Love’s in Need of Love Today
Elizabeth Tomboulian tends to her heart’s deep desire, singing of the power love has to heal, to hurt, to supersede. When the Orlando shootings happened, Stevie Wonder’s song, “Love’s in Need of Love Today” came to mind. She now had her concept for the CD featuring songs of love: broken, in need of repair, ambivalent, naughty, bluesy, and high flying.
“Exactly Like You” has the distinctive rhythmic spice of New Orleans. After she developed the harmony on “Time After Time,” Bill Evans’ “Re: Person I Knew” worked well as an interlude with Ingrid Jensen’s signature trumpet. “Nutty-If I Love Again” smash-up hearkens to Jackie and Roy with the couple singing and swinging together. McCoy Tyner’s “For Tomorrow” tells of the ambivalence of loving, with lyrics Elizabeth wrote when she and Lee were dating. Elizabeth shines on “The Ballad of the Snow Leopard and the Tanqueray Cowboy,” the rangey piano/vocal epic wailing about our hunger for inspiration and everything else money just won’t buy. Her heart for Bossa Nova beats strong on “Tristeza de Amar,” with tasteful weaving of scat and Jensen’s flugel. Elizabeth’s years of singing the blues with a guitar hold fast on “Good Old Wagon” with her voice dipping to the depths and soaring to the heights with ease. The intimacy of her accompaniment with the voice on “I Get Along Without You Very Well” whispers the bravado of lost love. “Love’s in Need of Love Today” takes us to church and the power of community to come together and stop the hate before it’s gone too far, augmented by the Tomboulians’ and Vitro’s gospel choir. “Cheesy,” Elizabeth’s gently swinging composition of longing for love while being choosey, is her tribute to her mother, who always hoped she would record it. Current events are reminiscent of the resistance movements of the 1960s with human rights being eroded by the machinations of the legislature. Mass shootings are becoming commonplace. This inspired her riff on “For What It’s Worth” and her lyric to “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” affirming that “we can make a way for every soul to live in peace. There is no fear in this whole sphere that love cannot defeat, for what it’s worth.”
Elizabeth Tomboulian cut her teeth on folk and blues, migrating from Arkansas to Houston. She lived above the iconic Sand Mountain Coffee House and performed on guitar in Montrose during its singer-songwriter heydays. She discovered free jazz at there and met Tony Campisi, who taught jazz improvisation at University of Houston. She was the first to enroll as a vocalist.
New Orleans was her next stop, she gigging on Bourbon Street. She walked in while a manager was on the phone hearing news the pianist had died. She was in the Charles Neville House Band at NOLA Jazz and Heritage Festival.
New Orleans catapulted her to Colorado, where she was opening act at the Blue Note Boulder. 1980 began seven years in studios in Nashville, recording her comps with 10-piece band, “Whatever It Takes.”
She journeyed home to Arkansas, where she met her husband, Lee, and dove into the music of Uruguay and Brazil with Circo Verde, 6-piece Latin jazz group. She was part of the White Album Project, performing the Beatles album in concert. She helped found “IntraArts” a non-profit, bringing Art Lande to Little Rock.
They moved to Denton in 1993. While working at UNT, she sang in Jazz Singers, Denton Bach Choir, and Circo. Uruguayan Maestro Hugo Fattoruso produced, “North/South Convergence,” mostly Tomboulian comps. A second CD, “Return to Whenever” released in 2006.
2005 she met Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon at the Omega Institute, sparking her Quantum Energetics Healing practice. Then to NYC, on the Board of Trustees at Edgar Cayce NY Center, teaching workshops in Quantum Sound Healing.
Now she’s Music Director at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palisades in Englewood, NJ.
QuantumStarsong.com is her website, bringing quantum healing arts together with musical arts.
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