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Chiemi | Living On 2 Coasts

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Living On 2 Coasts

by Chiemi

Progressive Folk -- my own modern folk with soft beats and guitar--incorporating sounds and images from Hawaii, where I am from, and my ancestry, Okinawan and Austrian.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fall Into Me
3:26 $0.99
2. Fade Into Sun(shine)
3:32 $0.99
3. Move On, Fine Soul
3:11 $0.99
4. Living On Two Coasts
5:10 $0.99
5. What Fools Call Love
4:22 $0.99
6. Some Caress (Maybe a Song?)
3:33 $0.99
7. Unexpected Love
5:11 $0.99
8. (Please) Forgive Me For Loving You (Baby)
3:30 $0.99
9. Lost and Found In You
3:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
Chiemi was born Ingrid Chiemi Schroffner on Halloween 1970 in Honolulu. Her Japanese middle name means blessed one. Chiemi was the reigning Miss Teen of Hawaii in 1987-88. As a 'teen queen, she performed, singing and dancing for and at many charitable functions and fundraisers. In 1988, Chiemi conducted her Punahou High School graduating class of over 400 to perform a rendition in four-part harmony of her first written piece, "Steps to Find." While a soloist and member of the 150 person Boston College Chorale under the direction of the late liturgical music composer Dr. C. Alexander Peloquin, Chiemi was graced with the part of the female angel in Haydn's "The Heavens Are Telling," which she performed with the Chorale in a special audience with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Rome. While in graduate school, Chiemi was a soloist and member of "The Wand'ring Mistrials," an acapella singing group covering various pop tunes for charitable and graduate student events. Chiemi's musical influences are Joan Baez, Suzanne Vega and Annie Lennox. She enjoys micing at The Burren and Roggies for the experienced and interesting people she has met to learn from-so much friendly talent! She thanks God for giving her a voice and sends much Aloha to her family and friends for their love and support, especially to her husband, Josh...

"Living on 2 Coasts" is about how Chiemi's music is comprised of images from her upbringing in Hawaii, transplanted to the East Coast, where she has lived since 1988. Chiemi wrote the actual song, "Living On Two Coasts" in 1989, when she was homesick while in college.



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Tropical Tunes Tab

The songs are soothing, yet with a beat--relaxing but still peppy.
Chiemi's tunes are a breath of fresh air! The lyrics, complemented by the live feel of the music recording, bring you to another place. The beats are soft, but ever-present, amidst Chiemi's passionate and many-textured vocals. And each song has something definite to say, with its own distinct sound.

Six-String Soul

Deep lyrics meet delicate music and powerful vocals
Beautiful! Chiemi’s exquisite voice is the perfect messenger for her poetic, sensual, and engagingly enigmatic lyrics. The sparse and talented accompaniment works well to capture and evoke the mood of each song, as the listener is moved through emotions ranging from the lighthearted to the intense and tastefully dark. Great for anything from relaxation to thought-provocation. Highly recommended!!

Music Ghost

new and mellow-sounding --great if you are looking to relax
The new mellow sounding album by Chiemi. If you are looking to relax, unwind and yet still be challenged, this is the album for you.

Lisa Triplett

Beautifully Understated
This CD features beautifully understated arrangements of well written songs. The instrumentation sounds very natural, and is sparse enough that the vocals are appropriately prominent. Tasteful vocal harmonies enhance the melody at just the right moments.

You can really hear the sounds of both of Chiemi's coasts in this album. The gentle, rolling melodies evoke the waves washing Hawaii's beaches, as well as the rolling hills of New England, while most of her lyrical imagery is of the sun and sea. Listen for yourself. You won't regret it.