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Friday, January 30, 2009

Wendy and Lisa — Live Interview by Rickey TV

I am interviewing Wendy and Lisa on Rickey TV at 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT today (Jan 30, 2009).
I’m so nervous! (Do’h, I thought it was 11 AM Eastern, turns out its Pacific time, so we will do the interview at 2 PM ET… see you later!)

UPDATE: OMG — the interview was amazing! I love Wendy and Lisa. Please check out their music at or follow them on Twitter.
We talked about a couple of stuff including American Idol , Heroes and even Broadway.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Wendy and Lisa (@Wendyandlisa): Pretty Cool Tweeps! by Mikdev

It's not everyday that you get to meet a couple of your musical heroes (pun intended), but that is exactly what happened when I found Wend and Lisa on Twittter! I have been a fan of theirs since the 80s (just writing that makes me feel old) when they were 40% (two-fifths for the fraction challenged) of my all-time favorite band, The Revolution! As a matter of fact, I can remember crying like the emotionally fragile teen-ager that I was, when I heard on MTV News that the band disbanded :( Anyway, despite being sans-Prince, I continued to follow them through their first two albums but then, unfortunately, lost track of them...

I listen to mainly 'Urban' radio and remember that their first couple of albums was played on Urban radio due to the albums' more 'funk' and r&b feel. However, their next two albums definitely fit the 'alternative' genre and didn't get much (if any) airplay on Urban radio. Therefore, I did not knowingly come across their work until I happened to be watching an episode of Jordan's Crossing. The credits read that the score was produced by 'Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman'. I remember my first thought was 'WTH? They are STILL working together?' (Yep! I was clueless). Still, I didn't really think too much else of the duo until a couple of years ago when I came across my old Fruit on The Bottom cassette (feeling old again). I decided to do a quick ‘internets’ search and was ecstatic to find that they had released two albums in my unfortunate fan-absence. After being introduced (and thoroughly enjoying) their new and alternative genre of music, I knew that I was hopping on their bandwagon and would be enjoying the ride!

Forward to a few months ago when I found out they (actually, at the time, only Lisa) was using Twitter! I was ebullient (zestfully enthusiastic) and joined Twitter, in part, so that I could follow them (sounds stalkish… but I’m safe) and my friend @mizerock (since then, however, I have been lucky enough to find many more cool tweeps that I follow). I figured that they probably wouldn't utilize Twitter much and would probably only use it to plug their album (like other famous Twitterers that I won't name). However, I was pleasantly surprised! They are truly hilarious! Wow! You just have to take a look at some of the pictures in their older Tweets to see what I'm talking about! Not only are they funny but they also seem to be kind and patient. I know that I probably would have given some pretty nasty replies to a couple of the questions that they have been asked. However, they seem to respond with a humor and grace that quickly defuses what could be an uncomfortable moment. Also, I have to confess, they have been the recipients of some of my stupidest, corniest, fan-euphoric filled Tweets AND they haven't blocked me YET (although the year is still early)! The fact that I haven't been blocked despite stupid Tweeting proves that they have expanded their motherhood skills of working patiently with toddlers to tweeting patiently with sometimes demented sounding adults. Bravo!

Amazingly, they tweet just about daily and don’t mind letting you know what’s going on in their lives, be it major or insignificant. For example, they have tweeted about the lows of the repeal of Prop. 8, the highs of the release of their new album, and the joys/struggles of motherhood. In addition, they have taken us followers along to Lens Crafters, dental appointments, and television buying. Part of what makes following them fun is that nothing is too trivial for them to tweet (and take pictures) about! We have also been privy to ‘behind the scenes’ pics of their jobs scoring for ‘Heroes’ and ‘Nurse Jackie’ (a pic of ‘Virtuosity’ MUST be coming soon), as well as pics of a few of their interviews.

So to conclude my incessant flattery, I would like to thank Wendy and Lisa for being 'Cool Tweeps'! Your amusing anecdotes, funny photos, and mental musings make following you on Twitter extremely fun and enjoyable! You are two of the coolest rocker moms that I have never actually met ;-)

Wendy and Lisa's White Flags of Winter Chimneys = White Flages of Winter Bliss! by Mikdev

Personally, I would call this album 'White Flags of Winter Bliss'! Corny? Absolutely! But this album has been 10 years coming. This is the 5th and latest album by Wendy and Lisa ("Wendy and Lisa", "Fruit at the Bottom", "Eroica", and "Girl Bros" being the others in chronological order). I feel that White Flags of Winter Chimneys is some of their best work, perhaps only rivaled by "Eroica".

The album begins with 'Balloon', a dreamy ballad with melodies as seemingly buoyant as the balloon described in the lyrics. The slowness of the song fools you into thinking that the rest of the album will follow the same wistful suit. However, Invisible will keep you guessing as to what direction the album is headed.

If Joni Mitchell’s vocals could wed music from the Beatles, their offspring would sound like Invisible! This song has been said to be a post break-up song about the two. However, the song could just as easily be applied to other break-ups that they have experienced ;-) Similar to the album, the song appears to seamlessly switch melodies throughout; ranging from rock in the main parts of the song to a Sgt. Pepper-like chorus. Whomever this song is about truly receives the Ire of Wendy towards the end of this song!

Switching gears yet again, ‘Ever After’ is a haunting ballad (again a little reminiscent of the Beatles) with opening vocals prominently featuring BOTH of the ladies for a nice change (instead of the usual one or the other). The chorus proclaims “Love lives ever after, but I don’t want to die any faster” which is definitely something that Romeo would never profess to Juliet (oops! I hope I didn't spoil the end of the play... as if that wasn't required reading in school). However, the song superbly describes how one feels when ‘moving on’ after the loss of a loved one (be it through a relationship break-up or even a death).

Continuing the see-sawing down-tempo/up-tempo theme, the next song is my 2nd favorite from the album: Salt N Cherries (MC5). This song gets your hear pumpin’, feet thumpin’, in an incantation of rock euphoria! If this song doesn’t get some part of your body moving, it’s time to lower the dosage on your sedatives ;-) It is the most spirited and fun song on the album: True fun through music!

Coming down from that rock-spirited high brings us ‘Niagra Falls’. Quite a few other fans have cited this song as one of their favorites, however, I feel more lukewarm about it. It is undoubtedly a fun song, however. ‘Niagra Falls’ is a song that would be even more appreciated if played while cruising in a convertible on a long trip, relaxing on a beach, or basically anywhere else that allows both great scenery and good times.

‘Red Bike’ is my 3rd favorite song on the album! I think it is amusing that the song's title is mentioned in the first sentence of the song and no where else. I keep wanting to call the song “I’m Free” which is the much more recited phrase in the song! This song is also a rock-centered number, although more restrained than Salt N Cherries. ‘Red Bike’ also seems to be a little bit inspired from their day job (scoring ‘Heroes’). Every time I hear the bells during the beginning of the song, I expect Sylar to come around the corner with index-finger drawn :) It is also nice to see that Wendy feels a little more comfortable with publicly singing about a woman. Even though there have been a few mentions of women in previous songs, it is much more open and prominent in this song. Hopefully, we are making enough strides in society so that artists can be whom they want to be without severe repercussions (I wonder if Elton John will ever sing about another man or will it take much longer for society to be able to accept that?).

‘You and I’ is one of the most captivating songs on the album both lyrically and musically. The song opens with the lyrics “Sun kills the moon, the moon starts to cry, the rivers fight the oceans, the oceans rage at night. You and I… running out of time”. What imagery! ‘You and I’ proves that you don't need a full band to make a great song! Its intense beauty lies in the touching lyrics and beautiful acoustic guitar playing for which Wendy is legendary.

‘White Flags of Winter Chimneys’ is the tile track to the album, but interestingly, it does not really stand out compared to some of the other songs on the album. It is a beautiful song but seems to lack some of the more complex melodies and lyrics associated with the other songs. Nevertheless, it is still a good song but not exactly my favorite.

Finally! My favorite song on the album is the final cut (saving the best for last) called ‘Sweet Suite (Beginning at the End)’. The song ingeniously seems to begin where Balloon ended, bringing the listener back full-circle. In my opinion, ‘Sweet Suite’ is the musical equivalent of Picasso’s “Weeping Woman”. Just as Picasso uses a multitude of splendid colors to bring life to his art, Wendy and Lisa use a multitude of overlapping symphonic movements to bring life to ‘Sweet Suite’. The song begins with amazing piano work by Lisa who somehow is able to covey, through her piano, the sadness depicted by the lyrics of missing (both figuratively and literally) a former love. After a few verses of heartbreaking lyrics, the song then breaks out into a full instrumental that is absolutely worthy of being in a hit movie! This song exemplifies some of Wendy and Lisa’s best work to date and is the perfect way to cap-off a truly terrific album!

White Flags of Winter Chimneys is an amazingly beautiful, thoughtful, and poignant album. I love the album, and it has been on my iPhone in heavy rotation since it came out in December. My only hope, for them, is they do not wait another 10 years to give us another chance at this awesome experience!