“Hungry Eyes” New Release Available Now!

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Abby Berman "Hungry Eyes"

My new single “Hungry Eyes” has just been released! I am so excited! It’s very different from what you’ve heard of me in the past. I hope you like it! Please comment, share, follow, like, and love is always appreciated 🙂

xoxo-Abby

-Music and lyrics by Abby Berman. @abbyberman
-Performed by Abby Berman
-Produced by Abby Berman & Gabe Dulek
-Recording Engineer: Gabe Dulek @gabedulek
-Mixing and Mastering: Gabe Dulek
-Artwork by: Erika Hernandez @erikahcreative

Hungry Eyes

Hungry eyes,

They take me,

Take over me,

This isn’t who I use to be,

Or who I want to be.

I used to be stable,

Now I’m not able…

To feed these hungry eyes.

The door was left open 

And I wandered in,

Looking for comfort, 

Looking for sin,

And now that I’ve stumbled 

Past my picket fence,

I forgot who I was,

I forgot my defense.

Hungry eyes

Awake in me,

They ache in me,

To swallow 

Everything I see.

Consuming,

They consume me.

How will I ever be

Rid of these hungry eyes?

It was easy 

When I was the victim,

When I was the weak one

When I was they prey.

And maybe I used it,

To fuel the hunger,

To feed the desire

That won’t go away.

Hungry eyes

Awake in me,

They ache in me,

To swallow 

Everything I see.

Consuming,

They consume me.

How will I ever be

Rid of these hungry eyes?

Satiate…

I can’t wait…

So much resentment turned into rage…

Can you forgive me? 

Can it be the same?

I didn’t know how to control…

Satiate…

I can’t wait…

So much resentment turned into rage…

Can you forgive me? 

Can it be the same?

I didn’t know how to control…

How to control…

How to control…

These ravenous eyes. 

Hungry eyes,

They take me,

Take over me,

This isn’t who I use to be,

Or who I want to be.

I used to be stable,

Now I’m not able…

To feed these hungry eyes.

Review from Sleeping Bag Studios

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Abby Berman "In a Different Life"

by Jer@SBS

Original release here

Abby Berman – YouTube Singles – Singles Review

“Abby Berman…Abby…lady-friend…how on earth is this my first experience with your music?

I suppose there’s a chance that this is the case for a few of you out there reading as well…maybe you have yet to hear the name Abby Berman or any of her music…but I am more than confident, you will.  I frequently point out the grey in my beard here all the time…it’s there for a reason – it’s the markings of experience & a whole bunch of time spent immersed in music…and I like to think that at this point, closing in on the final stretch somewhere towards my 2000th written review, that I have a fairly good idea of what’s exceptional…what stands out for all the right reasons.  Abby Berman is the kind of artist with a massive future in front of her…maybe she knows that, maybe she doesn’t yet – I honestly don’t know the answer to that – but as sure as I am that you’ll know her name & music by heart one day soon enough, I’m equally sure that what I hear in her voice is the sound of an artist that could reach the highest potential.

She is…I mean damn…she’s like a complete combination some of the best of the best out there.  I could see comparisons to artists like Adele, Amy Winehouse, Regina Spektor, and even Nancy/Ann Wilson perhaps, just to name a few – Abby resembles them all at times throughout these singles I’m listening to – yet I still feel like I could pick Berman out of a lineup blindfolded, just by the sound of her voice.  She’s got incredible technique & natural talent, remarkable instincts, and a truly beautiful & bold approach to her vocals…I’ve been checking out all kinds of her songs over this week, and I’d be lying to you by omission if I somehow neglected to mention that I’ve been sincerely impressed with everything I’ve heard from her so far.  Abby has that intangible X-factor…that rarest of rare abilities to transform words into sounds and those sounds into emotions…you hear what she’s saying – but you feel it even more.

I’m even a huge fan of what she’s doing visually in the videos from these singles I’m reviewing.  The first track I checked out from Abby…the FIRST experience I had with her music, was a song called ‘In A Different Life’ – and there she is, center frame, staring right back at us all through the screen.  Now…I know what you’re thinking…you’ve seen that…I get it, I get it…but you’ll see something in this video you likely haven’t seen before so closely, if you look.  What stunned me the most, beyond compare, was that even in the heavily animated filter that gives the video for ‘In A Different Life’ its overall look, you can still see EVERY ounce of passion, intensity, and desire to sing right there in the eyes of Abby Berman.  Believe me, you can hear it in her voice too – that goes without question – but you’ll see something really special in those eyes of hers…it’s that old-soul breaking free into a new era of expression.  She puts herself in a beautiful piano-led melody, capitalizing on the chord changes with remarkable shifts of her vocal tones & flow.  Watch & listen to moments like around 1:49…you’ll see that Abby is able to ‘go there’ – she can throw every ounce of herself into her material, and she’s giving you everything she’s got.  That doesn’t always mean BIG notes – it means the perfect ones, with the right energy to suit the meanings of the words and sound of the song…Abby finds countless ways to complement the vibe & atmosphere surrounding her on ‘In A Different Life.’  Combined with the impressive weight of emotions, thoughts, and imagery in her poetic lyricism…how she manages to get across what she wants to express exactly as she’d naturally say it…her connection to the words & music is honestly breathtaking.  Listening to her surge with confidence into the second verse and throughout this entire single, amidst such a tale of emotional turmoil and love from an unwanted distance where you can see what you want but can’t quite reach it…I mean…this is stunning, isn’t it?  Please – someone out there come at me on this one…tell me what you’d change, and like, why?  Because if you’re hearing something out of place here, I don’t even know what to tell ya…it’s your ears you use to listen, correct, yes?  Abby shows more than potential here on “In A Different Life” – this is a world-class star in the making here.

Each experience only strengthened my love of Berman’s music, full-stop.  I’m not gonna necessarily say each song was better than the last – I think the high quality of her material is spectacular straight across the board; I might have my favorite in this set of three, but it’d be by the slightest of margins.  Consistency speaks volumes in my world though – and that’s exactly what these next two songs revealed…that confirmation that, no, I’m not crazy at all – Abby is completely as incredible as I initially thought.  You want further proof?  Try ‘You Said The Same Thing About Me’ and listen to one of the most tragically poignant & accurate tales of what love is/isn’t all about…this is masterful songwriting.  Best way I can put it, is that there’s a lot of people out there that are going to find they can relate to this song in one way or the other…and depending where you fall as a character in that scenario would play a big role in how you hear this song.  For myself personally, ‘You Said The Same Thing About Me’ was like listening to one of my various family scenarios growing up…I ended up with five moms & three dads through the multiple marriages & divorces throughout my childhood – but it was the…ugh…you know, there’s just no other way to say it other than the icky way each scenario played out was all too similar to every other one of them along the way.  So even reading the title ‘You Said The Same Thing About Me’ had my emotions on red-alert…I knew this track could potentially hit really, really close to home with the way that Abby can write with such impressive detail and thought-provoking lyricism…and it did, 100%.  Here’s the thing…I have to assume this is based on real experience…because that’s just how connected Abby always sounds with her material…I believe that has to come from a place inside her; otherwise, if it’s not, if these are fictional experiences that she’s tapped into through observation or research or whatever…I mean…she should get an award for her accuracy.  At the end of the day, what matters is that strength in the connection…and she’s nailing that, every time – everything feels real – and in the case of ‘You Said The Same Thing About Me,’ for some, it’ll be almost too real.  If you’ve ever been left behind by someone you loved, only to watch your former other-half go on to do all the same things you used to love to do with someone new that’s not you – then look out…because this single will hit ya right in the heartstrings.  That being said – she’s turned this into an empowering and inspired experience overall – make no mistake you cheaters out there – Abby’s calling you out on this song.  I can’t say enough about the words – I think she’s created an extraordinarily real song with ‘You Said The Same Thing About Me’ that many will relate to, and I think the fact that Berman sounds so incredibly inspired, bold, and powerful in her performance on this single speaks to the fact that there is NOTHING that can slow her down; that ultimately, she’s been through this situation and she’s stronger now because of it.  Strong enough to have the ultimate last laugh by turning tragedy into art – take that guy!

So…look…obviously I’ve been stoked about what I’ve heard so far…but if for some reason I hadn’t been sold on Abby yet, she’d give me about a hundred more reasons to dig what she does with the brilliant performance & songwriting you’ll find on ‘Me & You.’  The melody is gorgeous & graceful…the lyrics are some of the sweetest you’ll likely ever get the privilege of listening to – like to the point where even Abby realizes just how over-the-top these feelings are in the first verse of the song, going on to explain exactly why that is, and why that can’t be helped.  ‘Me & You’ is a beautiful display of what the feelings of love, admiration, and real respect for someone is all about…and how timing & perception plays into all of that; sometimes things don’t make any sense at all…and yet because of that, they completely do.  “Me & You” speaks to that push/pull many of us have experienced with relationships and navigating the lives we live together with that special someone…but also makes a ton of time to reflect on the multiple amazing moments and memories we’ll experience along the way.  Berman sings this song with extraordinary soul, remarkable melody, and once again, the perfect energy & style to suit every single second you’ll hear.  The piano, strings, and drums surrounding her on ‘Me & You’ create a flawless atmosphere for Abby to thrive in, delivering another noteworthy performance with serious heart, vibrantly passionate vocals, and music that really hits the mark all-around.  Through the structure & pace of “Me & You,” you remain captivated and listening intently, hearing the rise & fall of the energy and emotion involved…the sweet reflection and dreamy intentions…it’s a really wonderful song.

‘Every minute I’m with you…is a minute that I love…’ – those are her words, not mine; but I also can’t think of a better way to describe this first experience in listening to the music of Abby Berman.”

Thank you so much for such a beautiful review. I could not be more grateful Sleeping Bag Studios! You are amazing.

Please check out more of their tasty reviews here: http://sleepingbagstudios.ca

xoxo-Abby

Don’t Give Up On Me Yet-A Song

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Don’t Give Up On Me Yet

By Abby Berman

It’s simple, they say,

Life simply gets in the way;

And I forget to remember

What’s really real.

I’m sorry I don’t show,

I forget to let you know,

Times have changed.

But the phone still goes both ways.

I’ve disappointed a few

Like I’ve disappointed you

Can you forgive and forget?

Yes, I’ve disappointed a few,

And I disappointed you,

But don’t give up on me yet.

Do you rewind through memories?

Perfect times with perfect ease

It all makes sense now-

We had no idea.

If we went back right now, right here,

Would it finally all be clear?

All that seemed so important

Meant nothing at all.

Well I’ve disappointed a few

Like I’ve disappointed you.

Yes, I have my regrets.

And I have forgotten a few,

But I never forgot you.

Don’t give up on me yet.

Tell you right here, right now

That I finally see how much you mean to me.

It’s taken time

And has happened so very gradually

But I’ve had my time

Made my life the way I wanted it to be,

And you’ve had yours

And I know that made you happy.

It’s simple they say,

Life simply gets in the way;

And I forget to remember

What’s really real.

Well I have forgotten a few,

But I never forgot you

So don’t give up on me yet.

You Said the Same Thing About Me: A Song

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I’m so excited! I finally have a lyric video for “You Said the Same Thing About Me,” from my album Don’t Kiss the Frogs. If you get a chance, please check out my music on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc. (links below). Thank you so much for listening/viewing!

(Also, a live/stripped version is on my YouTube channel.)

***Available now on: iTunes, Spotify,Apple Music,Amazon,Bandcamp,Reverb Nation, Soundcloud…

You Said the Same Thing About Me

by Abby Berman

I cannot imagine

I cannot even fathom

You loving her.

Don’t bother with her name

Because they’re all just the same,

And I don’t need to know.

Tell me she’s the one,

Tell me she’s your dream,

Tell me she’s your home,

She’s your everything.

Then tell me

You know you’ll love her tomorrow.

I cannot speak…

It hurts my heart to think

You’d spend your life with her.

And you pretend with ease-

You’re just so eager to please

Is it exhausting?

Tell me she’s the one,

Tell me she’s your dream,

Tell me she’s your home,

She’s your everything.

Then tell me

You know you’ll love her tomorrow.

Because you said the same thing about me.

And I know, I know you think you love her.

And I know, I know you think you need her.

But I know, I know you better than that,

And you said the same thing about me.

Looking through our past,

What I was sure would last,

Is just laughable.

And from you there’s no denial

It was real all the while

It’s just insulting.

Tell her she’s the one,

Tell her she’s your dream,

Tell her she’s your home,

She’s your everything.

Then tell me

You know you’ll love her tomorrow.

Because you said the same thing about me.

And look, and look at where it got us.

I could have done, I could have done without the heartache.

I could have done, I could have done without a lot of things.

And I could have used a little more affection.

Maybe a little more, a little more truth

Because I really, I really loved you,

And you had me fooled

You had me going for longer than I care to admit.

I cannot imagine,

I cannot even fathom,

You loving her.

For more than just a while,

I was your reason to smile.

That’s all I’ll ever know.

xoxo-Abby

You Said the Same Thing About Me (Stripped)-New Release

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So… I’m still figuring out the best way to release new music and let people know about it. Communication is such an art, and it’s an art that I’m not too proud to admit that I’m still learning 🙂 The stripped version of my song “You Said the Same Thing About Me,” is now available on all streaming sites.

I’ve already released this version of my song on my YouTube channel, so many of you have heard it. If you haven’t already, please listen to it! I feel like I didn’t realize how emotional this song was until I changed the way it was presented. (They do say that presentation is everything). It’s weird to see something that you’ve created from a different point of view; To realize that everything we are and everything that we produce has layers and chapters; It’s almost like a different translation of something that I thought I already understood… and I like it better. In short, after recording this song this way, I feel that it is the way that it was always meant to be communicated. I love the original version, but this version makes me feel so much more.

If you don’t already know, I love doing this. I love writing music. I love singing. I love recording. I love performing. I love every part about it. But most of all, I love the way that music can connect people. And when my music connects me to people, and people to other people, that is real, genuine, pure magic. Thank you for bringing magic to my life. I really don’t care if I make money doing music. If this is a side-project forever, I will still do it forever. Thank you so much to telling me, showing me, reminding me that what I do has meaning. That incredible gift that you give to me is worth more than anything. Thank you.

xoxo-Abby

You Said the Same Thing About Me

by Abby Berman

I cannot imagine

I cannot even fathom

You loving her.

Don’t bother with her name

Because they’re all just the same,

And I don’t need to know.

Tell me she’s the one,

Tell me she’s your dream,

Tell me she’s your home,

She’s your everything.

Then tell me

You know you’ll love her tomorrow.

I cannot speak…

It hurts my heart to think

You’d spend your life with her.

And you pretend with ease-

You’re just so eager to please

Is it exhausting?

Tell me she’s the one,

Tell me she’s your dream,

Tell me she’s your home,

She’s your everything.

Then tell me

You know you’ll love her tomorrow.

Because you said the same thing about me.

And I know, I know you think you love her.

And I know, I know you think you need her.

But I know, I know you better than that,

And you said the same thing about me.

Looking through our past,

What I was sure would last,

Is just laughable.

And from you there’s no denial

It was real all the while

It’s just insulting.

Tell her she’s the one,

Tell her she’s your dream,

Tell her she’s your home,

She’s your everything.

Then tell me

You know you’ll love her tomorrow.

Because you said the same thing about me.

And look, and look at where it got us.

I could have done, I could have done without the heartache.

I could have done, I could have done without a lot of things.

And I could have used a little more affection.

Maybe a little more, a little more truth

Because I really, I really loved you,

And you had me fooled

You had me going for longer than I care to admit.

I cannot imagine,

I cannot even fathom,

You loving her.

For more than just a while,

I was your reason to smile.

That’s all I’ll ever know.

Album & Poetry Book Release

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Today is the day!!!

This is just a quick link list… A pretty webpage/store is to come!!!

 

For the Album

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Don’t Kiss the Frogs:

iTunes

Apple Music

Spotify

Bandcamp

Reverb Nation

…and any other place music can be streamed.

 

 

 

For the Book

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The Frog Kissed Me:

Lulu Press

Amazon

(and pending online release for Barnes & Nobel and Kobo)

 

 

I’m so proud and excited! This has taken so long… but it was worth the time and effort. Thank you so much for taking the time to check it out, and thank you so much to all the people who were involved and supported!

 

Don’t Kiss the Frogs

All songs written by Abby Berman
Produced by Abby Berman & Gabe Dulek
Recorded & Engineered by Gabe Dulek
Vocals & Piano: Abby Berman
Guitar by Patrick Mazenod
Bass by Alex Kish
String Arrangements by Alex Kish
Drums by Brian Head & John Perry
Graphics by Erika Hernandez
Recorded at: Shabby Road Studios (Courtesy of Rick & Anh Perrotta )

 

The Frog Kissed Me

Poems & Lyrics by Abby Berman
Edited by Chelsee Finch
Graphics by Erika Hernandez

 

New Day: A Song

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Very simply stated, this is a song I wrote about depression; Acknowledging it, dealing with it, and trying to get out of it. I wouldn’t consider myself a depressed person. Honestly, many people would tell you that I’m one of the happiest people they know, and for the most part, they would be right. But I am very much human, and I have my sad days, and sometimes a little more than a bad case of the blues. Recently, I was able to help pull myself out of one of these moody times by writing this song. It’s maybe a little cheesy, because I really wrote it for myself, but after it was finished, I realized that maybe it could benefit some other sad people in the world. If it doesn’t, that’s fine too; helping one person, me, is good enough.

(Please keep in mind that this isn’t a finished mixed or mastered recording. It is literally a drum loop and midi parts that I threw together in my loft. I just wanted to put it out there as soon as possible.)

New Day

Written and performed by Abby Berman

Can you fix it?

Can you fix me?

Happiness is so hard to see.

And I miss it

I think it misses me.

Did you find it?

Did it get you?

Did it catch and pull you through?

Did you make all your thoughts

Bright, shiny and new?

Because I know you’ve been through this a time or two

But it’s new to me and I don’t know what to do.

My heart is heavy

My head is torn.

The world is cloudy and ready to storm.

I swear the people around me

Wish I had never been born.

And I know you’ve been through this a time or two

But it’s new to me, tell me what am I going to do?

I can just imagine

How good it’s going to be

When it holds it’s arms out

And says Where have you been?

I can’t see it clearly

But I know it’s right in front of me

Pulling me in…

Ready to begin…

A new day.

Did you feel it?

Can you tell?

I’m waking up

I’m shaking the spell.

I swear I ‘m looking up from where I fell.

And I know you’ve been through this a time or two

And it tastes so sweet, you found your way out of this hell.

I can just imagine

How good it’s going to be

When it holds it’s arms out

And says Where have you been?

I can’t see it clearly

But I know it’s right in front of me

Pulling me in…

Ready to begin…

I can just imagine

How good it’s going to be

When it holds it’s arms out

And says Where have you been?

I can’t see it clearly

But I know it’s right in front of me

Pulling me in…

Ready to begin…

And maybe this happens to most.

The Me I once was is a ghost.

After all of the feelings have felt their way out,

What’s left to stay

Is a new day.

I can just imagine

How good it’s going to be

When it holds it’s arms out

And says Where have you been?

I can’t see it clearly

But I know it’s right in front of me

Pulling me in…

Ready to begin…

I can just imagine

How good it’s going to be

When it holds it’s arms out

And says Where have you been?

I can’t see it clearly

But I know it’s right in front of me

Pulling me in…

Ready to begin…

A new day.

xoxo,

Abby