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Motion Pictures

by Laurie Geltman

Award winning rock singer-songwriter and guitarist produced this live acoustic session along with 11 top-notch musician/friends she dubbed the "One Night Stand Band". Hear and see the magic that came out of this session.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Have Held You At Bay
4:40 $0.99
2. Housewife
2:52 $0.99
3. Motion Pictures
3:51 $0.99
4. Never Happen Here
3:18 $0.50
5. Hard
3:15 $0.99
6. Why Can't We Just Be Happy?
5:41 $0.99
7. Ooh Child
4:32 $0.99
8. Isabella
4:32 $0.99
9. Crystal
4:03 $0.99
10. For The Moment
6:41 $0.99
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Laurie Geltman Live Session w/ The One Night Stand Band

ON Sunday, July 11, 1999 some of Boston's best and most beloved musicians gathered for a one-night-only engagement at Cambridge's legendary Club Passim to help local rocker Laurie Geltman record a special acoustic performance. It was a hot night and the club was sold out for this experimental evening of 16-track digital recording, digital video, and an internet broadcast.

Special guests included Jim Fitting (Harmonica), Ramona Silver (vocals and pump organ), Patty Barkas (vocals), Jimmy Ryan (mandolin), Dinty Child (accordion and mandocello), Mike Rivard (upright bass), NYC's Trina Hamlin (harmonica, vocals and percussion), Mike Castellana (pedal steel), and Ken Schopf & Suzi Lee from the band Slide. Music included unreleased songs, stripped down versions of older material and cover songs special to Geltman.

"The concept was not so much to record a typical concert; this wasn't a typical show for me. Instead, the audience basically witnessed a recording session, albeit one that was geared to entertain. I invited musicians who could bring their own magic to the stage; players I admired and enjoyed. We had no rehearsals as a group; only one week of small group or one-on-one rehearsals, and wham: we're making a record. I was taking a chance in a live setting, but the audience, technical team and club staff were amazing and made it happen as much as the musicians."

"Motion Pictures" Title Concept:

"Motion Pictures" is the name of a Neil Young song that was covered during the show. The song appeared on Young's On The Beach album and has never been released on CD. "It's a beautiful, obscure song that I've loved for years. Audiences seem to like it as well, so it's a joy to be able to bring a gem out like that and share it with people."

Filmmaker Kaylyn Thornal shot the entire evening on digital video and a short documentary is included on the CD making the event come to life.



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J M Seymour

This album is powerful and heartfelt to the bone.
I only recently discovered the music of Laurie Geltman, and this CD was a great introduction. The opening song 'I have held you at bay,' 'Isabella' and 'For the moment' have quickly become favourites, and like the rest of the songs on this album, show outstanding musicianship. Clearly an exceptional guitarist who writes exceptional songs, her lyrics sink well below the surface, and her voice mirrors the emotion of every word she sings. This album is powerful and heartfelt to the bone.

Ms. B

If God were to grant me one wish, I would want to play the guitar like Laurie Ge

Scott Alarik/Boston Globe

showcases her probing lyrics and clean, bracing melodies
Laurie Geltman has always been equal parts rocker and urban songwriter. The local club favorite lets her acoustic heart shine on a live CD, "Motion Pictures" (RBP) that showcases her probing lyrics and clean, bracing melodies. She has a knack for what songwriters call killer lines, the single image or captured moment that tells a life story in a few words. The CD also highlights her charisma; no matter how hard this woman rocks, she never seems to be putting on a act.

Jay Miller, The Patriot Ledger

While Geltman’s own visceral guitar gives the whole thing a rock edge, her vocals really shine in this setting. There’s a purity of tone to Geltman’s voice that is doubly effective because it’s not overly sweet. Her vocals have a slightly smoky feel, a lived-in quality that adds credibility.


The real story
This album is so fucking beautiful. Laurie Geltman crushes me and makes me feel so good at the same time.

Paul F Walters

Finding Laurie on the Net confirms everything I had ever hoped for her!
At a time when Carole King had ceased to strum the folk melodies of the sixties, and Joni Mitchell was seeing some serious radio airply, Laurie Geltman came of age. Too young for Woodstock, but not too old to share in the existential angst of the now aging X'ers she preceeds by the width of a butterfly's wing. Thie Motion Pictures album has a sort of neil young sound to it, but without the overlaying of psychedelic guitars. I keep listening for Alanis Morrisette... where is she, Alanisette? I need to to hear Laurie's raw anger, her hypertensive crisis of betrayal, that she knows what it hurts like to feel, that she knows what I am. This is what's gonna sell the music. This is coming from the guy who never, in 25 years, has forgotten his first glint of your raw talent as you played the guitar on that Southern New England, High School Auditorium stage, singing, "William Shakespeare...(pause, 2, 3)...and ELEANOR! The poignant part of that song was that most of the students and recent alumni knew her as the very rotund teacher of English literature to students who drew from her lessons unintended by Milton or Chaucer. Perhaps one ought not to say that mean thing to the funny-walking kid. Perhaps These people who powdered their wigs and laced their corsets were young people with gas in their stomachs, urine in their bladders, hopes and dread locked in their hearts, who wore what the times dictated, in the same manner as a young man will take a cap that bears the emblem of a professional football team, and wear it with the visor pointing backwards toward his neck. Now how's that hip-hop jive gonna look in the video newsreels of the year 2200? Seriously, Laurie, I met you when you were friends with my brother, and I sensed a great respect coming up from you, and unlimited potential. Are you ready for your energy to assume a new quantum structure, a leap into a new kind of powerfulness? Are you ready to embrace...the dark side? The infinitely variable combinations of musics, rhythms made possible by our peculiar time of fast travel, spreading eclectic tastes in music and food and all other sersory modalities. Are you wired for all this, Laurie. We boomers need it, to be able to look back upon younger faces and see that certainty of mission and purpose, the confidence that they will be the ones to make a difference. We thought we were. No we know we were wrong to think so. Give us our tithe of your youth, and I to you my tithe of age. It needs to be a message to the boomers, on their way out, not to cry and weep over the loss of youth, but more importantly it has to be a rally to young of today, in the hip-hop flavored idiom of this day, that we're not gonna take it any more. Look at the world. Look at government. Look at world government. Look at Iraq, Bosnia, Somalia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Venezuela... What if all of our assumptions about a happy safe life were such that would never be felt again for a thousand years? THAT's what you've gotta sing. God bless, Laurie... L'Chaim!