Sara Hickman

Sara Hickman

BandPopChildren's Music

Optimistic, fun, compassionate, upbeat to melancholy... smart and sassy, music that keeps you interested through the words/tunes of an insomniac, a guitarist, mother and painter. Powerful imagery: Daliesque bowls full of stars for breakfast. More at sarahickman.com.

Biography

www.sarahickman.com

Sara Hickman released "Motherlode", a two-disc CD set of 20 songs, in June 2006.

Disc One contains songs of universal woe and quiet lament in conjunction with womankind: from depression, addiction, domestic violence, murder, insomnia, Sara's family ties to President John and Abigail Adams, a mother's hands, and finding faith in one's own song.

Disc Two is a woman's heart, bright and sparkling, with undercurrents of frustration and wanting: returning to the joys of love, sex, hope, saints, children, little birds and the garden.

Created with the listener in mind — to let you inside Sara's mind. Choose your mood, and choose your disc.

Sara Hickman is returning to the world of Adult music (hence the kama sutra painting on her new project, MOTHERLODE) after five years of creating award-winning music for children.

She's been on major and indie labels, she's been on national and local TV and in the press, but check out where she is now with her 8th adult release. Includes guest artists Shawn Colvin, Kelly Willis, Ruthie Foster, Adrian Belew, Jimmy La Fave, and more!

Sara Hickman was raised in Houston, Texas and launched her professional career at age 14 at a Houston Oilers party with just her guitar and voice. This led to performances at bank openings, psychiatric units, and weddings. She graduated from the High School for Performing Arts in Houston and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting from the University of North Texas.

Her independently-released debut, Equal Scary People, was picked up in 1989 by Elektra. This was followed in 1990 by the album Shortstop, which yielded the #3 adult contemporary hit “I Couldn’t Help Myself.”

Sara has twice been a guest of NBC’s Tonight Show, hosted her own VH1 special, and produced an independent video, Joy, which won first place in the USA Film Festival.

With the help of fans, Sara raised $50,000 to buy back the shelved masters of her third album, Necessary Angels, from Elektra. The album was released on Discovery. She has since released three discs on Shanachie: Misfits (a collection of musical odds and ends from her life and career), Two Kinds of Laughter (produced by Adrian Belew), and Spiritual Appliances, produced by Sara herself.

On Sara’s private label imprint, Sleeveless, she has produced and released six more CDs: the limited pressing run of the CD one flower to the left sold out within a few months; a CD version of her highly popular “official bootleg” audio cassette Ready To Pop; a re-issue of her popular Equal Scary People; a Christmas/holiday CD, This Christmas Wish; and her romantic Faithful Heart, which was released on St. Valentine’s Day 2002. Recently, Sleeveless released a limited edition DVD, I Am Going On a Journey, featuring six hours of video clips highlighting Sara’s career.

Through her self-released children’s album Newborn, she has donated over $50,000 to the Hill Country Youth Ranch (which aids abused and neglected children) and to the Mautner Project (which helps lesbians with cancer). She is extremely involved in many humanitarian issues and serves on the board of directors for the Mother’s Milk Bank/Austin and the advisory board of Arts for People (Dallas). She served as the 2001 honorary chair for the Humana Women in Health Initiative, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden Party and the 2001 Austin Race for the Cure, which raises monies for breast cancer research. The entire CD booklet of Spiritual Appliances is dedicated to fighting the homelessness problem, and she has visited Romania to work on behalf of the Romanian Orphans Fund.

Sara followed up the child-friendly sound of Newborn in 2001 with Toddler, a collection of songs, stories and poetry that teaches counting, colors, animals, sounds and geography. In 2004, the third in Sara’s children’s series was born: Big Kid is targeted towards children who are learning to read, write, explore and create.

Wal-Mart, Daisy Sour Cream, Southwest Airlines, Fannie Mae, Half-Price Books and many others are also part of Sara’s portfolio—she sings national commercials, too.

With all Sara finds herself involved in, she still spends the majority of her time with her children. She can be found at home having a picnic in the backyard with her girls or helping them paint a mural in their room. She attends field trips with her children, and teaches art and music.

Sara has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Association of Music Therapists, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Dallas Observer Awards. But what she really wants you to know is that she loves chili cheese fries and does not like brussel sprouts. Her high score in bowling is 197, and her goal is to break 200.

Visit Sara's weblog at www.zenlala.com.

Lyrics

Two Days Today

Written By: Words and Music by Sara Hickman

No one knows for certain
What's behind the curtain of
Their dreams
We question
We ponder
We yodel and we wonder
Is life everything it seems

You're thinking, you're
driving, I
warned you
You shouldn't ever think and drive
Still you mix it up inside
Letting your spirit run and hide
But look now we've arrived

And I'm tripping, I'm
Falling, I'm
Hearing you, your voice
You're calling
I'm laughing, I'm
Sleeping, I'm
Tapping toes to the heartbeat close to mine
Feels like two days today

One day ending
One day beginning
Spinning
Always shining
Hopping
Skipping left to right
Day to night
Two wrongs sometimes make everything seem
Alright

Yes, today's still today
Tomorrow never really comes
You wrestle with the demons
Squeeze the sugar from the lemons
When there's still too much to be undone

And I'm tripping, I'm
Falling, I'm
Hearing you, your voice
You're calling
I'm laughing, I'm
Sleeping, I'm
Tapping toes to the heartbeat close to mine
Feels like two days today

Do you whistle while you work
Do you ever feel the jerk
Do you ever want to run outside?
Do you need to take a break
Shake your attic of mistakes
Let your fingers do the walking
Let 'em slide?

See the clouds overhead
Jumpin' naked on your bed
It's your body, let it breathe
Let it move, let it be
Let it fly

And I'm tripping, I'm
Falling, I'm
Hearing you, your voice
You're calling
I'm laughing, I'm
Sleeping, I'm
Tapping toes to the heartbeat close to mine
Feels like two days...

I'm tripping, I'm
Falling, I'm
Hearing you, your voice
You're calling
I'm laughing, I'm
Sleeping, I'm
Tapping toes to the heartbeat close to mine
Feels like two days today

A Song of You

Written By: words & music by Sara Hickman and David Batteau

Here in this damp, unfinished room
Searching for signs of things to come
Here in the heart of an empty home
I remember you

And there is no picture on this wall
There are no voices down the hall
There are no memories at all
Where I remember you

Under this roof
Under this sign
Beneath the weight
Of starry skies
Beneath the cover of the night
I remember you

A red-wing blackbird calling spring
our dreams are forged in everything
The clouds will part, the sun will sing
A song of you

Under this roof
Under this sign
Beneath the weight
Of starry skies
Beneath the cover of the night
I remember you

Distant bells
An ancient arrow
Time casts a shadow
Beneath a halo
Between the heartbeats
Early to bed, early to rise
Oh, a love lived so well

Under this roof
Under this sign
Beneath the weight
Of starry skies
Beneath the cover of this night
I remember this roof
Under this sign
Beneath the weight
Of starry skies
Beneath the cover of this night
I remember you

Stupid Love

Written By: words & music by Sara Hickman & Phil Parlapiano

I'm standing on a corner
By a building that looks
Like an old Sears that just blew up
You just finished yelling
Nothing's making sense
And I feel like what the cat coughed up
Oh, I hate to leave
But when push comes to shove
Nothing's quite as crazy as love

Oh, you took all my clothes
And you threw them in the rain
When I came home I had nothing to wear
Oh, the next day at work
God, I felt like a jerk
I was naked and my boss just stared
Oh, I hate to leave
But when push comes to shove
Nothing's quite as crazy as love

Love descends on you from above
Never know when it will arrive
And sometimes you think
It's gonna eat you alive
Stupid love...
Stupid love... Stupid love...
Stupid love
Yeah, you throw it away but it comes back to stay
What was I thinking of?
Stupid love

Well, I know that I love you
And you say you love me too
But sometimes I just don't know what to do
'Cause we're fighting all the time
Over stupid odds and ends
Then we make love and make up as friends
Oh, I hate to leave
But when push comes to shove
Nothing's quite as crazy as love

Love descends on you from above
Never know when it will arrive
And sometimes you think
It's gonna eat you alive
Stupid love...
Stupid love... Stupid love...
Stupid love
Oh, you throw it away but it comes back to stay
What was I thinking of?
Stupid love

To a Maddening Ghost

Written By: words and music by Sara Hickman

I haven't slept in seven years
I think I've forgotten what it's like to dream
But I know I used to close my eyes
And drift off into deep blue skies
At least that's what I do remember

Perhaps no more than most
There is a voice inside my head
Crawling into bed with me
And as she whiles away the time
That, once, was rightfully mine
I've begun to play host
To a maddening ghost

Each night I lay me down to sleep
The Lord my soul I pray to keep
But as He watches over everyone
My night has only just begun
Staring, at the ceiling
As I wander this forsaken land
Wishing I could understand
How to shut my mind and just let go
But as soon as she arrives
I'm forced to raise a toast...
To this maddening ghost

Please let me rest in peace
I'm dying to rest...in...peace

The earth has no choice but to woo the sun
And, so, my problem seems like such a small one
But when each day is said and done
The earth and I have one thing in common:
We're both running in circles
Tonight I'm thankful for all we are
No distant dreams or wishes on a dying star
And as soon as she arrives
I will not let her close...
Ah...
This maddening ghost...

Living in Quiet Desperation

Written By: words by Sara Hickman, music by Sara Hickman and Eddy Hobizal

Wake up each morning and I take up my day
Make the bed to tuck my feelings away
I smell the coffee, search for what I can say
To you...

I kiss the children as I’m brushing their hair
I can’t seem to find my left shoe
The dog pissed the floor, I don’t know how much more
I can take with all that I’ve left to do...

Now I’m living in quiet desperation
I’m living in somebody else’s dream
I’m living a life of wanting something
That I can’t even seem to believe

I try my hardest to be too many people
Too many people want me to be
But the truth is a bubble, taking up room
If I could pop it maybe then I could breathe...

Then there’s the love that we promised... I see it... it’s torn apart at the seams
No one took the time to teach me how to sew... no one’s as mean to me as me....

Now I’m living in quiet desperation
I’m living in somebody else’s dream
I’m living a life of wanting something
That I can’t even seem to believe

You’re looking in my eyes... do you see me waving back inside?
This isn’t how it all has to be
But the laughter hides tears
That can’t soothe a soul
That feels it is losing the best of it’s years....

Now I’m living in quiet desperation
I’m living in somebody else’s dream
I’m living a life of wanting something
That I can’t even seem to believe

Optimistic Fool

Written By: Sara Hickman and Jim Jacobsen

We came out of the fire, we came out of the dirt
We walked into a F.U.C.K.ed-up future
And some of us got hurt

We've turned the corner of desire
Forgotten our own worth
We've run the distance to recover...

You say it's just a matter of time
But I'll stay an optimistic fool
What's yours ain't mine

Someone somewhere's breaking glass
Someone's about to jump
In a coupla seconds I'll be gone...
Yes, I believe we can exist
On air and water and a kiss
But until then you can't lay a hand on this

You say it's just a matter of time
I'll stay an optimistic fool
Don't deny me the right to see
The world through my own eyes
I'm just an optimistic fool

Pass the plate
Shut the gate
Don't let the strangers in
It's us and them
Someday we'll win
Push the button
Again
Raise the dead
Free your head
Smoke some pot and go back to bed
We've burned the toast
The holy ghost
and most of our dreams

You say it's just a matter of time
I'll stay an optimistic fool
Don't deny me the right to see
The world through my own eyes
I'm just an optimistic fool

Bowl Full Of Stars

Written By: Sara Hickman

Bowl Full of Stars

i poured some stars in your cereal
you ate half a bowl and said you were full
oh, honey, where's your appetite
you used to eat a bowl every nite
Ah...uh-huh!

baba bada bap ba badiyidi
baba bada ba

lassoed the moon and laid it at your feet
but when i left you kicked it out on the street
the neighbors heard it cryin', took it in
now i'm not sure the moon will trust you again
ah...uh-huh!

baba bada bap ba badiyidi
baba bada ba

baba bada bap ba badiyidi
baba bada ba

the world can caress you or it can oppress you
but don't be swayed by it's course
a smile's a moonbeam, a happy daydream
pouring straight from the source...

where did you go...i want you back
your smile's as flat as a paper sack
oh, let me pour your favorite cereal
and hang the moon to light your meal
ah...uh-huh!

baba bada bap ba badiyidi
baba bada ba

baba bada bap ba badiyidi
baba bada ba

your heart was open twenty-four hours
your love was my chosen sunflower
weren't you the one who said a smile's just a frown?
that we've turned upside down...

where did you go...i want you back
your smile's as flat as a paper sack
oh, let me pour your favorite cereal
and hang the moon to light your meal
ah...uh-huh!

baba bada bap ba badiyidi
baba bada ba

baba bada bap ba badiyidi
baba bada ba

Discography

Solo Albums
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Motherlode (2006)
Faithful Heart (2003)
Ready to Pop (2002)
This Christmas Wish (2001)
Spiritual Appliances (2000)
one flower to the left (2000)
Two Kinds of Laughter (1998)
Misfits (1997)
Necessary Angels (1994)
Shortstop (1990)
Equal Scary People (1989)

Children's Music
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Big Kid
Toddler
Newborn

Comprehensive song samples are available at www.sarahickman.com/music.

Set List

A set usually starts with something dandy and gets a bit more soulful and then ends on something human.

A typical set might be:
Coolness by Mistake
Happy In Your Love
Two Kinds of Laughter
Life
Eight
I Wear The Crown
Bowl Full of Stars
I'm Not Going Anywhere
It's Alright
Woman Waiting to Happen
Look At It This Way
The Place Where the Garage Used to Stand
Train Song
Simply
We Are Each Others Angels