Albums

New DOUBLE Album – First Bloom (2016)

Available at CDBabyiTunes, Amazon, etc!

First Bloom is not, as the title might suggest, a debut album. In fact, it is Edith Wallace’s fourth release…but it chronicles a new beginning in many other ways. The songs that appear on First Bloom were written in the aftermath of an abrupt, profoundly life-changing break-up. The album is the story of a woman reclaiming herself, unfolding into a new (terrifying, exciting) sense of her own freedom and strength. It’s about emphatically not fitting into the boxes that society sets out for middle-aged women; about coming into one’s own and truly blossoming for the first time, several decades into adulthood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The journey to First Bloom was literal as well as metaphorical. In April 2014, reeling from the drastic change that had overtaken her life, Edith got into her tiny blue Toyota and headed out from Vancouver on a 15,000-kilometre solo road trip. She drove through Alberta and Saskatchewan, and continued south of the border through Montana, Wyoming, Iowa, Tennessee, North Carolina and Arkansas…and then kept on going, all the way back home (joined on the last leg by her daughter Lindsey). She performed in house concerts and church halls everywhere she went, and as she travelled from town to town, she wrote song after song behind the wheel, memorizing lyrics and melodies as she went so that she could transcribe them later.

When it came time to go into the recording studio, she had over 50 songs to choose from. With long-time friend and trusted colleague Michael Creber in the producer’s chair, First Bloom took shape. “It was amazing,” Edith says, “how so many of the broken-hearted songs of betrayal and anger and grief eventually got cut, and replaced by newer ones about healing, and hope, and learning new things. I’m still mourning, still scared and vulnerable – but life does go on. I’ve realized that it’s possible to be sad and joyous at the same time; more than that, it’s okay to be both.”

A music industry colleague once said of Edith: “Sometimes you’ve got to bury your ego and acknowledge that there’s someone undiscovered out there who is so talented and deserving that it’s futile to compare her talent to yours —you just get out of the way and alert everyone who needs to hear her.” Edith’s songs have never been easily categorized; they’re a little bit folk, a little bit pop, a little bit adult contemporary…but there are common threads: Edith’s passionate, memorable voice, and her compelling ability to find truth, beauty and humour in the travails of every-day life.  All this is true of First Bloom, with an added helping of personal courage, and hard-won clarity of artistic vision. It’s a double album, a wealth of stories expressed in 25 songs that will reach out and lift the spirits of all who listen.
First Bloom is available at CDBabyiTunes, Amazon and other online retailers.

Listen to Edith on SoundCloud!

The Tree In My Garden (2004)The Tree In My Garden

1. The Tree In My Garden (Listen Online)
2. Roll Your Eyes (Listen Online)
3. Man You’re Fat
4. The Jerk Who Stole My Car (Listen Online)
5. Mary
6. Sometimes a Soul Just Gets Weary
7. He Was Once His Mama’s Baby Child
8. Sweet Assurance of Love
9. Old Love
10. Enough To Go Around
11. Mountains
12. Why Not!
13. Rocked in each Other’s Arms

Bare Breasted In Bali …and Other Naughty Bits & Pieces (2002)Bare Breasted in Bali

1. Slim-Me-Down-Starvation-Nootra-Size Me-Weight-Watcher’s-Blues
2. Come Rest in My Cleavage
3. I Want a Man Like the Man in the Harlequin Romances
4. The Stick Bug Song
5. Bare Breasted in Bali
6. Ready for a Little Romance
7. You Were Right
8. He’s Got a Little Weenie (That’s Why He Drives a Sexy Car)

Standing Naked In the Rain (1996)Standing Naked in the Rain

1. Angels Among Us (Listen Online)
2. Blessed and Beautiful Morning (Listen Online)
3. Burdened
4. Long Wet Rain
5. Bathing in the Tub (Listen Online)
6. Family Secrets
7. Deep Shades of Blue
8. End of a Gun
9. Northern Girl
10. I Can See Great Things (Listen Online)
11. Standing Naked in the Rain
12. Live Your Dream