Café Nordo’s Music for Dining Volume One

by Annastasia Workman

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“A marvelous, maddening feast of creativity you’d be a fool to miss.” -- Seattle Magazine

Since 2009, Seattle's Café Nordo has been transforming both food and theatre, one show at a time, to rapturous reviews and bedazzled audiences. Popping up for limited runs in chocolate factories, vintage performance halls, and other eclectic venues, Café Nordo transforms each space into a cutting-edge short-term restaurant where the menu is tightly interwoven with live performance and bold storytelling.

Every show has had a noteworthy constant: Seattle composer and musician Annastasia Workman, who writes all the music for all the shows and plays live at every performance. Accompanied by the Café Nordo House Band and a rotating line-up of talented musicians, Workman smoothly transitions from sultry '30s torch songs to swinging '60s jet-age romps and beyond as the stories and the cuisine demand.

For this album, Annastasia and her collaborators ventured into the studio to craft fourteen impeccable recordings of Café Nordo's greatest songs. This is music for dining, Café Nordo style.

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released May 4, 2013

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Café Nordo Seattle, Washington

Chef Nordo's events transcend food and performance.

He scoops you into a surreal world where the finest ingredients, exquisite storytelling, and beautiful wisdom are woven together by a masterful chef and entertainer.

Then he sends you out into the night air, to tipsily wonder if you will ever experience anything like it again.
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Track Name: Violet Hour
1.
Day into night
Just another night
I always said I wanted some time to myself

My mind is blue
A dark and heavy blue
I’ll just imagine I see the stars shining through

But now it’s the end of the line
No moon in sight, just a light fall shower
In my mind it’s always the violet hour

2.
Have you forgotten
That stolen afternoon
The sun was streaming through all that smoke in the room

You said you loved me
And I was not surprised
You blew your cover with that look in your eyes

But now it’s the end of the line
What good is sweet without a little sour
In my mind it’s always the violet hour

I should’ve known a happy ending
Was not in the stars, at least not for you and me
But I thought we could be the
Exception to the rule
I know I’m a fool

3.
Pour another round
Just one more sip
I’ve always loved the feel of a glass on my lips

We almost made it
Just you and I
We almost had our chance to touch the sky

But now it’s the end of the line
Do we resign, or just keep on dreaming
In my mind it’s always the violet hour
Track Name: Nowhere Town
Eyes on the line
Keep my eyes
On the dotted yellow line
Gonna leave this town behind

Night, dark night
Cut by my headlights
Just like all those movie scenes
This town put a dimmer on my dreams

I’m not stopping ‘til I get to neon lights and the big hot sun
I’m going straight to he top of the world
My time in this nowhere mountain town is done

Just passing through
Like I do
Sure as hell won’t stay too long
By tomorrow I’ll be gone

Eyes on the line
Keep my eyes
On the dotted yellow line
Gonna leave this town behind

I’m not stopping ‘til I get to neon lights and the big hot sun
I’m going straight to he top of the world
My time in this nowhere mountain town is done

Just passing through
Like I do
Sure as hell won’t stay too long
By tomorrow I’ll be gone
Track Name: Sea Song
I’ve spent many hours of my life
Voyaging off in my mind
Fathoming fathoms below
Dreaming of life on the sea

Tossed by the wind and the waves
I live for the thrill of each storm
Enveloped by a calm night sky
The blanket of stars keeps me warm

And now I am here
Upon deep blue waters
Sailing through life on the arms of the sea

The power of the sea has seduced me
The sails of my heart are unfurled
But just below each crashing wave
Is a quiet and delicate world

And now I am here
Upon deep blue waters
Now we are here
We’re finally free
Now we are here
With all we could hope for
Sailing through life on the arms of the sea
Track Name: Spruce Tree
A Spruce Tree
A creek bed
A path into the woods

Is someone there
I hear you
A barred owl
Calling

Who
Who cooks for you
Who cooks
Who cooks for you all
Track Name: Wheel of Fortune
Come on wheel of fortune
Gonna give you one more spin
Maybe this time will be my big win

Chasing gold and rainbows
Is wasting my time again
But there’s more than one way
To cash in

I’m tired of waiting for the good life
Gonna grab the reins today
Then I’ll see to it that things
Go my way

I saw that glimmer on the horizon
It used to seem so far away
I think it’s finally my
Lucky day
Track Name: Julep
I never was the girl next door
With eyes like these,
And thighs like these,
I was the hometown carnivore

Get me a drink
But don’t be long
These gin martinis make me wild as the Amazon

I will admit that I’m a tease
But I’m not easy
Only the best can pass my test and even then
There’s not a guarantee

‘f’ya wanna get inside my . . . heart
It takes a real man
A man’s man
Who’s handy with his gun
And when he shoots he always hits his mark

Play your cards right
You can’t go wrong
Just stir me up and you’ll be sippin at my Julep ‘til dawn
Track Name: We’re the Ones That We’ve Been Waiting For
1.
This peach is ripe
And waiting to be picked
Don’t leave me hangin’ on this tree

This appetite
Has a hankerin’ for a peach
And baby, you’re the perfect peach for me

Are you sayin’
Yes, I’m sayin’
We’re the ones that we’ve been waitin’ for
We don’t have to wait around anymore

2.
This kettle’s hot
I’m steamin’ up the place
Don’t leave me whistlin’ off key

This whistle’s wet
I’ll pour you into my cup
‘Cause baby, you’re my perfect cup of tea

Are you sayin’
Yes, I’m sayin’
We’re the ones that we’ve been waitin’ for
We don’t have to wait around anymore

I like this rhyme scheme
Everything rhymes all the time theme
No more of this
Tomato, tomahta,
Potato, frittata
What we’ve got is a fine thing

3.
This engine’s revved
Come take me for a spin
Don’t leave me idlin’ on the street

I’ve got the keys
I’ll take you out on the town
‘Cause you’re the perfect set of wheels for me

Are you sayin’
Yes, I’m sayin’
We’re the ones that we’ve been waitin’ for
We don’t have to wait around anymore

4.
This flower’s in bloom
Put me in your bouquet
Don’t let this blossom go to seed

I’d say this room
Could use some sprucin’ up
And you’re the splash of color that it needs

Are you sayin’
Yes, I’m sayin’
We’re the ones that we’ve been waitin’ for
We don’t have to wait around anymore
No, we don’t have to wait around anymore
Track Name: Through the Doughnut Hole
Water rushes all around me
In the distance something’s burning
The falls are closer
They thunder louder

Someone’s standing on the highway
In the distance bells are ringing
The falls are closer
They thunder louder

Water rushes all around me
Sun is setting in the distance

Now the sky
Is cast in gold

Everything’s suspended
Now I can let go

Over the edge in my dream
The view from up here
Goes on forever it seems
Every detail is suddenly clear