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Magic and jazz merge together for a sweet troop tribute
by J Matthew Cobb -  Link: HiFi Magazine
In the early Eighties, Mystic Merlin was trying to get their magic off the ground. Despite kicking out three albums of
funk on Capitol Records (click here) and even introducing the world to the velvety voice of Freddie Jackson, the
New York-based band failed to drop their abracadabra on the world. Decades since their dissolve, Barry Strutt and
Clyde Bullard are making a big splash on the recording world with a new single for jazz singer Carolyn Leonhart. On
the Strutt-penned “Waiting for the Day,” Leonhart – a product of the talented Leonhart jazz family – walks on the
track using the grace of Sade as the Najee-sounding background sways with the comforts of Quiet Storm tapestry.  
The companion concept video also carries the same kind of poise. Brilliant hues, dreamy imagery and romantic
undertones all decorate the landscape, even if the video hints at the serious issue of the fatigue spouses have to
endure with involving their military-working mates. “Half asleep, half awake/waiting for the day,” Leonhart coos,
as if she’s sending a love letter via Western Union. The good thing about the song is that its lyrics are applicable to
any situation.  The problem with the video is that, even though it tells a touching story, the sensual mood of the
music nullifies much of the seriousness of its message. Still, you wouldn’t have caught this exotic tune on a Mystic
Merlin record. The only funk embedded in the tune is in Bullard’s slapstick bass. Overall, it perfectly uncovers the
versatility in their fingers; these magicians are far from being a one trick pony.
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Highly recommended
by Randy Sandke (Author of Harmony for the New Millenium)
Barry Strutt’s latest music video, “Waiting for the Day,” is a triumph. The song and lyrics are haunting and timely,
and powerfully convey a universal message of hope and loss. Carolyn Leonhart delivers a stirring performance, her
voice and natural beauty always a joy to behold. Why isn’t she the star she deserves to be? Highly recommended.
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by Randy Sandke (Author of Harmony for the New Millenium)
Barry Strutt’s latest music video, “Waiting for the Day,” is a triumph. The song and lyrics are haunting and timely,
and powerfully convey a universal message of hope and loss. Carolyn Leonhart delivers a stirring performance, her
voice and natural beauty always a joy to behold. Why isn’t she the star she deserves to be? Highly recommended.
Perfect !!!!
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by Wim Dubbelman,  ZAP FM
Just in 1 word : Perfect !!!!
Great music, great vocals, great video, great lyrics, great... everything.
Love this song !!!!
LoveIt!
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by Awilda Rivera,   WBGO
#LoveIt! I'm a @carolynleonhart fan.
Featured this week On The Jazz Network Worldwide: New Single
“Waiting For The Day” By Jazz Vocalist Carolyn Leonhart.
by Jaijai Jackson -  Link: The Jazz Worldwide Network
Barry Strutt and Clyde Bullard of the band Mystic Merlin from back in the ‘80‘s are making a big splash in the
recording world with a new single for jazz singer Carolyn Leonhart. On the Strutt-penned “Waiting for the Day”
Leonhart walks on the track with her original vocal style of grace embroidered with the tapestry of the Quiet Storm.

In today’s climate of opinion, a song with a theme of hope is one that many would give a solid nod. Like a soldier on
his watch, waiting for the day, half-asleep and half-awake, the day when there might be no more use for him to be
on a “war watch.”

Composer Barry Strutt’s thought was to pen a song describing the feeling of being half-asleep, half-awake—hope
but not naïve hope.  A world aligned in peace is unlikely, it might not ever come, but we can wait, dream and hope
it will come to pass. The good thing about the song is that its lyrics are applicable to any situation.

Carolyn Leonhart, daughter of jazz bassist Jay Leonhart and sister of the trumpeter Michael Leonhart, is perhaps
best known as a jazz singer, but is equally at home singing R&B, Soul, and Funk. She has performed as a back-up
vocalist for Steely Dan on several tours and recordings. On ‘Waiting for the Day’ she is smooth, vulnerable and
achingly soulful, cooing as if she’s sending a love letter via Western Union giving a masterful performance.

The video produced by Helen LaLousis and Barry R. Strutt has brilliant hues, dreamy imagery and romantic
undertones that decorate the landscape as the backdrop to the somewhat elliptical and haunting lyrics. The theme
hints on the issues of what fatigued spouses have to endure while waiting for their military-working mates to come
home. “Half asleep, half awake/waiting for the day,” guiding the viewer through the dreamscape of the little girl
capturing her past, waiting for her childhood crush to comeback from the war.

“Barry Strutt’s latest music video, “Waiting for the Day,” is a triumph. The song and lyrics are haunting and timely,
and powerfully convey a universal message of hope and loss. Carolyn Leonhart delivers a stirring performance, her
voice and natural beauty always a joy to behold.” by Randy Sandke (Author of Harmony for the New Millenium)

“The goal of this tune is to get it to the ears of Jill Biden so that it can be filtered into the work she does with
military families as well as garner attention from NARAS for a nomination for a Grammy” says Strutt.

The Jazz Network Worldwide is happy to feature a song that captures the sacrifice, courage and dedication of the
military families that allows us our freedom, it gives us the insight as to the hope for peace and a safe journey
home” says Jaijai Jackson, creator of The Jazz Network Worldwide.
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