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About Track #9: "The Other Side" audio-video preview

 

 

Two weeks til show time

 

Now's the time to grab your tickets via Brown Paper Tickets https://bpt.me/4426048 and join Gayle and I for a night of original Americana songwriting. We're both playing with excellent bands and I'm celebrating the release of The Department of the West!

 

About Track #9: "The Other Side"

 

Track #9: "The Other Side"


When I returned to California more than 20 years ago I wasn't sure it would be permanent. I hopscotched around the Bay for more than a decade between bouts of travel, trying to decide, moving first to Marin, then back to Santa Cruz, then San Francisco, again to Marin and back to SF. After a stretch of time in the city, I moved to Berkeley, and a year after that Alameda, the little island next to Oakland, flying to India a couple more times in between just to be sure. After landing in Alameda and marrying a sailor, I started going out on the water more often, and began to get to know the Bay itself after circumnavigating it for all those years.
A couple years ago, I learned that a dear friend, someone I'd been close to when I first returned to the state, had passed. I was stunned, sent back to that lonely year when I didn't feel decisive or clear about most anything, and a distant loved one had been a lifeline. I both felt the loss deeply, and marveled anew about how connections to both people and place expand and contract and fold back over themselves over time.
“Maple trees turning from green to red before our eyes/to get from then to now/I don’t know how/we did we do it?”
Audio preview later this week!
Between now and it’s official release day, I’ll be sharing a bit of the inspiration and backstory for each song on The Department of the West (December 6, 2019), and a preview of the recording. Pre-order the record -http://www.deborahcrooks.com/the_department_of_the_west/ and/or buy a ticket to the record release show at Amado’s SF on December 5 - http://www.amadossf.com/shows/2019/12/5/deborah-crooks-w-gayle-lynn-and-the-hired-hands - and I’ll send you the featured song of the week of your order!
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About Track 8: "Long Roads" audio/video trailer

 

 

About Track 8: "Long Roads"

 

Track 8 on Department of the West: “Long Roads”

In the wake of the #Metoo movement I’ve felt both more empowered ...and outraged. This song reflects on my own long road to piping up and using my voice as a woman living in these times. 

Side note: Last week, I binge-read Ronan Farrow’s “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators” a recounting of the many systems and networks that held Harvey Weinstein’s decades of alleged sexual abuse in place and Farrow’s efforts to finally bring the story to light. Read it. And support journalists, and anyone who is committed to bringing the truth to light.

Audio preview later this week!

Between now and it's official release day, I’ll be sharing a bit of inspiration and backstory for each song on The Department of the West (December 6, 2019), and a preview of the recording. 

Pre-order the record HERE (direct through me) and I’ll send you the featured song of the week of your order.

 

About Track 7: "My New Sweet" trailer

 

 

#TB First songs

 

 

"All Signs" on No Pigeonholes Radio

 

Thanks ⁦‪Don Campau‬⁩ for including “All Signs” from The Department of the West on the last episode of No Pigeonholes #radio  - European Edition - November 2019 program 1. Don has been producing the all genres, independent, underground and home recording radio show called “No Pigeonholes” since 1985!!!! 

 

 

About Track 7: "My New Sweet"

 

Track 7 “My New Sweet” was written after inadvertently bitter muffins were served at a gathering of wise women ...and enjoyed. Perhaps more so than if they'd been sweetened. Talk ensued about how preferences change over time... I went home and wrote this:
"I’m done with the sweet, the sugar on my teeth, the ache of too much too soon/syrupy come-ons, oh come on, I’m ready for something new in my spoon/complexity not simplicity, a whole new depth a different degree
/yeah bitter, yes bitter is my new sweet".... While I still think there’s a band name in "bitter muffins", "my new sweet", as song title had more legs and spoke to the savory, contradictory and multilayered aspects of life that can please and satisfy, and how preferences for such change, evolve and surprise over time, be they for pastries or people!

Between now and its official release day, I’ll be sharing a bit of the inspiration and backstory for each song on The Department of the West (December 6, 2019), and a preview of the recording. Pre-order the record -http://www.deborahcrooks.com/the_department_of_the_west/ - and I’ll send you the featured song of the week of your order.

 

New Love the Bay Episode featuring Maurice Tani

 

We're happy to release the latest Love the Bay episode (#10!) featuring Maurice Tani! Maurice is a musician's musician, a truly excellent singer and songwriter. Take a look and listen: