...there is still a HUGE place for music in my life. Connecting with the Emily Dickinson-ness of things, the strange in-between-earth-and-sky places, the ephemeral and ethereal, the heavenly, the "more than I can say" places feels like my life's work. I feel lit up with it all, glowing in the dark...
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.
“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.”
“"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."”
Alice will be performing "The Beacon" in her hometown!
Alice Bierhorst and Michael Holt
Please come join me at my home studio for a house concert with Michael Holt from Toronto and myself. Please contact me for directions.
Alice will be performing "The Beacon" with Deidre Rodman Struck accompanying on piano.
Alice Bierhorst and Greta Gertler Gold
This is the "soft" CD release party for "The Beacon". Greta opens the night at 7 pm, I will perform from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
Jimmy's Songwriter Series
This is a songwriter's series hosted by George Kilby, Jr. I will perform 5 songs at 8 pm as part of an evening showcasing songwriters George Kilby, Jr., Bruce Martin, and Kevin Daniel Miller. NO COVER