The Singer And The Songwriter

4 albums

Rachel Garcia and Thu Tran create music as vibrant and diverse as their multiracial backgrounds. Rachel’s rich, nuanced vocal delivery and Thu’s dynamic guitar arrangements provide the backbone for the duo’s swinging, soulful and heartfelt songs that tell emotionally honest and compelling stories. Their identities as mixed-race-Mexican-American and first-generation-Vietnamese-American (respectively) subtly inform the inclusionary, modernist perspective of their lyrics, which provide “smart commentary on social attitudes” (Pasadena Weekly), while their music and melodies cut across decades of classic American song forms, bending and blending genres to produce a unique sound with a fresh, clever and distinct approach to the classic traditions of American jazz, folk and blues.
After meeting in 2006, the California-based duo began writing and performing music together. Over the course of two years, as their songwriting developed, they began to incorporate influences from different eras of jazz and pop music, which led to the creation of their unique, vibrant, “sophisticated but playful” sound (BuzzBands LA). “His guitar shimmies and swings like Django Reinhardt while her voice wraps around each note, swaying in unison like a modern-day Ella Fitzgerald.” (Nooga). And while their music hints at these vintage styles, the writing remains modern and relevant - “a breath of musical fresh air” (Playback: STL)
In 2012, the duo won the West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest in the Miscellaneous category for their original recording, The Art of Missing You – “…a delightfully poised and melancholic classic jazz ballad that Sarah Vaughan or Billie Holiday would have gladly wrapped their wounded souls around.” (Americana-UK)
In 2014, The Singer and The Songwriter released their critically acclaimed, debut full-length LP, What a Difference a Melody Makes, produced by Charlie Stavish (Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis) with mixing and mastering by Brooklyn collective, Mason Jar Music (Lucius, Feist and Andrew Bird). Debuting at #34 on the CMJ Jazz Top 40 Charts, the album has been critically praised as “diverse, confident, stylish and accomplished” (Americana-UK),  “a revelation” (Pittsburgh In Tune) and “an opus worthy of national attention” (Playback: STL).
In March 2016, The Singer and The Songwriter released their sophomore EP, Ballads for Trying Times, produced by Griffin Rodriguez (Beirut). This latest release is being praised as “a delectable listen, an emotional journey down a sullen, yet hopeful trail. Garcia and Tran bring together songs that appear written just for the listener, and no one else.” (Playback: STL). The songs on the EP are described as “baroque lullabies that move along with an ease and fluidity that showcases their musical maturity and sensibility.” (The Deli LA) The deeply personal record highlights the duo’s strengths as writers and performers: “Garcia's rich, warm voice wraps around you like the softest quilt and Tran's subdued guitar shines at all the right moments, creating somber tracks that are more than palatable and necessary.” (Bitch Media)
In October 2017, the duo released their third collection of songs, DIRECTIONS. The Huffington Post says the album "radiates gorgeously contagious melodies, palpitating rhythms and luscious harmonies and, of course, Garcia’s unparalleled voice." In February 2018, the song, "Give Love" was nominated for Best Adult Contemporary Song at the 16th Annual Independent Music Awards. The duo is currently touring nationally. Of their live show, The Eastsider LA writes: “Tran’s […] colorful playing style paired wonderfully with the dramatic and soulful voice of his partner in crime. This duo’s set of original material [...] mine[s} the annals of Gypsy Jazz (as well as ‘60s folk) for inspiration."

Music

25 songs
Song
Length
Actions
1
Vis Viva Vis Viva
03:39
2
If You Followed Me, If I Followed You Ballads For Trying Times
05:00

Lyrics:

If you followed me To some friendless city Quit your good job That paid you good money And you stayed at home Put your whole life on hold Waited around for me While I chased my dream They’d call you crazy Crazy But if I followed you They’d tell me my love was true They’d say I was strong That I somehow deserved you Oh, what a shame My heart won’t work that way I cannot live inside Only one life Why should I stand by? Why should I?
1
If You Followed Me, If I Followed You (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:58
3
Anywhere, Everywhere Directions
03:59

Lyrics:

We, we are ready We’ve got the car packed with dreams Leave the city we once called home Sold off everything we own Take the highway headed east I’ll keep driving while you sleep Ooooh Let’s go let’s go let’s go Anywhere and everywhere, everywhere I'll go you know I'll go Anywhere if you are there, you are there Let’s go... Woohoo We’re counting pennies Hearts are heavy, losing sleep Just a little worse for wear You're my compass guide me there Static on the radio Making this up as we go Ooooh Let’s go let’s go let’s go Anywhere and everywhere, everywhere I'll go you know I'll go Anywhere if you are there, you are there Let’s go... Woohoo Creaking basements, makeshift beds Words we wished we never said Drive-thru orders, grocery stores Kindest strangers, open doors Everything will be ok Leave it on the interstate Shattered windows, shattered dreams All alone in New Orleans The quarry keens in Birmingham No sleep till Tucson if we can Even if it turns out wrong You were with me all along Let’s go let’s go let’s go Anywhere and everywhere, everywhere I'll go you know I'll go Anywhere if you are there, you are there Let’s go... Woohoo
1
Anywhere, Everywhere (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:03
4
Apparent Brightness Directions
03:06

Lyrics:

You followed the light, followed the light But you couldn't find us (ooh) You must have been fooled by Our apparent brightness (ooh) A million years from now is now (to you) The fabric of the sky lifts and fills like a parachute But the stars don't show The moment we stopped dancing, no No, no one knows Electro-magnet radio waves Are the ghosts that show you where to go Woo-ooo-oooh All you could see with your naked eye Was the trace of light we left behind (ooh) The light you saw was an old reflection Playing reruns like on television (ooh) A million years from now is now (to you) The fabric of the sky lifts and fills like a parachute But the stars don't show The moment we stopped dancing, no No, no one knows Electro-magnet radio waves Are the ghosts that show you where to go Woo-ooo-oooh Look up at the sky You can see we're not alone tonight Let's go outside We can chase the light, we can chase the light Through space and time But there's nothing here to find Woo-ooo-hooo You see... Graveyards, old churches We built to set our minds at ease our bad love, destruction, were Outside the spectrum we could see To-do lists unfinished Our names carved into a tree With the plea: Don't erase me!
1
Apparent Brightness (Background Vocals)
Background Vocals
03:05
2
Apparent Brightness (Chorus Vocals)
Chorus Vocals Only
03:05
3
Apparent Brightness (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:05
5
Show Me The Mountain Directions
03:15

Lyrics:

I'm the spark that starts Wildfires in your heart I'm the hunger inside Never leaves you satisfied Mmmhmmm Show me the mountain I should stop, could quit Give this up, start again But I won't run like the river I'll be cool as the breeze I know the mountain's waiting for me Show me the mountain How did I let it go this far? Face down on the bathroom floor I'll do anything, I'll do anything Show me the mountain (Give me everything you've got) Show me the mountain (I'm ready for it)
1
Show Me The Mountain (Background Vocals)
Background Vocals
03:16
2
Show Me The Mountain (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:16
6
Wild Heart Directions
04:00

Lyrics:

She would run everywhere Scrape her knees, mess up her hair She didn't care Her wild heart chased the train Snuck aboard, stole away The sugar cane She said, "Ohhhh... we were wild and free Ohhh... and will always be" Our hea-a-a-arts were uncharted They're the lawless no man's land Our hea-a-a-arts Not made to be conquered Born free to wander wild As the western winds We're the oceans; we make waves We never will be tamed These wild wild wild wild wild wild wild Wild hearts Off we go, who knows where Sing my song while people stare But I don't care These wild days will never end We'll stay gold and feel the sun On our cinnamon skin We say, "Ohhhh... we are wild and free Ohhh.... and will always be" Our hea-a-a-arts are uncharted They're the lawless no man's land Our hea-a-a-arts Not made to be conquered Born free to wander wild As the western winds We're the oceans; we make waves We never will be tamed These wild wild wild wild wild wild wild Wild hearts ...can't be contained A work of art without a frame Like Joan of Arc, I am not afraid I am not afraid, we are not afraid
1
Wild Heart (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:00

Lyrics:

Someday My darling, someday The sun will come out and melt The snow away Someday After the winter’s gone We’ll take a walk around the park And there we’ll talk of how we knew it all along That rainbows will follow after the storm I promise, my darling, you’ll be in my arms Someday When we’re old and gray We’ll hold each other close And then we’ll start to sway Someday The radio will play this song And you’ll look in my eyes and say You knew it all along We knew it all along
1
Someday (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:18
8
03:33

Lyrics:

Turn our pockets inside out Day to day, hand to mouth We may have to go down and play The corner of the street with an open guitar case Change will come if we make good With the tourists down on Hollywood and Vine We’ll get by, we’ll get by Even if the money’s getting tight, we’ll get by This town will surely spit us out Unless our luck turns around If it doesn’t we’ll move to the countryside Get a cabin, live the simple life We’ll wake up to the rooster’s crow Sittin on the porch, we could take it slow We’ll get by, we’ll get by Say we gave it our best try, we’ll get by Oooooh…. Oooooooh…. Try our best to stay in love Hold on to each other it’ll be enough To get by, to get by We’ll get by, we’ll get by We’ll get by by by We’ll get by by by
1
We'll Get By (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:32
9
Give Love Directions
03:07

Lyrics:

It's simple Easy as 1,2,3 Fundamental Any old fool would agree Give love, get love, repeat I have been waiting for love to knock on my door I've been mistaken Putting the cart before the horse: Give love, get love, repeat I know you’ve been hurting Oh I'm hurting too But deep down I am certain That love's gonna pull us through It’s so simple Easy as 1, 2, 3 So fundamental Just ask the flowers how the bees Give love, get love, repeat Everyone's talking Bout how this world oughta be I'm tired of talking I just want these actions to speak: Give love, get love, repeat Round and round goes the world Here we sit: you and me Round and round goes the love that we give Till it comes back in the end, wait and see Give love, get love, repeat after me Give love, get love, repeat
1
Give Love (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:07
10
Worried No More Directions
02:28

Lyrics:

I ain't worried no more I ain't worried no more Life's so short I ain't worried no more So what, I ain't got no money? What do I need money for? Keep your money, honey I ain't worried no more So what I don't see the doctor A doctor ain't gonna find the cure For all of these troubles I ain't gonna worry no more There you go again, always trying to bring me down Wringing your hands, furrowing your worried brow Tonight I'm going dancing, drinking, and staying out till four Cuz I ain't worried, I ain't worried no more I ain't worried no more I ain't worried no more Life's so short I ain't worried no more Let me tell you bout my five year plan I'm gonna sing as loud as I can, 50 dollars in the dresser drawer I ain't gonna worry no more There you go again, questioning when and where and how Wringing your hands, furrowing your worried brow I'm no good with numbers, so I ain't even keeping score I ain't worried, I ain't worried no more Keep your creature comforts for yourself Keep your steady job and your mental health I don't need stability, no, what for? I ain't worried, I ain't worried no more
1
Worried No More (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:29
11
A Borrowed Room In A Borrowed House What A Difference A Melody Makes
03:10

Lyrics:

Didn’t want to stop Didn’t want to stay Didn’t mean to stop We had to wait In a borrowed room In a borrowed house Along the way And we crossed the bridge Almost every day And it took its toll ‘Cuz we had to pay For that borrowed room In that borrowed house Along the way As we tossed and turned In that crowded bed Along the way And we gave it back When the air turned cold Pushed the table back Where it was meant to go We were meant to go From that borrowed room In that borrowed house Along the way From that borrowed street In that borrowed town Along the way
1
A Borrowed Room In A Borrowed House (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:12
12
03:03

Lyrics:

Traveling, traveling across the sky Across the sky, across the sky Birds came to sing goodnight Sing goodnight, sing goodnight Ooooh… Galloping, galloping miles and miles Miles and miles, miles and miles Horses came to neigh goodnight Neigh goodnight, neigh goodnight Neigh… Splishing, Splashing across the sea Across the sea, across the sea Dolphins jump, dolphins leap Say sweet dreams, say sweet dreams Eeeeee (shhh)…. Animals, animals gather round Safe and sound, safe and sound All is right, tucked in tight, Nighty night, nighty night Night…
1
A Lullaby (For Malcolm)(Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:03

Lyrics:

It’s been a long Seven months and 16 days Since my fields Have felt a drop of rain This barren land Is gonna wilt and turn to dust The crops won’t yield And there ain’t nothin’ left for us So I get down on my knees I say, Lord, pretty please Let this dry spell end God knows I try I try most every night But we fight, You turn over on your side And I’m lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely Lonely, lonely, lonely again tonight So I get down on my knees I say, Lord, pretty please Let this dry spell… …End up Bringing a downpour tonight I need a flash flood To drown this heavy heart of mine… So I pray For the rain And I’ll wait I’ll wait for the lord to make This dry spell end.
1
Dry Spell (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:48

Lyrics:

Half the week, half the week at my place Half the week waking up to your face Ain’t it sweet to see your toothbrush on my sink? Come and go as you please; what will the neighbors think? Kick off your dancing shoes Put up your feet Come and play house with me Half the week Half the week, other half at your place I’m off to work, been wearing your shirt three days straight Ain’t it sweet how this feels just like new? Call in sick and we can sleep in ‘til noon Kick off your dancing shoes Put up your feet Come and play house with me Half the week Kick off your dancing shoes Put up your feet Come and play house with me, Come and go as you please, We’ll feign domesticity Half the week
1
Half The Week (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:59

Lyrics:

I don’t want love that’s old fashioned I want a modern romance x2 Don’t want no courting suitors knocking at my door Don’t want no Romeo to make me wonder wherefore (wherefore…) I want you to love me, honey, and move in with me Save up a little money, find ourselves a place by the sea (the sea…) I ain’t got the time to be wined and dined I'm tired of lovin' you in ol' black and white Not saying we oughta get married or settle down But we’ve got a good thing going, why mess it up now? Why make the same decisions our parents made? These times they are a-changing, let’s make our own mistakes (mistakes…) Who’s got the time nowadays? Let’s bring our love into the modern age ?I don’t want love that’s old fashioned I want a modern romance I don’t want love that’s old fashioned I want a modern romance (romance…)
1
Old Fashioned (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:20

Lyrics:

Out of the fog Into the sunshine Out of the darkness And into the light Like two little birds We’ll migrate south for the winter Tired of cold, foggy weather Freezing our poor little feathers Out of the fog Into the sunshine Out of the darkness And into the light Fly down Interstate 5 One hundred, two hundred, Three hundred, four hundred miles… Out of the fog Into the sunshine Out of the darkness And into the light So… Away we go Out of the fog We’ll find a new home
1
Out Of The Fog (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:32
17
03:02

Lyrics:

We bought a map And we got excited A full tank of gas In our electric hybrid This winding road Feels never-ending It’s such a shame we missed The rhododendrons Our love is the open road Doesn’t matter where we go Our love is the open road Oooh… And it was strange (it was so strange) To see a ship upon the shore It looked out of place (looked out of place) Like those roadside dinosaurs Our love is the open road You and me and the stereo Our love is the open road Oooh… We were stranded on the dunes We shook the sand from our shoes And, sure, we’ve taken Wrong turns and detours darling But come on, come on, come on, Just look how far, look how far we’ve come Our love is the open road Driving up the pacific coast Our love is the open road Oooh…
1
Pacific Coast Highway (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:02

Lyrics:

We were birds We were fish Earth, sky, earth, sky Too big for the pond we were swimming in Come on, come on! Everybody wants to be in love Everybody wants to be in love, come on! For the summer, I was Let the sunlight shape the day Ever new each morning light Growing up and burning bright I found myself in the tall green grass of Ohio Come on, come on! Everybody wants to be in love Everybody wants to be in love, come on! For the summer, I was If you come out, come over I promise I won’t laugh at you I’m strange too I’m strange too… Tonight I’ll ask my mother If you can sleepover We can connect the days Stay a little longer, walk me home, walk me home Come on, come on! Everybody wants to be in love Everybody wants to be in love, come on! For the summer, I was Sleep, hurry sleep ‘Till the blue white light of morning calls again I’m in love with this summer day I’m in love with this summer day
1
Summer Song (Instrumental)
Instrumental
05:55
19
02:19

Lyrics:

I’m getting quite good at Missing you dear Waiting and wishing Wanting you near I’ve got a talent For what I do I’ve got it down Down to an art of missing you I’m quite the Monet at the “art of missing” A regular Rembrandt of reminiscing And just like good ol’ Picasso, I’m so Blue over you I’m going crazy Waiting for you What can I do But master the art of missing you?
1
The Art Of Missing You (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:20
20
03:32

Lyrics:

All my friends Are having babies But I just want a dog They tell me I’m crazy ‘Cause I don’t see the big idea with babies When I could have a dog So what if it’s not meant to be; Meant for me? I am fine Time is on my side Right, right, right? Truth be told, I thought by now I would Have a little more to show For myself But I’m not that far off From a house with a yard If I only keep holding on Damn this impractical art Leaving me here to starve I am fine Time is on my side Right. Right? Right.
1
Impractical Art (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:34
21
My Favorite Person Ballads For Trying Times
02:54

Lyrics:

You are my favorite person To be angry with To feel lonely with Be misunderstood by I can’t understand why My favorite person is you You are the endless frustration I complain about But can’t live without My favorite pastime is spent Holding grudges against you Who needs the kind of bliss They write about in movie scripts? I’d much prefer A happiness that hurts You are my favorite person You’re the one I want To slam doors upon The one I deserve Love’s the four letter word I have reserved for you It’s very easy to see In all your anger for me That I’m your favorite person too
1
My Favorite Person (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:54
22
03:43

Lyrics:

Do what you love nights and weekends In empty bars to scattered applause Give it your all part of the time Nights and weekends all your life Answer your calling in your free time The time in between your work and your sleep Follow the path for which you are meant Oh the road’s so dark nights and weekends Anyone out there? Anyone out there? Anyone at all… What if I’m up here in 5…10…15 years? And the stage is unchanged? And still no one knows my name? Will I still be waiting for something to break? All those nights and weekends that have gone to waste Anyone out there? Anyone out there?
1
Nights & Weekends (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:44

Lyrics:

Some folks go out drinking Hop around the bars downtown But, me, I’m just thinking About hanging around ‘Cuz I’d rather be reading Cozy in my bed at home Maybe that’s the reason Why I’m here all alone ‘Cuz ain’t nobody Wants a homebody So nobody’s Home but me So go out to your fancy dinners Pour expensive wine in your glass I’ll be right here With my arts and crafts You can go to your parties Go ahead and paint the town red But if you come on over, I bet you I can show you A good time instead Cuz ain’t nobody Wants a homebody So nobody’s Home but me (Whoa-o-o-o) Ain’t nobody Just a homebody So won’t somebody Please stay home with me
1
Homebody (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:31

Lyrics:

Over the town Over the town Suddenly we’re lifted off the ground Floating somewhere over the town Over the town Over the town Darling, look from here I see our house I see it from over the town A patch of blue sky and a passing cloud Called to us from over the town Over the town Over the town Nothing on this earth can bring us down Can’t reach us while we’re over the town
1
Over The Town (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:25

Lyrics:

I can’t un-think the thought of you I can’t un-want, I can’t un-need you here with me I can’t un-lose myself in you I can’t, I won’t unlove you I can’t un-kiss you backstage right I can’t un-call you through the bookcase wall that night We can’t un-talk the whole night through I can’t, I won’t unlove you And I long for the day When I look at your face And I won’t feel a thing, No, I won’t feel a thing, But ‘till then, ‘till then… I can’t un-hear, I can’t un-see I can’t un-care that you’re somewhere unloving me I try and try, but what’s the use? I can’t, I won’t unlove you
1
Unlove You (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:52