Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Paula Cole Ithaca

Sometimes in life, things just don't go as planned. Your dreams of how you thought your life would be are some how changed but not by you, by others. I love how in music you can hear people's stories, whether the story is happy or sad. They tell you stories. My life hasn't always been how I imagined it. I thought I had found someone I could count on, got engaged, had a baby, and then what happenend? It all fell apart. I ended up becoming a single mother. But life and I kept going.

Paula Cole is an artist I was introduced to. I like how she lets us in through her music. I was in tears at times listening to the her song Somethin’ I’ve Gotta Say. Great music, great songs, great stories..

The GRAMMY Award-winner, and one of the preeminent female singer/songwriters of our generation, journeys to ITHACA on her deeply personal new album to be released on September 21st (Universal/Decca Records).

On her fifth album ITHACA, Cole takes listeners on an intensely emotional, yet uplifting journey through divorce ("The Hard Way," "P.R.E.N.U.P") and the struggle to recover one's identity ("Elegy," "Waiting on a Miracle") before allowing herself to revel in the healing. Along the way, she acknowledges being torn between work and her daughter ("Somethin' I've Gotta Say"), and ultimately celebrates having music to get her through it all ("Music In Me").

The 42-year-old mother, who’s young daughter suffers from severe asthma, has penned some defining music over the years for women, including “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and the theme to Dawson’s Creek, “I Don’t Wanna Wait.” Says Cole, "My albums are like Polaroid snapshots of my life. The writing is the hard part because my process is highly personal and autobiographical. This new album reflects me processing the things in life we all face on a daily basis."

ITHACA, a touching tour-de-force of emotions, showcases Cole's sharp and poignant songwriting, along with her moving voice - which The New York Times referred to as, "rich and tremulous" The album represents the difficult, yet healing journey we all go through to try to find the beautiful things in life. "The overall theme of ITHACA is making peace with life," Cole says. "I hope to show people through my music that these lessons in life can truly be a healing process."

1. The Hard Way
2. Waiting on a Miracle
3. Music in Me
4. Elegy
5. Come on Inside
6. P.R.E.N.U.P.
7. Violet Eyes
8. Somethin’ I’ve Gotta Say
9. Sex
10. 2 LIfetimes

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