Blue Dress On 是 Rebecca Pidgeon 的新砖，网上能找到的资料还真的少的可怜，不管在东方还是西方 。。。也许在激情过后，也只能云淡风请了。
为什么她唱歌如此情感丰富呢？原来早在灌录唱片之前，她已是受过正统科班训练出身的演员，也演过电影。在1989年的电影处女作"Drawing" 便和影帝「安东尼霍普金斯」及「休葛兰」等大牌全场飆戏。1991年她飞到美国参加电影" Homicide"的试镜，就回不去了。因为她不但当了女主角，还嫁给该剧的导演同时也是美国知名剧作家—大卫．马密(David Mamet) 。影评曾调侃说，从此之后，她再也不用像「劳勃迪尼诺」、「达斯汀霍夫曼」或是「安东尼霍普金斯」等大牌，要跟她老公排时间约试镜了，她已经是老公剧本里不可或缺的安排。这样说她并不公道，所以她用自己的表演能力証明一切，不管是她专攻的戏剧或是她与生俱来的歌唱。
开场曲清新动人的Kalerka，说的是她理想的梦幻国度，一开始就让我们体验到她如同天使般质纯洁净又丝丝透露著朝阳温暖光芒的嗓音，唱著自由自在的天籟旋律。在Witch一曲中，我们见识到彷彿亲临女巫神秘仪式现场，充满生命力的吟唱。专辑同名单曲Raven，娓娓道出她不为外人道的内心世界，音乐像来到文艺复兴世纪的诗歌般爱恋，倾诉她对著爱人的深沉迷恋，歌词是她的亲密爱人名剧作家<大卫马密>所撰写，贴切的印照了两人深蜜的感情。You Need Me There是一首如同乡谷间居尔特少女低吟的民谣，简单的结构却十分具有深刻的张力。Grandmother中的说唱方式，不但是美国草根音乐的一种传承，更融合了苏格兰式的激情，刻意模仿老人家音调的她，动人地唱出了她祖母一段年轻的往事。
轻鬆有如流行乡村乐的You Got Me，说的是两个恋人形影不离的爱，吉他的伴奏十分突出，她也表现出有别於学院派美声之外，另一种不同洒脱的纯朴风格。Heart and Mind则是美声民谣的一次最佳示范，她如同风中飞翔般的绕樑轻吟，让人都心神随之昂扬。最值得一提的是，她特别重新演译的Spanish Harlem，在简单的伴奏中，我们听到了她最淳美饱满的迷人歌声，世界彷彿都随著她而安静了下来，这首世界名曲因为她的点唱，重获新生。
This singer-songwriter thrives straddling the worlds of theater and music
Few artists have the talent to sustain two successful careers at once. So credit Rebecca Pidgeon for doing just that, gaining fame as a well-respected singer-songwriter and as an acclaimed actress.
“It really was quite accidental,” says Pidgeon, who was born in Cambridge, Mass., but raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. Soon after graduating London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art she began her dual career acting and singing. “The music thing began happening between acting jobs, and both careers took off at the same time,” says Pidgeon, 48. “Because the two worlds are so distinct, it’s not until a wider notoriety is achieved that people join the dots. I had two separate lives—and I came to lead both of them.”
Pidegon was the lead singer in the British folk-pop band Ruby Blue until leaving in 1990. “My then-musical partner sent some demos to various record companies, and by the time we made a record, got a band together and wrote more material, we ended up on a major label,” she recalls. With seven solo albums, including a soundtrack, under her belt, Pidgeon is now releasing her eighth effort, Blue Dress On, which she produced with guitarist and keyboardist Tim Young.
Although Pidgeon’s signature sound typically veers toward adult pop, the new record marks a creative shift. “I wanted to have a rougher edge,” she says. “I wanted it to reflect more of the music I grew up with—bands that had a dramatic edge and a raw guitar sound, like Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Sex Pistols, Joy Division. There’s something about the chord progression in British music that appeals to me. I grew up with it, and it still resonates with me.”
Pidgeon’s musical career has led her to work with veteran producers Larry Klein and Joel Diamond and songwriters David Batteau and Mark Goldenberg. Her acting resume reflects the many film, television and stage productions she’s taken on—some written and directed by her husband, acclaimed Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright, author, screenwriter and film director David Mamet. The two were married in 1991 after they met during the London run of his play Speed-the-Plow, which featured Pidgeon in a major role.
The couple’s collaboration isn’t limited to the set or stage, and they frequently make music together, their latest effort being the title track of her new album. “We’re most successful when I go to him with a song and ask him to fix the lyrics,” says the mother of two teens. “But he’ll often present me with a finished lyric and I’ll try to come up with the right setting for it. On my first album, The Raven, he gave me a love poem, which I set to music. He’s a wonderful musician himself, but he comes from different traditions than I do. He’s brilliant with Tin Pan Alley songs and the Great American Songbook. He plays piano very well, and he’s much better with music theory than I am.”
Pidgeon’s new record also reflects a shift on the business side. Her previous album was released on a major label, but Pidgeon has decided to go the indie route, issuing Blue Dress On through her own Toy Canteen label. “Fortunately, I’m an ignoramus,” she jokes. “I’m blindly going around doing what I do and trying to give birth to this thing in whatever way I can.
“Sometimes you do say to yourself, ‘Oh God, what’s the point? I might as well just give up.’ But then I think, what’s the point of giving up? I might as well just do this despite the challenges. It’s a choice I’ve made, but I’ve been lucky, and in the end, I’ll keep doing it until
I can’t anymore.”
Audio CD (October 8, 2013)
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5.0 out of 5 starsRebecca Pidgeon is a Fantastic Musician as Well as a Great Actress
By chiefmac on August 4, 2014
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Listen to Rebecca's music--you won't be disappointed. I saw her first as an actress on "The Unit" and subsequently found out that she also sang and played the guitar. I was amazed by the quality of her music. I first bought her album "Tough on Crime" and have since bought more of her music. On a Five-Star scale, Rebecca deserves a Ten-Star rating. If you don't believe me, find out for yourself by visiting her official web site and checking out all her videos on You Tube.
REBECCA PIDGEON offers fans “FEATHERS” from her BLUE DRESS ON
2 ديسمبر، 2013، الساعة 04:42 ص
New video directed by Clara Mamet gets national attention (November 19, 2013) Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and actress Rebecca Pidgeon releases the single “Feathers” from her new album BLUE DRESS ON. Pidgeon co-wrote the song with David Batteau and says it’s one of the springing points of the new album. “It’s a love song featuring an erhu—a Chinese stringed instrument—but with more of a Celtic sound,” she says. “We initially made these little demos, and this track we used quite a bit as a demo. People started commenting on how much they liked the song so we thought it would be a great first single.
” The corresponding video directed by Clara Mamet: http://youtu.be/AXCNZhLqfhE is quickly getting national attention. Mamet, the daughter of Pidgeon and Pulitzer Prize winning writer/director David Mamet says she wanted the opportunity to work with her mother. “I liked the melody and the simplicity of the song,” says Mamet. “And thought it would be fun to do something with my mom.” Video credits also include Jeff Cohn as the DP (Director of Photography), and Barbara Tulliver as editor.
“Feathers” is the first single from Blues Dress On, a 13 track album produced by Pidgeon and guitarist Tim Young. Her seventh studio recording, the album also includes “Sailors Marriage” and “Come Up to My Room”.
Originally the lead singer for the British folk rock/pop band Ruby Blue, Pidgeon, known for her dark lyrics and bright vocals, has been touted by Rolling Stone Magazine as “one of those rare singers who convey emotion purely…” and in an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s wsj.com talks about her approach to songwriting.
Her solo recording career commenced in 1994 with the release of her solo debut album The Raven. Her last release Slingshot (in 2012) was her sixth solo effort, and she considered it a creative breakthrough. “I reached a point where I felt I had to take my singing more seriously and really make a 100% commitment to it, instead of saying this is something I do that’s not acting,” Pidgeon, said at the time. “I finally said to myself, ‘I am a singer.’”
Slingshot garnered a Grammy nomination and had her performing at Farm Aid alongside Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp and headlining the Wine, Women & Song Concert Series. In the past year, Rebecca has toured with noted artists Marc Cohn and Keb Mo and shared the stage with Aimee Mann, Madeleine Peyroux, Stephen Kellogg ,Rusted Root and Jeffrey Gaines, to name a few. The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts graduate continues to juggle her musical and extremely successful acting careers. She has been featured in several films including “Red,” alongside Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman and most recently appeared in the 2013 Emmy nominated HBO biopic Phil Spector alongside Al Pacino and Helen Mirren. The film featured Rebecca’s version of the Spector penned “Spanish Harlem”
Rebecca Pidgeon will be performing in LA at Hotel Café on December 20. She heads out on a national tour with Marc Cohn in January 2014. For more information and tour dates please visit www.rebeccapidgeon.com you can also follow Rebecca on twitter @rebeccapidgeon
Media contact: Tracey Miller, TMA, 609-383-2323, ext.11/ email@example.com
01. I Know Just What I'd Do 3:51
02. You Take My Breath Away 3:44
03. I Can’t Forgive You 4:08
04. Feathers 3:08
05. Blue Dress On 3:46
06. You Do Not 4:07
07. She Moved Through the Fair 1:41
08. Sailor's Marriage 3:22
09. You Have Got My Number 3:17
10. The Lake 3:35
11. Come Up to My Room 4:33
12. Tonight 4:12
13. My Fantasy 4:17