Janet Feld
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Janet Feld

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
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"Janet Feld is a funny, literate and thoughtful country folkie in the mold of Mary Chapin Carpenter. The Somerville resident has a gift for a lilting melody and a thoughtful turn of phrase. For example, Do you want to be right? Or do you want to be in love? Tough question, no?"
-Sarah Rodman - The Boston Herald


Janet Feld writes folk songs that tackle personal and political concerns in a literate and engaging way. Almost every track expresses moral doubt or social awareness in the tried and true singer-songwriter tradition, backed by gentle, lilting acoustic guitar melodies.
Most of Feld's lyrics are about personal issues, ranging from failed romance to physical and emotional insecurity. A multitude of moral dilemmas, some as minor as a youngster's petty shoe theft (on the guilt trip-worthy "Finders Keepers"), others as vast as reckless street violence (the poignant "Dear God", not to be confused with the XTC classic), play out in fine, observational detail. In "Here We Go Again", Feld speaks out against the war in Iraq with pinpoint accuracy and clarity.

"We traded the lives / Of young men and women / For the right to be right / And when the bodies are counted / and the peace treaties signed / How long 'til we do it again?"

These are the sorts of songs you could imagine your ex-hippie, retired schoolteacher aunt humming while eating granola on her back porch -- pensive, folky, twangy tunes with earnest, pensive lyrics. In this insincere, irony-ridden world, that's certainly not a bad thing.

- Splendidmagazine.com


"Janet Feld is a funny, literate and thoughtful country folkie in the mold of Mary Chapin Carpenter. The Somerville resident has a gift for a lilting melody and a thoughtful turn of phrase. For example, Do you want to be right? Or do you want to be in love? Tough question, no?"
-Sarah Rodman - The Boston Herald


Janet Feld, who has a devoted local following, opened the evening with a flawless set of songs that featured her self-deprecating humor. Her ability to poke fun at herself and her "midlife crisis" hit just the right notes with this mostly middle-aged audience!
Tunes like "Houdini Bikini" and "I'm Married But I'm Not Dead" certainly resonated with this group. And she had everyone in stitches with "Do You Want to Be Right?" which dares to ask the question, "do you want to be right/or do you want to be in love?"
"Tick Tock World" featured some great guitar picking and Greg Greenway on accompanying vocals. Feld was a real treat for this listener, who will be sure to look for her to see what she's up to next. - Roberta Schwartz - Music Matters Review


It was one for the women at a sellout crowd last Wednesday night at Passim. Apparently, the word had spread that four singers of extraordinary merit were on the bill..........Janet Feld led off as all four took to the stage. 1999 Boston Music Award nominee for Best New Contemporary Folk Act, she's opened for all of folk's big names with her remarkable mix of poignant lyrics, vocal dexterity, keen strumming and utter hilarity. - Susie Davidson - Jewish Advocate


Janet Feld, who has a devoted local following, opened the evening with a flawless set of songs that featured her self-deprecating humor. Her ability to poke fun at herself and her "midlife crisis" hit just the right notes with this mostly middle-aged audience!
Tunes like "Houdini Bikini" and "I'm Married But I'm Not Dead" certainly resonated with this group. And she had everyone in stitches with "Do You Want to Be Right?" which dares to ask the question, "do you want to be right/or do you want to be in love?"
"Tick Tock World" featured some great guitar picking and Greg Greenway on accompanying vocals. Feld was a real treat for this listener, who will be sure to look for her to see what she's up to next. - Roberta Schwartz - Music Matters Review


Janet's upbeat performance ensured that everyone had a good night. Her expert guitar playing with both hands on the neck confirms why she is the undisputed "Guitar Goddess" - House Concert Series in Tyler Texas


Janet's upbeat performance ensured that everyone had a good night. Her expert guitar playing with both hands on the neck confirms why she is the undisputed "Guitar Goddess" - House Concert Series in Tyler Texas


Discography

National, international and webstream play from:
1. I Met Myself - 2012
2. Pulling On Strings - 2004
3. Tick Tock World - 1999
4. Things That Fall From the Sky - 1994

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For many years, singer-songwriter Janet Feld has searched for the right formula to convey her music. In recording her first three albums, she worked with three different producers (one of whom was a Portuguese native she met on a trip to the Azores) and a host of studio musicians.

This time Feld decided to keep things simple. Just voice and guitar, with a touch of piano.

I Met Myself is Feld’s first CD in more than eight years. “I wanted to make a ‘bare bones’ recording, only me singing, playing guitar and piano,” she said. “I recorded the album at home with the goal of creating tracks that sounded and felt great to me.”

The result is a highly sincere, personal work, some of which was inspired by introspection (“I Met Myself” and “Home”) while other songs grew out of love’s unpredictable journey (“Waiting for Love” and “That Kind of Miracle”). Feld also has a sassy, playful side that shows up in “Chi Vampire” and “Welcome to the Funhouse.”

Her most dramatic work on the CD, hands down, is “Rosalie’s Diamonds,” a thoroughly engrossing true story that describes how Feld’s grandmother rescued her family from Nazi-occupied Austria in the late 1930s.

In addition to being a talented songwriter and singer, Feld has a wry sense of humor and is a highly skilled guitarist. She teaches guitar (for advanced, intermediate and beginners) at the prestigious Club Passim School of Music in Cambridge.

Songs from her three previous CDs have been played on radio stations across the country as well as in Brazil, Portugal, Guam, and Latvia. This new album, however, is her favorite.

“Miles Davis once said, ‘Sometimes you have to play for a long time before you sound like yourself,’” Feld recalled. “That's what these songs and this CD feel like to me. And that’s why I chose ‘I Met Myself’ as the title track. I feel it's my most authentic work to date.”

"Wow, you can really rock for an old lady!!"
A 3rd grader