It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness. No customer reviews. Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. There's a problem loading this menu at the moment. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. The emcee for the event, Kathleen Taylor, got familiar with my music beforehand. And as she introduced me she said something to the effect of, "in the sea of mediocrity that is popular music, Rebecca's music is that positive disruption".
Quit Your Day Job. One artist who spoke at this TEDx TampaBay is Frank Strunk III, who creates his art from metal; he talked about taking inspiration home from wherever you experience it and putting it into your life, whatever your way of creating is.
It was amusing when he said maybe you need to tell your boss something like, "I'm going home; I've got some art I need to create Not surprisingly, his talk was called Quit Your Day Job. Another fellow spoke, Jason Sowell, whose philanthropy is very moving. Essentially, he goes into a laundromat and pays for everyone's laundry. It touches upon the simple but significant concept of dignity that comes from having clean clothes.
This is no welfare concept where you must prove your need. Maybe you're a well-off person whose machine broke, or you can't fit the huge comforter in it, but you're still having to shlepp to the laundro.
More often though, the people you find at the laundromat are poor or close to it. Or can't afford their own machines. What a lifting of spirit. And on a practical level, that is money that can now be used for food or something else a family needs. My own family uses the laundromat and I know that if some stranger paid for my laundry one day, I would always remember it. It would remind me that there is goodness and generosity in the world.
His talk was called Stop Trying to Change the World. Something as simple as paying for a few loads of laundry with no strings attached gave the customer that realization. Nest Nest Average Rating: 0. Walmart Out of stock. Delivery not available.
Pickup not available. Add to list. Add to registry. The album's delicate, cinematic, lush new folk forays into Americana, bossa nova, and pop. In essence, Zapen made Nest while she was building a nest of her own, with husband and recording engineer Jeremy Douglass, who also plays keyboards and melodica on the new album.
The two met when Jeremy from St. Petersburg was searching for a string player for a friend's recording project and found classically-trained violinist Rebecca in Jacksonville. After corresponding for a while, a chance gig allowed the two to meet and it was love at first sight.
It was bashert, fate. Also, double bassist Chelsea Chason twisting her endpin against the floor created the creaking sound at the end of We Didn't Bother. We thought it sounded like the rocking of a pirate ship, and added ocean and seagull sounds to enhance the effect. I completed my part of the process with the tracks' volumes and panning set to some extent, but I preferred to leave the real mixing to Chris. In addition to recording, mixing and mastering, Chris played on several of the songs, on trombone, guitar, glockenspiel, and he sang as well.
The environments varied. Three of the tracks were recorded in my old house, in a boxy living room with hardwood floors. One song, "Shower 2", was recorded in a professional studio we used to record the soundtrack for a short film for which I wrote the music. The rest of the tracks were recorded in Chris' living room which was a boxy room with a carpeted floor which later became hardwood and a carpeted bedroom for vocals. I had instrumentation ranging from quite sparse to quite lush, and also ended up using four different drummers.
So, in the end, Chris had to take tracks that had been recorded in essentially four different environments, with a varying roster of musicians and create consistency. Estes also mastered the disc at home using SoundForge. Rebecca performed with groups whose style included everything from jazz to classical to swing to rock. Her eclectic background is present in her creative CD which includes every style possible.
A little taste of the past, mixed with that elevator music that you find yourself humming along with, is the best way to describe this CD. The opening track is a bitter-sweet ode to a fleeting, and ultimately doomed, romance with a Lego pirate. An unusual ukulele love song that name checks Jacques Cousteau and Florence Nightingale, and also features tap dancing interludes. That laid back European lazy summer afternoon atmosphere, but with a hint of melancholy waiting beneath the surface.
The track itself is an affectionate and comical take on being naked with a bunch of strangers, light and breezy, always seeing the funny side. The album also features three instrumental tracks; they are the kind of songs that would instantly feel at home on the soundtrack to a Wes Anderson film.
Title track 'We Didn't Bother' exudes indifference in a soporific folky haze. And even better, it's about a love affair gone wrong with a Lego pirate!
Zapen may sound a few bolts short of a meccano set but from this individual outlook on life a string of unique songs has arisen. Exquisite mandolin and other finger-picked strings are the mainstay accompaniment to Zapen's dreamy voice. Both beguiling and arresting at will, the vocals lubricate the more challenging changes in key and left field style. A real find. She provides a welcome change from all the wannabe Norah Jones' out there and easy listening faux jazz currently in fashion by instead creating an album infused with real emotion.
On 'We Didn't Bother', the opening track on 'Japanese Bathhouse', Zapen sings with a slow beauty reminiscent of the legendary Chet Baker, making a drowsy folk tune telling the standard tale of a doomed love affair a stand out song.
Filling simple lyrics with pure emotion, something that Chet Baker did so well, Zapen achieves sincerity , the fact that the song is about a lego pirate is testament to Zapen's quirky humour. Zapen uses this sort of humour to break up the more serious tunes, playing with traditional styles of music and adding a modern twist with her light hearted lyrics.
Zapen incorporates traditional classical music repertoire, and is open to the various genres her students may be interested in, anything from Indian meditation chants to rock to old time fiddle. Just email me at rzapen at yahoo. I'm told time and time again that listeners enjoy my music as they drive, work, cook, or relax at home. Original folk-pop. Nest was inspired by my experience of leaving a home nest and creating a new home and family in St Petersburg, FL.
Features jazz standards, bossa nova, and several Zapen originals.
Several instrumentals introduce a variety of styles and also serve to break up the Album) serious tracks. Petersburg, FL. Re be cca Za pe n — Ne st Her eclectic background is present in her creative CD which includes every style possible. She shared some of her background with me. Please enter the account owner's birth date here. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Zapen plays violin, guitar, ukulele, and cavaquino a South American cousin of the ukulele on the album, which hops genres from the finger-picked folk and lush vocal harmonies and strings of "Peace", to the sultry bossa nova rhythms of "Ledge" and "Addicted to Album), to the stark Appalachian twang of "Colorado", in which Zapen delivers one of her most powerful songs with the simplest arrangement of voice and violin. I suspect that the old adage that good sounding music is easy to record is also part of why this sounds so good. Our young couple went over to a picnic blanket strewn with rose petals and enjoyed a meal of chinese food, Grandfathers Song - Rebecca Zapen - Nest (CD.
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