Depending which of my parents you'd ask, my name is Secret.
I sing, play piano and guitar, and write songs. I love recording and live performance. The extremely talented musicians I play out with are also my friends. I feel fortunate to know and play with such great people as Karl Haug, Otha Major, and my friend James Riley, who finds himself more every day. My pixie siren daughters, Chelsie and Carlee, often provide velvet, crysalline vox. You can hear them both singing as young girls, as they were featured in "Chelsie Don't Cry".
I have also had the very good fortune to record with Mac Charles, Jon Hedges, S. Weniger, Carmelo Bonaventura, Eric Branner,Tommy Cook and Eric Johnson.
You can find me playing out around town in the Seattle/Vancouver BC/Portland areas, with an occasional jaunt to The Other Side of the Pond.
I am a servent of my Art. Every opportunity that was ever presented me musically, has it's source from someone who heard me play live, where ever that may have been, and felt a desire to participate with me in what I create musically.
The best open mic I've ever played, is right here in Redmond, at a place called Soul Food Books. I can't even describe how awesome it is, you must go check it out. Ask for Clint, tell him hi.
SoulFood Books, Music, and Organic Coffee House. ... Telephone: (425) 881-5309. Fax: (425) 882-7807. http://soulfoodbooks.com
Segrid Coleman - Lead Vocals, electric/acoustic guitar; Keys
Karl Haug - Electric Guitars, and Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic and Electric Bass, and Mandolin.
Upcoming CD release with Critical Sun Records in Spring/2012
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All I Am / Divine Discontents By bilgemcakir I was truly mesmerized when I first heard this song...All I Am / Divine Discontents
I was truly mesmerized when I first heard this song live from Secret and Chelsea. It was a rainy Redmond night at a local Open Mic. It’s hard to describe this music. It has a bluesy, jazzy chord structure and Secret has such a beautiful jazzy voice. I really think this piece will blow you away.
Funny thing is I don’t even know if there is a finalized version of this song anywhere online. The link I am giving you is to their reverbnation site and the track I am writing the review based on is called “Scratch/Guide trax for “All I Am ” “. Well even the scratch tracks version is a kick ass song so I don’t care :)
From the first second till the end the song carries so much conflict, so much bittersweetness, so much pain. It is not your typical “all-around-sad” song. It is much more sophisticated than that.
The piece starts with a dark acoustic guitar duo. I love the chord progression. I love the little crunchy vibrato lead on the right side. And this harmonic framework carries Secret’s awesome vocals and with some backvocals (Chelsea? at least live it was her). At 1:08 a pre-chorus part enters with masterful gipsy-jazzy vocals and ties into the chorus (well it’s actually hard to talk about a chorus in this song’s structure, it is more free form and has many different parts, which is something rare but something I love). The “take me as I am” part is just mesmerizing
At 2.12 an instrumental / solo part starts. And this acoustic solo gives me goose bumps. It is perfectly bluesy but yet carries with it a hint of jazz and I must add some rock.
The section that starts at 3:10 just gets me close my eyes and sway left and right. Over the next minute many magical things happen simultaneously in a hard to explain way. There is an overall crescendo. There is the lead guitar driving to higher registers and growing more intense. Slowly but steadily more vocal tracks are added to the mix. There is almost a gospel-choir like quality at first (at around 3:23), then around 3:45 further vocal harmonies enter making the sound thicker and more majestic. At around 4.20 all is going crazy epic, and emotional.
This emotional climax resolves at 5:04 into the intro progression and turns into an outro. That’s where you say to yourself “What just happened”. And if you are in the reverbnation page you need to choose now between listening to “All I am” again or listenning to the other tracks. The answer in these situations for me is always easy. Listen again.
There is enough time to come back and listen to the rest of Divine Discontent tracks. And you will want to do that. I will review many more tracks from them.