"Do your kisses stir my soul? Do I think you make me whole? Should I sigh and lose control?" So begins the title track of Celia Ramsay's new release, "I'll Just Lie About It."
The new album debuts Celia as a songwriter--a new hat to be sure, but one that fits her very well. Some of her songs are pure blues, others are a humorous "Mark Graham meets Ella Fitzgerald" mix. Either way, the album is nicely balanced between dark blue songs and upbeat, sometimes bawdy humor.
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Here's a taste of Celia's CD release event at the Freight and Salvage; five songs from the show:
Celia grew up with a personal passion for the ballads of Scotland. At the same time she was heavily influenced by popular music from the 1930s and 1940s. She likes to point out that the jazz ballads from the mid-century and much older ballads from the British Isles have a lot in common. Both traditions lean heavily on songs about love, and its trials, tribulations and triumphs.
Celia Ramsay is fast becoming a popular name in the SF Bay Area music scene. She has performed at numerous house concerts, the San Francisco Free Folk Festival, the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, and The Palms Playhouse in Winters. She is also locally known as a Contra Dance Caller--she teaches this New England style folk dance and "calls" or prompts the dancer to live music from Monterey to Ukiah.
May 2012: I'll Just Lie About It
If you are interested in Celia and her husband's business, Kent Rasmussen Winery, or the winery's other two labels, Ramsay or Esoterica, you can visit the winery web site at kentrasmussenwinery.com
Carolyn Younger, writer for the Napa Valley Register, wrote a very kind, biographical article about me back in 2010 that's worth a read. It does a very nice job of relating my personal history in the Napa Valley, where my family lived until 2012.