Connie Lansberg is a songwriter, jazz artist and author. Her first original album, which is based on her book "Tsera's Gift", is rife with intriguing layers and the album’s title track "Deep Dark Down & Blue" belies the invigorating and upbeat nature of its songs.
Connie's debut manages to be both accessible and sophisticated while gracefully traversing folk, pop, and jazz with authenticity and ingenuity. Each of the tracks carefully-crafted lyrics offers profound, poignant and poetic messages without detracting from the album’s overall lilting feeling. The ten-song album represents a creative collaboration between Connie and one of Australia’s premier jazz artists, Mark Fitzgibbon.
Highlights on "Deep Dark Down & Blue" include the breezy title track, the impressionistic "Better Things" and the smoky and revelatory "Still". "Deep Dark Down & Blue" is sweetly cathartic, contrasting crystalline melodies with richly emotive sentiments. The elegantly essential "Better Things" is a subtle masterwork with a stately improvisational flight courtesy of Mark Fitzgibbon and sage lyrics. That song is a gentle reminder to not wait too long, especially for the wrong reasons. Nothing is ever going to be perfect.
The album’s closing track, "Still", is a spiritual centering composition with a touch of wry wit and some of Connie's finest turns of phrases.
"The first thing anybody tells you about this business is to say what makes you unique and different, but I couldn't, and the very idea of it never sat well with me. After much deliberation, I finally realized why - because I’m not unique or different. I'm exactly like you, and I love that.
We each have a unique filter through which we interpret the world, and with this filter in place, I write stories and songs. You might find them surprising or intriguing, even confronting. You may relate or you may not. They may make you laugh and sometimes, even cry. You may or may not understand what I’m trying to say, and you may not understand me.
However, rest assured, once we get past the filters, at our core, we are wonderfully and beautifully the same".
- Connie Lansberg