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Amy Blaschke

breaking the blues

out 7/1/16

 

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On her sixth studio album Breaking the Blues, Seattle-born singer/songwriter Amy Blaschke brings her exquisitely nuanced sensibilities to a more expansive sound than she’s ever explored before. With her graceful sense of melody, Blaschke’s intricate and guitar-heavy take on folk-rock captures the subtlest of feelings, including—on the title track—the inherent push-and-pull between beauty and pain. “If you’re of a melancholy disposition, it takes a lifetime to figure out how to use that energy constructively and not turn it against yourself,” says Blaschke of the quietly triumphant “Breaking the Blues.” “Music’s such an incredible way to keep from getting downhearted, and to have somewhere meaningful to put that melancholy.”

 

The follow-up to her 2015 album OpalineBreaking the Blues finds Blaschke again teaming up with producer Brian Whelan (a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist known for his work with Dwight Yoakam and The Broken West) and engineer Mark Rains (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Waylon Jennings), as well as a host of local musicians who helped build the album’s more lavish arrangements. The result is a powerful yet warmly intimate selection of songs, including the album-opening lead single “Under My Skin” (a soulfully charged track recently featured on ABC’s Nashville), the harmony-laced and sublimely revelatory “Peace Keeping,” and the wistful but glorious “Across the Sky” (written in memory of Blaschke’s father and inspired by “that feeling of wanting to keep in contact with someone you’ve lost, and how that kind of pulls you into the greater mystery of what’s out there”).

 

Growing up in Washington, Blaschke learned to play guitar at 14 and began landing shows in local venues by the time she was 16. Inspired by the lo-fi and literate alt-rock of artists like Liz Phair, Elliott Smith, and Mary Lou Lord—along with a cassette copy of Joni Mitchell’s Blue, passed down by her mom—Blaschke steadily developed her voice as a songwriter, and in 1999 released her debut album Red Letter. And while prolific creativity has guided Blaschke’s path as a songwriter through the years, the making of Breaking the Blues marked an especially intense moment in her life as an artist. “The year I wrote this new material was one of my hardest ever, as far as my physical wellbeing,” says Blaschke, who struggles with Lyme disease. “I had to step away from a lot of things and be much less active, but at the same time my creativity felt really vibrant. Music was like a sanctuary, and it ended up being the fastest I’ve ever written a new body of work.”

 

As on her previous albums, Blaschke brought that body of work to life with a blend of solo songwriting and close collaboration. “I always write by myself,” she says. “I have a music room, kind of like my own little lady cave, and the songs tend to start there sometime late at night.” Noting that she thrives on the infinite possibilities in using melody to channel emotion, Blaschke says she’s also endlessly in thrall to the magic of creative chemistry. “Listening to a mix of something I’ve just recorded with all these great musicians fills me with so much joy—it’s pretty much unparalleled,” she says. “You make a song by yourself, and even though you can tell it has vitality, there’s nothing like sharing it with other people and seeing it crystallized into something new that you never could have anticipated. I’ll always be fascinated by that.”

 

--Liz Barker 

 

 
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8/5/16 - San Francisco - The Lost Church w/ Tom Heyman and Scott Hirsch (Hiss Golden Messenger and Court & Spark) Private Parlor Show ((Doors 7:30pm - $10 adv/$15 day of show))

 

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Breaking The Blues - All songs written by Amy Blaschke - ASCAP Bird On A Lyre 2016  

“Under My Skin”

Under my skin/I find you sinking in/All around me/It's deepening/This feeling under my skin/Under my skin/I find some new place within/When you touch me/It's trembling/This feeling under my skin/While the dawn's away/I ask the moon to stay/I whisper when I say/Please take me over/Under my skin/A new vibration set to begin/Since you met me/It's echoing/This feeling under my skin/There's something shimmering/Not sure where it begins/Like a sheet of tin/Reverberating wind/Reaching in/Reaching in/Under my skin

 

“Falling For The Moment”

The fool will hope to win/Before the games begin/But tear the tape and you are in the moment/The hours you’re away/Heartache rules the day/But seconds from your skin I’m in the moment/Just leave me a little more/A little more of everything/A castle can feel small/With no crest on the wall/But seize the state and you are in the moment/Just leave me a little more/A little more of everything/I don’t believe in a beggar’s reprise/But I am willing to say please/Honey, please/My sleepless nights belong/To a longing you brought on/Each tear escapes falling for the moment/I’m losing sleep falling for the moment/Now I weep falling for the moment/Please

 

“Peace Keeping”

Slow down, I’m weeping/There’s new light in my eyes and it’s sweeping/Across every hour to the west/Clean up your mind, find your breath/It’s never love to lose/It’s for keeping/Turn around, I’m speaking/There’s new tone in my voice and it’s beaming/All through the air from my chest/To bring you my heart at its best/It’s never love to prove/It’s for teaching/I’m on your side/Let me go if I’m leaving/There’s no fight in my mind worth believing/If I need to be right, I’m a fool/Loosen your grip, play it cool/It’s never love to bruise/It’s for peace keeping

 

“Running My Heart To You”

Lately I’ve been wondering/One or two things about you/Are you honest? Are you true?/Do you feel the way I do?/Heaven knows I’ve played before/I know we are not brand new/Will you share your heart with me/A friend to cross the blue/All the same/I keep strumming/Running my heart to you/Lately I’m imagining/One or two things seem true/The kindness of your golden heart/And the way I feel with you/Heaven knows I try to wait/Let time and space accrue/Will you turn your eyes to mine/A friend to share the view/All the same/I keep strumming/Running my heart to you/Can you take me to that higher place?/All the same/I keep strumming/Running my heart to you

 

“Across The Sky”

Across the sky I see you waiting/I see you waiting/I see you waiting/Waiting for me/And you move me to the mystery/Like it’s the place I aught to be/When you went away you took the sun/Now I’m alone with everyone/Across the sky I see you waiting/I see you waiting/I see you waiting/Waiting for me/Another year and you’re still gone/I know you won’t be coming home/With someone lost you’re set to gain/A deeper love to lift the pain/Dreams hold the truth/Without form there’s no youth/Dreams hold the truth/Without form there’s no youth/Across the sky I see you/I see you waiting for me

 

“Breaking The Blues”

Oh, have you seen true love today/The giver is gone now, and I’m on my way/Nothing to do, there is nothing to say/Breaking the blues takes a lifetime this way/Oh, have you seen more than one way/The giver is gone now I’ve only today/Nothing to do, there is nothing to say/Breaking the blues takes a lifetime this way/Oh, have you seen spirit today/The giver is gone now I give it away/Nothing to do, there is nothing to say/Breaking the blues takes a lifetime this way/Wait for the truth/A chisel for stone/Gold fills your heart/Don’t go it alone/Wait for it…/We’ll meet in my mind/Oh, have you seen true love today/The giver is gone now I’ve only today/Nothing to do, there is nothing to say/Breaking the blues takes a lifetime this way/Breaking the blues

 

“Exploding Roses”

Left by the door as you move through the room/I’m still like the night in the dark of the moon/Inside my mind I go far away/Exploding roses in battle array/The charge in the air could burn down this joint/With passion and flame there must be a point/Inside my mind I go faraway/Exploding roses before they decay/My heart aches until my heart breaks/My heart aches until my heart breaks/You roll out your tongue and you’re clear to the edge/I keep the impressions as they’re left by each wedge/Inside my mind I go faraway/Exploding roses with each word you say/Exploding roses with each word you say

 

“Silver Linings”

Silver linings on clouds gone by/Drying the tears I used to cry/Holding out for love I wanted/Holding out for love I wanted to stay true/Silver linings bring peace to my mind/Calming the nerves I used to grind/Holding on to memories I wanted/Holding on to memories I wanted to be true/Wings like an angel’s/Wrap around me now/Deep eyes that twinkle/From darkness laid down/Into the twilight of the dawn/Silver linings, I see them somehow/They’re always shining on here and now/Casting a glow on hope I wanted/Casting a glow on hope I wanted to come true/Wings like an angel’s/Wrap around me now/Deep eyes that twinkle/From darkness laid down/Wings like an angel’s/Wrap around me now/Deep eyes that twinkle/From darkness laid down/Into the twilight of the dawn/Silver linings

 

“Park By The Zoo”

Kissing you in the park by the zoo/Reaching out for somebody new/Losing the space between me between you/Now I really must ask you/Can your heart make a claim/When new love takes a name/Can your mind hear the truth/Letting go, all the love that fell through/Knowing now what I need to stay true/Setting aside what I lost and outgrew/Now I really must ask you/Can your heart make a claim/When new love takes a name/Can your mind hear the truth/When new love calls out to you/Like someone you’ve known before/Boy, you make it that much easier on me/Boy, your spirit just moves breezier through me/Now I really must ask you/Can your heart make a claim/When new love takes a name/Can your mind hear the truth/When new love/Calls out/To you

 

“Timeless Groove”

You live your life to chase the blues/Now your heart is broken like your dancing shoes/You give your life to break the blues/Now your body’s heavy like the evening news/Hold me, baby/Break these blues/I’ll tell you if it’s worth it/I’ll tell you if it’s worth it/Every time, every line/You will save your life when you sing the blues/And your soul will play on in a timeless groove/I’ll tell you if it’s worth it/I’ll tell you if it’s worth it/Every time, every line/Every time, every line

 

“Be The Love I Need”

I don’t see you/And I don’t know you/But I still miss you/And I still remember too/I don’t hold you/I don’t kiss you/But I still miss you/And I still miss seeing you too/But I guess for now I’ll get by somehow/And I’ll creep in a creed/To be the love, be the love, be the love/To be the love I need/I don’t think you/Or I try not to/I don’t do you/At least I try not to/I don’t hold you/I don’t kiss you/But I still miss you/And I still miss seeing you too/But I guess for now I’ll get by somehow/And I’ll creep in a creed/To be the love, be the love, be the love/To be the love I need