Halie Loren sings Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

American singer and songwriter Halie Loren sings “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”, a 1933 hit song by Al Dubin (lyrics) and Harry Warren (music), set in Paris.

Artwork in the video by Max Zorn, the Dutch artist who has been active in street art at night and urban art since May 2011. His style is notable for its use of brown packing tape as a medium and cutting on acrylic glass with a scalpel to create portraits that need lighting from behind to be seen.

The song appeared in the 1934 film Moulin Rouge and was sung in the film by Constance Bennett. However, Bennett never made a recording of the song. It was originally recorded by Deane Janis with Hal Kemp’s Orchestra on October 31, 1933, in Chicago before the release of the film and was issued on the Brunswick label as catalog number 6734.[

And the original version below, sung by Constance Bennett in the 1934 film “Moulin Rouge”.

Halie Loren
Halie Loren. Photo: “Halie Loren Portrait” by Matthew Treder – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Halie_Loren_Portrait.jpg#/media/File:Halie_Loren_Portrait.jpg

Halie Loren (born October 23, 1984) is an American singer and songwriter. With purity of tone and rare interpretive prowess, she brings a fresh and original perspective to time-honored musical paths, channeling her innate understanding of connectedness across musical boundaries to forge bonds with diverse audiences in North America, Asia, and Europe.

Loren’s debut release of eleven original songs, Full Circle (2006), was hailed for exhibiting “a power and grace that are nearly unheard of in popular music.” Her sophomore album, They Oughta Write a Song (2008), brought to light her life-long love of jazz standards, and subsequently won a national independent music award for best vocal jazz album, and soon after received distribution in Asia by JVC/Victor Entertainment and in North America by Justin Time Records. Her holiday album with pianist Matt Treder, Many Times, Many Ways: a Holiday Collection, also recorded in 2008, was first released in limited edition, then followed with worldwide distribution in 2011. Her fourth CD, the live album Stages (2010), was met with critical praise, including being named as an Editor’s Pick at CD Baby and “best live album of the year” at Wildy’s World. After Dark followed in 2010, with the Loren original Thirsty winning the Independent Music Awards’ Vox Pop poll for best jazz song of the year.

In its savvy concoction of jazz standards, re-imagined pop classics, and shimmering new originals, 2012’s Heart First revealed a confidently maturing artist on her own heartfelt journey. Japan’s Jazz Critique magazine honored it as the best vocal jazz album of 2011. Fly Me to the Moon, a bonus track, spent three weeks at No. 1 on the iTunes Japan jazz chart. It was among the top 10 jazz CDs in Hot New Releases at Amazon in the U.S. and Canada, and reached No. 1 on the iTunes Canada jazz albums chart.

Lyrics

I walk along the street of sorrow –
The boulevard of broken dreams –
Where Gigolo and Gigolette –
Can take a kiss without regret –
and so forget their broken dreams.

You laugh today and cry tomorrow –
When you behold your shattered schemes –
And Gigolo and Gigolette wake up to find
their eyes are wet with tears that tell of
broken dreams.

“Here is where you’ll always find me –
Always walking up and down –
But I left my soul behind me
in an old cathedral town ”

The joy that you find here, you borrow –
You cannot keep it long it seems –
But Gigolo and Gigolette –
Still sing a song and dance along –
The boulevard of broken dreams.

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