warm winter greetings-new album is ready! :)

 

Dear friends, family and music lovers... 

Happy Hanukkah, Dreamy December, Merry Christmas... i hope my note finds you well as we wind down this beautiful year with this sweet holiday season... it's been a wonderful but indeed a heartbreaking year, 2017. 

my friends and family have celebrated magnificent occasions this year -- new babies born, precious elders having birthdays well into their 90s, moving to new states, building new homes, creating art, music, sharing goodwill with others.... all wonderful stuff! 

and we've experienced first hand destruction and loss... floods in California and Nevada at the top of the year... tornadoes, hurricanes! Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico...absolutely heartbreaking, with devastating repercussions still not resolved... heat waves, droughts, and unforgiving wildfires... as we're all getting older together, our families grow and become more beautiful, and the earth 'grows' and changes, and has become more powerful, with weather forces more dangerous and destructive than ever and 'natural' catastrophes all over the planet. 

what can we do, besides being aware and politically active to our own degree for the good of ourselves, our neighbors, our country...? we can be mindful, we can do our best to communicate well, live purely, share, be good humans... buy less single-use plastic please:)... be courteous, kind and forgiving (thank you Steve Martin). and you know what else? BE HAPPY. have a good time! life is astounding, full of wonder, sometimes full of opportunity--and life is short. enjoy every freakin' moment. 

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH to so many of you who contributed this year to the making of my new album! it was wonderful of you to participate with your encouragement and support, i was very moved and inspired by you, thank you. thank you for staying in touch, for 'rooting me on' with my little music career i've created over here in Europe! your continued friendship, your care, and the musical and personal roots we created together over the years mean the world to me.  

my new CD, entitled "Bookmark", is now finished and i'm very ready to share it with you. i've been mailing out copies and delivering downloads all month, with just a few more of your pre-ordered/contribution CDs going out this week! thank you for your patience. :) i sure hope your 'Bookmark' CD finds you well, and i look forward to your thoughts on my first new album in six years! 

"Bookmark" is co-produced by celebrated LA-based guitar-player, Billy Watts, and myself... recorded in Liechtenstein, Austria -- and across the pond, in Los Angeles. 

if you'd like to order your copy of "Bookmark", the best way is personally, with me. digital downloads are available exclusively (for now) at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/bethwimmer4 (that link will take you directly to my new album) and soon my store/page on CDBaby.com will have hard-copies in stock. or simply write me back and i'll lovingly fulfill your order with a signed copy. :) we can do paypal, personal check, or electronic bank-transfer. it's all very easy...

have a very merry and healthy Holiday Season, whatever or however you celebrate... only the best for you into the new year.

with Love and Gratitude,

beth

 

summer 2017 - new album in a month or so

 

summer 2017...

studio time...  this was Taras Prodaniuk, Billy Watts, Little Konzett, me, and David Raven listening down to my song 'Louisiana' which we'd tracked together in little big beat studios, Liechtenstein, in march 2017. :)

my new album is aaallllmost finished... it's been an exhilarating and highly creative process!

some fun details about the new album -- this past spring, Billy Watts, David Raven, and Taras Prodaniuk of Mojo Monkeys, my favorite band:), were in Switzerland touring in support of their new album, 'Swerve On'. while here, the three men played six songs in studio with me, spoiling me with their magic grooves and delightful moods. it was great fun and, i believe, very good work.

Billy Watts, unique-wonderful guitarist and fantastic singer, is co-producing the album with me. he's played some additional sublime guitar parts, will even play some bass (today!) and continues to give me invaluable creative input and energy for this record every step of the way, from afar in Los Angeles... to Switzerland. 

the album also features great Swiss 'dialect' singer-songwriter/author Daniel 'Dänu' Wisler on mandolin and dobro. my dear friend Suzie Candell, country singer from Germany, graces some songs with harmony vocals; and the soulful Rodrigo Aravena plays bass on 'Mexico' and 'Mahogany Hawk'. Rodrigo is Chilean-born, Australian-raised, and is now a swiss resident like myself. this record has been recorded and will be mixed by our talented friend Little Konzett at his Little Big Beat Studios, both in Eschen, Liechtenstein, and in his hometown of Weiler, Austria. Little is an incredibly creative recording engineer, mixing and mastering engineer, drummer, and innovative person on the music scene in these countries that border Lake Constance. 

we have a beautiful and talented international family of musicians working on this record! i'm so pleased and touched. :)

the new record's got 10 songs -- two songs i wrote while still living in California, but i'd never recorded nor played them live. seven songs are written brandy-newly, and one is a cover -- a David Bowie song that i have loved since i was a kid.  

i'm inspired and i continue to write new songs now, even as this album (my first in six years!) is nearly finished... so perhaps an EP is in order already for next year. :) 

BIG THANKS to YOU!!

so many of you contributed to the making of the upcoming album and pre-ordered the record! thank you!!

With pre-orders and contributions from friends and fans in the United States, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein, so far i have raised $6,500 (of about $9,000 needed) in funds for this new record! thank you! 

i still welcome your support...

some of you have dropped me a line recently asking if and how you can still contribute -- well, YES, thank you! i'm happy to give you a breakdown of my expenses, and funds still needed. just send me a message through the site here, and i'll answer with how you too can contribute and be a part of this new collection of songs making it out into the universe! :)

i'm grateful and delighted with any contribution--it all helps reach my goal of making my new collection of songs into a CD to share with everyone!

and you know, your emotional support is VERY much appreciated as well. ❤

Peace and Music and Healthy Wishes,

beth

 

feeling creative!

 

it's a grey yet warmish autumn afternoon here in Sennwald, Switzerland. i have so many creative ideas, it's crazy! and i hope you are someone who is also inspired -- to invent, to communicate, to create, to find joy and share joy!

my creative ideas involve (finally) making my own video -- ok, a 'lyric video' but still, it's a step into the realm of video making, for me. :) i shall do this with my original Christmas song "Peace at Christmas", after i ask for your help.

i'm also in the process of writing new songs, and i plan to record them in Spring 2017 with my long time friend and musical partner, Billy Watts. he will be here, in Switzerland, touring at that time with his band--one of my all time favorites, Mojo Monkeys. David Raven, my dear friend, is the lead singer/drummer in Mojo Monkeys, who is also a great record producer and produced my first two albums - 'Live Within Live Without' and 'Miracle Girl'.

so it's time for this miracle girl to move forward, create new things, embrace changes, roll with moments and be focused and open minded! and it's a perfect time to do this as most of the autumn leaves have fallen, making more space in the forest (of my mind) for sweet light, breezes, and new shoots of life growing forth. :)

hope you'll enjoy this photo i took from my kitchen window last week...

thanks for reading! with my Love,

beth

 

loving where i live!

 

it's been a long time since i've updated my blog, so i'll start easy... with just a little day to day news from my neighborhood. as a reminder, i live near Sennwald, in the St. Galler Rheintal in Switzerland. 

we have a saying in english that goes something like, "we partied (or danced, or played) until the cows came home." i never knew where this saying came from. now i get it. it's swiss! today, "the cows came home". these lucky milk-cows were brought down from the high mountains, where they'd pastured in cooler climates all summer, to graze once again in their green home valley as fall is certainly coming. right through our little town, these beautiful and hard-working farmers, dressed in their traditional best, marched their prized and decorated cows for this special home-coming occasion. it's a colorful, clangy and heartwarming sight to see - and hear! ❤

 

introducing new song, Mahogany Hawk...

 

It's been awhile since i have journaled, and i can only say it's because i have spent the majority of my time on the business side of my music career - namely booking, promoting and performing live shows. it seems to take all my time. happily, i get to express the art - the creative side of my profession - during my live performances. but i have let the time for writing my new ideas, new songs, slip on by.

but - here is Mahogany Hawk, my first new single in FOUR YEARS. 

want to honor nature with me? i am pleased to share in a song my feeling that nature and creatures - in particular this beautiful hawk - are clean, simpler, and more pure and natural than being human.

have a listen to Mahogany Hawk here on my website.

if you like what you hear, then to download/buy this song, please click here on Mahogany Hawk. Below are the lyrics.

i look forward to hearing from you! if you'd like to leave a comment, please do so, or sign my Guestbook/Gästebuch

thank you, Peace,

beth

 

MAHOGANY HAWK - Words and Music by Beth Wimmer c2015

Beth Wimmer - acoustic guitar and vocals / David Raven - doumbek

recorded and mixed by David Raven at Honky Abbey studio in Los Angeles, California

 

Mahogany Hawk in the treetop staring me down

your eyes reflect light from the skyline   wings downy brown

i see you circling high over my town

you keep your calm in the sky, scanning the ground

 

ooh you're so good at what you do

humanity's so complicated  i wish i were you

 

Mahogany Hawk in the vineyard looking so fine

i see your life as a clean one, nothing like mine

you've only a few simple needs and the patience of saints

actions based purely on spirit, not greed or hate

 

ooh your moment is now, each second is new

society's hurried and wasteful  i wish i were you

 

oooooh    oooooh   oooooh

 

Mahogany Hawk at the highway as i'm passin' by

my heart is glad to imagine you're here at my side

consumed by calls coffee contracts and video cams

at times i lose faith in the nature of who i am

 

ooh but you've known your place from the moment you flew

humanity's so complicated   i wish i were you

 

most beautiful creature sharp eyes of star gold if i could hold you i'd kiss your wings

my animal teacher, my avian saint, and prayer of patience and natural things

most beautiful creature sharp eyes of star gold if i could hold you i'd kiss your wings

my animal teacher, my avian saint, my prayer of patience and natural things

 

ooh you're so good at what you do

humanity's so complicated  i wish i were you