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Rarest Bird

by Alison Rush

Alison Rush's debut album blends slyly cerebral lyrics and indelibly catchy prose rock hooks. Some of the songs are inspired by her translations of ancient Latin and Greek poetry, some are inspired by people and events, and some are just inspired.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Sparrow
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2. Your Madonna
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3. Apple Trees
2:48 $0.99
4. Orison
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5. Mirror
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6. Do What You Like
2:40 $0.99
7. Kisses
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8. Fly
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9. Every Once in a While
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10. Rarest Bird
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Album Notes
Following the fateful acquisition of a ukulele, Alison Rush sort of fell into songwriting. Now, two years later, the newly settled Merced resident finds herself wrapping her first album, titled “Rarest Bird,” with a release scheduled at Coffee Bandits on April 27 to celebrate the whole experience.

Rush’s songwriting efforts began in 2010, when she inherited a ukulele. Despite being a novice to the four –stringed instrument, Rush was not without prior musical knowledge. Her experience playing the piano all throughout high school proved beneficial, not to mention her involvement with other artistic mediums, like painting and dancing.

“I’ve always loved words and poetry and witty, clever songs. So, at a certain point, I thought ‘Ok, I can maybe make some of my own.’”

What initially began as a few performances at an open mic night in San Francisco grew into something larger when Rush made the conscious decision to make music more than a mere hobby. After overcoming what she thought to be a horrendous first performance, Rush made it a point to keep playing, eventually growing to view it as an outlet for self-expression.

“I’ve become sort of addicted to performing.” Rush explains, “I think that the more confidence I’ve gained in my ability to stimulate people, make them laugh, make them think, make them cry, the more I want to perform.”

Inspired by musician Amanda Palmer’s fundraising success story, Rush took to Kickstarter, an internet-based funding platform for creative projects, to fund her album. On Kickstarter, individuals can launch any sort of creative project, from films and books to games and food, allowing people from all over the world to fund their prospective endeavor. After getting their project approved, creators will set a funding goal, deadline and rewards for backers.

Rush asked for $2,000 to cover recording, packaging and reward costs. Within the first week she had met her goal and by the deadline she was blown away to see the project had raised over $3,000.

Her success with Kickstarter left Rush excited about the direction in which the music industry is changing. “It’s democratizing art and the production of art in a way I don’t think would have been possible without the Internet,” she elaborated.

“It’s not about making people pay for music anymore,” Rush continues, “It’s about creating mechanisms for people to support the arts in a way of their choosing”

Described by her aunt as “prose rock”, Rush’s music is lyric-driven and verbose peppered with pop sensibilities. Aptly nicknamed the “classic rock project,” many of the songs on “Rarest Bird” are lyrical takes on ancient Latin poems. She personally translated the poems into English and then wrote the song lyrics based upon the translations.
Rush’s desire to transform the mundane, ordinary, or not typically appealing into something beautiful speaks to her own personal mythology and perception of art. “Everybody needs that deep meaningfulness,” she remarks.

“There are very few things in the world that have the power to make everyday life become larger than life. Everybody has a personal mythology,” she says. “I think that the works of art, music, dance or whatever we choose to supplement that mythology with gets built into who we are.”

The East Coast transplant has never lived in a small town before, but she finds herself embracing the lack of “comfortable anonymity” she’d grown accustomed to in big cities.

“Getting involved with the artistic community here is just about one of the coolest things I could be doing at the moment.”

Original article by Montse Reyes, published in the April 2013 edition of the Merced Downtown Life Magazine.



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