MP3 Brooke Fox - Breathe The Same Air
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10 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Folk Rock, POP: Folky Pop
"A Crystal clear voice, poetic grace and a maturity that runs deep in talent".-Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live
Brooke Fox lit up the downtown singer/songwriter scene after relocating to New York from Nashville in 2000. With a "strong yet vulnerable" set of songs drawing mentions to The Sundays, Patty Griffin and Ricky Lee Jones, Fox's effortless vocals and direct lyrics draw a decidedly optimistic reality of relationships and human response. This, her second self-released record, "BREATHE THE SAME AIR" is an overdue offering of new music that finds her a few relationships wiser, a few years stronger and newly married, which is a theme that threads sweetly through the collection of songs.
"We step into place and take our cues"
The record first took shape in Fox's Williamsburg, Brooklyn basement studio with her boyfriend, fellow musician Kurt Gellersted. The two multi-instrumentalists dug in to the project together; playing and recording almost every track themselves. They began production in summer 2003, and after taking time off to plan their 2004 Northern California wedding, the couple wrote some new songs and headed back to the basement. In February 2005, Brooke and Kurt transplanted the record down to Nashville to edit, mix and "get perspective" with Jim Lightman, who had worked on Brooke's first album. Once in Nashville, Brooke called in a few friends to help complete the album's landscape.
"Life fades into view"
Of the 10 new songs, almost half of them are collaborations, marking a shift in Fox's once-private universe of writing. The result is a more worldly, mature and tempered set of songs, where the prevailing theme is the "rush of falling in love". The album opens with "Cinematic", a grand, pulsating rock anthem and homage to the "movie-moments" in everyday life. Beautifully soaked in nostalgia, "Breathe The Same Air" is a waltzy lullaby, detailing the discovery of a lover's well-preserved childhood room.
"I'm a lot of truth to handle when my legs can't find my knees"
"'Change Me'...is the ghost of Christina Olsen (of Andrew Wyeth's painting "Christina's World") speaking through me", says Fox. After researching the back-story, Fox discovered Christina's incredible courage though her body was slowly degenerating from an unknown illness. Inspired on countless levels, the song poured out, and rings with dignity and character. "Christina was the one degree of separation I needed to finally write and sing about my own disability for the first time".
On first glance, the strikingly pale Fox, glowing under the stage lights, is simply fair-skinned but her lilywhite features are actually the result of albinism, a rare genetic trait that also causes legal blindness and sensitivity to light. Remarkably, little 5-year-old Brooke seemed to thrive in the flood of the spotlight, performing all through her childhood years in Northern California. Fox's obsession with song craft was founded early. She began creating her own music in front of the Fox family piano at the age of eight and went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Songwriting at Boston's Berklee College of Music. She then relocated to Nashville after graduation and recorded her first album "NightLight" in 1999, now in it's second pressing.
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