NEW CD is out!!

Brite Records has released THE FIRST OF ALL MY DREAMS, a new CD of songs by Ellen Mandel to poems by E.E. Cummings, Seamus Heaney, William Butler Yeats, Glyn Maxwell, and others, including some jazz songs with lyrics and music by Mandel. One of the songs on the CD, "Human Beings Suffer," based on a passage from Seamus Heaney's THE CURE AT TROY is one of the favorite poems of such figures as Bill Clinton and Elizabeth Edwards. It ends with "HOPE" and "BELIEVE"----perfectly in tune with President-Elect Obama's philosophy. It's great when poetry feels so relevant!

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