Feeling fortunate that we can work from home and keep creating. David Baron Music and I decided to write something together remotely about these times that we’re all going through. Even though I can’t be with my family and hug them I feel blessed that I can see them and talk to them every day to know that they’re safe.
Donna Lewis – Silent World (2020)
I’ve always loved the work of photographer Gina Lumsden Kropf and when I was planning this new release of Silent World I asked her if she had images that captured the spirit of these strange times we are in. She was kind enough to take and let me use these incredible shots of New York City for a visual accompaniment to Silent World (2020)
SILENT WORLD. written by Donna Lewis
If I could put you
on top of a cake
I would ice you
and keep you wrapped up in a box to be near you
if I could I would
If I could touch you,
again with my fingers so gently
if I could feel you,
breathing in time next to me
but the silence surrounds me
flashing memories of you
riding with the moon that night
I never had the chance to say goodbye
lost to another world
but remembered in our thoughts
If I could open
the heavens above I’d be with you
If I could hold you, again in in my arms
I would tell you
that I love you
Donna Lewis is a British singer-songwriter and record producer from Cardiff, Wales. She is best known for the 1996 pop hit single “I Love You Always Forever”, which peaked at number five on the UK chart.
Personal life. Lewis is married to Martin Harris, who is also her business manager. She resides in Boiceville, New York and has one son, Archie.
Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever (Official Music Video)
A classically trained pianist blessed with a breathy, cherubic voice, Welsh pop artist Donna Lewis is best known for her 1996 hit “I Love You Always Forever.” Born in Cardiff, Wales in 1973, Lewis first gained musical inspiration from her father, a jazz pianist. Starting at age six, she took piano lessons, and by her teens was composing her own pop songs. After high school, Lewis earned her music degree from the Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she had majored in classical composition for piano and flute. Upon graduating, she spent a year teaching music in Sussex, after which she moved to Birmingham to hone her skills, playing solo piano shows and with local bar bands. By 1990, Lewis had developed a loyal fan base and begun recording demos of her songs in her home studio. A demo of “I Love You Always Forever” caught the ear of Atlantic Records chairman Doug Morris, who purportedly flew Lewis to New York for an audition and quickly signed her to the label.
I Love You Always Forever (Sylk 130 Remix)
In 1996, she released her debut album, Now in a Minute, which featured production from Kevin Killen (David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Shawn Colvin) and included the single “I Love You Always Forever.” An infectious, buoyant production reminiscent of the poppier end of Kate Bush‘s sound, “I Love You Always Forever” was a breakthrough hit for Lewis, staying at the number two spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks and ultimately reaching platinum status. The song’s popularity was a boon to Lewis, who next appeared as herself on an episode of the FOX television drama Beverly Hills, 90210, and dueted with Richard Marx on the song “At the Beginning” for the soundtrack to the 1997 animated film Anastasia.
I Love You Always Forever (Philly Remix)
Lewis returned in 1998 with her sophomore album, the Killen-produced Blue Planet. While the album was well-received, generating the number one Billboard dance chart single “Love Him,” as well as the lesser European chart hit “I Could Be the One,” it failed to match the outsized success of Now in a Minute, and Lewis eventually parted ways with Atlantic. Switching gears, she collaborated with guitarist/producer David Torn on the electronica EP Chute, and moved to a more stripped-down acoustic sound for her third album, 2002’s independently produced Be Still.
Over the next several years, Lewis stayed busy writing and recording material for her follow-up; a process that was put on hold for two years when she gave birth to her daughter. In 2008, she released her fourth album, In the Pink, which found her returning to the lush, electronic-tinged pop of her debut.
In 2015, Lewisdelivered the jazz-inflected covers album Brand New Day, which featured her vocals backed by iconoclastic trio the Bad Plus. Along with stripped-interpretations of songs by David Bowie, Chocolate Genius, and others, the album also included the new composition “Sleep,” and a reworking of “I Love You Always Forever.” by Matt Collar
A&F means “Always and Forever“. The phrase “Always And Forever” is commonly used to express permanency in a romantic context. The abbreviation A&F is typically preceded by a declaration of love; e.g., “I will love you A&F”. … “Always And Forever” is also abbreviated as AAF and 637 (the number of letters in each word).
Donna Lewis – Pink Chairs (acoustic)
One of the early B sides and was written in the middle of making my first record which wasn’t an easy time. It’s so interesting to look back and see how my confidence was stripped away making me feel insecure about my decisions as to how I wanted to record my music. But I learnt so much from that experience and recorded the record all over again with the lovely Kevin Killen. Kev and I have to thank Jason Flom for that as he said ‘do what you need to do to make it right’ 😄 and I did 😄
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