Dear Lilith Fair 2010

My Subconscious Loves Instruments 03/10/2010

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Dear Lilith Fair,


Musical instruments, and especially musical instrument hybrids, pervade my dreams. Last night I had a dream my cousin got married and I landed in a room housing the gifts. I sat on the floor ogling the neatly packaged boxes of accordions, chord organs, glockenspiels, toy pianos, marching bass drums, and huge tomes of sheet music dedicated and rewritten for each instrument (such as a 10 pound book entitled “Pink Floyd for Toy Piano”). I was most excited about the particular hybrid instrument the newlyweds were given which was a combination chord organ-glockenspiel. I remember thinking, “If I got one of these I wouldn’t have to sit the glockenspiel on top of the chord organ when I play– I could just use this nifty little instrument!”


Place to Live 02/13/2010

Filed under: Letter,Music — alysongreenfield @ 1:49 PM
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Dear Lilith Fair,


After being pushed this way and that, feeling like someone stuck me in a snow globe and shook it around a few times, and being told there “suddenly” wasn’t enough money to pay me– I quit my job working for Madonna’s personal trainer and returned to New York.


New York was where I needed to be. But I was plenty discombobulated. I was starting the apartment search all over again. I went to apartment after apartment looking for a room, but absolutely nothing felt right or comfortable. My friend, with whom I was staying while searching for a new residence, had just given me her rainbow glockenspiel she had since she was a little girl. One day I sat in an empty room (she was actually moving out at the time) and composed my first song on the glockenspiel, called “Place to Live.” I have found that using the glockenspeil as a main instrument, as one might use a piano or a guitar, is incredibly exhilarating!



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!