Get to the Heart

Get to the Heart

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Record of the Year Award Winner

Stereo Review Magazine • 1981


1 Gateway Blues (Blues for Bessie) (© 1978, Jane Voss, Obscure Origins Music, BMI)

2 Salamander Shuffle (© 1973, Hoyle Osborne, Obscure Origins Music, BMI)

3 Lazy (Irving Berlin, Irving Berlin Music, ASCAP)

4 The Devil With the Devil (Larry Clinton, Southdale Music, ASCAP)

5 Song to a Shrinking Violet (© 1978, Jane Voss, Obscure Origins Music, BMI)

6 Get to the Heart (© 1978, Jane Voss, Obscure Origins Music, BMI)

7 Some Days You Just Can’t Win (© 1977, Genny Haley)

8 Don’t Let a Good Friend Go Down (© 1978, Jane Voss, Obscure Origins Music, BMI)

9 (Wasting My Time) Wasting My Love on You (Edgar Leslie & Harry Warren, Remick Music, ASCAP; additional lyrics by Jane Voss)

10 Still (My Thoughts Go Back to You) (© 1973, Jane Voss, Obscure Origins Music, BMI)


Jane Voss: vocals & guitar

Hoyle Osborne: piano & vocals

Jim Rothermel: alto & tenor saxophones, clarinet, flute & harmonica

Jan Martinelli: electric bass

Bob Scott: drums


Recorded at Bay Records Studios, Alameda, California, January 1981

Engineered by Michael Cogan


Producers: Jane Voss & Hoyle Osborne

Assistant Producer: Jim Rothermel

Photography © 1981 Janet Fries

Cover design by Mary Robertson

CD graphics by Creative Geckos


Dedicated to Vincent Taylor and Al Lauderbaugh with thanks for their great generosity and support. Special thanks to the many people whose support made this album possible.


Reissue of Green Linnet SIF 1031


Gateway Blues (Blues for Bessie) — A tribute to the spirit of the great blues singer Bessie Smith.

Salamander Shuffle — A slinky little ragtime number written for a short-lived vaudeville show at a Berkeley cafe, La Salamandra.

Lazy — This gem of a song by the granddaddy of American popular song, with its stream-of-consciousness lyric, suggests a pleasant antidote to the pressures and dubious pleasures of modern life.

The Devil With the Devil — A swingtime response to those who would tell us how to live our lives. Composed by the 1930s big band leader best known as “The Dipsy Doodler.”

Song to a Shrinking Violet — A song for the spirit in each of us.

Get to the Heart — Jane’s Motown influences surface in this credo of a song which calls into question some of the prevailing popular notions of “making it” in music.

Some Days You Just Can’t Win — A stunning song by the versatile Berkeley songwriter Genny Haley, who wishes it be known that the final version of the lyrics in the bridge is:

   Racing ’round for love and all it means,

   A face, a sound, a voice I’ve heard in dreams;

   A crazy clown ...

The singer learned the song, unwittingly, from a working draft, and stubbornly continues to perform the earlier version.

Don’t Let a Good Friend Go Down — A haunting country blues for which the musical inspiration comes from the traditional mountain song “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down.”

(Wasting My Time) Wasting My Love on You — On the 1930 recording by Joe Venuti and His New Yorkers, Frank Luther sings the chorus of this song, but the verse is played only as an instrumental. So it fell to Jane to restore a lyric to this very singable melody. A collaboration across the decards.

Still (My Thoughts Go Back to You) — A tender country-style ballad of lost love remembered against the moving backdrop of the Midwestern prairies — the view from the window of a long-haul bus.




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