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odd numbers

by arjuna greist

Love, sex, loss, the joys of the open road, addiction, the internet, liberation from the status quo, people over profit, creation over destruction, feminist ecoporn, homophopia challenged with the power of the word, spoken & sung.
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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1. Normal Is
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2. Freebird
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3. Wica
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4. Talkin' Anniversary Blues
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5. Glacier
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6. Suck & Blow
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7. Indecision Maybe
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8. After the Fall
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9. Mariana
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10. Silver Lining
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11. Feminine Hygiene
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12. Emoticon
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13. Song For Matthew
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14. The Strongest Link
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15. Love Your Mother
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16. Bad Little Soldier
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
odd numbers is a collection of songs and spoken word manifestas focusing on feminism, queer pride, religion, body issues, politics, love, loss, ethically slutty travel, environmentalism, and your mom. arjuna's guitar & vocals provide the core of the album's sound, while guest artists (Chris Pureka, Marty Helly, Gail Hegeman, Ellen Greist, Dana Astmann, Anna Levitt) mix things up on a few tracks with bass, drums, cello, violin, harmony vocals, and organ.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll discover a whole new reason to recycle.

*upcoming shows*

August 11 2012 - Out in the Woods queer music fest at Easton Mountain, Greenwich NY
https://www.facebook.com/events/320182321400762/?ref=ts

April 6 2013 - Young Political Songwriters Night at The People's Voice Cafe in NYC

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Like arjuna's music at www.facebook.com/arjunamusic

*Recent Feedback*

"I received your album in the mail today. I loved it! What would you think if I said I prefer McCartney and Cash to you?
What would you think if I said that was the whole list?"

*Biography*

In her acceptance speech for the 2004 Just Plain Folks International Songwriting Award in the spoken word category, arjuna enthused, "I am so honored, and so joyous... the fact that my queer-happy, anti-establishment, freakazoid, punk-ass manifesta passed the muster of my peers to win an award lets me know, in an official way, that messages of peace, and change, and hope, and non-violent revolution are both wanted and needed in this world... we just need to keep getting louder."
A performer since before she can remember, arjuna spent her formative years singing in choirs and at open mics before graduating to professional gigs during college. In 2000, arjuna answered fan demand for an album with a six song demo CD, "some chick sings," which she supported with her first nationwide tour in 2001. She continued to expand her performance horizons, singing solo as well as sharing the stage with such lovely folk as Pamela Means, Edie Carey, Trina Hamlin, and Adrianne. arjuna has been getting louder every year, criss-crossing the continent to bring her deeply personal music and poetry to appreciative audiences at women's festivals, pride events, colleges, coffee houses, and living rooms from Southern California to Toronto.

arjuna moved to the Northampton, MA area in 2002. Since then, she has played at area performance spaces such as The Elevens, The Ironhorse, The A.P.E. Gallery, and Diva's Nightclub in Northampton, P.A.C.E. and Flywheel in Easthampton, The Open Square in Holyoke, The Java Hut in Worchester, and Earthdance in Cummington. She has been a featured performer at area college events, including various benefits, U Mass Queerfest, concerts at Mt. Holyoke, and rallies for National Coming Out Day, Northampton Pride, Trans Pride, and Trans Days of Remembrance in Northampton and Greenfield. arjuna appeared regularly at feminist poetry happening Sisiter Spit Northampton, and one of her songs was chosen for a compilation CD of the 2002 Northampton Music Festival.
The collection of folks she has shared the stage with has been growing happily, and now includes Ember Swift, Lyndell Montgomery, Erin Smith Band, James O'Brien, Chris Pureka, Laura Love, Aisha Ayers, God-des, Tribe 8, Juha, Ferron, Alix Olson, Eric Schwartz, Charlie King, Ruth Pelham, Sarah Pirtle, Bev Grant, and Michelle Tea.

arjuna joined forces in 2002 with gooselove, Lenelle Moise, and Chris O'Carroll to form The People's Poetry Theater, a spoken-word troupe presenting what is best described as "the Vagina Monologues of social justice poetry." They could be found performing in theaters, presenting programs in schools, and sharing the stage with poetic luminaries such as Saul Williams. The Springfield Journal featured arjuna as their cover story in October of 2002, citing her as "one of the up-and-coming politically charged folk musicians in the valley."

arjuna is a performing member of indiegrrl, Outmusic, Just Plain Folks, and People's Music Network, Songs of Freedom and Struggle.

'odd numbers,' arjuna's latest release, has garnered accolades from fans and media alike, as well as airplay on college, community, AAA and internet radio in the U.S. and abroad. arjuna plans to increase the volume with another full-length album to be released in late 2012.

show highlights from the past few years include:

3.26.05 8pm gooselove's book/cd release party
APE Space & Gallery 3rd floor Thornes northampton, ma
4.2.05 CLPP Reproductive Rights Conference Amherst, MA
4.8.05 Trenton Q-Nite, the queer coffeehouse.
5.11.05 Night Owl Records, with Aerin Tedesco, Andrea Bunch
6.9.05 Apollo Grill, Easthampton MA
6.11.05 Beatles Tribute at PACE, Easthapton MA
8.6.05 The Elevens, Northampton with Lenelle Moise, Addie Brownlee and Athena Reich
8.7.05 Live on the Valley Free Radio first broadcast
9.25.05 Peace Rally, Amherst MA
11.1.05 northampton, ma - Bishop's Lounge on Pearl St.
GRRRLS ROCK THE NORTHWEST 2005 TOUR
fri & sat, nov 11-12 olympia wa - The Manium
sun-tues, nov 13-15 eugene/portland
wed, nov 16 tacoma, wa
fri, nov 17 bellingham, wa
thurs nov 18 seattle, wa - Seattle Center, Center Stage
Saturday Nov 19th vancouver, bc
the butchershop, 195 East 26th
2.27.06
Smith College with Chris Pureka & Alix Olson
4.22.06
Voices from A People's History UUSNF
7.27.06
1794 Meeting House, New Salem, MA Indiegrrl Showcase
3.17.07 Echo Lake Coffee House Leverett, MA
opening for Jamie Anderson
4.28.07 Echo Lake Coffee House
co-bill with the amazing Lenelle Moise
7.19.07 1794 Meeting House, Salem MA, Indiegrrl Showcase
8.25.07 Bishop's Lounge, Northampton MA
9.2.07 UUSNF, Northampton MA
9.15.07 Capitol District Gay & Lesbian Community Center, Albany NY- Progressions Concert Series
11.3.07 Boston Architechtural College
3.1.08 PACE
3.8.08 Simon's Rock College
4.11.08 Queernivale at Boston University
11.13-16.09 NERFA conference
4.24.09 Bishop's Lounge, Northampton
4.25.09 Valley Free Radio Benefit, WWII Club Northampton
5.02.09 Northampton Pride
7.04.09 House Concert, Waltham MA
1.12.10 Winter Wonderland, Academy of Music, Northamton MA
4.29.10 UU Amherst, Amherst MA
10.6.10 Miss Trans New England Pageant, Academy of Music, Northampton MA
4.28.11 Luthier's Co-op, Easthampton MA
8.6.11 Out in the Woods queer music fest, Greenwich, NY
10.28.11 Echo Lake Coffeehouse with WOOL & GRANT, Leverett MA
11.14.11 Trans Day of Remembrance, Northampton MA
11.16.11 Trans Day of Remembrance, Greenfield MA
5.3.12 City Stage, Springfield MA
5.6.12 "The Song" FCAT (multiple TV channels)
5.18.12 Occupoetry, Amherst MA
6.1.12 People's Music Network Summer Gathering Concert, High Falls NY
6.24.12 Schenectady Pride
7.21.12 Stand Against Racism BBQ, Greenfield MA

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Jesse Bayker

Just listen to the clips!
I never met or heard Arjuna until she did a show in Salt Lake City a month ago and I got her CD. Since then I have been listening to it a LOT and, I tell you, it is amazing! Arjuna has a way with words and a sharp sense of humor, not to mention her great voice. "Song for Matthew" really touched me, in it Arjuna sings "but I'm not blessed with sight divine/the only story I really know is mine/and each word is a small step in my journey to be free". I think these words are a perfect description of her work. The subjects of her songs - from love to oppression to recycling - are not new to her listeners, the world she sings about is the one WE all live in, yet she tells her story in a very unique way, bringing something quite personal into her work, freeing herself and others along the way. Listen to the clips and you'll see why it's a CD worth getting.
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Margaret Kisner

WOW!!!!
This cd is incredible! I'm so very impressed. Arjuna Greist is fearless with her lyrics as well as honest. I love her upfront style and there's nothing more beautiful than a girl and her guitar! I love this cd, I am soo happy I bought it!
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Lou

Blew me away
Saw Arjuna live and bought the CD on the spot. So many highlights, Bad Little Soldier, Suck and Blow and Talkin' Anniversary Blues are my favorites. See her live if you can.
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Joe

What an AWESOME album!!!
Well, i first knew of Arjuna from her posts on the Dar-list, and when she mentioned that she had recorded an album and it was available at CD Baby, well i bought it to hear what she sounded like, and WOW! i am SO glad it did, the album is amazing! The songs are really well written and thought provoking, and Arjuna has a wonderful, beautiful voice, both when she is singing, and talking on the album. A couple of songs kinda remind me of Ani Difranco, a couple remind me of Dar Williams, one of them reminds me of Jewel. Now just try to imagine someone with the combined talents of all three, plus unique talents of her own!!! Now BUY THIS ALBUM!!! You won't regret it! My only regret is living here in the UK, i will probably never get to see Arjuna perform live, but at least i have this album!
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Windy City Times- Chicago, IL 8/20/03

Arjuna Greist has distinguished herself
Cut from the same Ani DiFranco cloth as many other
young, female singer/songwriter/spoken word
performers, Arjuna Greist has distinguished herself by
employing a sense of humor on her album Odd Numbers
(Apple Fall). Tracks such as “Free Bird” (the best
musical response to audience requests for “Free Bird”
since Aimee Mann and her band broke into “Sweet Home
Alabama”), “Talkin’ Anniversary Blues,” and “Suck &
Blow.” There are also plenty of serious moments,
including “Mariana,” which makes reference to Rose
Polenzani’s “Olga’s Birthday” and the Matthew Shepard
tribute “Song For Matthew.”
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Pam

Sooooo Talented!!!!!!!!!!
I had a taste of this cd when I heard normal is, and I was sold, I knew I needed to hear some more. I'm thrilled with the cd, Arjuna is such a talented woman, with thought provoking lyrics, and the voice to go with it. This cd is full of versatility, unique styles, and impacting words, which exemplifies her talent so well. I can't wait for another cd, I will definately buy it. I'd love to see her in concert! Come to NH!!!!
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Cindy Steinthorson

Odd Numbers Soundtrack
I stumbled across Arjuna on Myspace and her poetry and music has been a staple in my life ever since...I recently did a lot of traveling by car and Odd Numbers was my summer soundtrack....every time I thought that I couldn't drive not another mile, I would listen to Freebird and it gave me the energy to persevere...Arjuna is an amazing talent that leaves me longing for more...
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Jasra

Enjoyed it
She's got a lovely voice and an interesting style. I don't agree with all of her politics, but she does seem to get her point across very well. I'd probably buy more music by her.
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Emily M

Arjuna is awesome!!!!
Arjuna rocks. the cd is smart, witty, honest, and pretty. i love it.
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Laurie Christofano

Amazing, just amazing
I absolutely love this cd! Arjuna is incredibly talented, and she has a great way of conveying her message to the listening audience. I definitely recommend this cd.
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