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Shadow of a Habit

by the garden verge

Slamming urban folk duo. Intelligent songwriting, daring harmonies, brave musical vision.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shining Through
4:07 $0.99
2. Sometimes
2:49 $0.99
3. Universal Kiss
2:46 $0.99
4. Turning Tables
2:19 $0.99
5. Drawn
3:09 $0.99
6. Shadow of a Habit
3:52 $0.99
7. No Better
2:32 $0.99
8. Cascade
3:05 $0.99
9. Safety of My Bedroom
4:09 $0.99
10. Weightless
4:33 $0.99
11. Kicking
6:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Shadow of a Habit" is the 2001 duo project by Doris Muramatsu and Ty Greenstein, now members of the nationally touring group Girlyman. For information and current tourdates, see


2002 Out Music Award Winner, Best New Recording by a Duo, Group, or Band
Performing Songwriter Top 12 DIY Recording, May 2002

"(3-1/2 out of 4 stars) This reflective indie-folk duo's fine ear for stark ballads and mournful harmonies is comfortingly straight-from-the-heart--and goes well beyond the obligatory anguish common to the coffeehouse menu. On this debut album, their acoustic pickin' and plunkin' admirably avoids the lure of studio bloat; download the songs or be a patron of the arts and order the CD." --Yahoo Internet Life

"Greenstein and Muramatsu are fiercely talented young singer-songwriters whose melodious musical style is as unique and enchanting as their history. On 'Shadow of a Habit,' their blend is beautifully complete, their harmonies seductive and complex." --The New York Blade

Urban folk duo the garden verge was created twenty years ago when a second-grade teacher in Princeton Junction, New Jersey sat Tylan Greenstein and Doris Muramatsu next to each other, certain that they would never speak to one another. Instead, they became best friends.

Their musical partnership began just a few years later when Ty took up the guitar and Doris began to spontaneously sing harmonies. As a result, Doris and Ty have been collaborating for over two decades; as the garden verge, they stand out amidst the sea of solo acts in the contemporary folk market.

Their songwriting reflects influences from Simon and Garfunkel to George Michael to the Indigo Girls. Songs range in topic from innocent crushes to chronic indecision to natural disasters.

In addition, Doris and Ty are both classically trained guitarists whose playing is fierce (think Ani DiFranco) and intricate (think Shawn Colvin). Often Ty, whose sense of rhythm is apparent in her guitar work, will put down her acoustic and pick up a djembe, which she plays "like a very small drumkit."

"Shadow of a Habit" is the garden verge's debut and final project--two years after its release, Ty and Doris merged with singer-songwriter Nate Borofsky to become the nationally touring trio Girlyman. Girlyman has since released two CDs on Atlanta-based Daemon Records, an independent label run by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls.

For information about Girlyman, please see

Meanwhile, try out "Shadow of a Habit," about which Performing Songwriter wrote, "Few duos make music sound this sublime."



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Chris Parmley

Very dynamic folky pop duet
I highly recommend this CD, and their sequel with the band GIRLYMAN. Very powerful yet soothing folky pop melodies and harmonies. Moving lyrics, delivered with beautifully blended voices and instrumentation.

Jeff Strain

Doris Muramatsu, Ty Greenstein accept no substitutes!
I love the blend of the girls' voices. The songs are excellent. I
came to this cd after hearing Remember Who I Am. They are folky,
rocky and fantastic!

Girlyman fan

Wonderful harmonies. Great lyrics. Girlyman fans will love it!
Doris and Ty's harmonies are amazing. "Sometimes" and "Drawn" are my favorites on this CD. Although this doesn't have quite the magic of the Garden Gerve + Nate = Girlyman combination, it's a great CD. If it comes back in stock, snatch it up while you can!


The Garden Verge rocks!
It's so sad that this CD is out of stock, if you can find it anywhere else snap it up -- you won't be sorry. Ty and Doris (pre-Girlyman) are just amazing, and their harmonies and lyrics are to die for.

Wendy Jo

Addictive harmonies
So happy I bought this on a whim when I purchased Joyful Sign. I love this CD! Favorites include Shining Through, Drawn, Shadow of a Habit and No Better. However, there are no bad songs. Get this when it's back in stock!


Tammy is gonna be GREAT one day
I mean, Doris is pretty awesome herself, but - sorry, I think Tammy is just THE girl when it comes to kickass harmonies and rythms.
I agree that "drawn" is worth alone the buy. This song almost woke me up in the night, after I heard it. And it definitely stayed with me a long time - it hasn't gone yet actually. I am amazed.


Ty & Doris are 2 awesome songwriters
This CD is a great prelude to the GIRLYMAN CD. It gives insight to what's to come from these 2 talented songwriters. I look forward to more from this awesome band.


I am crying cuz this is outta stock!!!
Its really a shame this is out of stock, I was so looking forward to buying this. Sounds like an awesome cd...It NEEDS to be rereleased!!! BOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!



CD with great harmonies
This CD really shows how Doris and Ty create beautiful harmonies. Their music on this CD is awesome. Thanks CD Baby for offering this up for public sales!!

Julie Loyd

gets better each time
There are some really FABULOUS songs on this CD and overall the production is pretty impressive. So far i haven't been able to get enough of it... it gets better each time. (The cd is worth the cost alone for "Universal Kiss" and "Drawn")