Esther Friedman | Cult Confessions

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Cult Confessions

by Esther Friedman

Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Starry Eyed Believer
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2. It's Time
3:39 $0.99
3. The Map
4:23 $0.99
4. Shadow's Retreat
2:36 $0.99
5. Little Secrets
5:52 $0.99
6. To Have and Hold
4:31 $0.99
7. Some Bridges Should Burn
4:12 $0.99
8. The Stars Took Him Over
4:10 $0.99
9. Blues so Bad
3:50 $0.99
10. River Road
3:44 $0.99
11. 11:11
4:34 $0.99
12. The Stars Took Him Over (Bonus Track)
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Album Notes
Once upon a rainy day, in 2006, a woman at Whole Foods asked me a question. We chatted and exchanged phone numbers. I had a new friend! She introduced me to other friends who gathered twice a week to discuss ideas. Five years later, I left cult. This record is the soundtrack to my ridiculous misadventure, which I like to refer to as Cult Lite.

A smarter woman might shove these five years into a dark corner & pretend it never happened. Nope, that's not how I roll. My cautionary tale became a blog, Then it morphed into a presentation with a sound track. Now it is emerging into a book and a mini musical.

At times during the recording of Cult Confessions, I told my producer, Doug Kwartler, “I must be certifiable.” His response: watch the famed Tig Notaro standup gig, from 2012, which begins with, “Good evening, hello, I have cancer… ” What followed was sheer brilliance, breaking a comic norm – you can't joke about death. Doug was not comparing cult membership to cancer diagnosis (although, there are some parallels). He was encouraging me to break another norm: no one joins a cult; con artists deceive them into some kind of group. When cult members become ex-cult members, they don't talk about it. The victim blame game often shames ex-cult members into silence.

I'm no Tig Nataro, but her bravery did inspire me to continue my campaign of cult confessing a surreal experience in a weird group called "school." Of course, it was a cult. What else could it be? Trust me, during my tenure, I would never had said, “I’m off to my cult meeting, tonight!” I saw “school” as an innocuous philosophy group. I had to leave and look back at it and talk to others to see the truth. How, then, do cults keep on, keeping on? Short answer: deception. Want the long story? Stay tuned, there's an edutainment campaign -- a show and a book soon -- to follow! In the meantime, though, thanks for stopping by, your interested in my anti-cult campaign and I hope that you enjoy the soundtrack.



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