My version of “Release” by Pearl Jam. First attempt, practicing.

Felt I needed to honor my hometown boys, Pearl Jam, who are being inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame tonight in Brooklyn. They certainly deserve it. And what a time to be a teenager in Seattle, growing up in the height of the “grunge” scene. I will never forget the energy in the city. Congratulations to Eddie and the crew!




My dad raised me on country music. Patsy was one of his favorites. Good memories of living room dancing with him and his baritone voice crooning in my ear…

One of the greatest songs ever, hard to sing, and written by Willie Nelson.


For you, Dad.

(no, he doesn’t read my blog…I don’t think. 😉 I’ll FB him.)

P.S. Patsy Cline made this look so easy.



Omg. Excuse me while I freak out. Remember that song I posted earlier, that I sang on my harmonium?

I just got a message from Leah Nobel herself on YouTube, it’s her song and she found my video:

“Emily- this is awesome. Your voice is beautiful & this made my day!”

Admittedly, I only just discovered her and her song yesterday, but she’s got an amazing voice, and from the songs I’ve just started listening to off her EPs, I’ve got a girl crush.

That’s the first time an artist has found a cover of mine and commented.  Typically, I don’t tag my videos, just trying to keep semi-anonymous and out of the main YouTube jetstream, but this time I did.

Eek 🙂

Not Ready to Say Goodbye

I heard this song on tv show and fell in love with it. It’s beautiful.

Here’s my version on harmonium. I was working on being delicate with harmonium (not easy) so the vocals could be in the spotlight.  A good one to trance out to with headphones in…

Hope you like it. 🙂


Not Ready to Say Goodbye ~ Leah Nobel

I feel everything and nothing

at the same time

I’m weightless

All that I love in a moment is gone

I’m breaking

Ooooooooh, heaven knows I need this

Ooooooooh, wake me up I’m dreaming

Losing it all in the blink of an eye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

I’m just a shell of myself

and I’ve never felt so empty

Everything’s spinning out of control

and I can’t breathe

Oooooooh, heaven knows I need this

Oooooooh, wake me up I’m dreaming

Losing it all in the blink of an eye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

I just wanna little more time

little more time, little more time

I just wanna little more time

little more time, little more time

Oooooh, heaven knows I need this

Oooooh, wake me up I’m dreaming

Losing it all in the blink of an eye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

Oooooh, heaven knows I need this

Oooooh, wake me up I’m dreaming

Losing it all in the blink of an eye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

Edge of Town

Really love this song. A great one to sing, and works well on my harmonium.

I discovered my new favorite place. In Seattle, our local kickass radio station is KEXP. You can listen to them online, they play everything I love and more…huge variety.

They moved last year to an awesome new location by the Seattle Center, with a gathering space with lounge couches and chairs, an excellent cafe, and a DJ booth that faces the main area so you can see them dj’ing live as they pipe the station into the room. To my surprise, they also have live in-studio performances by bands as they come through town for concerts. I’m going to be spending a lot of time there, I do believe.

So this week, I got to see the new (at least in US) band from Australia called Middle Kids, who just released their first EP last Friday, 6 killer songs. New fan. This is their song “Edge of Town.”

Edge of Town ~ Middle Kids

Sounds of Silence


I tell you what. Listening to the Bob Dylan Pandora station is perfect for the current political situation. Amazing how relevant the songs are to today…as unfortunate as that may be.

My dad raised me on everything including country and folk. Simon & Garfunkel was a familiar group, although when I was young, I don’t think I realized the significance.

I’m about to dedicate this to him on Facebook, and thank him for raising a strong, critical-thinking, independent, liberal woman.

“Silence like a cancer grows”  ~~~~ Yes. The grieving period is over, it’s time to speak up.

Sounds of Silence ~ Simon & Garfunkel

Hello darkness, my old friend,
I’ve come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone,
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp,
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools” said I,
“You do not know, silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell,
And echoed
In the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning,
In the words that it was forming
And the signs said,
“The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whisper’d in the sounds of silence


Hello My Old Heart

It’s been a while. I haven’t felt much like singing these last few months, physically or emotionally. People who have followed this page in that time may not be aware of this side of me. Well, here it is. If you like it, you can find more under “harmonium” in my page’s category drop down box.

Goodnight, friends.

Love always, Em


“Hello My Old Heart” ~ The Oh Hellos

Hello my old heart
How have you been
Are you still there inside my chest?
I’ve been so worried
You’ve been so still
Barely beating at all

Oh, don’t leave me here alone
Don’t tell me that we’ve grown
For having loved a little while
Oh, I don’t want to be alone
I want to find a home
And I want to share it with you

Hello my old heart
It’s been so long
Since I’ve given you away
And every day I add another stone
To the walls I built around you
To keep you safe

Hello my old heart
How have you been?
How is it, being locked away?
Well don’t you worry
In there, you’re safe
And it’s true, you’ll never beat
But you’ll never break

Nothing lasts forever
Some things aren’t meant to be
But you’ll never find the answer
Until you set your old heart free

Until you set your old heart free