Mindy Dillard | How to Survive a Poison Apple

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How to Survive a Poison Apple

by Mindy Dillard

The Revisionist Fairy Tale Folk-Rock Opera that recasts Princesses as seen and heard; fierce and full; healthy and empowered!
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introverture
2:10 $0.99
2. Prince Charming
5:31 $0.99
3. Snow White and Submarines
4:50 $0.99
4. Wilderness
3:49 $0.99
5. Lunchroom Royalty
3:08 $0.99
6. I Need You to Hear
4:21 $0.99
7. You Are Full
2:44 $0.99
8. Edge of the Well
3:06 $0.99
9. Untangle Me
5:21 $0.99
10. Extroverture ("You Are Full" Reprise)
1:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
Once upon a time...

Mindy Dillard was trapped in an unventilated room on an upper floor of an ugly building in a downtown metropolis. To make things even worse, she was stuck teaching creative drama to a group of 3- to 5-year-old girls that were obsessed with Disney princesses. This may very well have been one of the necessary sparks which led Mindy to create How to Survive a Poison Apple, a revisionist fairy tale folk-rock opera about gender stereotypes, body image and her own healing journey from anorexia and body dysmorphia.

Mindy is a trained actor, mythological scholar and award-winning singer/songwriter. She won the Susanne Millsaps songwriter showcase in Salt Lake City, UT in June 2015. This release is Mindy’s second full-length feature following her first album Awakening Under Fluorescent Lights in 2010.


How to Survive a Poison Apple is the soundtrack for Mindy's one-woman show which combines spoken word, abstract storytelling and song. She recorded the album with Ben Bernstein at Petting Zoo Studios in Oakland, CA. She plays electric guitar, joined by Eric McEuen on lead electric guitar, Ben Bernstein on electric and upright bass, Maren Haynes on cello and Mike Stevens on drums. As Mindy steps one foot at a time into the powerful "Wilderness," she grows more and more confident in herself and the truth she has to share. She's joined by a colorful cast of her musical friends who help her portray Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Prince Charming in the junior high school cafeteria ("Lunchroom Royalty") and sing her to Fullness ("Extroverture").

Mindy's performed How to Survive a Poison Apple at festivals, conferences and eating disorder treatment centers since 2011, including at the Santa Cruz and Vancouver (B.C.) Fringe festivals and the iaedp (International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals) symposium in Phoenix, AZ in March 2015.

"Mindy Dillard is on fire! Her one-woman show How to Survive a Poison Apple is a blend of rare insight tempered by whimsy -- the show feeds you in unexpected and profound ways. Meanwhile her burgeoning singer/songwriter career is captivating audiences and winning awards. Her secret weapon is a musical theater background which underpins a fearless and powerful performance." -- Lisa Lepine, Creative Consultant (Portland, OR)

After you listen to this unique and evocative album, you'll come away with a new sense of your own "Fullness."


"If Mindy Dillard keeps doing what she's doing now, you are going to hear about her music. And you will be glad you did."
-- John Gorka, Folk Icon

"Mindy is breath of fresh air on stage! Graceful and poised with lyrics that cut straight to the heart. She will make you laugh and cry and you'll leave her performance with a genuine smile and feeling of goodness."
-- Ruthie Naccarato, Ricochet House Concerts, Salt Lake City, UT

"How to Survive a Poison Apple resonates with truth and heart and rockstar power!"
-- Art Yoga Cat, Santa Cruz Fringe Festival, CA



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Phil Robinson

An inspiring album; Mindy's voice gives me goosebumps!
I love Mindy Dillard! She has a crystal clear voice which gives me goosebumps, she writes incredibly engaging, open-hearted songs, she plays the guitar AND the clawhammer banjo, she's a mythology scholar(!), and she's a fearless performer. I own and cherish every album of hers, including the one she did as part of Heartroot.

This particular album, apart from being as fantastic as always, is also very meaningful/inspiring on a different level-- it features songs from Mindy's one-woman show, which describes some of Mindy's journey of recovery from anorexia and body dysmorphia. Although that subject matter sounds like it could get overly-serious or tedious, that's not the case at all-- the brilliant 'revisionist Fairy Tale' concept of the album ensures that every song is fun, warm and at times even a bit zany.

Mindy's been touring this show internationally, entertaining and inspiring audiences everywhere with this enthralling set of songs. These recordings will spin the same magic for you as well-- none of the essence was lost in the translation from stage to the recording studio. Finally, just need to say, "Wilderness" has been stuck in my head for days, and, as with all songs I love... I don't even mind!

- Phil Robinson, Singer/Songwriter
"The only way out is through the middle."

Phil Ward

A concept album! Like from the seventies!
Holy cats, I didn't think I'd see/hear the likes of this ever again. Mindy Dillard, with her excellent chops and important message, has released an album that is A FREAKING ALBUM. Like the great musicians of the seventies used to make. Folk-rock lovers, rejoice. Also rejoice if you believe America's young women shouldn't be encouraged to be anorexic. This is a treasure.
-Phil Ward, singer/songwriter