Karrie Pavish Anderson | Once Blind

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Once Blind

by Karrie Pavish Anderson

"I can still hear (and feel) those beautiful words washing over me. Song after beautiful song probing stinging subjects with the softest touch of understanding. Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Hopeful." - Alaskan playwright Anne Hanley
Genre: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Let Love In
3:31 $0.99
2. Open to Me
3:29 $0.99
3. Simple Pleasures
2:59 $0.99
4. Serrated (What About?)
4:02 $0.99
5. Temptation
4:37 $0.99
6. Flame
3:51 $0.99
7. Forgive
4:02 $0.99
8. It's Time
5:33 $0.99
9. Lay Me Down
3:12 $0.99
10. No More
2:49 $0.99
11. Let Go
4:32 $0.99
12. Ten Thousand Angels (Love Has Come)
4:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Hello, I’m Karrie Pavish Anderson, an Alaskan singer songwriter meshing hope with jazz-kissed AC music. I live in Galena, Alaska, which is a small Athabascan town on the Yukon River, accessible in the summer by boat, and in the winter by plane or snow machine.

The songs I’ve written on Once Blind are largely influenced by the stories of the youth I work with, predominantly Alaska Native teens. Living in rural Alaska can be challenging due to isolation and extreme temperatures. Then add in regularly supporting teens when they hear of another family member’s suicide. And a gal whose boyfriend cheated on her, and all she wants is an entire bottle of pills. And encouraging youth that they DO have something of value inside, a unique gift, when many do not believe they have any worth at all. Helping a girl who cuts. Listening to an angry young man’s frustrations. Singing fearful girls to sleep in the dark of night.

But this challenging life I lead has its rewards, and those rewards play into my songs as well.

There are youth who choose to blaze a new path, a path away from the tradition of all manner of abuse passed on from their families or their cultures. They decide to let go, to forgive, to become healthy young men and women, contributing positively in their communities. Or maybe they just take baby steps in this direction. These youth were part of my inspiration for including a gospel choir version of a cover song “Ten Thousand Angels (Love Has Come)” by Sandra McCracken.

Other tunes on Once Blind were influenced by romantic, platonic and familial relationships. I wrote the lyrics to “Simple Pleasures” about playful memories of me with my niece when she was a toddler. “Open to Me,” with its Norah Jonesesque tones, encourages communication between loved ones. “Flame” features groovy bass & drums with funky electric guitar surrounding lyric lines about the destructive power of our words, and the decision to work through them in a committed loving relationship.

Those who purchase the physical CD will discover two bonus tracks, “Amazing Grace” and “Driver’s Seat.” Though you’re likely familiar with “Amazing Grace,” “Driver’s Seat” is unlike anything you’ve heard.

“Driver’s Seat” relays the story of an Apache woman who approached me after a concert. She told me I could be the voice for Native women and gave me permission to include pieces of her story in this song. It recounts a life of abuse and the perception of a young Apache girl living in a white world. This tune is also colored with auras of stories from Native Alaskan youth. At the beginning and ending of the song, I wrote Koyukon Athabascan chants, under the tutelage of Koyukon elder Jenny Pelkola of Galena. The first chant emotes the pain of seeing a young woman in a tragic life. The final chant incites dancing, feeling the joy of victory, forgiveness, healing and thankfulness to the Creator who made us Beautiful People with purpose.

In addition to the two bonus songs, those who buy the physical CD will get to read along in the lyric book and view the double-sided posterlette enclosed in the digipak.

"Karrie has a stunning voice, a beautiful presence, and demonstrates magnificent musicianship."
Valerie Naranjo - NBC Saturday Night Live Ban



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Alyse Black

Such richness on all levels.
Karrie has a powerful spirit that shines through her music. Her rich voice and wide variety of inspiration feel so fulfilling to the listener. And her arrangements walk the line between full and deliciously simple so well. I love it.

Michael Henchman

A go-to recording, beautiful and moving
This CD is a go-to recording around the house and in my car. Her ballads of love and longing are both tender and haunting. The opening song, "Let Love In," immediately grabs my attention with her pure voice, followed by the gem, "Open To Me." Karrie also knows how to have fun, with such stories as "Simple Pleasures" and "Temptation."
Having previously lived many years in Alaska, knowing the challenges of extreme weather variation and social isolation, especially in the remote areas, I totally relate to Karrie's concern and empathy for the Alaska Native youth with whom she works, and who in part provide the inspiration for this beautiful collection of songs. Well worth checking out. Karrie is a new voice. Watch for her!