Terri Hendrix | Talk to a Human

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Talk to a Human

by Terri Hendrix

We are in the digital age. There has never been more easy and efficient ways to communicate. If this is the case, why is it so hard to reach somebody? To listen to one another? This album addresses the need for human connection.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Talk to a Human
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2. Mi Madre
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3. Choice
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4. Way over Yonder in the Minor Key
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5. Don't Meddle in My Mood
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6. Dogging Me
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7. Worthy
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8. Wasp
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9. The Dark
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10. The Water Is Wide
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11. I Hear Your Song
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
1. Talk to a Human
This all started with an article I read about "MESSENGER," which is an acronym for "MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging." It was the seventh Discovery class mission, and the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury. Its primary goal was to study the geology, magnetic field, and chemical composition of the planet. After I read this article, I wished a similar project could roll around our planet and study mankind and the effects that the social-media driven culture is having on our ability to communicate and have empathy and compassion for one another.

2. Mi Madre
The relationship between mother and daughter is a complicated one. The humor within my lyrics covers the wounds, but if you peak under the surface, you'll see the effects alcoholism and abuse can have on a person.

3. Choice
I went through some dark times. It took losing faith in myself to find my way again. Once I turned 50 I began to doubt myself and my ability to make music. Health issues added to my crippling self doubt. For me, "freedom" was making positive choices about my future and launching the OYOU (https://www.ownyourownuniverse.org). I now define my success by the fabric of my character and not through the eyeballs of oftentimes jaded and cynical music industry insiders and gatekeepers. I own a whole lot of land. I open and close my own gates.

4. Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key
Billy Bragg set music to the words of Woody Guthrie and ended up with this song that touches on abuse, promiscuity, and the ending of innocence. At least that's my interpretation. It's abstract and frankly I've never met anyone that interprets it the same. That's why I covered it. What does it mean? You decide.

5. Don't Meddle in My Mood
The men get the winning cup and all the glory when it comes to songwriting here in Texas. Van Zandt, Clark, Earle, and on and on. What about the women? Case in point, Cindy Walker. A native Texan, she was a true craftsman, and often tailored particular songs to specific recording artists. She had Top 10 hits that spread over five decades. Another reason why I covered this song is because I can totally relate to it and this country blues style is among my favorites to sing.

6. Dogging Me
I grabbed the chorus of a Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee tune and wrote my own verses about someone that enjoys belittling the very person they are supposed to lift up and support.

7. Worthy
I was gifted a bright orange 1994 Chevy Sidestep. Having this truck to use on my property has proven invaluable. One day I was cleaning it and stumbled across a plastic tag from the gas station Allsup's with the name "Mandie" on it. It got my wheels turning. I wondered who and where she was. That morphed into a song about being worthy of my friends. From the friend that gave me the truck to my friends that circle their wagons when I need them, I am lucky to have this handful of loved ones in my life. I strive to be worthy of them.

8. WASP
The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were a U.S. Army Air Forces program that hired around 1,100 civilian women with non-combat military flight duties during World War II. They were the first women to fly U.S. military aircraft. They tested planes and shuttled them from base to base and oftentimes did the work that men refused to do or were incapable of doing as well as they could. Some women lost their lives on the job and were denied military benefits and burials. The women had to collectively pool their money to pay for their fallen comrades to bring them home. I first learned about them at an exhibit featuring their story at the Bob Bullock museum in Austin, Texas. I've wanted to write my own interpretation of their experience ever since.

9. The Dark
I first covered this song for a compilation called, "This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark." But I wanted to record it again, from scratch, for "Talk to a Human" just because it fit too much not to. The song is a painting about there always being light in the darkness. And the importance of that light to see through dark skies. I consider it a companion piece to the Carter Family song "Sun of Your Soul," which I recorded for "The Slaughterhouse Sessions."

10. The Water is Wide
I've collected versions of this song since I was in high school. At one time I think I owned every recorded version of this song. It was time for me to do my own interpretation. It's a bookend to "Trouble's on Your Mind," a song about self-sabotage that I recorded on "The Slaughterhouse Sessions." I "brought the mountain to me" and the water closed in over my head. My friends kept me from drowning. They brought a boat, lifted me up, and ferried me to the other side.

11. I Hear Your Song
I first got this idea after seeing the animated film "Happy Feet." The movie's about the importance of discovering one's own "heart song," to attract true love and happiness. It's my mission to hear the heart songs of my friends, family, and colleagues, and to support them. I also hope that my own heart song is heard and that my music will continue to be heard when my time on this earth is done.

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