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Video for "Goodbye, My Voyager"
Directed by David Doobinin
With Belle Doobinin and Dan Green

Video for "Not Like The Movies"
Directed by Greta Gertler Gold
Cinematography by Branden Poe

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My friend Mikael in Sweden has just let me know that my song, "Our Work Is Never Done" from "The Beacon", produced by The Universal Thump (Greta Gertler Gold and Adam D Gold), will be on a playlist that he is creating for the digital magazine "Motor" which is part of Sweden's version of Triple A. Cool! Thanks, Mikael!

I am so pleased to be releasing videos for songs for "The Beacon" now. This album was such a joy to make and after a couple of years of completely re-organizing my life I have a chance to celebrate it more fully.

I wrote "The Beacon" for my mom. She wasn't just my mom - she was an epic figure in my life, a force, an artist, a no-bullshit cheerleader for children, human rights, beauty, and me, lucky, lucky me. She turned me on to opera at a very young age, blasting "The Verdi Requiem" and taking me to the Met to see Pavarotti and Sutherland sing in Donizetti's "Daughter of the Regiment" which totally transfixed me and left me hungry for more, more, more. Because of her I explored lieder and musicals along with rock and punk and jazz and everything else I could get my hands on. My dad played piano and that made for a wonderful banquet in our house growing up - so much music, all the time.

After finishing the album, Greta said she had a great idea for a video for "Not Like the Movies" - I hemmed and hawed and was caught up in my personal life but then I suddenly pulled it together and said, "YES - let's do this!" and I'm so glad I did. I loved her script and the way she brought it to life with the excellent crew was mind-blowing. It was exhausting and cold and wet and exhilarating and I'm looking forward to making another one with her - she's a genius!

And then I saw David Doobinin's videos for my friend Chris Moore and a variety of his other clients and I just thought, "yeah, I love his vibe" and we jumped around my old backyard with his beautiful daughter Belle and the hilarious and handsome Dan Green and it was just such a blithe and ethereal time - I loved it and it really captured the kind of dreamy sentiment behind "Goodbye, My Voyager", a song written to send off my mom on the next leg of her infinite journey.

Moving on, my new album, "And The Ride Has Just Begun", produced by Jeff Lipstein, will be available this fall and I can't wait! This album is a full-on opus pulling together all my influences - lieder and Tin Pan Alley and seventies singer-songwriter and David Bowie's "Lodger"-era and Kate Bush and Stephen Sondheim and Emily Dickinson and who knows what else, my head explodes - a true cornucopia in a jewel box, sprawling and intimate, unabashedly passionate and somehow clocks in at just around 30 minutes - it packs a lot of life in!

Recorded primarily at Kenny Siegal's Old Soul Studio in Peekskill, New York, with a toasty fire going in the wood stove, I was blessed to be joined by bass virtuoso Rob Jost, woodwind maestro and arranger par excellence Peter Kiesewalter, the inimitable lyricism of guitarist Jason Crigler, the rock that is guitar legend Adam Levy, the otherworldly vocals and operatic arrangement thereof of Sandy Bell, and the many other amazing musicians who made beautiful contributions. You can hear the primitive demos I sent to Jeff at the onset of the project here.

Most of my back catalog is now available at bandcamp.

still from "Goodbye, My Voyager"

still from "Goodbye, My Voyager"

still from "Not Like The Movies"

still from "Not Like The Movies"

Alice’s pretty songs and her tender, expressive vocals, which recall such titans as Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell and Carole King, are wonderful constructs. Whether delivering a tender ballad (“Better Angels”) or an upbeat pop tune (“Airborne”), Alice is tops of the pops.”

Alan Haber, Pure Pop Radio

"In the world of music, sincerity is often overlooked. And that's too bad, because...at least for us...sincerity in music is one of the things that we're always searching for. If you have a similar desire, you may very well find yourself drawn to the impressively personal songs on The Beacon. Alice Bierhorst dedicated the album to the memory of her mother. In spinning these tracks, you can easily pick up on the personal references and the affection that Alice had for her mom. Interestingly, this album was produced by Greta Gold and Adam Gold of The Universal Thump (one of our favorite up-and-coming pop duos). Bierhorst is no newcomer to the world of music. She has recorded and released fourteen albums now (!), the first of which she created when she was only fourteen years old. All those years of work and experience have paid off, as Ms. Bierhorst is now thoroughly focused on her art. This album features ten tracks, all of which feature impeccable arrangements and lyrics that seem to come straight from the heart. Intelligent reflective tracks include "Our Work is Never Done," "Not Like The Movies," and "Goodbye, My Voyager."”

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Better Angels 

This song pre-dates my mother's death - it is one of two songs on the album that was previously released on "All Shall Be Revealed", a live-in-the-studio album I made in 2012. When I gave the album to Greta, she flagged "Better Angels" as a favorite and said she'd love to try her hand at producing it with "the works", strings and her usual sumptuous approach. Intrigued, I filed that idea away until the summer after mom's death when I suddenly realized I HAD to have Greta make this new album with me and include "Better Angels" and "Airborne", also on "All Shall Be Revealed". Thank god I did because I believe it is one of the standout tracks on "The Beacon". Thank you again, Greta Gertler Gold!

Not Like the Movies... 

When I was going through a hard time, I called my magical friend Sandy Bell, one of the most beautiful and talented people I have been privileged to know in my life. I was sad and confused and she said, "It's not like the movies, babe", and I felt a song come in. Over many months I worked on this piece, gathering in some of the flavor of the music my mother loved most, opera. While it is far from opera and more akin to musicals, I could have never made the leap without my mother's presence encouraging me. As I wrote, I sensed she was opening a door for me to pursue this kind of theatrical songwriting. I owe a great debt to Stephen Sondheim - my parents took me to see a production of "A Little Night Music" when I was ten or so and it haunts me to this day. Thanks to Greta and Adam for their stupendous arrangement and the work of all the choristers and instrumentalists.

Our Work is Never Done 

I had hoped that by 47 I would know more, but it appears that the ocean of things I DON'T know reveals itself to be far larger than I ever imagined with each passing year. The song "Our Work is Never Done" came about as my mother was dying. I saw that there was no end to the learning in this life and the song helped me make some peace with that. I want to acknowledge my debt to Rebecca Martin, a great singer and songwriter who showed me an unfinished song years ago with a very similar title. Perhaps it was "Her Work is Never Done" - I forget now, but when my song was completed I felt an echo of Rebecca in it and couldn't place it right away. Talking with her, she jogged my memory and I had a guilty moment, and then I realized it's all one song, every song is born out of others and as she didn't seem disturbed and the songs are very different in other ways, I want to acknowledge and celebrate the wisdom of her gift to me and how it became woven into the lead track on "The Beacon". Thank you, Rebecca.

Mom and Ellen 

When my mom died, she "gave" me many of the songs that are on "The Beacon", including the framework for "Forever You Go", the seventh track on the album. The song languished for months - I had the hook, which in its original incarnation was "WHEREVER You Go", a far more generic title, and some of the lyrics and a half-formed bridge but I couldn't crack the code on it after months of trying so I put it aside.

That fall, my beautiful former sister-in-law Ellen died unexpectedly. I put a picture of her on my fridge and one evening as I passed by, she "looked" at me and told me what to do. I ran downstairs to the piano and followed her instructions to the letter. The song was re-christened "Forever You Go" and the remaining lyrics and bridge melody were magically supplied.

In this way, I feel this song was a collaboration among the three of us. Thanks, mom and Ellen...

Back on-line... 

Today is my first day "back" on the Internet after a couple years of working quietly in my studio, writing songs, preparing them for "The Beacon" and reflecting on a very rich and mysterious time in my life since the death of my mother in the spring of 2014. Things have changed a lot since then and I have done some serious searching and find that there is no end to the work of living.

My mother, Jane Byers Bierhorst, was a deep reservoir of wisdom in my life. She was tough, uncompromising, tender, funny, unafraid of her emotions, a brilliant graphic designer, a killer cook, magical gardener, and lover of my father for 50 years. She died as she lived, "economically" (as my Dad noted) and completely on her own terms, in her sunny back livingroom with my Dad near her side. She never gave up on me, always encouraged me to continue with music even when I felt desperate for a "normal" life and considered running away from my calling to get a "real" job. Thank god she practically shouted at me when I was in one of those moods - her impatience with the very idea of abandoning music would snap me right out of it and help me recommit to my life's work.

Today I am writing from my new apartment in what the folks around here call South Slope. My beautiful son is advising me, much like mom used to do - don't give up, keep going, get on YouTube. It's very refreshing and touching to hear him encourage me at a time when I am sometimes quite vulnerable and taking new risks. My marriage has ended and I am finding I am much stronger than I ever knew and am so grateful to my new basement studio where I can work as long as I like and return to the way I felt when I was ten and so sure about who I was. In an unexpected way, having my life turned upside down has been very rejuvenating. I truly feel like a kid again finally left alone with my muse.

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