Songs For Ex-Lovers And Wives

An all-star ensemble interprets songs of love and loss, joy and sorrow – and all true stories – by WAYNE MOORE. “In the liner notes for the new recording of…

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About Songs For Ex-Lovers And Wives…

An all-star ensemble interprets songs of love and loss, joy and sorrow – and all true stories – by WAYNE MOORE.

“In the liner notes for the new recording of his songs, composer/lyricist Wayne Moore says that it took three years to finish. ‘This is the album that would not die!’ Thank goodness, because Songs For Ex-Lovers And Wives is one of the best albums of the year. ” – It’s Showtime

Track Listing

1 I'm Ready
2 Nothing I Do Will Make You Mine
3 If Love Is Not Enough
4 New Orleans
5 Been There, Done That
6 Christmas Laughter
7 Honest At Last
8 First Moment
9 Part Of Me
10 The Carousel
11 You Don't Know Me
12 Believer

Praise for Songs For Ex-Lovers And Wives…

  • “In the liner notes for the new recording of his songs, composer/lyricist Wayne Moore says that it took three years to finish. ‘This is the album that would not die!’ Thank goodness, because Songs For Ex-Lovers And Wives is one of the best albums of the year. Producer Moore has gathered a great array of talent to interpret his songs, everyone from Barbara Sharma on the circus calliope sounding “The Carousel” to Carolyn Mignini and Jill Eikenberry, whose lovely voices blend on “Nothing I Do Will Make You Mine”. Karen Morrow lends her Broadway panache to the torchy “If Love Is Not Enough”. Bill Hutton still has one of the sweetest voices in the business and he makes “Honest At Last” a standout. Moore’s twelve songs run the gamut from the catchy country/western melody of “New Orleans” with a lead vocal by Mark Smith, to a great one a.m. piano bar song, “You Don’t Know Me”, sung by the composer himself. The album ends fittingly with a paean to the power of love, “Believer”, beautifully sung by Lee Lucas. Moore’s arrangements sound simple and complicated simultaneously, and blessedly not overproduced. The singers are not overwhelmed by synthesizers, and their voices and the lyrics come through crystal clear. Songs For Ex-Lovers And Wives is a real winner.”

    — It’s Showtime!
  • “Songs for Ex-Lovers and Wives: The Words and Music of Wayne Moore Various Artists (Ducy Lee Recordings) This is a concept album dedicated to the composer’s ex-lovers and wives, which means this is an album for us, every one of us. Though these songs are distinct in their theatrical style, the sentiments and lyrics of these songs ring out like poetry. They are potent in discovery and richness and at time they are abysmal in their despair, but like life, the despair turns to a better place. There are many heart felt performances on this album, but I especially enjoyed Karen Morrow singing “If Love Is Not Enough” with a thick alto that bleeds like a ripped scar, “New Orleans” is a country-tinged homage to a new love found in the French quarter that is young and freshly sung, as it should be, by Mark Smith. Mr. Moore gives the words “Been There, Done That” a very smart, jazz inflected tune that deserves to be sung by many a singer; Jae Ross does a great job here. I could go on talking about the wealth of material that abounds on this album, but my favorite song is the very romantic and melodic “Believer”, sung with great care and restrain by Lee Lucas. “If you say, I am good, good is what I’ll be, believing what you see, you make a believer out of me.” This collection is rare and beautiful in its delivery and sincerity. I want more music, Mr. Wayne Moore.”

    — William Gregory Midwest-Ursine.com
  • “WAYNE MOORE ‘S EX-LOVERS AND WIVES ARE FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY. The new, eagerly-awaited CD by Wayne Moore on his Ducy Lee Recordings label is now in record stores like Arons Records in Hollywood and at Different Light Bookstore in West Hollywood. And it’s a CD you should add to your collection if you’re a fan of show and cabaret songs. For here you will find the greatest array of cabaret stars ever to appear on one CD: Jamie Anderson, Jill Eikenberry, Bill Hutton, Lee Lucas, Carolyn Mignini, Bryan Miller, Karen Morrow, Jae Ross, Barbara Sharma, Brenda Silas-Moore and Mark Smith, and of course Wayne Moore himself, who wrote the songs. Many reading this know Wayne Moore through his many appearances in cabaret clubs locally and around the world, mostly as one-half of ‘Wayne & Brenda’ … others may know Wayne for the original cast recording of his L.A. musical ‘Freeway Dreams’ and his CD ‘Believer’, both on Ducy Lee. His scores for shows include ‘Good Morning, Hollywood’, ‘Much Moore’, ‘Hollywoodland’, ‘Music Drives Me Crazy’ and ‘Coffin Capers’. His song ‘My Superman’ was featured in the L.A. production of ‘The Gay 90′s’. Besides ‘Ex-Lovers and Wives’ and ‘Believer’Moore’s Ducy Lee label also includes the following CDs: ‘Lee Lucas in ‘The Big Strappin’ Fag Show’ and ‘American Twistory’ with words and music by Kevin Kaufman and John Everest.”

    — 4-Front Magazine (2/98)
  • “Those interested in new material, either as listener or performer, should check out Songs For Ex-Lovers And Wives … a collection of (mostly) ballads by Wayne Moore (‘Freeway Dreams’). Moore explores the vagaries of love in ‘Nothing I Do Will Make You Mine’, ‘If Love Is Not Enough’, ‘Been There, Done That’, ‘Honest At Last’ and ‘Believer’. It’s a plus these and others are sung by Carolyn Mignini, Jill Eikenberry, Karen Morrow, Bill Hutton, Barbara Sharma, and promising cabaret performers such as Jamie Anderson, Mark W. Smith, Jae Ross, Bryan Miller, Lee Lucas and Moore himself.”

    — Show Music Magazine
  • “Songs for Ex-Lovers and Wives: The Words and Music of Wayne Moore Various Artists (Ducy Lee Recordings) This is a concept album dedicated to the composer’s ex-lovers and wives, which means this is an album for us, every one of us. Though these songs are distinct in their theatrical style, the sentiments and lyrics of these songs ring out like poetry. They are potent in discovery and richness and at time they are abysmal in their despair, but like life, the despair turns to a better place. There are many heart felt performances on this album, but I especially enjoyed Karen Morrow singing “If Love Is Not Enough” with a thick alto that bleeds like a ripped scar, “New Orleans” is a country-tinged homage to a new love found in the French quarter that is young and freshly sung, as it should be, by Mark Smith. Mr. Moore gives the words “Been There, Done That” a very smart, jazz inflected tune that deserves to be sung by many a singer; Jae Ross does a great job here. I could go on talking about the wealth of material that abounds on this album, but my favorite song is the very romantic and melodic “Believer”, sung with great care and restrain by Lee Lucas. “If you say, I am good, good is what I’ll be, believing what you see, you make a believer out of me.” This collection is rare and beautiful in its delivery and sincerity. I want more music, Mr. Wayne Moore.”

    — William Gregory Midwest-Ursine.com
  • “WAYNE MOORE LAUNCHES NEW ALBUM IN STYLE AT THE GARDENIA – Wayne Moore and his own Ducy Lee Recordings have announced and launched their latest album Songs For Ex-Lovers And Wives featuring all original songs by Moore. The album was kicked off with a fabulous fete thrown by Tom Rolla and the Hollywood Gardenia to thank the 25 musicians and performers who participated in the project. This all-star ensemble brings a wonderful variety of interpretations to Moore’s songs of love and loss … all true stories, according to Moore. ‘I realized when I was compiling songs for this CD that I could put a name next to every title,’ he says. ‘I wouldn’t do that, because I don’t want any of them showing up at my door with a knife! But they know who they are.’ From the event, pictured here are many of the performers who sang on the album (starting far left and clockwise) Andy Stienlen (The Wandering Whore, Cyberqueer) Jon Philip Alman (The Ballad of Little Mikey) Bryan Miller (Oasis on Sunday nights) Mark W. Smith and Jay Forman (Mikey) Jamie Anderson (Lullaby Of Broadway) Wayne Moore (Freeway Dreams) and Brenda Silas Moore (Wayne’s long-time partner and ex-wife!) The album also features performances by stars of Broadway and television including Karen Morrow, Jill Eikenberry, Barbara Sharma, Bill Hutton and Carolyn Mignini. The CD is distributed directly to stores by Ducy Lee and is available at Aron’s Records in Hollywood as well as over the Internet at their brand-new website at www.ducylee.com.”

    — 4-Front Magazine (1/98)
  • “WAYNE MOORE ‘S EX-LOVERS AND WIVES ARE FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY. The new, eagerly-awaited CD by Wayne Moore on his Ducy Lee Recordings label is now in record stores like Arons Records in Hollywood and at Different Light Bookstore in West Hollywood. And it’s a CD you should add to your collection if you’re a fan of show and cabaret songs. For here you will find the greatest array of cabaret stars ever to appear on one CD: Jamie Anderson, Jill Eikenberry, Bill Hutton, Lee Lucas, Carolyn Mignini, Bryan Miller, Karen Morrow, Jae Ross, Barbara Sharma, Brenda Silas-Moore and Mark Smith, and of course Wayne Moore himself, who wrote the songs. Many reading this know Wayne Moore through his many appearances in cabaret clubs locally and around the world, mostly as one-half of ‘Wayne & Brenda’ … others may know Wayne for the original cast recording of his L.A. musical ‘Freeway Dreams’ and his CD ‘Believer’, both on Ducy Lee. His scores for shows include ‘Good Morning, Hollywood’, ‘Much Moore’, ‘Hollywoodland’, ‘Music Drives Me Crazy’ and ‘Coffin Capers’. His song ‘My Superman’ was featured in the L.A. production of ‘The Gay 90′s’. Besides ‘Ex-Lovers and Wives’ and ‘Believer’Moore’s Ducy Lee label also includes the following CDs: ‘Lee Lucas in ‘The Big Strappin’ Fag Show’ and ‘American Twistory’ with words and music by Kevin Kaufman and John Everest.”

    — 4-Front Magazine (2/98)
  • “Those interested in new material, either as listener or performer, should check out Songs For Ex-Lovers And Wives … a collection of (mostly) ballads by Wayne Moore (‘Freeway Dreams’). Moore explores the vagaries of love in ‘Nothing I Do Will Make You Mine’, ‘If Love Is Not Enough’, ‘Been There, Done That’, ‘Honest At Last’ and ‘Believer’. It’s a plus these and others are sung by Carolyn Mignini, Jill Eikenberry, Karen Morrow, Bill Hutton, Barbara Sharma, and promising cabaret performers such as Jamie Anderson, Mark W. Smith, Jae Ross, Bryan Miller, Lee Lucas and Moore himself.”

    — Show Music Magazine

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WAYNE MOORE Wayne is becoming one of the most-sung of the new songwriters of theater and cabaret music in the US. His songs are finding their way into cabaret acts around the world! Wayne is a songwriter, an actor and…