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The Music Our Love Makes - CD with 10 songs

Indy folk rock seasoned with love.  This album blends the genres of country, folk, adult contemporary, rock, and R&B.  Noteworthy tracks are 3) All it Takes to Fly, 5) Forever an Ocean, 8) The Music Our Love Makes and 10) When California's Gone. 

All the Lights of Heaven

My spiritual album with a heaven theme.  It is a mix of christian/new age music.  Jesus was a new ager!  I had the pleasure of working with Will Reedy, an incredible acoustic guitarrist, on this album.  Anytime you hear amazing guitar on this album, it's him.  He also did the percussion, the ukelele and the bass.  What did I do?  I wrote the 7 songs, played piano, keyboard and some guitar.  I feel like the title song "All the Lights of Heaven" is the best song I ever wrote.  Most people can't tell that the song changes key twice.  The song was inspired by the book "A Course in Miracles" which brought me comfort after being diagnosed with cancer in 2004.

"Christian Child - By You" was written for a amazing little girl I use to counsel.  She was a foster child and was in several different foster homes yet she was so resilient.  One of the things that made her so resilient was her faith.  She is the person who inspired me to get more in touch with my faith after having moved away from it for several years.

"White Light" is a song inspired by a co-worker who told me that she was going to send me some white light during a medical appt where I was going to find out if I had cancer or not.  The fact that she told me this made me feel so relaxed during the appt that I was able to receive the bad news:  that I did indeed have cancer, a rare and aggressive form nonetheless.  That was in 2004.  I'm proud to say that I am a cancer survivor.  This song won a "honorable mention" award in the 7th Annual Great American Song Contest.

 

The Singles

I released "A Song for Peace" and "I Smile" and "Strobe" as singles to be released digitally on iTunes, Amazon, etc.  Click on "The Singles" for links to purchase MP3s for these singles directly from CDBaby.  New singles released in November 2013 include "Forgive Me...", "Amplify", "If You're in Heaven", "Dream for You" and "Hymn in Red."

Tragic Romantic

My third album, of the alternative rock persuasion.  The theme of this album is death.  I was really wanting to do a dark album in tribute to one of my heroes, Kurt Cobain.  I also am heavily influenced by Alanis Morissette.  I wrote bright and sunny songs before hearing Jagged Little Pill.  Always the good little girl, it felt very freeing to express my anger.  I believe in the importance of exploring your own shadow so that you are not projecting it onto others.  With this album, however, I definitely found it challenging to not sink into the abyss. 

The first track, "Angels Speak to You", was channelled to me in the hypnagogic state.  I remembering waking up and then writing down the song in about 15 minutes.  I really don't feel that we author songs alone.  I believe they are given to us.  I knew I had a responsibility to produce the song given the way it came to me.

The title of the album, "Tragic Romantic", came from the book "The Wisdom of the Ennegram."  I am a type 4 personality, the individualist also called the tragic romantic. 

The last song on the album, "Miss the Most", is probably my favorite.  It was written for a child I used to work with that was an old soul.  Even though he was a kid, I felt like he was on the same soul level as me.  There is a difference between physical age and spiritual age.  I thought I had done a good job at terminating therapy in a way that honored our connection but he let me know in a very soulful way that I had not done enough.  I think we all make the mistake of underestimating how much we mean to others and it is a huge mistake to do this.  I tend to run away from goodbyes and I am still learning how to say goodbye in a proper way.

On this album, I had the opportunity to work with the following musicians:  Bob Fox, Chris Pyle, Mike Loera and Jesse Plack. 

Storybook

My very first album I have always wanted to name "Storybook."  I had written a song called "Storybook" back in college with a musician friend.  Because I wrote the lyrics and he wrote the music, I was not able to use the song once our partnerhsip ended.  However, I wrote an even better song called "Storybook" which is on this album of course. 

This album has a hip-hop flavoring because I was working with a hip-hop producer/musician/rapper at the time.  Though he was extremely talented, he ended up going to jail after only finishing half of the album.  I had to finish the album on my own not knowing what the hell I was doing.  That's why some tracks don't sound so smooth.

From songs like "Pouring Rain" to "Weather Me" to "It's Raining And.." the theme of this album is obviously weather, particularly rain.  Maybe this is because I am from the Seattle area.