Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Dead Wood Falls

Today I stayed in bed and watched dvd's on my lap top. I realised that it was the first time in months that I'd actually taken the day off to 'do nothing'. The last couple of months have been intense. Putting a record out takes a lot of work, particularly when you are like me and want to oversee everything! Anyway I realised that we have achieved a lot:

A beautiful new site that feels like home to visit.
A record we are proud of that looks good to feel and touch (we gave ourselves the luxury of digipaks).
Launches in Melbourne and Sydney with amazing guest supports.
And today our booker Dave came through with the news that our national tour in June looks ready to lock in.

Over the last couple of months I have come to realise that so much is out of your control. All you can do is put love into your work and trust that other people will recieve it. The more I let go of 'how the record was going to be received' and instead just did the 'next right thing' - whether that was lining up a rehearsal, designing posters or talking to our web designer - the better everything seemed to travel!

I guess we all get attached to the things we love. Your first album is like your first kid, releasing it is like sending it off to school for the first day. You hope no-one will bash it up and that it will have friends to sit with at play lunch.

So the title 'Dead Wood Falls' feels apt for how I am feeling today. I felt a surge of relief when I realised that the record was out in the world - that I could let it go at last...

I CAN'T WAIT TO GET OUT AND PLAY LIVE SHOWS AGAIN!!! I think live is my favourite part and our band is a lot of fun to be in. I can guarantee that after a long hiatus away from the live scene we are itching to hit the stage and share this album with YOU.

See you at show in your town soon.

Big Love
Jen
x

33 Comments:

Anonymous Matt said...

Hey Jen... I'm so proud of you and your album as well, as you should be too - it's wonderful to have such strong Australian artists out there.

But what I really wanted to say was thank you for being such a presence of your website... I know it's only been a week since the new site has been up - but it's been great to see that you're on here almost everyday! I love the fact that you are so willing to talk to fans, it's the sign of a true star! Thanks very much.

Oh and by the by, did you happen to see Sarah Blasko at the Closing Ceremony on Sunday night? Wasn't she just amazing!

7:14 PM  
Blogger Jen Cloher said...

Thanks Matt. Sarah has an extraordinary voice and presence. I remember seeing her at the Empress in Melbourne about three years ago playing to 40 very enthused fans. It's an intimate room so it feels full with 40 people in there and I remember her remarking how surprised she was to see such a great turn out! And there she is three years on playing to 90,000 at the MCG. The humbling thing is, it doesn't really matter how many people you play to, I guess it's just giving it everything, everytime you do it.

7:39 PM  
Anonymous ERIN :) said...

Love the album Jen and am looking forward to seeing you and your band in Melbourne at the Spanish Club. After seeing you play at the Northcote Social Club last year I'd been eagerly anticipating the release of Dead Wood Falls, and it is a beautiful album. Out of curiosity Peaks and Valleys, is the percussion on this track some type of bells?

9:54 PM  
Blogger Jen Cloher said...

Hey Erin
Thank you - it's going to be a great night. I love the bill we have put together for The Spanish and I am really looking forward to playing in that room. Nicely spotted with the Peaks and Valley's percussion. It's actually a tambourine. The way James plays it sounds like he was locked in a meat freezer!

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are very proud of your work and glad that you had the day off to 'do nothing' as you have been so busy lately. You are absolutely amazing and we NZ'ers can't wait until you and The Endless Sea tour NZ. Jen Cloher Fans of Waiheke Island United.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Jen Cloher said...

Bless. Big up's to Waiheke. x

6:04 PM  
Blogger twofangs said...

Hi Jen,

I just heard some of your tunes and tales while listening to Ben Lee's podcast.

I'm so glad he had you as a guest!

I hope you will make it over to Toronto, Ontario, Canada someday soon. I'd love to catch you live. :-)


fading back into yesterday before tomorrow comes,


Randi


*what scares you most will set you free*
~ robyn hitchcock

8:25 AM  
Blogger Jen Cloher said...

thanks randi. it was a real pleasure to be ben's guest. x

12:13 PM  
Anonymous matt said...

I just listened to to the podcast as well! You were excellent on both songs! I hope we can expect more unreleased stuff like 'Fear is like a Forst' at the album launch? :)

7:15 PM  
Blogger HeightenedLearning said...

Hey Jen,

Great podcast with Ben Lee! Congrats on your album.

I look forward to seeing you tour in the States sometime!

Take care,

Danielle

3:25 AM  
Blogger sus said...

Hi Jen,
Susanna here. Susie McArdle. Stumbled onto your website after reading a local sydney mag that had a write up about your new album and curiosity got the better of me and i decided to do a bit of googling.
So, after having a browse throught last night went to bed and then had horror dreams about loreto bloody college ex-students. uggh.
scary stuff.
would love to hear how you are. drop me a line if you get a mo on susanna@treacle.com.au.
Love
sus xx

7:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi my name is Fiona and i came aross you over bens thing, i really liked the song ben did harmony's on, it was very catchy. I was wondering if you were going to be doing a show in Hobart, Hobart is often left in tours, it sucks. but if you are coming will it be an over eighteen event, because if it is that will suck too!

From Fi

8:37 AM  
Blogger Jen Cloher said...

Hi Fi
No plans for Tassie at this stage. Being an indie band makes the trip over a little bit harder on the pocket. But who knows what the future may hold...
Jen
x

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh well, i'm sure i'll get over it!

Fi

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jen
I ordered your album (along with "the greatest"and they arrive in distant Cairns tomorrow... can't wait. I saw you at the corner last year and was really taken by both you and the band. Well played! and if we don't see you in FNQ on tour, i'll make sure i get to Bris to see the show..

rex

4:00 PM  
Blogger Jen Cloher said...

Hey thanks Rex - good choice in 'the greatest' fantastic album. Also highly recommend Neko Case's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood great album. We won't make it to FNQ this time but we have a show in Brisbane, Currumbin, Coolum and Bangalow mid June - dates posted shortly.
x

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just heard the Ben Lee podcast with you as a guest and it was great! I loved what I heard and will be buying your album. I hope you make it out to Seattle one of these days.

Any advice for someone wanting to write songs but doesn't know where to begin?

Best!
Janelle

6:21 AM  
Blogger Jen Cloher said...

Hi Janelle

Mmmm... I got a tape recorder, a second hand guitar and then spent a couple of years trying to learn how to play and recording my ideas onto tape. I guess these days technology has moved on a bit!
Then all you have to do is write from the heart and tell the truth. That's the hard bit...
All the best with your writing and remember - it's never to late to learn something new - never.
x

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jen, I have the tape recorder and the guitar. :) I think you're right on. It's probably the vulnerability aspect that I'm having a hard time with. And also feeling like I'm too old to begin. Thank you for your advice and words of encouragement!

xo,
Janelle

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was looking when i was in melbourne for Dead wood falls! but no shops had it so I ended up getting it off the internet when i got back. I couldn't find anywhere. what would i do without the internet. It should be here soon. hope the show went well last night.
best wishes
Fi

9:27 AM  
Blogger Jen Cloher said...

Thanks Fi. Music Plug are great - album should be with you shortly. JB Hi Fi are the biggest stockists of the album and I know Sanity have just started stocking it. Thanks for your feedback.

10:38 PM  
Blogger AshleyB said...

cfh

5:42 PM  
Blogger AshleyB said...

hi there Jen, hoping this works cuz never blogged before oh I'm soooooooo behind the times darling
It'd be cool to catch up, looks like I'm leaving Aust for a while so seeing ya before I vamoose would be way cool. sentient73@hotmail.com
Ash from Peebs

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw you guys in Melbourne supporting Jose Gonzales a few months ago-prior to that haven't heard of you...ive been hiding...:)
Have to say that since then im a huge fan and listen to dead wood falls all day while working (really all day)

See you guys at Feel good!

Merry X Mas

Iren

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi :) Finally got me a Dead Wood Falls from JBHifi (they had to order it in for me) and love it. Lyrics follow me around all day...
Can't wait to find the new album.

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