Close Your Eyes – Debut Recording


“Close Your Eyes” Released April 8 2016

Truly DiVine – Vocals
Josh Johnston – Piano
Engineered & Mixed by Michael Manning
Mastered by Ciaran Byrne

With a song list collected from three and a half years of producing successful themed concerts in Dublin and across Ireland, Dutch singer Truly DiVine and Irish pianist Josh Johnston have created an album of songs about love from Broadway and the silver screen.

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Close Your Eyes


In the Spring of 2013, Truly and pianist Josh Johnston resumed a lost friendship and began working together on a string of successful shows along various themes. The first – Burning Love – explored the dark side of love through music and story and the shows that followed – Dietrich’s Angels, Dreaming Of Doris and Screen Sirens – focused on the music made famous by a succession of amazing screen icons. This year, they decided to record some of their favourite tunes from these shows, initially to send to venues and promoters. In the end, they recorded ten songs in four and a half hours and it was decided that as they were sounding so good, it would be a shame to only let the industry hear them. With another session, they would have enough for an album. That is what they have done.

The resulting collection, Close Your Eyes, was recorded in Cauldron Studios in Dublin with engineer Michael Manning and is a series of recordings of which they are intensely proud. From the tender, romantic It’s Magic (Doris Day) and Try Your Wings (Blossom Dearie) to the playful, cheeky Johnny (Marlene Dietrich) and The Heat Is On (Rita Hayworth), the disc is an intimate collection which gives an effect not unlike having Truly & Josh in your living room singing you gently through the night.

Track-listing and anecdotal information …

1. Close your eyes
Written by Bernice Petkere
Learnt from the recording of Doris Day and André Previn (1962)

2. This girl’s in love with you (1968)
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David

3. Try your wings (1958)
Written by Michael Barr and Dion McGregor for Blossom Dearie

4. Down with Love (1937)
Written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
From the musical “Hooray for what?”

5. Johnny (1931)
Written by Friedrich Holländer
From “The Song of Songs” (1933), performed by Marlene Dietrich

6. The heat is on (1953)
Written by Lester Lee and Ned Washington
From “Miss Sadie Thompson” (1953), performed by Jo Ann Greer (as the singing voice of Rita Hayworth), banned when the film first came out for being too raunchy.

7. Girl Talk (1965)
Written by Neal Hefti and Bobby Troup
From “Harlow”, the biopic of Jean Harlow

8. Look me over closely (1953)
Written by Terry Gilkyson for Marlene Dietrich

9. Ev’rything I’ve got (1942)
Written by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart
From the musical “By Jupiter”.

10. It’s magic (1947)
Written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn
From “Romance on the high seas” (1947), performed by Doris Day

11. Candy (1944)
Written by Alex Kramer, and Mack David and Joan Whitney

12. Frim Fram Sauce (1945)
Written by Joe Ricardel and Redd Evans

13. One for my baby (1943)
Written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
From “Macao” (1953), performed by Jane Russell

14. Hooray for Love (1935)
Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields