Dear Lilith Fair 2010

Madonna’s Entourage 01/31/2010

Filed under: Letter,Music — alysongreenfield @ 11:55 PM
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Dear Lilith Fair,

 

Shortly after moving to New York, I was swept off my feet by Madonna and her Sweet and Sticky Tour. I landed a position being the home school teacher for her personal trainer’s son. You know the woman with the elastic bands who also trained Gwenyth Paltrow? Well, that was who I worked for.

 

As well as teaching a 4th grade curriculum, packing Madonna’s ice packs, jumping on her mini trampoline before she warmed up for the show, and staying at Gwenyth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s house in the Hamptons, I saw the most unglamourous parts of the glamourous life. No one seemed happy. Everyone ate expensive food at fancy hotels. Everyone had work to do and no fun to be had. Everyone had to buy more things. Everyone had to inspect themselves in mirrors. Being part of the entourage’s entourage, I was always on my own at hotels no one else stayed at, stuck in a basement in Illinois, or a house in the middle of Indiana.

 

The only thing that saved me was my guitar. Luckily, because music was part of the home school curriculum, I was allowed to bring it with me. In a hotel room in Los Angeles I wrote “Glitz and Glamour.”

 

 


“Glitz and Glamour” MP3 Download

 

Captain Planet 01/24/2010

Filed under: Letter,Music — alysongreenfield @ 11:27 PM
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Dear Lilith Fair,

I just wrote a song about love, toxicity, and  Captain Planet.  Enjoy!


Captain Planet MP3 Download

 

Paste Magazine: Songs for Haiti 01/20/2010

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Dear Lilith Fair,

Along with Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Andrew Bird, and more, my music is in Paste Magazine’s “Songs for Haiti” Download Vault. By making a contribution to Haiti, Paste is giving music. You can click the link below to give to Haiti and get lots of great songs.

 

 

Gangsta’s Paradise 01/15/2010

Filed under: Music — alysongreenfield @ 11:48 AM
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Dear Lilith Fair,

The folks at Sunday Salon caught me covering Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” on a glockenspiel!

 

 

I Will Remember You 01/13/2010

Filed under: Letter,Music — alysongreenfield @ 11:39 PM
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Dear Lilith Fair,

When I worked at the 2005 Songwriter’s Summit For Oneness (which was an event that partnered Songwriting Mentors from Los Angeles and Colulmbus, Ohio with aspiring high school songwriters) I had the pleasure of working alongside Dave Merenda (Songwriter for Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You”). At the time I was actually a high school teacher and had just started thinking about sharing more of my music with the world. It was so great to talk to Dave about his experiences in the music industry. Sometimes you meet someone who has more experience than you who wants to share their knowledge, answer questions you have, and just be a sounding board. As well as talking about the music industry and music that inspires us, we sat at a piano and sang “I Will Remember You” together. Here is a recording (from an actual casette tape) of us singing the song!

 

“I Will Remember You”
(Alyson Greenfield/Dave Merenda)

 

A Body’s Just a Body 01/08/2010

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Dear Lilith Fair,

 

Some of the lyrics from my “Young Girl in the Music World” song were printed on t-shirts and dresses when I released my “Tuscaloosa” album. I found it interesting when a friend told me she wore the dress on a second date with a guy and he kept looking at the words on her dress and then asking if he could hold her hand, put his arm around her, etc….

 

 

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Young Girl in the Music World MP3 Download

 

Young Girl in the Music World 01/07/2010

Filed under: Letter,Music — alysongreenfield @ 12:00 AM
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Dear Lilith Fair,

Speaking of why Lilith Fair DOES still need to exist, I have a song called “Young Girl in the Music World,” which focuses on the theme of men thinking they can take advantage of young women pursuing a music career. The man who I wrote this song to toured with Ray Charles and was going to play bass on my album, and then this incident happened (listen/see song) and I ended up getting Jason Mercer (Ani DiFranco’s former bass player) on the track, which seemed pretty apropos!

(*This live video version was taken at the Indiegrrl Conference 2009 in Nashville and features Dave Perea on Harmonica.)

 

 

Young Girl in the Music World MP3 Download