LISTENING ROOM at Mercury Studio: Monthly Singer-Songwriter Night with Anna Rose Beck

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Please join us for the Mercury Studio June Listening Room, featuring local songwriter, Anna Rose Beck.

“The tunes of Durham writer Anna Rose Beck still seem in development. She is interested in weeping country and whispering folk, but to date, those compulsions pair strangely within her songs. But her voice is fully formed, with a reserved incandescence that would make numbers much less remarkable worth hearing. The clearest comparison might be Nick Drake, a singer who, like Beck, could express and arrest with unspeakably slight singing.”

–Grayson Currin, The Independent Weekly [5/1/2013]

From 7:15 to 8:00, Anna Rose will dazzle our ears with her music.

From 8:00 to 9:00, Anna Rose will talk about her music and take questions and comments from the audience.

This promises to be a unique and delightful event that you wont want to miss!

Because of the nature of the event, tickets ($5 in advance, $7 at the door) will be limited.

Invite friends on facebook here.

Tickets will be for sale at the door; cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted.

To buy tickets in advance, click here.

06/28/2013
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

mercury studio

407 N. Mangum Street – Durham

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New song – “I Wish”

Hey y’all, here’s a sad mushy love song I wrote recently – ON THE PIANO.  I should mention I don’t really play piano 😉   It’s called “I Wish” – I hope to be recording this one in the studio soon.

song demo: Broken Strings

I’ve been wantin recently

to save my broken guitar strings

tied into silver rings around my fingers

I think that’s holdin on too long

but haste makes waste and right makes wrong

they say what doesn’t break you makes you strong

am I a harp in the hand of some strange man

I’ve yet to stand on greener land

and these seeds I’ve sown are more permanent than sand

but the first flood will wash them all away

and I’ll say hey hey I wanna be

those happy people with their things

glass windows were designed to keep you out but let you see

what you’ve been missin out on

all this idle time

with your broken strings

 

smell of rain before the storm

hangs in this air so wet and warm

and when it rains i always miss you more

I had a dream i walked around

frozen bodies underground

heard broken thoughts and hearts and silenced sounds

and they said

hey hey it’s true what they say

that nothin comes from nowhere anyway

loneliness and lust ride in on their respective waves

and lusty veins

all fill the same

some things don’t change

 

dunno what i’m runnin from but one fast move and i’ll be gone

this texas heat runs thick within my blood

and i been living recklessly

one mark for each night lost at sea

with a tendency for sleepin through my dreams

am i a harp in the hand of some strange man

i’ve yet to stand on greener land

and these roots i’ve grown are more permanent than sand

but the first flood will wash them all away

and I’ll say hey hey I wanna be

those happy people with their things

glass windows were designed to keep you out but let you see

what you’ve been missin out on

all this idle time

with your broken strings

New video: Accidental Lullaby

This song can be downloaded athttp://annarosebeck.bandcamp.com/track/accidental-lullaby

Thanks to Elana Mie Scheiner (cello) and Mary Caton Lingold (fiddle)!

Written and recorded by Anna Rose Beck.

lyrics
If this song it were a river
I would wash your body clean
And if that river were a moon beam
I would shine on pretty things
And if that moonbeam lit the ocean
I would keep you safe at sea
And with those waves I’d rock you
I would roll you into me

And all through time
I would be here by your side
By and by
Hallelujah hallelai
I will write accidental lullabies
I will write accidental lullabies

If this song it were a shepherd
I would help you count your sheep
And if that shepherd had a shadow
I would follow at your feet
And if that shadow were created
By the sunset through the trees
With my shepherd sunset shadow
I would lull you into sleep

And all through time…

If this song it were a paintbrush
I would paint you here with me
And if your dream should call for music
I’d paint you a tambourine
Hey Mr. Tambourine Man
Won’t you play your song for me?
And we would be alone together
Painting landscapes for your sweetest dreams

credits
released 26 August 2012
Mary Caton Lingold (fiddle), Elana Mie Scheiner (cello), Anna Rose Beck (acoustic guitar, vocals, piano)

dorm room YouTube videos

Reblogged from Secret Carrboro Ninja Patrol, 7/26/2012

Beginning with dorm room YouTube videos that caught the eye of local promoters, Anna Rose Beck was hastily ushered onto the local folk stage. While still quite raw and uncut, Beck’s early performances trialed style and composure. Her solo act became a duo with a cellist, soon percussion was invited in. Successes with mixing more hands in the music eventually lead to a sprawling six person folk rock outfit with a proper forty-five minute set built for the club circuit. Most of us following Beck at that time hoped to be dazzled by a surprise arrangement of instruments and musicians on any given night and the anticipation of who would be on stage was half of the entertainment. It was a performance of changes and for those who seek folk music for the appreciation of the art, Beck was unknowingly providing a rare opportunity to watch it move and see where it went.

The performance continues. With influences still gathering and self-image as a songwriter half drawn, Beck’s performances are intimate…vulnerable. Gently plucking an acoustic guitar and simmering through lines of heart broken joy, her eyes invite both reflections of the past and dreams of what may lie ahead. Imagining once again how playing it differently will feel, Beck invites us back to her beginnings…solo, with a guitar and a story.

Read the rest here… 

New song & video! “Where the River Ends”

Download on BandCamp.

Oh I found the place where the river ends
where a fiddler plays and the notes he bends
And the hangnail moon is faithful til the end
Oh I found the place where the river ends

Oh I found the place where the truth ceases to be
As the pages turn and the words begin to breathe
And a writer’s heart within those pages beats
Oh I found the place where the truth ceases to be

Oh I found the tree where the lonely mockingbird
Sings songs through the night, songs that have no words
And there is no refrain, just one never-ending verse
Oh I found the tree with the lonely mockingbird

But there is one bridge I will have to cross alone
To the river’s end, and then I will be home
And I hear that it is dangerous to look down as I go
Oh there is one bridge I will have to cross alone

Oh I found the place where true love stands next to me
One glowing light, and a voice so smooth and sweet
And forever I will grow, here in ecstasy
Oh I found the place where true love stands next to me

Oh I found the place where the blind man he can see
The sad man laughing, their burdens are released
And the night breathes as it rocks their cradle out to sea
Oh I found the place where the blind man he can see

Check out my interview in the Carrboro Citizen!

Gimme Five! Anna Rose Beck

May 3, 2012 | Posted in: Arts & Music | Tags:  | 0 Responses

In 2011, Anna Rose Beck released her debut EP, The Weathermaker, a seven song showcase of her fingerpicked acoustic guitar lines and lovely melodies. It’s not a bad start, especially for someone who picked up music late in life (specifically one summer spent not studying for her biomedical engineering degree at Duke) and taught herself to play and sing.

So sure, Beck’s got the chops and the guts to face down Duke professors and audiences alike, but can she handle our five questions? See for yourself after the jump.

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VOTE AGAINST AMENDMENT ONE!

VOTE AGAINST AMENDMENT ONE.  Spent a marvelous afternoon recording Laurelyn Dossett’s song Vote Against Amendment 1 with the FABULOUS cellist (& singer!) Elana Mie Scheiner. Recorded by Roger M. Gupton who does not appear on film (because he’s shy…) but also contributed backing vocals and a mean egg shaker. I love having such talented friends!!

 
If you live in North Carolina, don’t forget to VOTE AGAINST AMENDMENT 1 MAY 8! For election info go here: http://www.ncsbe.gov/Default.aspx?s=0