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“On the Record: Shameem Taheri-Lee” – Drum Media review, 02/02/12

Most could easily agree that jazz music is all about charisma, and some of the best jazz is that which can reward its listeners with a soulful, swinging sound. Perth-based singer/songwriter Shameem Taheri-Lee showcases an unmistakable talent and passion for constructing songs infused with groove and R’n’B to create a distinctive approach to music and her self-titled CD.
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Deep, Still – inspiration

The lyrics of “Deep, Still” are here.

For a long time I wanted to write a love song for my husband, Kia, who has been my rock and support for the years that we’ve been together. But the task seemed impossible… all the love songs that I’ve heard and known are about the excitement of the first meeting, the throws of physical attraction, or just plain superficial puppy stuff.

At the same time, on a completely seperate tangent, I was toying with the idea of writing a song in the time signature of 5/4. Could I possibly write a pop song in an odd meter? This idea sat with me for months.

Then, late one night, on a long reflective drive home by myself, the concept came to me. I don’t know in what order in occurred – it seemed to happen all at once: the melody, the lyrics, the groove, the chords all swam into focus in my mind at once. So when I arrived home I raced to the keyboard, grabbing my song book and pen and probably knocking over something on the way… it’s a song about long-term, stable love; the kind that goes through the tests of life and stands strong like rock.

So here you have it. My love song, in 5/4. I dedicate this song to my husband Kia; thank you for the amazing love that you show me.

Deep, Still – lyrics

Deep, Still

If a hurricane rages for awhile, then dies
I would never rage, though my heart is racing wild
If the winter winds press each other on, then turn
I would never race, though my heart so deeply yearns and burns

I have an ocean of deep, still love
Surging, yet silent
Ocean of deep, still love for you
Deeper than blue

See the seasons change, see the moon ascend and fall
They are subject to laws my heart does not uphold
I will be a rock; I will be a mountain’s core
Here I will endure, here I am forevermore
Forevermore I’m yours

I have an ocean of deep, still love
Surging, yet silent
Ocean of deep, still love for you
Deeper than blue
For you, deeper than blue

And the desert sands may shift above, but this love
It is anchored where no storms can move, or disapprove
Yes, the summer breeze may flirt with me, but wait and see
I’m free of these fleeting things

I have an ocean of deep, still love
Surging, yet silent
Ocean of deep, still love for you
Deeper than blue
For you, deeper than blue
For you, deeper than blue
I have an ocean of deep, still love

Deep, Still (solo)

Live performance at Roleystone Performer’s Night.