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.

Regina Spektor-New Album, New Tour, Same Charming Musical Goddess

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By Abby Berman Mazenod

Regina Spector-www.tracingabby.com

Regina Spektor at the El Rey, Hollywood. September 29, 2016.

 

Last night, I was blessed enough to see the incredible musical performance of Regina Spektor. Celebrating her new album “Remember Us to Life” and the two and 1/2 month tour to support it, this  was the first full-length performance she had done in the three whole years… and she’s still got it!

I have never in my life been to a concert that was more of a sing-a-long than a viewing and listening experience. The small venue only fits 771 people and when looking around at the crowed, every one of those 771 people were accompanying her with every word to every song (excluding the songs she performed from her new album-which was release today). In songs like “Sailor Song”, the chorus of “Marianne’s a bitch” was chanted by the crowed like an anthem. In the final encore song “Samson”(a personal favorite), Spector magically lost her place halfway through while performing and the crowd graciously finished the song complete with “Ooo”s and “Ahhh”s.

Her demeanor as a performer is charming and whimsical. She has a shy and a friendly but quiet way about her, even though her songs are nothing if not open and revealing. An artist that I have often considered the Salvador Dali of modern music, her songs have such depth and an element of tragedy and desperation  while still maintaining a sweet quirky genuine character to them. This was the experience of a lifetime.

 

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Songs that she performed from the new album included “Grand Hotel”, “Older and Taller”, “Bleeding Heart”, “Tornaoland”, “The Light”, “Small Bill$”, “Obsolete”, “Selling of Flowers”, and “The Trapper and the Furrier”.

regina-spektor-remember-us-to-lifeRegina Spektors new album-“Remember Us to Life”

Her new album, “Remember Us to Life”,  is exactly what fans had hoped for… at least it’s exactly what I had hoped for. Consistent with her traditional sound and storytelling in songs like “Grand Hotel”, she also breaks away from the singer-songwriter style in songs like “Small Bill$”, which has a creepy offbeat melodic chorus true to Spektor’s unique genius . A genuine masterpiece of an album… it is everything to be hoped for from this musical goddess.

 

Hope you enjoy the album as much as I do.

 

Best wishes,

xoxo-Abby

 

http://www.tracingabby.com

Hidden Gem: Gardens of the World-Thousand Oaks, CA

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By Abby Berman Mazenod

 

If you are a resident of Ventura County, you most likely know about the “Gardens of the World” in Thousand Oaks. If you’re from literally anywhere else, you have probably never experienced this incredible gem. This beautiful piece of horticulture is brought to everyone, for free, by the Hogan Family Foundation . It was built as a way to recognize the cultures of the world, while giving back to the community, and it is totally freaking beautiful.

…Did I mention it’s free?!

 

Japanese Garden: This is my favorite part of the garden. (I literally wanted to have my wedding here… they don’t allow weddings.) It is so peaceful and hypnotizing. Surrounding the Japanese pagoda there is a koi pond that will put you in a trance. Seriously, this could be the most peaceful place that I know of. This perfectly zen garden is worth the trip. Bring a book, and give yourself the afternoon to be free.

 

English Perennial & Rose Garden: Who does’t love roses? This rose garden is gorgeous, while smelling absolutely delicious. It’s a space of perfectly happy oasis. This garden is the  epitome of bliss in an actual physical place.

 

Mission Courtyard: This is a thoughtful tribute to California history that should be much appreciated by any California resident. This pequeña mission is an acknowledgement to all California missions. It visually illustrates the beauty of all of the California missions on it’s inside walls, literally. You will see a painting of each California mission beautifully painted on the inside facade of the courtyard.

 

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French Garden: This is actually the entrance to the gardens. It is definitely a “wow” experience. This grand presentation is worth spending the time to enjoy.

 

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Italian Garden: Feel the class and culture of Italy in this tiny garden. Sit on a bench under a Roman column, and think about how wonderful Italy is. It’s a tiny compliment to the beautiful country.

 

IMG_0061Bandstand: An applause to America and it’s heritage, this bandstand represents every city in this great country. The idea that every small town needs a beautiful town center for political and entertainment purposes gives this traditional gazebo strong significance in the modern world. It brings a sentimental strength of pride and nostalgia.

This beautiful space is worth spending an afternoon to appreciate. I hope you get a chance to check it out!

The gardens are located at 2001 Thousand Oaks Boulevard Thousand Oaks, CA 91362, and open Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Happy travels and explorations!

xoxo-Abby

Hidden Gem: The Japanese Garden-Van Nuys, CA

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By Abby Berman Mazenod

~Deep in the heart of the San Fernando Valley is a hidden gem.

Most people who live in “The Valley” don’t even know that this beautiful oasis exists right in their backyard. I came across the Japanese Garden last year when I was looking for wedding venues.  I’ll be honest, it would have been perfect… if it didn’t have the Tillman Water Reclamation Center right next door to it. (On a windy day, I’m told it can get kind of smelly.) This beautiful peaceful garden really is a place of serenity though. On my last visit I saw people meditating, reading, writing etc. The garden is full of so much tranquility, that it’s surprising that it could be located right in the middle of the chaotic Valley. And the coolest part… this 6 1/2 acre garden is watered exclusively with reclaimed water from the Los Angeles area! For us Californians, constantly feeling guilty about taking an extra long shower in the morning, the idea of a lush green garden seems too decadent for our dry bones. But guilt is unnecessary when strolling around this awesome place. They are literally watering these plants with the water that you and I have already used! Super cool!

It is located 6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406.

They are open until 4:00 PM, Sunday through Thursday.

To get in it is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children.

 

The Tillman Water Reclamation Plant is also part of this property. It feeds water to the Japanese Garden, Lake Balboa, and other parts of the valley including underground reservoirs. You can actually take a tour of the plant… it’s really cool, really smelly, and they explain to you how the water treatment center works. There is also a detailed explanation of the process on their website.

http://www.thejapanesegarden.com

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Hope you choose to visit sometime!

xoxo-Abby

 

http://www.tracingabby.com