last of Prince’s earliest signings (circa 1984) also finally made her debut in September 1987: 25-year-old Taja Sevelle.

As a teenager, Sevelle (born Nancy Richardson) sang in Manhattan Transfer-like jazz bands around Minneapolis and deejayed at local volunteer radio station KMOJ. Aware of her reputation, Prince approached her at First Avenue and asked for a demo; he initially wanted her to front another girl group. Soon she was cast as an extra in Purple Rain and signed to the soon-to-be-launched Paisley Park Records as a solo act. Recorded in Hollywood as a close collaboration with her eventual fiancé, newbie producer Chico Bennett, Taja Sevelle aimed squarely at a pop crossover audience. Like Jill Jones a season earlier, the album commercially missed the target, never cracking the Billboard albums chart. (Both found one-hit-wonder success in Europe with their lead singles though—“Mia Bocca” and “Love Is Contagious.”)

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Associated Press- Taja’s song “Wouldn’t You Love to Love Me” is on Prince’s “Originals”!

On June 7th, @TIDAL starts streaming never-before-heard Prince music from the CD titled “Originals.” You will hear the original demo of Wouldn’t You Love to Love Me?” that Prince gave to me for my debut, self-titled CD.
Read full AP article by Mesfin Fekadu here: https://apnews.com/9946e6f68e354265a15047187b217b56

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