Libby Kirkpatrick

Libby Kirkpatrick

 Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
BandFolk

She's a defiant, chanting poet like Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones; She's more like a zany sandbox friend who sings what she dreams and daydreams. She's an avant garde force right from set kickoff -- a soaring, looping comet. Her streaming lyrics flame and smoke and twist and tail and even shrug if they feel like it.

Biography

Curly haired Libby Kirkpatrick looks unassuming enough in pre-show set up but she's an avant garde force right from set kickoff -- a soaring, looping comet. Her streaming lyrics flame and smoke and twist and tail and even shrug if they feel like it. Don't wait for a chorus or a sing along. Not going to happen. Sad love songs, never. Get ready to be challenged or to be knocked off balance or just to laugh out loud. I mean, she'll wake up the bartender. She'll wake up the whole sleepy room. You can fit her between Tom Waits and Ricki Lee Jones. She's a generation younger but that gives you a baseline. She's a defiant, chanting poet like those two; but she's more like a zany sandbox friend who sings what she dreams and daydreams. And are we ever fortunate to share her mud pies. In her creative process, she's “a big mean grumpy man” insisting on quiet and privacy but then “waiting to be elevated by running, walking, yoga, meditation. coffee or chocolate, or a combination of these things. Thats where I distill the most interesting pieces of dreams or concepts or feelings. That’s when the music lands to fit these pieces.” Out of that workshop comes Libby’s adventurous new CD, Heroine -- tastefully produced but lightning in a jar nonetheless which, among other things, illustrates recent changes in her life. Growing up around Philadelphia, Libby Kirkpatrick began playing classical piano at 3 years of age:. At age fourteen acoustic guitar started accompanying her “adventure-seeking desires as a nomadic youth.” Libby lived “minimalistically” overseas in India and Thailand, then busked in Ireland where she concentrated on original songs. Returning to the States, she lived in Boulder, Colorado where she honed her guitar playing and writing skills. Live performances and organized tours started to happen in the mid 1990s She developed solid regional followings along the West Coast, Southwest, and Northeast. From 2001 until just recently, Libby resided in Austin, Texas between rigorous tours and fun traveling. But she jokes that her true residency is “Toyota USA”, her road warrior truck, and that Bryn Mawr Pensylvania, Boulder Colorado, the San Juan Islands of Washington, and Portland Oregon and now Cambridge, Mass. are all home to her. The new discipline since 2007, the one that brings her to Cambridge, is becoming homemaker-mama-wifey”; particularly, raising her son, Charlie. “The sheer humility of parenting and partnering in a house,” she says, “has afforded me steps towards the well roundedness that monks attain in the monestary. In parenting Charlie, I am bent out of my natural freewheeling shape on the one hand, and on the other, it may be my saving grace to have him to contour to. As it turns out, im a natural mama in many ways!” But all this has also led her back to performing. “It is my sheer desire to escape and return to the simple joy of singing to someone who appreciates it (and who doesnt know of what other less desirable things that im capable of) that drives me back to the stage. SHORT BIO: Fitting neatly between mentors a generation older like Ricki Lee Jones and Tom Waits, folk poet / avant garde force Libby Kirkpatrick emerged from her Philadelphia roots and classical training and bloomed in “minimalistic” overseas travel to India, Thailand, then Ireland where she began concentrating on singing original songs, accompanying herself with acoustic guitar. Returning to the States, Kirkpatrick lived in Boulder, Colorado and from there began touring in the mid 1990's; she developed solid regional followings along the West Coast, Southwest, and Northeast. Her trio of CDs, Songs From the Ether (1997), Winged (1999) (which was partly recorded live at Folks Fest) and Goodnight Venus (2003) came out of this fertile period. From 2001 until recently, she's been generally Austin, Texas based but, as ever, somewhat of a rolling stone in her road warrior Toyota truck. Recent relocation to Cambridge, MA accompanied her transition to "homemaker-mama-wifey" as she raises son Charlie but also heralded a return to recording and performing with the 2011 release of the entrancing Heroine. www.heartmusic.com. As you sink into her poetic reflections on this new chapter in life and experience her soothing, whispering, soaring vocal talent wrapped around her guitar – you’re simply transported. Libby Kirkpatrick’s entire “Heroine” album is a brave invitation to travel from your heart to hers and back to the center of your own. It’s brave musically too. With sophisticated arrangements and unique instrumental choices through her partnership with producer and musician Rob Halverson, Libby’s songwriting maturity shines. Halverson’s quirky use of instrumentation together with Libby’s creative songwriting and vocal acrobatics create new sounds reminiscent of the creative input of George Martin. Rob and Libby’s production and songwriting talents combine to create dark, intimate story with subtle, yet surprising sounds that become more pr

Lyrics

Goodnight Venus

Written By: Libby Kirkpatrick

goodnight venus
sweet dreams
’til the morning light
don’t let the
darkness between us
obscure our strong ties
we need your urgent message
of how to love and be loved
we hear you
despite our own ruckus
send us the goddess from above

we’re on our way up
to the higher mind
wish us good luck
it takes a long long time

while venus is away
mars shines seductively
blood red
in the northwestern sky
i hear the war gods cry
go down now mars
and leave us
we’ve bled for too long
we cannot rise to freedom
with your bloody sword drawn

we’re on our way up
to the higher mind
wish us good luck
it takes a long, long time

whirling in the milky way
planet earth strives for her say
while her people congregate
to try to control her fate
we are the fools that think
planet earth is on the brink
just because we can’t stand
the very stink
that we’ve created

i think it’s crazy
it’s separatist to say
'lets heal the earth today!'
like she’s some victim
we’re no more separate
from this earth
than we are from each other
so take each stranger
as a brother and lets rejoin
this mother ship

we’re on our way up
to the higher mind
wish me good luck
i get confused sometimes
i think i know it all
and then i find i’m blind
goodnight venus
goodnight

Wake Me Up

Written By: Libby Kirkpatrick

wake me up
take me in your arms
in this dream
the world is so lonely
my brothers
hardly know me now
my father
alone in his head

i need a big bed
where my family sleeps together
not ‘cause of sorrow, just ‘cause
i wanna change the dream
i don’t mind to feel sad
‘cause i know that i’ll feel better
wake me up
and take me in your arms

i am the child
who was lifted from the womb
baby girl has never forgotten
what hope there is
in a hopeless world
where everything
seems awful scary

i need a big bed
where we all could
sleep together
not ‘cause of danger
just ’cause i wanna
change the world
i don’t mind to feel scared
’cuz i know that i’ll feel better
wake me up
and take me in your arms
wake me up...
wake me up...
wake me up...

what kind of mind must i have
to wrap around this world
and truly understand
or is understanding overrated should i reach out anyway?
i reach out...
i reach out...

i need a big bed
where the world can
sleep together
not ‘cause of terror,
just ‘cause i wanna
change the dream
i don’t mind to feel scared
’cuz i know that i’ll feel better
wake me up
and take me in your arms
wake me up...
wake me up...
wake me up..

Crying

Written By: Libby Kirkpatrick

it was a sweet success
i took off my dress
and i made a mess
and just because you thought that i was lonely
i’d be your only one
you expected nothing less

you took the dim light
right from my eyes
with your criticizing
it was so amazing
stole the wind
right from my sails
and you turned to leave me
but i caught you - i nailed you

you should be crying
for your shame
for your lying
and your blaming me
and you ought to be begging
for forgiveness
for lighting the flame in me

if you didn’t mean
to get involved with me
to babydoll me
you shouldn’t have called me
it was in the light
you looked so nice
but your dark side
shone twice as boldly baby

don’t try to tell me
in your sneaky way
how you’ll love me tomorrow
like you should have today
it won’t matter
by the break of dawn
i’ll be gone
i’ll be well on my way

you should be crying
for your shame
for your lying
and your blaming me
you ought to be begging
for forgiveness
for lighting the flame in me

Discography

"Heroine" - Libby Kirkpatrick (Forthcoming)
"Sweet Songs" - various artists (2010)
"Collaborations" - Will Taylor and Strings Attached (2005)
"Goodnight Venus" - Libby Kirkpatrick (2003)
"Winged" - Libby Kirkpatrick (2002)
"Women From Mars" - various artists (1999)
"Songs From The Ether" - Libby Kirkpatrick (1998)

Set List

Goodnight Venus
Wake Me Up
Vaulted Heart
Crying
To A Child
Wait
Jenny' Eyes
Circus
Silver Road
The Dream That You Are
Garden
This Raging Moment
Now
White Eye-lashed Girl
Jupiter
One Simple Thought
Ground Zero
Stand My Ground
Thunder