Jill Freeman | A Handmade Life

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A Handmade Life

by Jill Freeman

Warm, intimate vocals weave through richly layered arrangements in this haunting alt-folk journey through the inner world of folktales.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. The Light That Leads Me There (Prelude)
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2. Letters from Murdertown
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3. Welcome to the Bonehouse
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4. Eyes of Fire
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5. The Inside Room
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6. No Hands
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7. Sweetheart, My Dream Is Not Over
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8. Completely Unaware
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9. Walking on Glass
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10. The Nightingale
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11. A Little Bit of Red
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12. A Handmade Life
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13. The Light That Leads Me There
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Using traditional folktales as a springboard into the dark pool of her own psyche, Jill Freeman returns with offerings both enchanting and frightening — heart-stopping songs that invite listeners to embark on their own inner journeys.

Jill's second CD brings together some of LA's finest musicians to create a unique sonic landscape on this sometimes earthy, sometimes not-of-this-earth collection of 13 songs which portray the artist's journey through an enticing world of shadow, eventually leading to light and home.

From the CD:
"The dark world of fairy tales may strike some as an odd subject for an entire album of songs. There was a time when I might have agreed. But a few years ago I happened upon several books that explored the Jungian psychology buried within such tales, and I was suddenly entranced–passionately–by the interpretations. Fairy tales - they are like dreams, filled with deep symbolism about the human psyche. They carry the voice of our unconscious, the part of us that silently, continuously sings the song of our humanity, our being-ness. I found I wanted to dive into those dreamy stories, swim deep, and see what I came back with. And so I did. This CD is the expression of what I found there."

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Ron Schultz

An Extraordinary Journey - Mythic and Majestic
This CD is amazing. Tones of Kurt Weill, Shock Headed Peter, Stephen Sondheim and all wrapped in a candy coat of Carl Jung! I love the intelligence, the innocence and darkness, the fearless courage, and the quiet frailty. This work seems to alternate between a delicate and lacy weave and a firm grip around the throat. Joel Wachbrit's love for Jill and this music, as well as his deft producer's hand, was evident in both its sound and quiet fury. I hope you get that I loved it. Great work. Smart, complex and cutting. How cool is that.
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Carrie Manaugh

Folk Tales Will Never Be The Same
I was mesmerized. The music is addicting and Jill's voice captures the essence of the fairy tales. Now I want to go and find all the stories I am not familiar with and listen again and again and again!
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Rosanna Caira

Journey Through Fairy Lands
"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales: – Albert Einstein
If you ready to a take a wonderfully dark, sultry and playful journey through a handful of classic fairy tales listen to Jill Freeman's, A Handmade Life... Her musical interpretations of these stories are shared with a reverence that engages the listener into a deep connection with the characters. Jill's voice is phenomenal, her unique style that weaves together indie folk, burlesque and blues and her instrumental ensembles are so rich!
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Jenny Hannah

A Brilliant and Timeless Work of Art
This album has so many rich elements, from bluesy folk to a haunting burlesque style which evokes the sensuality and strength of Bessie Smith with the narrative elements of Joan Baez.This woman has not only "runs with the wolves," but dances, sings, and makes music with them!!
It's my go-to-press-play these days. I'm possessed!
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