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Now – Anjani Thomas’s New Album, I Came To Love, Available For Download

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Anjani Thomas’s New Album – I Came To Love, is now available for download at CD Baby

More information about the album at Update: Anjani Thomas’s New Album – I Came To Love

Update: Anjani Thomas’s New Album – I Came To Love – Ready For Download In Next 48 Hours

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Update – July 13, 2014: Anjani Thomas’s New Album – I Came To Love, is now available for download at CD Baby

Official Release Imminent

Anjani Thomas sends good news about her long-awaited new album, I Came To Love:

The album is uploaded and the  purchase site should be operable within  2 days

While a CD release is planned in six months, the album is initially available as a digital download.1

The link to the purchase site at CD Baby will be available at Anjani’s web site when it goes live. That download link will also be posted here.

I Came To Love To Include Three New Songs Co-Written With Leonard Cohen

From Anjani’s website:

I Came To Love, a new release from Anjani Thomas, heralds the next chapter for the accomplished singer-songwriter. This ten-song collection chronicles the path of the heart through passion, jeopardy, and ultimately love, all revealed through Anjani’s fluid and mesmerizing sound.

Picking up where the critically acclaimed Blue Alert left off, Anjani sets the tone with the album’s title track: i came to love as a novice / with an aim to learn… now I love as a woman / sure of what she sings. With vocal nuances and impeccable phrasing, Anjani establishes a startlingly intimate connection with the listener: she’s not singing to you, she is touching what’s inside of you.

Anjani’s creative partnerships have always been unerringly honed, and it is no exception with the assembly of pros on this recording. Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel), acts as producer and percussionist on five tracks, building potent rhythms on “Weather A Storm With You,” and the mysteriously moody “Standing On The Stairs”. Toronto producers Rob Piltch and Jonathan Goldsmith sync a hypnotic trance groove on “Holy Ground”: my lover stands on holy ground/in a scarred and barren field/where my weakness is revealed/he holds space for me to heal.

“Love In Between” features country music giant Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm) on guitars and fiddle; while renowned flamenco guitarist Pavlo takes a passionate solo turn on “Love Be A River.” For her longtime fans, Anjani reprises her celebrated musical collaboration with the legendary Leonard Cohen on three new tracks, including “Song To Make Me Still,” a wistful poem sung to meditative piano accompaniment. The album wraps with a touching version of the Les Paul/Mary Ford classic “Whither Thou Goest,” with Cohen as Anjani’s duet partner.

One part biography, one part love letter, one part statement album, I Came to Love is a rich and varied musical journey. “It took much longer than I expected to finish this record,” Anjani says, because every time I thought it was done, something tipped the balance, which compelled me to keep working until it felt complete again. Leonard told me when we started writing together in 2005 that part of the creative process is allowing for that sense of ‘Ah, now it’s right.” It can take time for the weak spots to surface; and being patient yielded songs as nurturing to write as they are satisfying to sing. For me, it was worth the wait.”

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Videos & More: Song to Make Me Still & Standing on the Stairs

Videos of live performances of two of the new songs co-written by Anjani & Leonard Cohen, their origins, and their lyrics can be found at Anjani Thomas Performs Two Unreleased Songs Co-written With Leonard Cohen At 2013 Feast Of Cohen

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  1. The download is formatted as FLAC files – lossless files  with higher quality than compressed formats such as  MP3s. The music produced is equivalent to CD quality. []

I Came To Love – New CD By Anjani Thomas – To Be Released May 2014

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I Came To Love To Include Three New Songs Co-Written With Leonard Cohen

From Anjani’s website:

I Came To Love, a new release from Anjani Thomas, heralds the next chapter for the accomplished singer-songwriter.  This ten-song collection chronicles the path of the heart through passion, jeopardy, and ultimately love, all revealed through Anjani’s fluid and mesmerizing sound.

Picking up where the critically acclaimed Blue Alert left off, Anjani sets the tone with the album’s title track: i came to love as a novice / with an aim to learn… now I love as a woman / sure of what she sings. With vocal nuances and impeccable phrasing, Anjani establishes a startlingly intimate connection with the listener: she’s not singing to you, she is touching what’s inside of you.

Anjani’s creative partnerships have always been unerringly honed, and it is no exception with the assembly of pros on this recording. Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel), acts as producer and percussionist on five tracks, building potent rhythms on “Weather A Storm With You,” and the mysteriously moody “Standing On The Stairs”.  Toronto producers Rob Piltch and Jonathan Goldsmith sync a hypnotic trance groove on “Holy Ground”: my lover stands on holy ground/in a scarred and barren field/where my weakness is revealed/he holds space for me to heal.

“Love In Between” features country music giant Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm) on guitars and fiddle; while renowned flamenco guitarist Pavlo takes a passionate solo turn on “Love Be A River.”  For her longtime fans, Anjani reprises her celebrated musical collaboration with the legendary Leonard Cohen on three new tracks, including “Song To Make Me Still,” a wistful poem sung to meditative piano accompaniment. The album wraps with a touching version of the Les Paul/Mary Ford classic “Whither Thou Goest,” with Cohen as Anjani’s duet partner.

One part biography, one part love letter, one part statement album, I Came to Love is a rich and varied musical journey.  “It took much longer than I expected to finish this record,” Anjani says, because every time I thought it was done, something tipped the balance, which compelled me to keep working until it felt complete again. Leonard told me when we started writing together in 2005 that part of the creative process is allowing for that sense of ‘Ah, now it’s right.”  It can take time for the weak spots to surface; and being patient yielded songs as nurturing to write as they are satisfying to sing. For me, it was worth the wait.”

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Videos & More: Song to Make Me Still & Standing on the Stairs

Videos of live performances of two of the new songs co-written by Anjani & Leonard Cohen, their origins, and their lyrics can be found at Anjani Thomas Performs Two Unreleased Songs Co-written With Leonard Cohen At 2013 Feast Of Cohen

Video: Leonard Cohen & Anjani Thomas Talk About Their Musical And Personal Relationships

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Originally posted on this site November 15, 2011, this brief (2 minutes) video featuring an interview with Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas by Luce Gauthier and clips from Anjani’s performances seems especially pertinent now with Anjani’s new CD scheduled for release soon.

The interview took place in Toronto during the promotion of the Blue Alert album (released in Canada on May 2, 2006) and appears to have originally aired on TFO, the Franco-Ontarian public television network.

While most fans will already be familiar with the information in the interview, this new opportunity to hear Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas articulate the strengths each brought to their collaboration in creating Blue Alert shouldn’t be missed.

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New Video: Anjani Thomas Sings 2 Songs Co-written With Leonard Cohen – St. John’s 2013

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Song To Make Me Still & Standing On The Stairs

For more information, including lyrics and origins of these songs, as well as videos of these same songs performed on  Dec 30, 2013, see Anjani Thomas Performs Two Unreleased Songs Co-written With Leonard Cohen At 2013 Feast Of Cohen

Anjani Thomas – Song To Make Me Still & Standing On The Stairs
Feast Of Cohen, St. John’s, Newfoundland: Dec 29, 2013
Video by AnjaniMusic

Videos: Anjani Thomas Performs Two Unreleased Songs Co-written With Leonard Cohen At 2013 Feast Of Cohen

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Song to Make Me Still and Standing on the Stairs

Song To Make Me Still

spiceboxSong To Make Me Still is a poem from Spice Box of Earth, a volume of Leonard Cohen’s poetry published in 1961 when Cohen was 27 years old.

Lower your eyelids
over the water
Join the night
like the trees
you lie under

How many crickets
How many waves
easy after easy
on the one way shore

There are stars
from another view
and a moon
to draw the seaweed through

No one calls the crickets vain
in their time
in their time
No one will call you idle
for dying with the sun

Anjani Thomas – Song to Make Me Still
Feast Of Cohen, St. John’s, Newfoundland: Dec 30, 2013
Video by susannaevelyn

Standing On The Stairs

parasites1Standing On The Stairs is a Leonard Cohen poem published in Parasites Of Heaven (1966).  Anjani, in an interview in Jan 2013,1 had this to say about Standing On The Stairs:2

Leonard wrote the lyrics of that album [Blue Alert] and I wrote the music. It was a very collaborative album because he had a clear idea of what led me to make that record. That’s why he caught some songs right away, although others took many takes to do them well. When it was perfect we both felt in our bones. One of the songs that didn’t go on that record will be on the new one. It is entitled ‘Standing on the stairs’ and it is a song that has traveled extensively. Born as a country-inspired song, it took on a tinge of folk and eventually I discarded it altogether. Two years later I met Jerry Marotta, the producer of this album, and it was one of the first songs we recorded. During the time I was recording, Leonard was on the road and I had to navigate alone. I would send him ideas and he would send clues back to me. He was as involved as he could be

Anjani Thomas – Standing on the Stairs
Feast Of Cohen, St. John’s, Newfoundland: Dec 30, 2013
Video by susannaevelyn

  1. Anjani Thomas, la cantante que conquistó a Leonard Cohen by Alfonso Cardinal,   Efe Eme: Jan 28, 2013 []
  2. English translation by Helen Ketcham []