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I mess around like this all the time but rarely bother to record it. I’m not sure when I filmed this. Based on the length of my hair, probably a year or so ago.

For the gear heads:Korg Kaossilator Pro for drums, Moog Little Phatty run through a TC Electronics delay, Yamaha CS2x and a loop pedal.

Hope you enjoy it!

I do not have a direct line to the  music god(dess), but I am lucky enough to be acquainted with some who do.  Karina Denike and Lily Taylor are two exceptionally talented people who create amazing music and perform it effortlessly.  While they are both strong solo performers, together they create something absolutely magical.

 

 

  My personal footnote – Karina Denike is an excellent vocal teacher who coached me through all the recording sessions of my solo CD.  Lily Taylor does amazing things with a keyboard, a loop pedal and effects pedals and inspired me to experiment with a similar set up that eventually lead to my own solo performance set.  Guitarist, James Frazier, is also an audio engineer and helped me out a great deal on the final production of my solo CD.  

 

We had a fun little show at 50 Mason Social House on Friday, Dec 20th.  Here’s a clip of “Say Anything”, written by Pauli Gray.

Shot in the DarkWe’ll be back there in March, so stay tuned!

 

He did not mean for it to happen
He was just doing what kids do

Capture and release
Wanting to hold something beautiful

But when he  uncupped his hands
A delicate pair of wings  stuck to his palm
A newly flightless creature crawled across his knuckles

Put it down, I said, before you hurt it more

There, he said, as he flicked it off his hand,
Now it has a new life

We watched it crawl along the ground

Yes, I replied
Remembering
It can happen that fast

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When it comes to being a one-person band, a producer/performer if you will, it would appear that boys like their laptops and their big fancy light shows and us girls like our gizmos and gear.  I don’t have a term for it yet, but I’m seeing a trend of female artists who aren’t quite electronica yet definitely use electronica elements in the creation of their music.  I think I may be part of a genre and I’m in good company!

For myself, I got the notion of using a looper from watching guitarists and originally was planning to use my JamMan Loop Pedal with just a bass guitar, layering notes to build chords and rhythms.   It didn’t quite gel for me and I put the whole thing away for a while.  Somewhere between putting it away and pulling it out again to loop keys and drum machines, I encountered Lily Taylor and I think I would be remiss to not admit her performance style was an inspiration. Using a loop pedal, effects pedals, and Casio keyboard, Lily layers lush vocal harmonies over ambient synths to create hypnotic music.  She is currently based out of Austin, TX, but seems to visit the San Francisco Bay Area on a regular basis to perform.

Poised on hitting the mainstream, Grimes is a Canadian artist who also performs with a keyboard,  effects pedals and a sampler.   Her vocals are lovely and ethereal, while her music ranges from ambient to pure pop.  She recently performed on Jimmy Fallon and I’ll admit I was a bit sad to see they felt the need to dress up her performance with back up dancers and some special effects, but it was still a beautiful performance.

Finally, there is MNDR, which is actually a duo comprised of Amanda Warner and Peter Wade, but Warner performs solo.   I’ve seen Warner perform with a synth and also with a guitar, but it seems she is focusing mostly on singing live.  She reminds me a bit of Kim Wilde (of Kids in America fame) so I guess I’ve included her here just because I really like the music. She’s also opening for Duran Duran these days.  I think I would like to be her when I grow up. Heh.

I recently realized that I am anti-laptop when it comes to music performance.  It feels like a crutch to me, or maybe I just don’t want to compete on the same playing field as all the people who can kick serious a** with Ableton Live.   I currently describe my music as having all the canned sounds of electronica and all the shaky timing of a garage band (ba-dump-ba), although in truth, I think my timing is pretty amazing considering I make most of my loops live on the fly.

Currently I’m beginning pre-production on my next recording project and also thinking I’d like to perform live again soon.  This song, Lessons, performed at the Stork Club in February, will most likely be on my next CD. Check it out and enjoy.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the show on Tuesday, October 4th!   It was a completely enjoyable evening, having the chance to play some music, spend some time with friends and make a few new ones.

Picture courtesy of Gina Montel

 

Picture courtesy of Damaris Whitfield

 

Picture courtesy of Gina Montel

 

From my upcoming EP – Phases Like The Moon

Elevator Music

In the made for TV movie of you and me
You would be played by James Spader
And I would be Ally Sheedy
And we’d meet in a hospital elevator
Where you had just learned that it was terminal
While I was checking in for shock therapy
And our eyes would meet as the doors slid closed
And then – Ah, and then – Oh
And then seven stories – down we go!

Don’t walk away
Don’t walk away
I still need you babe
In my own special way

I like elevator music
Do you like elevator music?
Elevator music
I like
Elevator Music

I hear you coughing in the darkness
And now I’m crawling through the debris
My hands are groping all the skin, blood and bone
They won’t be showing this on TV
I don’t know if my legs are working
And still I feel a little ache
I climb on top of you
Confess that I’ve been stalking you
And then Ah and then oh
And then time for a commercial break!

Don’t walk away
Don’t walk away
I still need you babe
In my own special way

I like elevator music
Do you like elevator music?
Elevator music
I like
Elevator Music

A little bit dark, and a whole lot of weird, this song was inspired by a long-term crush that ended badly.  The song itself has its roots in a musical project than never got off the ground, but introduced me to the groove-based punk band, The Transplants. While it sounds nothing like The Transplants, their music gave me  new ideas on how to approach writing.

This song has, in my mind, always needed a music video and so when I first recorded it I put one together.  Eight months pregnant at the time and deep into making machinima with The Sims 2, Elevator Music first hit YouTube like this.  Let me know which one you like better.