To the Girl 4:070:00 / 4:07
soulful singer-songwriter | cultivating joy
We've finished up recording and mixing the new album at Weights and Measures Soundlab. Can't wait to share the new, eclectic bunch of songs with you! The official CD Release Show was at Knuckleheads in Kansas City on Thursday, April 11th! Many, many thanks to everyone who came out, packed the house, and had the them pulling out extra chairs!!
A speedy glimpse inside Weights and Measures Soundlab during the recording of Joy Zimmerman's new CD, To the Girl. A special thanks to Nicholas Sloan for his GoPro footage. Video by Linda Dill. Minute and a Half - words & music by Joy Zimmerman, copyright 2013. joyzimmermanmusic.com
Official release of To the Girl on April 5th, 2019.
Note by Note: Dear John or Jane | No. 13 | 4.18.19
What were your favorite sounds from childhood?
(I’ll give you a minute to ponder this…)
My top picks include my mom playing piano downstairs as we went to sleep, the school librarian reading us another chapter, Stevie Wonder singing as we danced, kids calling out to invite me to roller skate or play kickball, typewriter keys tapping as my mom typed my dad’s graduate school papers…
I’m old enough that this particular typewriter was a beautiful, black classic model and heavy as an anchor. It once belonged to my grandfather.
The cadence of those keys and the frequent chime of the return led me to write a song with the typewriter as its foundation. I started by finding a rhythm on typewriter keys and then launching into a break-up song.
After remembering an expression I first heard in college -- “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” -- I thought of other ill-fated images, and I was off to the races. Read more
The title track to my latest CD: Wanting my younger self to know that all would be well, To the Girl became a love letter to myself during chapters of challenge and change. “All the strands are being woven and tossed….”