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Awakening Under Fluorescent Lights

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Where do you go when you are lonely? In the construct of our current world amidst the concrete and schedules of our everyday life, it is not always easy to shroud yourself for hours in a dark green wood when you need to get away. Rather you use what's available. For some it might be the laundry room, or the deserted hallway on the bottom floor of their apartment building. For Mindy Dillard, it is the supermarket. There is so much light there! (Though it is fluorescent) And life! (Grocery checker-outers are usually alive, even if they are mean.) (Plus organic sections are very lively.) There is so much nourishment. (Though much of it is filled with sodium.) This is Portland-based performance artist Mindy Dillard's debut album! Through her lyrical soprano and her black Martin travel guitar she's turned everyday objects like cake, candles, bed sheets and red trucks into mythical symbols. Her songs sparkle with life: Supermarket Sojourn is an acoustic journey that sounds like it's from the middle of a grocery store musical. It explores the supermarket as a place or refuge and transformation. She and friends have also created a music video for this track, viewable below. In Patterned Leaves, she uses a pattern on bedsheets as a stream-of-consciousness entry into the ending of a relationship, and as a witness to her own maturation. Young Lovers in Red Trucks is an observatory musing on patterns of love, born from watching teenagers undergoing the infatuation stage in and around a red truck through the window in her living room. This album is rich with unusual finger-picking patterns and conversational narrative. Her collage-like songs are dripping with evocative images of everyday and spiked with sequences from her bizarre and fantastical imagination. The songs sound as if they are part of a larger story. Mindy's voice is strong and her energy is dynamic from ethereal to jazzy to sounding like a comedic song from an ingenue in a musical. The instrumentation on this album includes electric guitar, lap steel, bass, cello, mandolin, and backup vocals from her favorite meat-slinging maidens. Mindy co-produced the album at Medicine Whistle Studios in Portland, Oregon with sound engineer Dan Rhiger.


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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song Title Time Price
  1. Supermarket Sojourn 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. The Wax is Dripping 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Baking a Cake 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Braving the Dark 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Subtext 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Patterned Leaves 6:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Wrong-Way Driver 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Grandpa 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Phoenix 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Young Lovers in Red Trucks 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Bonus Track: Bike Song 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roomful of Sky Records
  • ASIN: B003X90UVY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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I do not often write reviews; the fact that I buy something should say enough, right? (How very capitalist of me!)

But this is one of those cases where simply purchasing an album is not enough; this music is powerful in a way that words cannot adequately express. I have the honor of knowing Mindy and counting her among my friends, and I can say from personal experience that Mindy is the "real deal" -- her music reflects her personality, and her personality reflects a humility and honesty all too uncommon in the music of today. Mindy calls it like she sees it, and we are all better off for it.

Do yourself a favor: buy this album and listen to it. You won't be sorry.
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By Amazon Customer on March 22, 2011
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I have heard Mindy and her 'group' live and they are great. Very clear accoustics. Very emotional renderings. Nice selection of songs. not your everyday singer....Worth every penny.
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