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Jill Barber — Measures & Scales
Album: Oh Heart
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6.8

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Total ratings: 1287









Released: 2007
Length: 5:01
Plays (last 30 days): 2
He plays piano in a jazz band
And I love him for the man that he could be
I asked him, "If I let you, would you play me?"
Then delighted as he tickled every key

And he could feel the ivory skin beneath his fingertips
And I would watch the notes fall one by one from his lips
And he could snap his fingers to the beat
Of my heart, but he couldn't feel the heat

And I want to be like lovers in an old romantic song
Where the music fades away before the love it can go wrong
But I am just a dreamer wearing sensible shoes
And I still dream in color even though I sing the blues

And he is playing scales up and down me
As we sing our tales of hope in perfect harmony
And measure out our love by the length of a song but
It disappears somewhere when the music is gone

Every song ever written has a final note
And I sign my name below every letter that I wrote
And lovers who part give a final kiss
Now I know it's not the player but the music that I miss

He plays piano in a jazz band
And I love him for the man that he could be
I asked him, "If I let you, would you play me?"
A song that will play forever on

Oh, but I am just a dreamer wearing sensible shoes
And I still dream in color even though I sing the blues
And I want to be like lovers in an old romantic song
Where the music fades away before the love it can go wrong
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It's been a while since I listened to this, and wow I still love it.
I first heard Barber's songs here about ten years ago, and bought two of her CDs as a result.  This song is good, but I feel it's actually the weakest from this album.  "In Perfect Time" or "Nothing on Me" are better.  And "Oh My My" off her Chances album is an amazing tune.
Anyone hear Marianne Faithful in this?
First time I heard Jill barber and gave her a 9
Channeling Leonard
Haven't listened to too much of her stuff but glad this Canadian talent is getting some attention on RP.  This song really caught my attention due to her outstanding vocal ability to go raspy and clean so efficiently and effortlessly.  Going to check out more of her music.
I give it 5 for the music + 2 for the album cover art
 scraig wrote:
I wish my music had more clarinet and accordion in it said no one ever. 3
 

I'm  pretty sure  Woody Herman said it more than once.
Not a huge fan of Jill Barber's vocal style, but sometimes it just works... Solid 7 from me.
The chorus of Panic!'s Mona Lisa fits SO GOOD in the pauses. =3
I saw her a couple of years ago at the Vogue as part of the Vancouver Jazz Fest, she was great.
 scraig wrote:
I wish my music had more clarinet and accordion in it said no one ever. 3

 
hi scraig! first off, how is my "home away from home (that being SB)" doing these days? 

2ndly, I'm not amazed that you have received a few replies to your "no one likes clarinets or accordions" comment.  I'll add another.  My mom played the accordion and the oboe (similar enough to the clarinet, eh?) and well I have a special fondness for both instruments. 

lastly - enjoy the music and LONG LIVE RP!! 


 scraig wrote:
I wish my music had more clarinet and accordion in it said no one ever. 3

 
There go klezmer and polka bands whoooosh right out the window! Should we just listen to Journey and Coldplay, scraig?
 
 MrKite wrote:
I thought this was Sarah Slean..

 
Me too.
Ugh!
 scraig wrote:
I wish my music had more clarinet and accordion in it said no one ever. 3

 
I guess you haven't met very many musicians or composers.
 scraig wrote:
I wish my music had more clarinet and accordion in it said no one ever. 3

 

ha!
Saw her the other night here in Vancouver, great show. She's quite a likeable performer with a pretty good back up band I thought.
I wish my music had more clarinet and accordion in it said no one ever. 3
 Cynaera wrote:

Oh, geez - you're STILL HERE?  God - don't you have something else to do? Maybe plot the destruction of the world, or dig a cellar where you can torture small animals in complete privacy?

I LOVE that first line, and Ms. Barber's vocals.  It makes me want to watch "Cabaret" or "Victor/Victoria" again. Smoky, sexy, ambiguous, dangerous...  Yep. Love this one.  Stingray, go tell your mommy she wants you...


 
Two things in life - but I forget what they are - Miss you , ma'am


 fuzzy wrote:

"He plays wannabe music critic on an weehbsite forum"?
 
{#Lol} {#Clap}

This is a wonderfully retro-style song evoking smoky lounges, louche ladies, and is oh so decadent, my dear. And as it's about a jazz player then the opening line seems pretty reasonable to me. 8 from the Nottingham jury.
Almost thought this was Sarah Slean... very enjoyable!
 expatlar wrote:
Note to aspiring songwriters: If the first line you come up with is "He plays piano in a jaahzz band",  toss that piece of paper and start over. Please.
 
It is rather important to the rest of the song, I think. 
Note to aspiring songwriters: If the first line you come up with is "He plays piano in a jaahzz band",  toss that piece of paper and start over. Please.
I thought this was Jewel before I looked.  I like it.
...Edith Piaf......
If you added some scratches and pops, and varied the speed a touch, this could have been recorded in the 20's or 30's - and considered timeless today.  Love Jill's voice - makes me want to . . .learn to sing!
Curse my short fingers!!!!!!  

I would so love to learn to play piano.  This song only makes it worse.
 
She sounds a lot like another wonderful chanteuse, Jill Tracy: https://www.jilltracy.com/
5 to a 7
Jill's man actually plays in her band, but not a piano. Not when I've seen 'em anyway, but who knows what they do after curtain close?
 Stingray wrote:


"He plays piano in a jazz band..."

common - don't give me bullshit!

 
You're still commenting?

common - don't give me bullshit!

shift mark 8 to 9 /very nice/
I think I've said it before, but this song really, REALLY, makes me want to learn to play the piano.
 Cynaera wrote:

Oh, geez - you're STILL HERE?  God - don't you have something else to do? Maybe plot the destruction of the world, or dig a cellar where you can torture small animals in complete privacy?
 
Arf! {#Roflol}

Hey, how do you know that Stingray's not doing these dastardly things, and posting to RP is just a bit of light relief for our resident troll? Even villains plotting world domination have to relax some time, you know :o)
I thought this was Sarah Slean..
 OHMish wrote:

and let it scratch this record
 
Okay, I get it - but your comment just made me laugh...

Sounds a bit like Marianne Faithfull, no?
 Stingray wrote:


"He plays piano in a jazz band..."

common - don't give me bullshit!

 
Oh, geez - you're STILL HERE?  God - don't you have something else to do? Maybe plot the destruction of the world, or dig a cellar where you can torture small animals in complete privacy?

I LOVE that first line, and Ms. Barber's vocals.  It makes me want to watch "Cabaret" or "Victor/Victoria" again. Smoky, sexy, ambiguous, dangerous...  Yep. Love this one.  Stingray, go tell your mommy she wants you...

 vivakitty wrote:
This song makes me want to pick up a cat
 
and let it scratch this record
It's a great day for clarinet players on RP.  Bill knows his audience {#Guitarist}  But clarinet smilies are sorely lacking.

Don't really know what to think about this one, heard it alot lately and am noticing it more. I'll start with a 7.
Oh heart, oh please.
Jill's new album comes out in April. {#Good-vibes}
Nice song. I enjoy Jill's music.

{#Puke}
 vivakitty wrote:
This song makes me want to pick up a cat and dance.
 

"He plays piano in a jazz band..."

common - don't give me bullshit!

HAHAHA...!
Edith Barber!

What a pretty! And cover, and melody. I like it!
 vivakitty wrote:
This song makes me want to pick up a cat and dance.
 
I have no idea what this means, but I agree with it. 

 cayenne wrote:
Jill sings "jazz band" the way my buddy Spaghatta Nadle would, if Spaghatta Nadle sang.
 
I like that alot.
 rtwingo wrote:
Jill Barber
 

Now that sort of post really gets my goat! Nice pic :o)

Saw JB this summer at Mission  Festival with her band and like her lower register voice a lot, upper register - not so much.

Jill sings "jazz band" the way my buddy Spaghatta Nadle would, if Spaghatta Nadle sang.
 DaveInVA wrote:
Oh Heart was released in 2004, not 2007...
 
Are you certain? Because it seems it's been sucking for much longer.


Oh Heart was released in 2004, not 2007...
Prefer grand-dad CHRIS! 


ziakut wrote:
Here we go again...um...I like this tune, but it's played too often in rotation IMO.
 
I don't agree — 2 or 3 times a week is not too often. The FM stations often play a song 4-6 times a day. Big difference.

Besides, the goal is not to play a complete random (ie, unique) set of songs. I have this theory that you have a slot in your head for a song to get stuck into, and if you're lucky a song you've heard more than once in the past week from Radio Paradise or so will get stuck there.  Not a bad thing when it's a good song!
 

Here we go again...um...I like this tune, but it's played too often in rotation IMO.
Tired of this...just...plain...tired.
She has similar voice as Katie Melua.
 lmic wrote:
So, hey Bill, how about a little of the Piaf?

 
A little Edith Piaf goes a very long way.

Well, if nothing else, she knows how to squeeze all the juice out of an extended metaphor. Great song, though. 
 vivakitty wrote:
This song makes me want to pick up a cat and dance.
 
I have no Jill Barber.  Til now since I bought the CD.  It better be good.


This song makes me want to pick up a cat and dance.
...like a kitsch postcard!
Go home!
 Cirnix wrote:
not a horrible song but its corny and i dont dig her voice
 
thanks for sharing....


Jill Barber II by ~morgie-e
©2004-2010 ~morgie-e

I :heart: Jill Barber. I went to see In Flight Safety last friday at the Paramount and the show rocked, but I had no idea prior to going that Jill was going to be playing! So it was a pleasant surprise. She is talented and wonderful... ^^;

Technically: no manip to scanned image, which is 7x10 inches printed on 11x14 paper. :D



Her website is pretty intresting and you can listen to all of her albums on it.  I'm a fan.
{#Music}
not a horrible song but its corny and i dont dig her voice
 lmic wrote:
So, hey Bill, how about a little of the Piaf?

 
Hear! Hear!  A little of 'la Piaf' would be appreciated, Milord...  {#Smile}
{#Jump}
She has a lovely way of working a song... her control of voice and the phrasing is nice...
Slips up next to me as I am so-very-busy doing something important...and makes me listen to what she has for me
Like only a good friend or lover can do...

I am more amazed at her abilities given her bio... Thanks for introducing us

Such a sad sad song....
Jill Barber

Fits perfectly after Pearl Jam...
{#Beat}

You can keep this one.....and they think Katie Meula is bad....
 colt4x5 wrote:
edith piaf called. she wants her song back.
 
 RobK wrote:

What an original thought to have.

 
what a thoughtful putdown to post

 colt4x5 wrote:
edith piaf called. she wants her song back.
 
What an original thought to have.

 christf9 wrote:
"Now i know it's not the player, but the music that i missed," what better way to describe lovers and Love? Jill Barber is a poetress bonafide.
 
{#High-five} Right On. ""All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players..." The Bard from As You Like It.

3 {#Arrow} 2 {#Sad}
edith piaf called. she wants her song back.
 namp wrote:
Super...
 
Works for me! {#Sunny}
 zipper wrote:
{#Headache}

:cringe:
 

Works for me!{#Puke}
{#Headache}

:cringe:
"Now i know it's no the the player, but the music that i missed," what better way to describe lovers and Love? Jill Barber is a poetress bonafide.
Super...
Wonderful song from a terrific little album. {#Music}
blech
 EssexTex wrote:
The bird's nice
 
  Yep,,if you don't mean the one" singin."

Wouldn't "dreary" dirge be a bit redundant? (still I like the term)
So, hey Bill, how about a little of the Piaf?

With a whiff of Piaf as well...

 
lmic wrote:
 Proclivities wrote:
I  enjoyed the Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht feel to that song.  Nicely done.
 

 


 Proclivities wrote:
I  enjoyed the Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht feel to that song.  Nicely done.
 

 tpa29970 wrote:
This song was amusing-enough the first 67 times.  But on each subsequent listen I hear more and more elements of "dreary dirge."   Not that there's anything wrong with dreary dirges.  But in moderation, please.
 
I was searching for a good phrase.  'dreary dirge' pretty well says it.

What agem! Never heard her or the song before. Thanks.

A friend of mine just had a few interviews with Mettler Toledo.  I hope this is some kind of good luck.


The bird's nice
This mini- album, it has 6 songs, is rock solid. She's put out a couple albums since that are also good but I don't think she's bettered this one yet. A highly recommended introduction to Jill.
Nice segue from Hank. Way to go Bill!{#Clap}
Totally. I thought it was her.

 
Droidac wrote:
Reminds me a lot of Sarah Slean....
 


 peter_james_bond wrote:

Or love,click,buy (make sure you use the RP links so that the station gets a little cut) {#Yes}
 
But of course! {#Biggrin}

Each listen convinces me more of this song's perfection. It sits right up there with Cohen's "Dance Me to the End of Love" in the soundtrack of my life.
 nevar23 wrote:
Click, buy, love. {#Bounce}
 
Or love,click,buy (make sure you use the RP links so that the station gets a little cut) {#Yes}
Octoberfest is coming up and I'm now ready: om-pah, om-pah, om-pah  Five or me for now

This song was amusing-enough the first 67 times.  But on each subsequent listen I hear more and more elements of "dreary dirge."   Not that there's anything wrong with dreary dirges.  But in moderation, please.
 lawman wrote:
"I love him for the man he could be..."  — hope for us all!
 Yep I love that line.  And the one "I'm just a dreamer wearing sensible shoes."

Sounds like Madeline Kahn from "Blazing Saddles", trying to woooooo Cleavon Little, back to her rooooom for a little slap and tickle.....actually not quite that good
 Sloggydog wrote:
..... and secondly Joss Stone sounds like a magnificent middle aged black american blues singer trapped in the body of a tiny pale cornish girl.

A pale girl maybe. Probably not strictly Cornish and definitely not tiny at 5'10''! Oh, and not half bad at singin'!
Click, buy, love. {#Bounce}
Firstly they're talking about Jess Klein not Joss Stone and secondly Joss Stone sounds like a magnificent middle aged black american blues singer trapped in the body of a tiny pale cornish girl.

 
Rotterdam wrote:
{#Stupid}

Hmmm. I think this is musical. I think Joss Stone sounds like she is vomiting. 

 
DaveInVA wrote:
Everytime I hear this I at first think its Jess Klein. Their voices and style are so similiar its hard to tell them apart. That being said I like it :)
 
 


This is great.  If she isn't gorgeous and looking like a french vixen with a feather boa then my mind is playing very nice tricks on me. 
This has really grown on me. I like it more with each listen.  {#Good-vibes}
This is a good song to follow Madeleine Peyroux. Great programming Bill!
 lawman wrote:
"I love him for the man he could be..."  — hope for us all!
 
it's often a woman's greatest downfall! Not a good thing!


{#Stupid}

Hmmm. I think this is musical. I think Joss Stone sounds like she is vomiting. 

 
DaveInVA wrote:
Everytime I hear this I at first think its Jess Klein. Their voices and style are so similiar its hard to tell them apart. That being said I like it :)
 


Everytime I hear this I at first think its Jess Klein. Their voices and style are so similiar its hard to tell them apart. That being said I like it :)
"I love him for the man he could be..."  — hope for us all!
shivaree-y. 
Man - havn't heard her before, absolutely love her voice - will check out further!