Anonymous asked: Hey Alison - I've probably been responsible for 2/3 of your sales of "The Game" in Australia. As soon as it came out I recognized what I thought was an extraordinary talent, told all my friends about it and hectored them until they bought it. Over time and with repeated listenings I'm convinced I wasn't wrong to describe it as a masterpiece. So - do you still have songs in you? Can we hear them? And irrespective, can you give your insights into your thinking behind "Running Unsteady"?
Oh my! Well this just made my day/week/year. I didn’t know I had fans in Australia! Thank you thank you thank you for this kind message (and for spreading the word to your friends!).
Do I still have songs in me? Hm…well…yes I do. It just takes a hell of a lot longer to finish them these days, while raising a very very awake six month old. :) I will do something. I need to do something. Actually, my husband keeps threatening to book a show for me to get my ass in gear.
Once I get myself settled into a new home (happening soon) and can find the time and space to do more, I’ll write and hopefully record some things on my own. And then eventually, I’ll record for real. All of this is to say that Yes! There are songs in me and YES! You will hear them.
“Running Unsteady” is a song that is actually about the music industry, me being in my own head and thinking about “the game” of the industry too much, and letting it, you, the audience, whoever into my head to help me lose myself a little more. Basically it’s about me trying to stop thinking so much and just be IN it. You know?
Interesting fact…the song was started off by my friend and cowriter, Eytan. He’d had the piano intro down and had the first line of the song as “Sweet dream/Tangerine”….don’t know why tangerine, but that’s what he had…probably just as a place marker. That was all I needed. I went forward with the song and wrote the rest of the lyrics in pretty short order. That bridge…even though it’s just la-dee-dahs…is one of my favorite moments on the whole album. Makes me happy. And it makes me happy that you like it!
If you ever have any more questions, feel free to ask! I love answering them. And I love that you love the record. Thank you!! I’ll keep you posted about more…
Anonymous asked: Please come to Austin and perform. I've moved away from Chicago and would love to see you again. I know other Austinites would love you, too!
Aww…that is very very sweet. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be playing much live at all in the next year or so…I’m having a baby in March! :)
BUT, I am absolutely determined to get some new music down on record, so at least there will be something to listen to! I’ll start that project soon, hopefully. Stay tuned!!
reallykatie asked: you are so talented!!!! i love your voice. no but for real i do.
Thank you my dear! I think you are hilarious and awesome!
Hi everyone. Sorry I’ve kind of fallen off the face of the earth in this little blog’s regard. I promise I’ll continue soon with the song stories.
cuz I know you’re all waiting with baited breath, right? Wink wink.
Me at Schubas, c. 2008? 2009?
Photo by Lindsay Banks