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Posted on Saturday, August 07, 2004 @ 11:09:53 UTC
Artist: Claudia Jane
CD: Identity Crisis
Home: Ashland, Wisconsin
Style: Progressive Folk/Rock
Quote: "You sound so pure and wistful that at times, I wonder how you manage to make your way through the world without the white garments, crown of golden berries, and radiant inner light that traditionally mark a Princess of Wist."
By AJ Van Beest
Wow! Look at you and your CD! After a few listens, I think it's pretty good, especially as a first effort.
Your voice is amazing. You sound so pure and wistful that at times I wonder how you manage to make your way through the world without the white garments, crown of golden berries, and radiant inner light that traditionally mark a Princess of Wist.
I really dig your writing, too. You have some beautiful lyrics on this album.
Like from “Gravity:”
Gonna live on the moon
I'm going to hurdle the stars
I wanna live on the moon
I'm gonna watch the Earth spin
and watch the the planets rise and fall
I'm going to live on the moon
And from “Cleopatra:”
Cleopatra you're my beauty queen,
Ceaser's nowhere to be seen
Cleopatra, I'll feed you grapes.
Cleopatra, I'll give you wine.
Egypt can go on without you,
oh, please be mine.
And from “Desoto's Youth:”
Gotta run to catch the moon
can't miss vacation on Neptune
it's easy living with no air
I got good views of solar flares
all I needed was desoto's youth
and a spaceship to tell you the truth
but even with Big Bang ballyhoo,
still no way to visit you.
These words are poignant, beautiful, lyrical.
On the other side of the coin, though, there's “Only My Fear” and “Not Good Enough” with three minutes of chanted mantra and bare seconds of meat. Come on, CJ, you can do better than that. And tune that guitar!
But you know what? Those are all tiny obstacles. Find some musician friends to back your powerful lyrics, your beautiful voice. Let them worry about the subharmonics of the E string while you sing about the heights and depths of love and life. Plus, musicians make a pretty good entourage (though not as good as, say, corporate lawyers). Carve out some time to really focus on your writing, polishing the good, and cutting away the bad. Most of all, though, remember this: Your star is rising.
Keep it up, lady.
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