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Whimsical Romance

Sarah Ragsdale

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Life is like one big romance. This collection of songs is about that romantic story called life, and the ups and downs that come along with it. Based on true stories, mixed with some fantastical exaggerations, this is a fun and playful album of the vast array of emotions that come along with relationships. Written at various stages throughout her life, these are raw stories that have been tried and tested at the piano, even with audience involvement – some relying on percussive snapping and clapping. Feelings range from happiness and pure bliss like in the song “This Kiss”, to a character of craziness and denial like “Next Time”, to more intimate reflections like in “Paranoia”, while others emit strength and moving on. Raw and rustic, catchy and melodic, this album has hints of blues, jazz, and even ragtime.

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NEWS

An Unexpected Announcement...MAN OF THE SEA Music Video Premiere 

MAN OF THE SEA Music Video Premiere on Saturday, Aug 1 at 8pm EST!!!  Set your reminder to join me in watching the live premiere: https://youtu.be/35VXkbJXZfo

OK so I have a confession and a little announcement.  I have been so incredibly ANTI-SOCIAL the last few months!! Let’s not kid ourselves, this has been really tough, especially here in NJ we were hit HARD with this virus at the very beginning of its trek through the US.  If this were normal programming, I would have just been arriving home after a 2-month contract playing and singing at sea.  I would have been ‘stationed’ in Galveston and cruising to all the beautiful Caribbean ports, playing music, meeting lots of awesome people, and making money!!  Well, cruising was necessarily shut down and I joined the group of corona-unemployed – and I can confirm – there’s just not many job replacements out there right now especially for a live performer!  I have taken this time to focus on some ‘home’ things – painting, going through clothes, trying to organize, etc.  It’s been a time of reflection. 

So last year I shot a music video with Douglas Ferguson (DAF21 Productions) for my song “Man of the Sea”.  We had gone through a few edits, and because I was being probably a bit hard to please, we had talked about doing another shoot for it, but had just not gotten around to it yet.  Well, I got to thinking this week, I’m just gonna put it out!  I’ve been thinking about the sea and how I would have JUST been arriving back home from a cruise gig, and now I FEEL SO INCREDIBLY LUCKY TO HAVE THIS VIDEO TO SHARE AT THIS TIME!  Doug just sent it over and now I’m like – YES!  I have some summer lovin’ to share with you!  So give me a few days to get it all together and I will be sharing with you a bunch of photos, clips, and the full music video.  I’m trying to get it ready to release by this weekend!!  It’s turning out to be my favorite video yet – and at just the right time when a little sand and waves are desperately needed!  Pic here is from the video!

Music with a Message - 'epiphany' 

I just heard this song 'Epiphany' on Taylor Swift's new album 'folklore' that was released overnight. I am so touched by this song and wanted to share it. I think it is really about heroes - the heroes that we should do everything we can to protect.

"epiphany" by Taylor Swift and Aaron Dessner 

Keep your helmet 

Keep your life, son 

Just a flesh wound 

Here's your rifle 

Crawling up the beaches now 

Sir, I think he's bleedin' out 

And some things you just can't speak about 

With you, I serve 

With you, I fall down Down 

Watch you breathin' 

Watch you breathin' out Out 

Something med school 

Did not cover 

Someone's daughter 

Someone's mother 

Holds your hand through plastic now 

Doc, I think she's crashin' out 

And some things you just can't speak about 

Only twenty minutes to sleep 

But you dream of some epiphany 

Just one single glimpse of relief 

To make some sense of what you've seen

Have you heard my EP "Opus Luna I-IV"? 

You may have heard my playful album "Whimsical Romance", but have you heard my haunting EP "Opus Luna I-IV"?  This is a collection of 4 songs that is inspired more from the classical side with a good dose of what I think of as 'nighttime music'.  This EP was released a few years ago under my artistic name at the time Zahra Universe.  Here's a link to the digital download: https://sarahragsdale.com/album/312925/opus-luna-i-iv

Tracks include: 1. Naked 2. Luna Lullaby 3. Vampires 4. Dirty Thoughts Dark

I had a few music videos from this EP.  Here they are:

"Naked"

"Dirty Thoughts Dark"

"Vampyress" (Lyrics Video)

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