Leah Nobel will be releasing her album Running in Borrowed Shoes on February 8. The album was engineered & produced by Pete Stewart. The album is a bold concept. Nobel interviewed over a 100 people and narrowed their stories down to 10 songs. Nobel stopped passer-byers at her local YMCA, chatted with strangers at her local coffee shop, reached out via social media to people all over the world and connected with incredibly diverse communities — veterans, disabled people, a sex trafficking victim, senior citizens, teens and more. She combined the intimate and vulnerable aspects of the lives of these individuals who volunteered information, stories, praises, concerns, and countless emotions and all-too-relatable experience to shape her songs. Instead of an autobiographical album, Nobel has distilled the emotions and experiences of 10 lives into a landscape of images and feelings that reverberate with any listener.
Here is what Nobel had to say about “Coffee, Sunday, NYT:”
“‘Coffe, Sunday, NYT’ is one of my hybrid songs. That means that bits and pieces of it were sourced from different interviews and combined to make a new story. The title came from a quote from a woman who was explaining her favorite simple pleasure, which was Sunday morning, a cup of coffee, and The New York Times. I combined that with the sentiment from another interview from a woman who passed away a couple of months after I interviewed her, which makes her words feel even more poignant. She basically said that we do not stop to appreciate how simply delicious life is and that we’re all too rushed and busy. We rush through things and miss the beauty. I nicknamed this song “The Introverts Anthem,” but it’s really just about enjoying life’s simple pleasures.”
Amy McCarley releases her 3rd studio album next week on February 8, 2019. The album has the unusual title of MECO, an acronym for Main Engine Cut Off. McCarley picked up the lingo during her time as a NASA contractor.
McCarley’s MECO is a country album with a focus on inner reflection. FEMMUSIC is proud to premiere “Everything Changed.”
Here are McCarley’s words on both the construction of and the meaning of the song:
I recorded this one for my 2011 eponymous debut with me playing all the parts in a more subdued understated style. It’s the only song I’ve ever re-recorded and I wanted to do it for this album because it was so well received live, particularly when I’d played it with Kenny and band. I wanted to see if we could find in the studio that same electric emotionally charged space we’d found on stage. This new version is much more anthemic and unbridled than my earlier one.
I love Kenny Vaughan’s solo parts on this one. To me, his playing always holds so much presence and information beyond just the notes. There is an intelligence to what he’s saying. Whether he’s playing them at lightning speed or choosing just a few to drop into a tune, the notes he plays hold so much meaning and emotion. He has his own sound and certainly stands out in any crowd as an incredible guitar player but at the same time possesses the ability to blend in for the benefit of a song. Obviously, both facets of his talents serve him and this project well.
What Kenny brings to this whole project as producer and lead guitarist cannot be overstated. Together with a stellar assembled cast —including his mighty partner in crime, co-producer / engineer / studio owner, George Bradfute— he took this album to a place I never would have known to go on my own that I feel so fortunate to be able to share with the world.
I wrote “Everything Changed” as I was coming through to the other side of some personal challenges I’d been slowly working on when I realized suddenly I was better even though the situation hadn’t changed. Only I had changed how I chose to view and react to it. I had stopped trying to change it. I accepted it. I was so surprised by the relief it brought to let go of the hope that I could influence this outcome. It was epic. And so simple. This song is a celebration of the moment when small steps of personal growth eventually have a monumental cumulative effect.
Mood: Cathartic / Blissful
“Everything Changed” is a song for anybody who’s ever struggled and eventually let go of the need to change something outside their circle of influence and found the happiness it brings.
Last week we came across 2 videos that take on different aspects of image in society
Beach Bunny – Prom Queen
Beach Bunny is an indie surf rock band from Chicago led by Lili Trifilio, the band has come up with imaginative and cheap videos that showcase the band’s lyrics and style. Prom Queen looks at beauty and never being the prom Queen. https://www.facebook.com/beachbunnymusic/
Allison Ponthier – Gross
Brooklyn care of Florida artist Allison Ponthier will be releasing an EP later this year. Her song and video for “Gross” is a declaration of freedom from society’s views even if the behavior itself is viewed as gross. https://www.facebook.com/allisonponthiermusic/