Eve Decker

Eve Decker

 Berkeley, California, USA
SoloFolkAcoustic

'Uplifting and soothing urban folk'. Eve Decker writes and performs songs on themes such as mindfulness, compassion, and generosity within the context of ordinary human experience. She founded the nationally acclaimed folk trio Rebecca Riots, touring the country several times, releasing 4 CDS, and signing with Appleseed Recordings to release and tour with a 5th CD before moving on to her solo career. Eve released her second solo CD, Simple Truth, in 2014 and is presently working on a third CD.

Biography

"This is the kind of music that makes the world a better place." - DJ Kevin Vance, KALW Radio.
In 2014, Eve released her second solo CD, titled 'Simple Truth', produced by Julie Wolf (keyboardist with Carly Simon, Ani DiFranco, Dar Williams, the Indigo Girls, and many others).  She sold out the expanded (500 seat) Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, CA at the CD release concert and has gone on to perform the album throughout California (San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Davis, Danville, Benicia, Fresno, Modesto, Petaluma, Glen Ellen, Sebastopol, and more) and in Canada (Victoria, B.C.).

 A review of 'Simple Truth' in Common Ground - the Bay Area's 'Magazine for Conscious Community', says "Eve’s music is a beautiful offering and a treasure to savor."

Eve has a band of remarkable musicians who play with her when the venue would benefit from more than a solo musician. Julie Wolf, who produced 'Simple Truth', plays keyboards. Kent Welsh (Clark Kent and the Reporters, Cal Jazz Choir) plays guitar, and Ben Decker (Opal Book Club) plays bass. All band members are great singers and add fabulous harmonies.

Eve co-founded, played, recorded and toured with the female folk trio Rebecca Riots from 1995 until 2005. Rebecca Riots signed with the record company Appleseed Recordings, was dubbed “Best Band with a Conscience” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, toured the country multiple times, released five CDs, and played stages ranging from the Vancouver Folk Festival, the Bumbershoot Festival in Washington, the Knitting Factory in NYC, colleges across the nation, and dozens of sold out shows at Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage Coffee House.

In 2006 Eve released her first solo CD, “Commentary on Perfections of the Heart”, ten original songs based on a Buddhist list of qualities that promote a contented heart. A review of the CD in Tricycle magazine said, “Decker’s melodies, and her luscious, inventive phrasing, give her songs the power of a transmission”. 

For more on Eve see her website at www.evedecker.com

Lyrics

Simple Truth

Written By: Eve Decker

The way I see it there are two choices
I can wait for all these voices To tell me I have made it
Or I can love myself the way I am

The way I see it there are two choices
Try to do it their way Or find my own rejoicing music
And play

I’ve been given a responsibility
To love myself like I would love a child
Chaotic wild and turning
Building bridges, bridges burning
Just as I am, to love me

Maybe self hatred protects me
Until the day no one rejects me
If I reject myself first, your coldness might not hurt as much
Maybe if I work harder
Try more, do more, faster, longer
The day will come when I feel loved by everyone :)

I’ve been given a responsibility
To love myself like I love trees
Okay when branches crack and fall
No striving no have to’s at all
The sparkling green that breathes me
Just as I am - loves me

No I do not have it all together
I never have and I never will
And I know that you don’t have it all together either
‘cause nothing here was made that way
We’re all falling, we’re all flying, we’re all playing, we’re all dying

We’ve been given a responsibility
To love ourselves like we love freedom
Using courage just to see
The simple truth of you and me
Love looks like humble gratitude, like endless forgiveness
Just as we are just as we are just as we are

The way I see it there are two choices
We can wait for all these voices
To tell us we have made it
Or we can love ourselves as we are

Generosity

Written By: Eve Decker

I trust in the power of generosity
And give her a shawl I can’t afford
While she’s gone I’m the one who stays warm
Thinking about that shawl over her shoulders

I trust in the power of generosity
And give him a twenty dollar bill
He stands alone at the intersection
But he’s given me a sense of connection

Chorus
What’s this secret I’ve stumbled on to
Something we all should have been told
Maybe you always knew
For me I didn’t get it ‘til I got older
But that’s better than never knowing
The power of generosity

I trust in the power of generosity
And give a party for a friend
We come together to give her love she can see
She fills up on love but so do we

(Chorus)

There have been times when I didn’t know if I’d make it through
I searched desperately for remedies to feeling blue
Mindfulness, Forgiveness, Generosity - bring happiness; it’s true

I trust in the power of generosity
And open my reclusive heart
It likes to hide, likes to stay inside
But too much self concern and I fall apart
(CHORUS)

Gardener

Written By: Eve Decker

It’s really hard not to go where my whims urge me to go
But I know what sort of person I’m longing to become
If I want to help anybody in the world before I die
If I want the suffering all around us to subside
I have got to be more conscious of the things I do and don’t do
Every little seed in time will flower
Plant the ones that lead me down a path toward really helping
I am the garden, but I’m also the gardener

In this very moment I reap fruit from choices past
And choices for the future are made now
Certain habits, deeply rooted, flourish in the heart of me
Repetition like the seasons comes naturally
Some of it’s good, some of it’s not, right now this is all I’ve got
But it doesn’t mean it’s all I’ll every be
Choosing which part of me to act from
I easier when I know what I want to become
I am the garden, but I’m also the gardener

This planting of seeds is more subtle than it first appears
It’s not just about a dollar to the homeless man
It’s about perceiving what’s happening in this very moment
Then deliberately choosing to extend love

It’s really hard not to go where my whims urge me to go
But I know what sort of person I’m longing to become
If I want to help anybody in the world before I die
If I want the suffering all around us to subside
I have got to be more conscious of the things I do and don’t do
Every little seed in time will flower
Plant the ones that lead me down a path toward really helping
I am the garden, but I’m also the gardener

Discography

2014: Simple Truth produced by Julie Wolf

2006: Commentary on Perfections of the Heart produced by Ben Decker and Eve Decker

1995-2004: 5 CDs by Eve's trio Rebecca Riots, including Gardener (Appleseed Recordings); Just as Sure; Some Folks; Live at the Freight and Salvage; and Rebecca Riots.

Set List

(one of many!)

I Have Arrived (words Thich Nhat Han, music anonymous)

Generosity (Eve Decker)

Gardener (Eve Decker)

Simple Truth (Eve Decker)

Seems a Little Crazy (Eve Decker)

Sand Makes a Pearl (Eve Decker)

Given to You (Eve Decker)

Vulnerable (Eve Decker and Lisa Zeiler)

Gentle Arms of Eden (Dave Carter)

Women's Bodies (Eve Decker)

Goddess Decided (Eve Decker)

Cemetery (Eve Decker)

Dedication of Merit (Reverend Heng Sure, Loreena McKennit)