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Remembering Rachel--Songs of Rachel Bissex

by Rachel Bissex

Songs of Rachel Bissex performed by her contemporaries. 2-disk set.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. For Florence-Ellen Bukstel/Kate McDonnell/Siobhan Quinn
Ellen Bukstel/Kate McDonnell/Siobhan Quinn
3:15 $0.99
2. Last Blast of Winter-Sloan Wainwright
Sloan Wainwright
3:30 $0.99
3. Starting Over-Groovelily/Rachel Garlin/Stephanie Corby
Groovelily/Rachel Garlin/Stephanie Corby
4:47 $0.99
4. Never Go Back-Greg Greenway/Kim& Reggie Harris
Greg Greenway/Kim& Reggie Harris
2:40 $0.99
5. One Another-Lucie Blue Tremblay
Lucie Blue Tremblay
3:35 $0.99
6. In the Middle-Diane Zeigler
Diane Zeigler
3:57 $0.99
7. Drive All Night-Ronny Cox w/ Eric Schwartz
Ronny Cox w/ Eric Schwartz
2:51 $0.99
8. Waiting on the Rain-Amy Carol Webb
Amy Carol Webb
4:06 $0.99
9. Welcome to the Game-Tracy Grammer/Jim Henry
Tracy Grammer& Jim Henry
4:15 $0.99
10. Flying-David LaMotte/Emma Goldberg/Daniel Bissex
David LaMotte/Emma Goldberg/Daniel Bissex
2:22 $0.99
11. Royal Blues-Holly Figueroa/Annie Wenz
Holly Figueroa/Annie Wenz
5:49 $0.99
12. Here Now-Tret Fure
Tret Fure
4:04 $0.99
13. Hey Marianne-The Kennedys
The Kennedys
3:11 $0.99
14. Oh Jackson-Ruthie Foster
Ruthie Foster
2:25 $0.99
15. For Andy-Freebo & Photoglo
Freebo & Photoglo
3:22 $0.99
16. Just Like That-Dar Williams/Patty Larkin
Freebo & Photoglo
3:28 $0.99
17. Angel-Annie Gallup
Annie Gallup
3:51 $0.99
18. Gravity's Gone-Dreamsicles/New Hicks
The Dreamsicles/The New Hicks
4:09 $0.99
19. Into My Arms-Kristin deWitt
Kristin deWitt
3:34 $0.99
20. In White Light-Jennifer Kimball/Catie Curtis
Jennifer Kimball/Catie Curtis
5:19 $0.99
21. Flame Warm-Stephen Goldberg
Stephen Goldberg
2:56 $0.99
22. VPR Interview
Rachel Bissex
1:21 $0.99
23. Dancing With My Mother-Rachel Bissex
Rachel Bissex
4:51 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
From Vic Heyman:

Magic has come to folkdom. A magnificent 2-disk set of Rachel Bissex's songs sung by some of the best performers performing today has been produced and distributed in less than 5 months since Rachel's passing.

As Executive Producer I thank Producer Tom Prasada Rao and the many performers who have recorded songs at their personal expense----Dar Williams and Patty Larkin, Ruthie Foster, Tracy Grammer, Jennifer Kimball with Catie Curtis, Greg Greenway, Groovelily, The Kennedys, Tret Fure, Ellen Bukstel, Kate McDonnell, Siobhan Quinn, Sloan Wainwright, Rachel Garlin, Stephanie Corby, Kim & Reggie Harris, Lucie Blue Tremblay, Diane Zeigler, Ronny Cox, Eric Schwartz, Amy Carol Webb, Jim Henry, David LaMotte, Emma Goldberg, Daniel Bissex, Holly Figueroa, Annie Wenz, Freebo & Photoglo, Annie Gallup, The Dreamsicles, The New Hicks, Kristin deWitt, among others.

Even more remarkable, Oasis is donating the manufacturing, Airshow the mastering, CD Baby isn't taking any cut on distribution, Hostbaby no cut on hosting, and Ellen Bukstel's Design Workshop the designing. Moreover SONiA (from disappear fear) created an original painting that Ellen has married to Rachel's lyrics to become a commemorative poster available for sale. And thousands of dollars worth of publicity from Dirty Linen, Sing!Out, Performing Songwriter, Kerrville Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, among others.

By buying the CD and poster or making a donation, you are helping to make a dream come true. (You need to go to www.rachelbissex.org for the poster.)

Rachel Bissex left us on February 20, 2005, a victim of breast cancer. Her friends from all over the US were devastated that this loving and so lovable artist could be taken so quickly after giving herself the maximum chance to survive. Shortly before she died I asked her what I could do for her. The one thing she was concerned about was getting her children, Emma and Matt, through college. I said that I would do everything in my power to enable them to graduate.

When the initial run of 2,000 CD sets and 1,000 posters are sold, our pledge to Rachel will be honored. You get a class CD set and assure Rachel's kids the college education Rachel wanted for them. That is Win-Win bigtime.

Warm regards




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Roger Anderson

Wow, what a great CD, great artists
I hadn't heard of Rachel, but the list of artists intrigued me, as did the profits going to her children's education, so I took a chance. It's the only CD in my player right now. Great variety, great talents, a wonderful project.

Zoe Montana

One of the best acoustic releases this year!
Featured CD of the week on Monday, August 8, 2005... come listen to ALL the tracks of this moving two-disc tribute to Rachel. The liner notes had me in tears as the music played, I'll be including all these great artists in our core library for years to come. Excellent job from everyone: producers, artists, recording and editing, packaging, coordination, everything is first class - fitting for a first class singer and songwriter!

Art Edelstein - Times Argus Barre, Vermont

The music is wonderful.
This posthumous look at the songs Bissex wrote and recorded in a career that spanned nearly 30 years is, in a word, wonderful. As a reviewer I’m not necessarily prone to superlatives, and as a music listener the music I heard of Rachel Bissex when she was alive, did not thrill me. I once wrote of an early CD, “This is not happy music.”
That said; this CD should give her the national attention and stature she never received when she was alive. The 22 tracks on this double CD (20 performed by other artists, along with a song about Rachel by her husband Steve Goldberg and the final track from Rachel herself) are some of the best music to come down the pike in a long time. The songs are beautifully arranged, sung so lovingly and with so much passion and energy that one wonders why Rachel never achieved the national acclaim I think this CD will bring her.

Linda sharar

A truly fitting tribute to an incredible songwriter and musical spirit!
I knew Rachel Bissex. I loved her music, and sang with her as often as it was my fortune. I know all of these songs so well from hearing Rachel peform them from time to time. And although I also know the incredible gifts of the performers covering her material on this tribute CD... I thought, it could never compare to Rachel singing these songs herself. Well, in a sense I was right. Nothing will ever compare to Rachel singing these songs herself, (which is why her recordings can and should continue to be purchased and shared by as many listeners as possible). However, this tribute CD rose to the occasion upon my very first listen in ways I did not expect... taking me on a journey that not only honors Rachel fiercely, but also breathes passionate new life into her diverse repertoire... with interpretations fashioned by each artist in contemplation of Rachel's life and death (as well as their own I imagine). There was not a single track that I didn't appreciate or feel moved by. Thank you Rachel for giving us these songs... and thank you to all who shared your own wonderful talents to amass a heartfelt and uplifting testiment to her and her creative gifts! And best of all... don't miss the unreleased jewel... an interview and recording of 'Dancing With My Mother" by Rachel herself. It caught me offguard and made me love her singing and miss her presence all over again.

David Beazer

Great songs played with great emotion.
I only got to know Rachel briefly from talking to her each time I caught her gigs at Charley B’s bar in Stowe. I felt a connection with her and her songs right away.

I like the CDs’ art and liner notes and the songs are moving and very well played. I read an interview once in which Bob Dylan was asked about Jimi Hendrix’s affinity and genius for Dylan’s songs. He said: "He took my songs and he made them his. But then, they always were." That’s a good description of what the musicians do on "Remembering Rachel."

It must have been hard for the artists to avoid imitating Rachel, especially for The Dreamsicles and the New Hicks on the song "Gravity’s Gone," which has so much of Rachel’s sexy and wryly intelligent singing, phrasing, voice slides and inflections, guitar style and little rhythm-shaker sounds. Instead, they use drone and pedal steel to evoke Uillean pipes and resolute songs in waltz time (like the Celtic song "When I Was on Horseback"). With whispers, they sound like conscience or hushed guardian angels. When they repeat "gone, gone, gone" and hold the final chord through fadeout, they convey a sense of finality. Steel pedal ends the song on a rising note - like a spirit ascending - played as if meant for Rachel to hear. The whole song feels to me like a deeply felt after-death communication.

The musicians’ talents can’t hide their grief. But I think the results are moving and earnest – characteristics I saw in Rachel’s approach too.

Rachel played "In the Middle" for me and my wife at the Stoweflake on Valentine’s night a few years ago because she knew I liked it. In explaining to the rest of the crowd why she was playing it, she smiled and said, "It’s not exactly a Valentine’s song, but don’t worry, it’s not sad." Fine players, great songs and deft production are combined so that with these CD’s, you don’t have to worry about that either.

Wendy Ruopp

Beautiful and touching.
A beautiful CD. I first heard Rachel at First Night in Burlington, VT, a few years ago, when she was playing bald and brave, and I'll be going to the tribute concert at First Night this year and crying all over again.

wade lagrow

this is a truely fantastic album
I was unfamilar with most of rachel's music when I first bought the cd, but now she is one of the biggest influences because of this compliation, it is quite langthy, so give it time to marinate in your head, trust me a more beautiful cd was never made

Jim Heckman

Superlative collection of good songs beautifully arranged.
This is a superlative collection of very good songs beautifully arranged. The quality and variety of performers is outstanding. The charitable purpose of this recording is very nice, but musically speaking it is entirely beside the point. This album is competitive with any regular release out there. A magazine review said "there's not a bad cut on the record", but to me that is to damn it with faint praise. The music is much better than that with a lot of style and some hauntingly beautiful cuts. I've bought three of them so far (for myself and gifts), and may not be done yet. Once this album is gone it's gone. My recommendation is not to let it slip through your hands.

Brenda Davis

Memories of Rachel
Rachel was a very special soul and had an incredible way of touching everyone through her music. She stayed with my family briefly over the summer of 2004 while she did a few concerts in the DC, VA, MD area during her all too brief recovery period. Listening to this CD is a beautiful way to remember her and bathe in her White Light.

nancy idlet

linda sharar's review was perfect.. i couldn't say it better.
i was impressed by the honor shown to rachael bissex with their interpretations of her songs and i very much enjoyed their comments on what she had meant to them. people from the kerrville folk festival were so saddened by her death. it seems that her influence was felt all over the united states. i wish the best for her children. we were blessed to have her for a short while.