Nina Bradlin 


Right Where You Are

 (2013)



“Music as it should be: Nina Bradlin's voice covering the range from soft high notes down to the darker tones of a "femme fatale" and a variety of international musicians (and instruments) who generate the appropriate atmosphere: from smooth jazz to groovy pop (Martha, Dreams Grow on Solid Ground) and even some songs (Beauty Queen, The Only Heart I Ever Had) where Nina and the band generate their very own style. The technical production is extremely professional with recording in Switzerland, Ireland and Michigan (close to Nina's hometown Detroit).”

Peter Jakobs, Amazon.com





"Crumblin' in a crumblin' town, where the homes shot up and are now shot down, but dreams, they grow on solid ground."


Nina Bradlin sings of love, longing, passion, lust, death ("Death is Worth Waiting For"), but also of her hometown, Detroit, Kentucky Fried Chicken and even toddler beauty contests ("Beauty Queen").

The album "Right Where You Are" ( 2013) goes beyond genre boundaries: the unifying element is Nina Bradlin’s voice, sometimes soulful, sometimes smooth, but always full of emotion, passion and honesty.. Her repertoire includes Tom Wait’s songs or jazz standards of the finest, but now especially, her own songs from her second album, which she recorded in Basel, Switzerland (where she now lives), Ireland and in her hometown of Detroit. The product of two years of writing with incredibly inspiring and intense intercontinental music collaboration,Nina Bradlin's second album, "Right Where You Are" surpasses boundaries of genre to create a dynamic mix of styles which reflect the artist's diverse music passions and influences. A fusion of jazz, folk, pop, chanson, torch song ("Rejected Secrets"), blues and more, the connecting element is Nina's desire to communicate each song as a unique piece and to create a work that surprises the listener.





The album was recorded in Schull, West Cork and Dublin in sessions with the Irish guitarist, singer and composer Kieran Kennedy (Hot House Flowers, Maria Doyle Kennedy), near Basel, Switzerland with percussionist, composer and Nina's main music partner, Englishman Michael Turtle (wearedust) and the intercontinental blues track "Dreams Grow on Solid Ground" was recorded in Basel and near Detroit at Alliance Recording with Al Hurschman (Bob Seger, Grand Funk Railroad).


Photos: Brigitte Faessler / Graphic design/layout: Jonas Mettler
FAKT flyer: Dominic Kummler

SHE’S THE ONE

VIDEO CLIP

BY FAESSLER & HORST
Right Where You Are 2013









"She's the One" by Nina Bradlin and Kieran Kennedy
Cast: Nina Bradlin, Christian Platz, Benny Merz, Jonas Mettler
Make up / Styling: Anna Kalashnikova
Light: Matthias Stich
Additional Creative Input: Dominic Kummler & Jonas Mettler

Faessler & Horst: Brigitte Faessler & Gianni Horst
Photos: Brigitte Faessler


RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE

LYRICS
by Nina Bradlin





1. MARTHA


Martha was his first love, perched up on his shoulder,
When the going got tough, her top feathers gone
Her life was rough, but she had a friendly shoulder
she could fly on.
Martha was his first love Other birds live in cages, exposed to workers' rages,
Suspended above a boiling vat, some eat the skin
But some don't chew the fat,
But we all love that down home, down home
Deep fried pain, life ends in a bucket of limbs
Coated in down home Southern comfort
And served by the Colonel himself
Martha was his first love
When they fed him Martha
they didn't mention her name
But he knew all the same
And his insides burned and his stomach churned
And on the at day he swore, he swore
His friends, he would eat no more
Martha was his first love
But as he grew older, he met a brown eyed girl
Who liked to rest her sweet head on his shoulder
But Martha was his first love.


2. SHE'S THE ONE


Her hair is red, her lips red, too
Her skin is perfect and her eyes are blue
Legs so long, curves curve right
Her skirt is short and her blouse is tight
She's the one who'll make him come undone
Be so coy, steal away my boy
She's the one who'll make him come undone
Be so coy, steal away my boy
I see him glance at the hair, the lips
The skirt, blouse and the hips
Her blue eyes flash, her hair's a flame
She smiles at him, and he'll never be the same
She's the one who'll make him come undone
Be so coy, steal away my boy
She's the one who'll make him come undone
Be so coy, steal away my boy



3. RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE


He says, come back in and jam with us,
There's magic in the midnight hour
She smiles and I can't make a move,
So take my arm and steal my shoes
Taxi's here, just let it wait
Cause I'm in an ecstatic state
Pluck my strings, make my heart sing
Work the bass, strum the guitar
I just wanna be right where you are
Bring it on, bring it on
I wanna hear that magic sound
Bring it on, bring it on
I wanna hear that magic sound
Let time stand still
Wanna stay just one more hour
There's magic in the midnight hour
Baby I'll be good to you
Just as soon as this jam is through
I can't leave now, you see
I swear something is happening to me
Pluck my strings, make my heart sing
Work the bass, strum the guitar
I just wanna be right where you are
Bring it on, bring it on
I wanna hear that magic sound
Bring it on, bring it on
I wanna hear that magic sound
Let time stand still


4. LA PREMIERE NUIT


La première nuit, quand tu m'as vue
Tu as dit "Botticelli", serré dans la douche
On était à deux, on était tellement nerveux
Nous deux
Mais, c'était parfait
Sur le bateau pour Evian
Tu t'étais enragé
Cette vieille femme méchante
Qui ne voulait pas de filles
Dans cette petite chambre louée
Le premier jour avant notre retour
Je voyais nos enfants à la plage
Un pour toi, un pour moi
Sur le bateau pour Evian
Et sur le bateau pour Evian
Tu t'étais enragé
Cette vieille femme méchante
Qui ne voulait pas de filles
Dans cette petite chambre louée
Sur le bateau pour Evian
Je connaissais ton nom.
Je t'avais dit vous, quand je t'ai vu
Dans la rue
Sur le bateau quittant Evian
Je savais, je savais
Que pour moi
C'était toi


5. DAYDREAMING


Daydreaming is sweeter than wine
A conflict of interests in passing my time
Thinking of words that could have changed your mind
And daydreaming is sweeter than wine
A good wine needs to age, to reach the desired stage
Our love shall be like an old bordeaux
Greater than any vintage this world has ever known
Daydreaming is sweeter than wine
A conflict of interests in passing my time
Thinking of words that would have changed your mind
And daydreaming is sweeter than wine
You told me tomorrow
You told me to wait
Time felt borrowed
I'd met you too late
Some loves they sour with time
Some drink the cheapest wine
Our love was of the finest kind
And the memory of you
Intoxicates my mind
Daydreaming is sweeter than wine
A conflict of interests in passing my time
Thinking of words that would have changed your mind
And daydreaming is sweeter than wine


6. REJECTED SECRETS


I was a fool to let you go
I was a fool to want you so
No matter how I think of you
I was a fool, that much is true
I looked at you and knew that day
I looked at you and then I'd say
You know that we can't see this through
You replied, I am meant for you
You said to me, let's run away
You said to me, live for today
What could have been so long ago
I could not see, I could not know
I was a fool to go away
I was a fool to let you stray
I think of you when I awake
Rejected secrets and my mistakes.


7. DREAMS GROW ON SOLID GROUND


Crumblin' in a crumblin' town
Where the homes shot up and are now shot down
But dreams, they grow on solid ground
Soul food and bettin' on the numbers
Where the kids still played outside
The candy store was the place to hide
Crumblin' in a crumblin' town
Where the homes shot up and are now shot down
But dreams, they grow on solid ground
Louis was the Count of Cadillac Square
And Henry the Hatter is still down there
The Sugarman has now been found
He wasn't dead, he was Detroit bound
And the hope, the hope is all around
Back in Hockeytown
Patches of green and patches of brown
The lights went out when the sun went down
But the hope, the hope is all around
Crumblin' in a crumblin' town
Where the homes shot up and are now shot down
But dreams, they grow on solid ground
But the hope, the hope is all around

8. BEAUTY QUEEN


How bout a kiss for little miss?
Face in the mirror, black smear mascara
Busted tiara, it just don't fit
Spray on tan from an aerosol can
Jacked up hair, no love to share
Flipper teeth and sucky sweets
Cotton candy dream, grand supreme
Shake it left and shake it right
Shine on little star tonight
I know that I can't be, I can't be
Your beauty queen
But if I dress up nice and do everything right
Will you be kind to me?
If I dress up nice and do everything right
Will you be kind to me?
How bout a kiss for little miss?
Gogo juice and sugar cane
Dress up game gone insane
Hair of flax and costume racks
Stage-mom's smacks, it's all in vain
Love is more than sugar sticks
It's so sweet it makes me sick
Kiss my cheek and let me say
Mommy, can I go play today?
Mommy, can I go play today?
I know that I can't be, I can't be
Your beauty queen
But if I dress up nice and do everything right
Will you be kind to me?
Will you be kind to me?
Will you be kind to me?


9. MOVIE SCENE


I looked outside my window
and I saw him getting in the car
That man works too hard
Up early like always
And his side of the bed was already getting cold
I saw a man I'd known for half my life
And I knew we were getting old
An old restaurant by the highway
Beside a motel six
That's where a love of many years
Got a teenage fix
Cracking claws in paper bibs
And sipping on cold chardonnay
Skipping out the door like kids
Oh, so ready to play
His shirt glowed white, I touched his jeans
And I kissed him there behind the trees
And old car wreck by an abandoned shack
Became our secret special place
My head, my head was giddy
With the scent of coming home
And all the while that woodland green
Felt like a movie scene
The greatest high I have ever felt
And the biggest rush of love
When I face I had seen a thousand times
Made my heart skip a beat
The greatest high I have ever felt
And the biggest rush of love
When I face I had seen a thousand times
Made my heart skip a beat
In our movie scene
I opened the window and waved him down
As I threw on my dressing gown
And ran outside to plant a kiss
Right on that tired, cold face
I smiled at him and his face grew warm
He looked ready to brave any storm
And the old car wreck and the abandoned shack
Were shining in our eyes
The greatest high I have ever felt
And the biggest rush of love
When I face I had seen a thousand times
Made my heart skip a beat
The greatest high I have ever felt
And the biggest rush of love
When I face I had seen a thousand times
Made my heart skip a beat
And all the while that woodland green
Felt like a movie scene


10. NAMELESS


Threw away the diary
The letter, she just kept the memories
Just a week, she didn't want more
There were greater things she was waiting for
Yet he told her that she had changed his life
Now she is someone else's wife
He remains nameless
Nameless
Nameless
Nameless
Without a name, the world is wide
And what about her, has he even tried?
His face is forever etched in her mind.
Why waste her time, he's impossible to find
But if she thinks hard enough, it will come, you see
From her infinite sea of memory
He remains nameless
Nameless
Nameless
Nameless
Is he out there at all?
She lies awake at night.
She thought the world was small
But he's nowhere in sight
It was a long time ago
But something was so right
Nameless
Do you lie awake in bed?
Nameless
With my name in your head?
Nameless
Nameless
Nameless


11. THE ONLY HEART I EVER HAD


Longing filled my heart until it
Burst onto the floor
Disappeared into a puff of smoke
And my heart, it was no more
I think you took it with you
You naughty boy, you cad
You took it with you
The only heart I ever had
My heart was pumping full of love
Full of love for you
Until you pumped it dry
And then you said that we were through
You skipped town, my heart all crumpled in your hand
I think you took it with you
You naughty boy, you cad
You took it with you
The only heart I ever had.
My heart was a treat for you
A feast to fill your soul
You took it greedily
My only heart you stole
I think you took it with you
You naughty boy, you cad
You took it with you,
The only heart I ever had
The only heart I ever had
The only heart I ever had.


12. DEATH IS WORTH WAITING FOR


He started to rant and swear
We heard his steps on the stairs
And as he waved his freedom gun
We knew if was too late to run
Wet death surrounded me as I floated round
No wave for help, I was far, far down
My dying music played
A final sound
As I went down.
Why does death go to our heads
We run right to our beds
Rolling in the hay, our hearts full of dread
Trying to forget fear of endless night
With endless lust instead
Death is worth waiting for
I could wait forever


13. LE PELERINAGE


Il traversait les montagnes
Dans son coeur étaient l'espoir et le rage
Il faisait le pèlerinage
Il priait à Dieu qu'elle revienne
Qu'elle revienne.
(Tuoll on mun kultani…)
Mais Dieu ne l'écoutait pas
Le Destin voulait qu'un autre soit la sienne
Il prié a Dieu qu'elle revienne
Mais le Destin voulait qu'un autre soit la sienne
Et l'autre, c'est moi.

All lyrics by Nina Bradlin
www.ninabradlin.com