The full-length album that I’ve been working on at Fantasy Studios is fully in the works and on schedule for its 2019 release.
In the meantime, I have an autumn offering, called "Hello Again." It's an EP (short album) that I recorded earlier this year. It's stripped down, down-home and home-made with five new tracks (some new songs, some familiar) and album art from my dear friend, Eric Saibel. It’s available in all the digital places, but I'm also happy to send you a physical CD or a download-card in the mail. Because I love the post office and we could be penpals.
For those who want to hear or buy the songs, they are here: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rachelgarlin5
For those who want to read about the songs, a perspective from David Bean Radio Promotion is shared below.
"Philip Roth Song" is a timely tribute to literature based on an imagined conversation with Roth about how "you write for your whole life, you try your best." With an unapologetically simple arrangement (voice and acoustic guitar), the song manages to fill up an important space in the conversation about how prizes and recognition interact with our artistic sensibilities.
“Hey Garrett” is a waltzing vignette drawn from young love remembered. With earnest and imaginative images, Garlin admits and queries: “Hey Garrett, I still have the birthday perfume that I got from your mom / I still wear it, on special occasions like cleaning the attic alone / Where I still have the blanket and all of the cards, the pinecone we found in the snow / Do you ever think of the two of us / Or did you just let it go?”
“Broke Down House” is an upbeat story-song with a sing-along chorus. When real estate developers move in to buy the land that’s been passed down for generations, a couple stands firm to their “crooked porch and rusty swing” while illustrating the enduring power of joy in the face of the wear-and-tear of everyday life.
“I Have, I Will” is an old-fashioned wedding song, with a contemporary slant. While there’s no mention of Marriage Equality in the song, those who know Garlin realize that a hint of subversion is present in the lyrics as she sings proudly and sweetly about the romance of long-term commitments between partners.
“The Days Are Long” pays homage to an old adage about parenting (The days are long, but the years are short) as Garlin paints a picture of family living at the intersection of chores and pillow forts. “Sometimes you grow up fast / You learn too soon that love was meant to last / Far beyond the body and the bones / And so you change your mind, look the dishes in the eye and tell them wait for later / This house is just a brief container.”