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In 2008, Coco and I performed a concert of about a dozen songs we had written together. Jeremy joined us in that concert on erhu and percussion and this was the first time the three of us played together. I love how in Coco's lyric, he captures the feeling of the sights, sounds and smells of Shanghai at a time of night perhaps jazz musicians and taxi drivers can uniquely appreciate.

lyrics

      城市与我
     
这城市,车水马龙匆忙

人行道,也失去了方向

高楼间的幻想,不知名的欲望

霓虹灯,上演着夜未央 
     
一个人,守侯在路灯旁

看世界,和所有的疯狂

大街上行人忙,没时间去欣赏

这一切,我一人独自品尝              

这世界,就象迷幻泡泡糖

有人昙花一现,也有人地久天长

就算有这些那样的迷茫

我也不放弃最初的梦想

收藏好,最后一道星光

任黎明,轻吻我的脸庞,

熟悉的这城市,和我一起成长

就这样,我轻唱,不紧不忙
我一人,独自品尝
我梦想,地久天长

City And I 
by Sweeting/Zhao

This city is full of heavy traffic.
Sidewalks sprawl in any direction.
High towers harbor the fantasies of those within,
Neon lights, sleepless nights.

Alone, I'm waiting under the streetlight
seeing the world, and all its craziness.
People pass in a rush, no time to appreciate.
I alone savor everything.

The world is like a bubble gum illusion,
some people change like flowers, some endure like the earth.
Though there is confusion of one kind and another,
I won't give up my original dreams,

I preserve them like the last starlight of night
until dawn caresses my cheek.
The familiar city grows with me
and so, I sing smoothly, in no hurry,
take it all as it comes.
My dreams will last for ever.

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from Solitary Bird, released September 2, 2011
Music 音乐: Sweeting
Lyrics 歌词: Zhao 赵可

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Steve Sweeting New York, New York

On iTunes:
- Blame Those Gershwins
- The Color of Love
- The Solitary Bird
- Something Jobim


Steve Sweeting is a jazz pianist, composer, and teacher who recently moved back to New York City after living and working in Shanghai for more than seven years.
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