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I Would Be the Sky
An acoustic collection of seven audience-requested Americana songs which begged to be recorded—soulful original tunes peppered with historic spirituals that Frailey delivers through a fresh interpretation. NOTE: Has caused "goosebumps".
"Like Kate Wolf, Adrienne Frailey has the heart of a poet, and a voice you never get tired of hearing. She approaches her own songs and covers with great sensitivity and always with such warm and soulful feeling. Her new EP is a treat to hear - don't miss it." - Al Kniola, Host, The Back Porch, 88.1 WVPE Public Radio
SONGWRITER CREDITS: "Hole in the River", "I Would Be the Sky", "Hold On to Your Heart" and "Sleeper", lyrics and music by Adrienne Frailey. "Wait for Me" lyrics by Donald E. Henderson, music by Adrienne Frailey. "Sea of Glass" and "Oh Mary Don't You Weep" are public domain. All songs arranged and produced by Adrienne Frailey. Copyright 2013 Adrienne Frailey. All rights reserved. Unauthorized
RECORDING CREDITS: Lead and harmony vocals, guitar and keyboards: Adrienne Frailey. Additional harmony vocals: Joy Frailey, Drew Frailey, Al Fitch. Bass, additional lead guitar: Drew Frailey. Percussion: Al Fitch CD photos and design: Joy Frailey Recorded and mixed at Dulce Donum Studios by Riely O'Connor, South Bend, IN. Mastered at Trackattack by Matthew "T-Bird" Thornton, Buchanan, MI.
Read more at the official website: www.adriennefrailey.com. -Ninegable
Young Adrienne Frailey has again created a masterpiece CD of 18 original songs that carry you through (her native) Midwest, New Orleans, tragic and violent 15th Century France, the dark side of the soul, and of course—escape and romance.
Young Adrienne Frailey has again created a masterpiece CD of 18 original songs that carry you through (her native) Midwest, New Orleans, tragic and violent 15th Century France, the dark side of the soul, and of course—escape and romance. She skillfully delivers you back to your "happy place" at the end of a 74-minute journey. You will want to own and open the 8-panel digipak, complete with lyrics—it's like have a whole concert in a box.
Her genre-crossing tracks cover Americana, Adult Indie/Contemporary, Alternative Folk and Celtic styles.
"Adrienne Frailey is a major talent. Her latest album 'Definitely' is clear proof of that... Her beautiful lyrics could stand alone as poetry, her voice is a lovely blend of velvet and soul, and her melodies and arrangements are captivating. This is an album that deserves, and will receive, repeated play by all who own it until it simply wears out..." —Al Kniola, Host, "The Back Porch", WVPE 88.1 FM, National Public Radio MORE INFO.
Definitely Total time: 74:47 ©2011 Adrienne Frailey Release date: 9/10/11 Recorded, mixed and mastered: Bartlett Recording, Elkhart, Indiana, www.bartlettrecording.com CD cover design: Joy Frailey Photography: Emily Swihart Photography
"All My Sins" It wasn’t that long ago when the months of summer meant no work and all play for me. Things change so quickly after high school; life tends to sneak up on you, and the only way to deal is to keep moving forward.
"Hey There Boy" It’s interesting when two friends can start a relationship, end that relationship and still remain friends... even though some things will never be the same.
"Feathers" Mistakes make us human. Awareness brings regret, a feeling that can help us learn from those mistakes. It’s then our duty to pass the message on to not only the people we love and care about but to those we may never come into contact with.
"Little Love Song" Just a happy, little love song. :) The world needs more of those.
"Definitely" When what you want isn’t at all what you should have. This is a heartfelt apology, born from an important life lesson.
"Learn to Be Strong" Real love never comes easily, but even the strongest relationships can shatter under the simplest of circumstances. We must learn how to withstand the breakage.
"Cliché" A song I wrote shortly after graduation while still enduring the remnants of high school drama. It was fun to come up with a something following the lines of only cliché sayings, something very fitting for the days of drama.
"Dying Breath" Inspired by the prologue of the book "Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse" by Kaleb Nation. This is my idea of Emry’s last lullaby for her son, Bran. Guest musician John Kennedy Jr. of the group Kennedy’s Kitchen provided his talents to this track in Irish whistle and bouzouki. Thank you, John. :)
"The Blue" It's relaxing when love can be as simple and abstract as the lyrics in this song.
"The World Is Yours" For any couple who just wishes they could drop all responsibility, take each other's hands, get in the car and drive as far as they can go.
"Prayer of Revelation" Using Biblical metaphors, this is a song about looking back on life during the final days of it and remembering those lost and those found.
"My Gloomy Poem" A song written over three years ago when I was still in high school. It is one I created with old thoughts of my childhood in mind—the days when I'd be eight-years-old, sitting on the swings in the park and almost believing that if I used as much energy as my little legs could muster, maybe I really COULD let go and fly right into the sky. (Never worked out that way.)
"Run Just Run" This is a song filled with pain and the desperation one needs to go back to the start of his or her mistakes in order to at least attempt to make things right again.
"Lilian" An original piece of historical fiction set in the violence of 15th Century France. "Lilian" tells of a young, indentured servant girl who absolutely refuses to be taken to the house of one of the world's most infamous serial killers—Baron Gilles de Rais.
"Talk About an Angel" A song created from the bluesier side of my mind. It's about taking charge of yourself when love has done nothing but put you in shackles.
"Mind Of Your Own" Love is an interesting thing, once you've come close to feeling it. I have a tendency to remain somewhat too logical when relationships are within grasp, but sometimes it's best to let all logic go and do what everyone may not expect you to.
"Gabriel" A song for Gabe Merrill. I hope can hear this from where he now lives.
"We Could Fly Above the Mountains" We all need a little vacation from ourselves now and then, and it's always nice to be able to share it with someone else.
All My Sins 3:550:00 / 3:55
Hey There Boy 4:000:00 / 4:00
Feathers 4:050:00 / 4:05
Little Love Song 2:460:00 / 2:46
Definitely 5:490:00 / 5:49
Learn to Be Strong 3:160:00 / 3:16
Cliché 2:550:00 / 2:55
Dying Breath 2:510:00 / 2:51
The Blue 3:310:00 / 3:31
The World Is Yours 4:080:00 / 4:08
Prayer of Revelation 2:590:00 / 2:59
My Gloomy Poem 4:280:00 / 4:28
Run Just Run 5:470:00 / 5:47
Lilian 6:460:00 / 6:46
Talk About An Angel 4:570:00 / 4:57
Mind of Your Own 4:370:00 / 4:37
Gabriel 4:130:00 / 4:13
0:00 / 3:38
Goodnight to the Stars
As surprising as a snow leopard stepping from an Indiana cornfield, she's Folk Alley's March '09 Open Mic Featured Artist. Wow! I didn't want the song to end. Amazing! — fans, Calif. to Greece Recommended IYL Norah Jones, Sarah McLachlan, Sara Bareilles
Goodnight to the Stars ©2009 Adrienne Frailey Release date: July 2009 Recorded, mixed and mastered: Bartlett Recording, Elkhart, Indiana, www.bartlettrecording.com Photography: Heather Holdeman, New Paris Indiana/Dallas,Texas CD Design: Joy Frailey Total time: 46:11 Produced by Adrienne Frailey; all songs written and arranged by Adrienne Frailey; all rights reserved. www.adriennefrailey.com; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; P.O. Box 706, Milford IN 46542
About the Artist
A self-taught guitarist since eleven, Adrienne’s motivation to get this CD project finished was her surprise at being named Folk Alley’s “Open Mic Featured Artist” for March 2009. Her songs have been called “cool” by listeners in Chile, “simply amazing” in Dublin, “beautiful” in the Netherlands, and “fantastic” in Chicago. She chose her CD tracks from the 60+ songs she has written in the past three years. Sound engineer/producer Bruce Bartlett blogged her FA listeners, “Adrienne writes songs of rare beauty and sophistication. Her pure, tender voice could melt peoples’ hearts...I have never been so affected emotionally by anyone I’ve recorded in 30 years...I think she has a great future in writing musical soundtracks for cinema. BTW she sings perfectly in tune.” Bartlett developed microphones at Shure and Crown over three decades (including the industry-standard headworn CM311A), and has written 900 articles and eight books in the audio field.
• Adrienne’s ability as a composer/lyricist/singer is remarkable.—Dee Bennett, Riversong Music Society, St. Joseph, Michigan.
• Adrienne Frailey is a truly extraordinary talent. Her vocals are soulful and captivating; her lyrics and music are packed with meaning and emotion. You just want to listen to her forever.—Al Kniola, host of The Back Porch, WVPE 88.1 FM (NPR), Elkhart, Indiana • Just barely out of high school, Adrienne Frailey is displaying real depth as a singer/songwriter...from the tiny town of Milford, IN (halfway between Ft. Wayne and South Bend), Frailey would get our vote any day.—alley chat, March 2009, folkalley.com
• I can’t wait to buy the album. California would love to have you.—teen listener • I don’t normally listen to this kind of music but was curious. This is brilliant.—listener in Wales • You will know and love her recordings for years to come—trust me, it will happen. —Al Kniola
1. SILVER CARS (3:19): I love silver cars. I like Georgia. I put them together. Busy people trade the people who care about them for new settings where they can prosper—but may not find love. My friend Kevin Kyle—who has known me since I was seven—added a smooth electric guitar solo on this one.
2. A LITTLE SCAR (3:59): So many people are driven to sue for any perceived offense. But scars from pain or wrongdoing can be keepsakes to remind us of how much we grew by enduring the experience. Some scars are meant to be kept and forgiven, and there is always someone with a bigger scar than yours.
3. THE AFFAIR (3:04): Ah, my happy little love song, although there's a breakup...maybe someday I’ll get a ukelele to play this.
4. FLIGHT (3:50): This is my second personal favorite on the CD: an allegory for anyone who has stepped out into “darkness” then taken a fall—needing to be comforted by an angel or friend—until they can pick themselves up again. Violinist Bev Smith (Cassopolis, Mich.) is featured.
5. RAINING DOWN (2:14): Here’s another little happy love song about nice, romantic things happening in spite of the sky crying overhead. My Dad Drew Frailey accompanied me on guitar for this one. 6. USELESS (4:18): Useless is something we so often feel when we’re young or there seems to be no solution to a problem. The sense that we are small and powerless in the face of evil or adversity must be fought by listening to our own heart, which often results in some type of prayer. One folkalley.com listener said, “I was blown away by your opening vocals...The simple piano worked well....Such a sad, but wonderful song.” My Dad played bass on this song; my Mom Joy Frailey added 12-string guitar and sang some backup vocals. 7. CATASTROPHE (4:24): This is my personal favorite on the CD. “Wow! I love this music by Adrienne Frailey. Listen to ‘Catastrophe’ first. Wish I could compose like this!” tweeted author Kaleb Nation (Twitter, 5/4/09), whose novel Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse is arriving in stores 9/9/09. “This is beautiful...And I'm so entranced with this song that I've shared this with several friends. I'll be researching your work now, seeking out your music CDs. This song is sweet. Soothing.”—JH, South Carolina 8. A WORLD I’M NOT AFRAID OF (4:22): This ballad was inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Almost everyone in the world now knows how much Bella loves Edward! Again, my friend Kevin Kyle played an electric guitar solo for this one. Listeners have said: • OMG, I cried like a baby listening to this song. I loved every minute of this song and I didn't want the song to end. Where can I get it? I gotta have this song! —27-yr old, US • How wonderful and amazing and beautiful this song is. 5/5 —teen, Germany • I listened with my eyes closed...the song is so beautiful.—England • You should be on a soundtrack ...you’ve got fantastic voice...Could you give us lyrics?—20-yr old, Poland • Where can I get this song? All of your songs, really...—listener • I love this! I subbed! and faved! —teen from Arkansas • OMG I seriously cried!! BTW where can I get this song?? Its amazing!! ...amazing amazing amazing! —US teen, LA (This is my only Twilight-inspired song on this CD. The remainder, like “Jacob’s Kiss,” are instrumentals and can be found on YouTube.) 9. WASTELAND (5:02): This is that place we don’t want our loved ones to stray into but often a place that we don’t have the power to bring them out of—until they want to be out of it themselves. This was one of the first songs I wrote at sixteen, even before my CD was a dream on the horizon. It has received the most radio airplay, though, and was well-received on folkalley.com. “There is a tenderness in this song, and I think it's well structured and well sung,” said one overseas listener; another from New York commented, “The song and the singing made me stop working and just listen for a few minutes.” 10. GOOD MORNING (3:21): This is a breakup song written for anyone who has gotten wise and left a well-crafted note of sarcasm for the other to find. 'Wish I could save you from the burden of always being right.' This song is where the line “goodnight to the stars” comes from for the CD title. A YouTube listener said, “Like your music. Great song and love your voice.” 11.BENEATH THE SPOTLIGHT (5:43): A friend (who knew his music theory) told me this tune was Broadway-worthy. Wow. You be the judge of that. I wrote it somewhat inspired by a young man who fell into destructive behaviors before I ever got the chance to tell him how much I cared. Violinist Bev Smith (Cassopolis, Mich.) is featured.
Acknowledgements (in CD liner notes)
To God, FOR the stars and the sun and everything else;
To my Dad and Mom, Drew and Joy Frailey, for helping me get started with music and supporting me every step of the way;
To my sister Andrea and her husband Gary, for standing by me through everything;
To their little girl, my baby niece Alyssa, you are such an inspiration;
To Bruce Bartlett for being so amazing at what you do;
To Kevin Kyle and Bev Smith for adding such great sounds to my work;
To Al Kniola and Norm Mast at WVPE 88.1 FM, for generously providing a way for my music to be heard throughout Michiana;
To my best friend Ruth (Nicholl) May for being my #1 Fan;
To Heather Holdeman (and her family), for taking such marvelous photos, and for being an extraordinary friend all these years; To Riversong Music Society of Michiana for giving me a place to share my music with all the wonderful people I’ve met and ones I’ve yet to meet; and to everyone else in my life who has encouraged me to share my soul in music.
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Inspired by Kaleb Nation's newest book series, "Harken", Adrienne Frailey has released a folk-alternative tune about worldly struggle and conspiracy.
Inspired by Kaleb Nation's "Harken".
©2013 Adrienne Frailey. Recorded at Electric Angel Studios in Goshen, IN. Written, arranged, and produced by Adrienne Frailey. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grant Beachy. Adrienne Frailey: main vocals, harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, piano Drew Frailey: electric bass, harmony vocals Allen Fitch: drums, harmony vocals Joy Frailey: harmony vocals
New Eyes 3:390:00 / 3:39
The Key: Music Inspired by Bran Hambric: The Specter Key
"Talented people like @AdrienneFrailey remind me why I love writing in Bran Hambric's world. Her upcoming BH:TSK song 'The Key' is amazing." —Kaleb Nation (author of the "Bran Hambric" series), quote via Twitter
"Bran Hambric: The Specter Key" (sequel to "Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse") is a novel by Kaleb Nation. The book was released in stores on October 10, 2010.
Tracks written, composed and produced by Adrienne Frailey. www.adriennefrailey.com All songs ©2009-2010. All rights reserved. Music recorded, mixed and mastered by Bruce Bartlett of Bartlett Recording in Elkhart, Indiana. bartlettrecording.com
PERFORMANCE CREDITS Adrienne Frailey: vocals (tracks 1, 2, 11, 16) keyboard (all tracks), acoustic guitar (track 2), tom-tom (track 13) Bruce Bartlett: percussion and bass guitar (track 2) Joy Frailey: bodhran (track 1) joHn Kennedy: Irish whistle, bouzouki (track 16)
ACKNOWLEGEMENTS * I’d like to thank Sourcebooks and Kaleb Nation, for listening to and promoting my music and for making it possible for me to complete this work before "The Specter Key" has even arrived in stores! * Bruce Bartlett, for the wonderful things you do in the studio. You bring my work to life. * joHn Kennedy for adding his magnificent talents to the song “Dying Breath”. kennedyskitchen.com * My parents Drew and Joy, sister Andrea, brother-in-law Gary, niece Alyssa and best friend Ruth for their love and support through so much. I love you!
Track 1: “INTO THE MOORS” (2:36) This is the first-ever instrumental I composed inspired by the "Bran Hambric" series. It was written after reading the prologue of "The Farfield Curse", before it was released in stores on September 9, 2009. This piece introduces the listener to the main theme that came to my mind for the character of Bran, and it is echoed throughout many of the following tracks.
Track 2: “THE KEY” (4:55) I came up with this song within 24 hours of reading "The Specter Key". I was so taken by the pure strength of Bran’s composure while going through so much stress and sadness in the sequel. The lyrics are written from the perspective of Astara, Bran’s best friend, who has been taken to another world and turned into a Specter, as the novel’s description explains. LYRICS: Help me, I need someone to wake me up And tell me I am strong enough to break these chains Hold on, hold on for eternity You’re the only one who sees the life in death that remains Love, love You’re the only one who sees You’re the only one who sees Who sees that love is the key Yesterday, I saw you through a salty lie That wanted me to wave goodbye, goodbye to you But today, I looked out from my window pane It’s a mirror to the eye, untrained and desperate for the truth (Repeat Chorus)
Track 3: “THE GRUNER” (1:14) In the very first chapter of "The Specter Key", we meet a fearsome creature called a gruner. It is described as having glowing blue eyes, long tusks and sharp fur, which I imagined to be similar to that of an Australian razorback. After it feeds on a human man, we get the sense that this animal is Elspeth’s pet, and so you can pretty much guess the tone that this scene would have.
Track 4: “EMRY’S LULLABY (NIM'S MUSIC BOX)” (1:33) This instrumental was composed with the character of Gary in mind. He was the man in love with Emry before he left the Farfield Project and before she came to be with Thomas, Bran’s assumed biological father. Being a mage of the Netora missiv, Gary has a deep passion for music, and he even wrote a lullaby for Emry before they parted ways. This song was put into a music box, which Bran comes into contact with early on in "The Specter Key".
Track 5: “THOMAS’ THEME” (2:41) Bran’s first encounter with his father Thomas is in no way heart warming. Although this music was not written for that scene specifically, it was created using the general sense of Thomas’ harsh personality and conflicted character. He is a man who cares about his son but has let a raging desire for vengeance cloud his sensitivity and muddle his priorities.
Track 6: “FRIDD’S DAY EVE” (1:40) As “Branfans” already know, the Wilomas family is nothing short of strange and crazy, however they still manage to come across as bizarrely entertaining. When the Eve of Fridd’s Day arrives, they are all hustling about to make sure that everything is perfect for their rich, snobby party guests: customers and co-workers from the Third Bank of Dunce.
Track 7: “IF NOBODY FIGHTS” (1:34) This is calm music for the scene where Bran and Astara are sitting at the top of the water tower, looking out at the festival fireworks. The title is taken from Bran’s line, “This might go on forever, but we’ve still got to fight, because if nobody fights, then we all will lose.” If you’ve listened to track 2, you may notice that this is the piano version of "The Key". Since the majority of the plot in "The Specter Key" revolves around Bran’ and Astara’s friendship, I wanted to reuse this theme throughout the scenes pertaining to these two characters.
Track 8: “TWO WORDS” (2:11) This song was inspired by the moment Astara is taken away by the ambulance, and it is supposed to last through the hospital and funeral scenes, with 0:53 being the part where Bran and Adi hear the doctor say, “She’s dead.”
Track 9: “SHADOWS OF HER MEMORY” (1:52) More sad music for the part when Bran returns to the Wilomas house, which has been absolutely destroyed by the green magic that burst from the odd-looking box. I used the minor-toned theme of “The Key”, because it is in the doorway that Bran remembers seeing Astara’s body, just before she was taken to the hospital.
Track 10: “I’M DONE WITH YOU” (1:48) A song filled with angered determination for the scene when Bran throws the box into the water, thinking that he has gotten rid of the horrid thing for good.
Track 11: “SPECTERS” (1:27) This piece wasn’t written with any one scene in mind, but I tried to make sure that it captured the mystery and creepiness of the specters and the powerful key that keeps them imprisoned in their enchanted holding cell.
Track 12: “ROOM OF MISERY (GARY’S THEME)” (3:22) When Bran jumps through the fireplace in Gary’s office, he discovers a secret room behind it, filled with pictures of his mother, some in which Gary can be seen with her. According to the book, Bran hears Gary playing his flute to a familiar melody—the song from Nim’s music box. It is in this chapter that we learn of Gary’s loving relationship with Emry and that he in fact composed that very piece of music. I decided to start this instrumental off with the minor-tone of “Emry’s Lullaby”, for the part where Bran is seeing the photographs of his mother. The flute comes in, and when the story is finally told, the mood lightens as Bran realizes just how much Gary loved Emry and just how much the man hasn’t been able to move on.
Track 13: “ROAD TO THE ANCIENTS” (2:33) After their encounter with Elspeth and the gruner, Bran and Thomas head out toward an ancient temple, a place where the Specters have been held prisoner for years behind a magical doorway that can only be opened with the Specter Key. Because of the gruff nature of Thomas and the distant and bitter relationship between him and his son Bran, I wanted this song to show both of their themes coming together while they trudge through the desert, working side-by-side for the same cause.
Track 14: “THE LIFE IN DEATH” (2:10) In the chapter “The Pool of Life and Death”, Bran dives into the water to save Astara from crossing over with the rest of the Specters. This song was the very first instrumental that I wrote inspired by "The Specter Key". Its tune was derived from the minor melody of my song, “The Key”, and its title came from a line in that song, as well.
Track 15: “LUCKY DAY (SPECTERS REPRISE)” (1:27) The power of the Key was said to be destroyed by a train in the subway tunnel, however in the epilogue of "The Specter Key", Mr. Rat discovers it while doing his community service of mopping the stairways. This leaves us with the foreboding feeling that the Key isn’t finished with whatever other dark purpose it can be used for. This song is the reprise of “Specters” (track 11).
Track 16: “DYING BREATH” (2:49) A bonus track inspired by the end of the prologue of "Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse", during the part where Emry has to quickly decide how to save Bran, who is at the time six-years-old. I imagined that if she'd had any time at all to sing a lullaby to her sleeping son, knowing she wouldn't be returning to him, this is what she might sing. LYRICS: Come to me, my son For I must leave you soon Come to me, my baby Lu, lay, lu, lay, lu With my dying breath I will keep you safe away And we will meet, my baby Once again someday
Into the Moors 2:380:00 / 2:38
The Key 4:570:00 / 4:57
The Gruner 1:170:00 / 1:17
0:00 / 1:35
Thomas' Theme 2:430:00 / 2:43
Fridd's Day Eve 1:420:00 / 1:42
If Nobody Fights 1:340:00 / 1:34
Two Words 2:120:00 / 2:12
0:00 / 1:52
I'm Done With You 1:470:00 / 1:47
Specters 1:260:00 / 1:26
0:00 / 3:24
Road to the Ancients 2:340:00 / 2:34
The Life in Death 2:110:00 / 2:11
0:00 / 1:30
Dying Breath 2:510:00 / 2:51