Mystie Chamberlin (aka “Just Another Folk Singer”) “The Musician (Mama Says)” scratch demo recorded 10.21.11 @ Lucky Ray’s Studio, NYC by Mark Suall.Vox and acoustic guitar by Mystie Chamberlin.Played Jumbo Butterfly Bubinga Daisy Rock electric acoustic.
Mystie Chamberlin (aka “Just Another Folk Singer”) “Guitar and Heart Strings” scratch demo recorded 10.21.11 @ Lucky Ray’s Studio, NYC by Mark Suall.Vox and acoustic guitar by Mystie Chamberlin.Played Jumbo Butterfly Bubinga Daisy Rock electric acoustic.
There’s something in the water. by Jeremiah Birnbaum. Read, like, and share his post! I don’t know how I managed to miss this when it was originally posted in March, but he touches on so many relevant issues dealing with struggling artists, musicians, and general concerns today. After I read it, I was reminded of a song of his called “Heart.”
Jeremiah Birnbaum and Mystie Chamberlin (Just Another Folk Singer) performing cover of Jesse Malin's "Brooklyn" @ "Jeremiah's Off-the-Wagon Showcase," 04.20.10 @ Banjo Jim's (700 E. 9th St. @ Ave. C, NYC). iPhone Hipstamatic Print by David Jordan (Lens: Lucifer VI, Film: Ina's 1969). Performance # 127.
Leah Lax and Mystie Chamberlin (Just Another Folk Singer) performing “Guitar and Heart Strings (a song for Nathalie)” at “Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social, Richard Bacchus and Friends Live at Drew’s” (Benefit for Nathalie) 11.06.10 @ Drew’s House (247 Cupsaw Rd., Ringwood, NJ). Video by Bob McAdam.
New Years 2008, Niagara Bar, NYC (photo by Morgan Reeds)
I have small, girlie hands, which is not too surprising since I am, indeed, a girl. I will get back to this point some other time.
In the months following November 2007, I lived my girlie life. I dropped my girlie heart onto a dirty New York City street, picked it up, dusted it off, and continued with my girlie existence. Most of that December, when I was not drowning my sorrows with shots of cranberry and vodka mix or sobbing hysterically on Niagara‘s cold, corner steps, I could be found barricaded in my bedroom in a cotton tank top, boxer shorts, and mismatched fuzzy socks. I dyed my hair blue-black to mimic my bruised emotions. It was then when I put away the practice book and wrote my first song, “Goodnight Sweet.”
“Goodnight Sweet” is a waltz/lullaby about a breakup. I shall never record it because it may or may not sound too much like Julie Delpy‘s “A Waltz for a Night” from Richard Linklater‘s move Before Sunset(although not exactly because my little girlie hands still weren’t good enough to make her chords at the time). Nevertheless, I kept practicing. When I was able to play three chords (C, G, and G7), I wrote my second song, “The Story of My Life.” Of course, “The Story of My Life” is not so much the entire story of my comprehensive life (that would be an enormous undertaking for which I am obviously still not prepared) as it is a sarcastic response to how people define relationships.
After a craptacular December and a henna hair makeover, 2008 was looking to be a beneficial year which, pun intended, is a story for another time.
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