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Song Credits for "My Gift" by Kelly Delaveris

The Story

This project has been about giving.  My mom, Miriam Crum, was a giver.  She gave me life.  She gave me love.  She gave my kids love.  She was an incredible mother and grandmother.  She fought cancer three times:  breast cancer first, colon cancer 10 years later, and 5 years after that, lung cancer.  She fought lung cancer until the end; she never gave up.  I admire her for that.

When Mark Puskarich approached me in May of this year about giving my time to record a song for his Christmas CD, “yes” was the only thing I could say.  In July, when he gave me time at his recording studio to do whatever I wanted to do, the wheels started turning.  Since Mark had offered to give me studio time, it only made sense to me to give proceeds from the sale of the CD to cancer research.  I knew I had an engagement coming up with some of my favorite musicians:  Jim Rupp on drums, Sean Ferguson on piano, and my son Nikolas on bass.  I talked with them about giving their time to record, and they were all for it. I can’t tell you how rewarding it was to record with Nikolas, and to give him a chance to play and record with such an accomplished drummer as Jim.

I also have a passion for Brazilian music – specifically music from the Bossa Nova era – late 1950s-1970s.  I have been singing this music in Portuguese for about 10 years and have always wanted to record it. This was the perfect vehicle. I asked my Brazilian band of Brett Allen, Chris Berg, Danny Aguiar and Joe Nelson to give their time to record, and they graciously complied.  So I have a project with my favorite music and my favorite people, and the proceeds are going to a very worthy and personal cause.

The bottom line is that I was given a gift – my voice and my ears. My life has been truly blessed, and it’s time for me to give back.

Kelly Delaveris

CD Credits

Arrangements by Kelly Delaveris et al © 2006
Recorded at Tony’s Treasures Studio, Cadiz, OH
Recording Engineer – Cody Romshak
Mixed by Mark Puskarich and Cody Romshak
Produced by Mark Puskarich for A Christmas To Cure Cancer and Kelly Delaveris © 2006

Musicians for tracks 1,4,7,9,11,13,15, 16
Kelly Delaveris – Vocals
Nikolas Delaveris – Upright Bass
Sean Ferguson – Piano

Jim Rupp - DrumsMusicians for tracks 2,3,5,6,8,10,12,14,17,18
Kelly Delaveris – Vocals
Brett Allen – Guitar
Chris Berg – Upright Bass
Danny Aguiar - Drums
Joe Nelson – Percussion, Drums on track 18

1. All or Nothing at All

Words and music by Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence

2. Voce e Eu

Words and music by Carlos Lyra and Vinicius de Moraes

3. Discussao

Words and music by Antonio Carlos Jobim

4. Alone Together

Words and music by Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz

5. Triste

Words and music by Antonio Carlos Jobim

6. Estrada de Sol

Words and music by Jobim/Duran

7. Out of This World

Words and music by Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer

8. Retrato em Branco e Preto

Words and music by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Chico Buarque de Hollandia

9. So Many Stars

Music by Sergio Mendes. Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman

10. Samba de Uma Nota So

Words and music by Antonio Carlos Jobim

11. Old Devil Moon

Words by E.Y. Harburg, Music by Burton Lane

12. Gotas de Luar

Words and music by Nelson Cavaquinho and Guilherme de Brito

13. Like Someone In Love

Words by Johnny Burke and Music by Jimmy Van Heusen

14. Modinha

Words and music by Antonio Carlos Jobim

15. Star Eyes

Words by D. Raye and Music by Gene De Paul 

16. Darn That Dream

Words and music by Eddie Delange and Jimmy Van Heusen

17. A Felicidade

Words and music by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes

18. Samba de Orfeu

Words and music by Luis Bonfa



To all the musicians who gave their time and talent to this project - I love you all; to my dad, Jimmy Crum, for introducing me to jazz ; to Vaughn Wiester, for exposing me to Brazilian music; to Elizabeth, for her brains; and last but certainly not least, to my husband, because "music happens at night".

Song List:

  • All or Nothing at All
  • Voce e Eu
  • Discussao
  • Alone Together
  • Triste
  • Estrada de Sol
  • Out of This World
  • Retrato em Branco e Preto
  • So Many Stars
  • Samba de Uma Nota So
  • Old Devil Moon
  • Gotas de Luar
  • Like Someone In Love
  • Modinha
  • Star Eyes
  • Darn That Dream
  • A Felicidade
  • Samba de Orfeu

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A Christmas To Cure Cancer 6
Christmas Island
Last Christmas
Happy Christmas
Liz & Ralph & Calvin
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Guitar)
Grown Up Christmas List
Christmas Drive
Three Hundred Sixty Four
Merry Christmas Baby
Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight)
It's Christmas
Baby It's Cold Outside
Dance Of The Elves
Silent Night
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Piano)
The Secret Of Christmas
O Holy Night
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