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    Polishing Stones

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    Polishing Stones

    Elisabeth Cutler

    1 Polishing Stones 3:29
    2 I am Love 4:10
    3 Song of Solitude 4:41
    4 Make a Love 4:34
    5 I Found You 5:39
    6 It’s Never Too Late 3:14
    7 Reunion 4:41
    8 Across Your Heart 4:40
    9 In Your Hands 3:12
    10 Nothing But Love 4:29

     

    Here are the stories behind the songs:

    Polishing Stones – This song has all the elements of the entire disk, ‘Polishing Stones’. It is a very rich song sonically and lyrically; every musician who played on this album is on this song. It is the summary and guiding light for this period of my life that has been a time of self-reflection and solitude. When I was studying Indian singing, my teacher, Francesca Cassio, taught me to work on every note as I would be polishing stones.

    I am Love – Here is a playful song to express the joy of discovering love inside oneself then re-emerging with a light-hearted and spirited desire to share this joy. There comes the letting go of the need to look for love outside oneself.

    Song of Solitude – An elderly Italian woman advised me to ‘Be quiet now’; which I take to my heart to calm myself . So continues the re-occurring theme of practicing patience in the search for love; to learn to trust yourself and believe that things happen when you are ready. Musically inspired by a full-immersion into the music of Brazil.

    Make a Love – What happens when love is recognized as a natural process and allowed to grow and become a love that never stops.

    I Found You – The search is almost over… but not quite.

    It’s Never Too Late – To do all the things you thought you could never do… a tongue-in-cheek wedding song 😉

    Reunion – I’ve heard it said that we human beings are taken away from our mothers too soon; then we spend the rest of our lives searching to return to a mother-figure. This is a human condition that creates a longing inside of us. Sometimes, in our innocence and desperation we are mistaken and we find ourselves in dark unknown places.

    Across Your Heart – I was laying on my back in a field watching and waiting for falling stars. I felt I could be a star falling across a person’s heart and landing in their arms. This is a comfortable and warm song.

    In your Hands – Yet another hopeful and joyous song of discovery and following a good feeling. Musically and lyrically inspired by Stevie Wonder in my mind and heart, as well as Brazilian chord structure and melody.

    Anyone But You – A darker and twisted ghost track, recorded solo guitar/vocal live in the studio. I enjoyed writing the lyrics and playing with the double meanings.

     

     

     

     

    All songs written by Elisabeth Cutler
    P & C 2015 Hole in The Donut Music (BMI) /sub-published by Beste! Uterhaltung
    Produced & arranged by Filippo De Laura
    Recorded and edited by Filippo De Laura at Telepe Studio, Rome, Italy
    Drums and percussion recorded and edited by Eugenio Vatta at Oneemusic Studio, Rome
    Mixed by Eugenio Vatta and Filippo De Laura at E45 Studio and Oneemusic Studio, Rome
    Mastered by Eugenio Vatta at Oneemusic Studio, Rome
    Photography by Bee&Gio, Filippo, Elisabeth
    Stylists: Ernesto Biagetti & Mauri Menga
    Artwork by Rita Giacalone – Bitbazar, Roma

    Elisabeth plays and loves Ken Parker Guitars, Fishman Transducers, D’Addario Strings
    Filippo De Laura plays with great joy the Chapman Stick
    Mats Hedberg uses exclusively: Engl Amps, True Temperament fretting system, Manne Guitars, Ramirez Classical guitars, EBow, Kor Pedals, Vignoni Handmade Pickups, The Rock Slide, Essetipicks, Ernie Ball Strings
    Massimo Cusato is a Remo artist and plays Ufip cymbals

     

    Polishing Stones | I am Love | Song of Solitude | Make a Love | I Found You | It’s Never Too Late | Reunion | Across Your Heart | In Your Hands | Nothing But Love | Anyone But You

     

    Polishing Stones

    Come to me with an open mind
    Empty your heart then look into my eyes
    Far beyond the shadows of doubt
    Long lost lovers who broke your heart
    I am not one

    I’ve been on my own
    Upstairs in my room
    Polishing stones
    Slowly I roll them
    Over and over in my hands
    Like a woman and a man
    Love comes with time
    Patience is wise

    My heart has eyes of its’ own
    It goes where it wants to go
    With or without me
    The same story keeps repeating
    Again I try to change the ending

    But I’m still on my own
    Upstairs in my room
    Polishing stones
    Slowly I roll them
    Over and over in my hands
    Like a woman and a man
    Love comes with time
    Patience is wise
    Patience is wise
    Patience is wise
    Patience is wise

    Elisabeth: acoustic guitar, vocal
    Filippo De Laura: chapman stick
    Massimo Cusato: bodhran, tar drum, shaker, cymbal, triangle
    Mats Hedberg: acoustic guitar, ebow
    Ernesto Cossío: Spanish guitar

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    I am Love

    Some days I’m getting nowhere
    Searching a four-leaf clover
    You come around the corner
    You’re not the one I must remember

    I am Love, I am Love, I am Love
    An’ I’m looking for a heart to open tonight
    I am Love
    I am Love

    Somewhere inside the emptiness
    There’s music in the silence
    After the storm of sadness
    Here comes the sun of happiness

    I am Love, I am Love, I am Love
    An’ I’m looking for a heart to open
    looking for a heart to hold me tonight
    I am Love
    I am Love

    I’m looking for a heart to open
    Lookin’ for a heart to hold me
    lookin’ for a heart to find me tonight, tonight
    I’m lookin’ for a heart to love me tonight
    I am Love
    I am Love

    Elisabeth: acoustic guitar, vocal
    Filippo De Laura: Chapman Stick, kalimba, vocals
    Massimo Cusato: drums, conga, djembe, chimes
    Mats Hedberg: electric guitar, Wah-wah

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    Song of Solitude

    Lay down
    Be quiet now
    All the things you want will find you
    Slow down, look around
    Someone’s waiting when you’re ready

    But not now
    Calm down
    Listen to the song of solitude
    Go down and you’ll find out
    Love is hiding deep inside of you
    An’ love will come to renew you

    Lay down
    Be quiet now
    Let the river run through you
    Take time out, have no doubt
    Love is close an’ watching over you
    An’ love will come to renew you

    Lay down
    Be quiet now

    Elisabeth: acoustic guitar, vocal
    Filippo De Laura: Chapman Stick, wooden piccolo
    Massimo Cusato: drums
    Ernesto Cossío: Spanish guitar

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    Make a Love

    I dream what I feel
    I want what I fear
    I know what I need
    Everything you do to me

    Passion is a chemical reaction
    It happens with no reason
    I follow the Law of Attraction
    Is it wrong to fall in love

    Diamonds in your eyes
    Roses on my lips
    Promises from the heart
    Make a love that never stops
    Make a love that never stops

    There’s a rising in dependency
    It comes from a natural chemistry
    You can stop a woman’s heart
    So take care with what you start

    Diamonds in your eyes
    Roses on my lips
    Promises from the heart
    Make a Love that never stops
    Make a Love that never stops

    Elisabeth: acoustic guitar, vocal
    Filippo De Laura: bass
    Massimo Cusato: drums
    Mats Hedberg: electric guitar, Wah-wah
    Ernesto Cossío: Spanish guitar
    Liquid Groove: loop

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    I Found You

    I ask you if you’re going away
    You come back but will you stay
    I’m trying to ride out this wave

    You gotta go when the spirit calls
    A wildflower won’t last long
    A bird in your hands then I’m gone

    I’ve been searching for the perfect rhyme
    It’s not easy to find
    The right word at the right time
    Then I found you
    I found you

    If it’s true Jesus is Love
    I’m calling all his angels for help
    Help us learn to love

    Take it slow and make it last
    Go with the flow, release the past
    Open the seed of love

    My heart’s racin’ I’m on fire
    I’m walkin’ on the highwire
    I’m fallin’ fast, closin’ my eyes
    Then I found you
    I found you

    Play me a melody
    I’ll sing a harmony
    You can be free with me

    We’ll make it up as we go
    In the future no one knows
    How long will this song go on
    ‘Til I find you
    I found you
    I found you

    Elisabeth: acoustic guitar, vocal
    Filippo De Laura: bass, Akkord Zither
    Massimo Cusato: drums, shaker
    Mats Hedberg: electric guitar delay, EBow

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    It’s Never Too Late

    Today’s my wedding day
    I’ve waited for this day to be free
    No more worries
    ‘Bout nobody lovin’ me

    Take off your walkin’ shoes
    Lay down and let me love you
    Right now
    An’ forever too

    We’ll make a lot of promises
    We won’t break
    We’ll split it down the middle
    When we cut the cake

    It’s never too late
    It’s never too late
    It’s never too late
    It’s never too late
    It’s never too late

    Elisabeth: acoustic guitar, vocal
    Filippo De Laura: Chapman Stick, fusion-tar
    Massimo Cusato: drums, dholla, darbuka, shaker
    Mats Hedberg: acoustic guitar

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    Reunion

    You are the darkness under my skin
    You are the softness I’m longing
    You are the danger I’m risking
    You are the beauty I’m seeking

    All I am is human
    All I want is reunion

    I am the way to your heart
    I am your last chance stop
    I am your wish out of your reach
    I am the promise you couldn’t keep

    All you are is human
    All you want is reunion

    We are walking with our fathers
    We are asking why to our mothers
    We are embracing our brothers
    We are crying with our sisters

    We are all human
    All we want is reunion

    You are the darkness under my skin
    You are the softness I’m longing

    Elisabeth: acoustic guitar, vocal
    Filippo De Laura: bass, acoustic guitar, mandolin, bouzuki, Mohan Veena
    Massimo Cusato: drums
    Mats Hedberg: electric guitar, EBow
    Ernesto Cossío: Spanish guitar

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    Across Your Heart

    False starts
    Broken hearts
    Lookin’ for a new beginning
    Blind dates
    Late-night bars
    Another dead ending
    Nothing is impossible
    But it might take a miracle

    I didn’t see you comin’
    But here you are
    Now I’m falling like a star
    Across your heart
    I’m a falling star
    Into your arms
    Across your heart
    Across your heart

    Zodiac
    An’ tarot cards
    Can’t tell me who you are
    Eight balls
    An’ ouji boards
    Send a message up to god
    Anything is possible
    A wish becomes a miracle

    I didn’t see you comin’
    But here you are
    Now I’m falling like a star
    Across your heart
    I’m a falling star
    Into your arms
    Across your heart
    Across your heart

    Life is unpredictable
    Our love is a miracle

    I didn’t see you comin’
    But here you are
    Now I’m falling like a star
    Across your heart
    I’m a falling star
    Into your arms
    Across your heart
    Across your heart
    Across your heart
    Across your heart

    Elisabeth: acoustic guitar, vocal
    Filippo De Laura: Chapman Stick, bass, fusion-tar, dholla
    Massimo Cusato: drums, brushes
    Mats Hedberg: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, slide

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    In Your Hands

    It’s so easy to start
    A fire lights with a spark
    it’s so hard to stop
    Your fingers are like a gentle rain
    Falling on my skin
    I open in your hands

    I’m gonna take a chance
    To embrace this romance
    Like the ocean moves the sand
    A wave is rising deep inside me
    Bringing up a longing
    For love in your hands

    I’m letting down my hair
    In your hands
    I’m spreading my pretty wings and flying
    Into your hands

    I wanna be the one
    To laugh and have fun
    To live in the land of love
    I’m falling like a leaf outside
    your window in the sun
    I land in your hands
    In your hands
    In your hands

    Elisabeth: acoustic guitar, vocal
    Filippo De Laura: Glissentar
    Massimo Cusato: drums, conga, djembe, chimes
    Ernesto Cossío: Spanish guitar

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    Nothing But Love

    If you were standing in front of me now
    You’d be the earth holding me up
    Steady and strong

    Every night when the sun goes down
    I’ll be your moon turning around you
    Silently and slowly

    If I tell you what I want
    Will you take me in your arms
    Then you’ll see what’s inside my heart
    Nothing but love, nothing but love
    Nothing but love, nothing but love

    There’s an island in the middle of me
    If you’re a lonely ship lost at sea
    I will harbor thee

    Far away in your eyes
    Clouds are gathering
    Tears are falling from my sky
    Oh why

    Do I give you more than you want
    Shall I take this burden from your arms
    Then we’ll see what’s inside our hearts
    Nothing but love, nothing but love
    Nothing but love, nothing but love

    Elisabeth: acoustic guitar, vocal
    Ernesto Cossío: mohan veena
    Massimo Cusato: udu, shakers, chimes, spring drum
    Filippo De Laura: vibratone

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    Anyone But You

    I closed the blinds and went inside
    To listen to the silence
    I stood between my heart and mind
    And watched you from a distance

    Anyone but you would do
    Anyone but you
    I need somebody new
    Who’s not you

    I knew it from the start
    I should stop my heart
    I thought I could control
    How far I would fall

    But there’s no one like you
    There’s no one like you
    Who makes me feel
    The way you do

    I don’t want anyone but you
    I don’t want anyone but you
    I don’t need anyone but you

    I’ll change the sheets and change my thoughts
    I’ll turn the clocks ahead
    I’ll make some plans to travel
    To some far-away land

    But anywhere I go there’s you
    Everywhere I go
    I already know
    There’ll be you

    You said, “I love you”
    Then you said it again
    I didn’t know that it was love
    When I was fallin’

    Anyone but me could see
    That anyone but you
    Would be the best thing
    I could do

    To find anyone but you
    I’ll take anyone but you
    Send me anyone but you

    Elisabeth: acoustic guitar, vocal
    Recorded live in Telepe Studio

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     21 aprile 2015 release on youtube:

    ‘Elisabeth Cutler – an American artist in Europe’

    (subtitles Italian)

     

    https://youtu.be/GFLmKkBA918

     


    Pure Faszination - Musenblätter, Das Magazin für Kultur und Reise - Franck Becker - 2015 March

    Sie selbst gehört mit Sicherheit schon jetzt zu den besten Künstlerinnen ihres Genres überhaupt. Vom ersten Akkord des Openers/Titelsongs an ist man von der faszinierenden Stimme und dem sehnsuchtsvollen Gitarrenspiel Elisabeth Cutlers rettungslos gefesselt - Apropos Rita Coolidge: wie die unvergessene große Country-Lady serviert Miss Cutler allerhöchst gepflegten Country-Pop, das warme, dunkle Timbre recht ähnlich, die Botschaften der Songs ebenso. Auch die Songs von „Polishing Stones“ haben durch die genannten Qualitäten und das Charisma Elisabeth Cutlers das Zeug, die Zeit zu überdauern. Dieses außergewöhnlich berührende Album wird unsere Schallplatte der Woche und hat unsere Auszeichnung verdient, den Musenkuß.


    Akustik Gitarre - Jens Hausmann (Stefan Woldach) - 2015 April

    Polishing Stones (Beste! Unterhaltung) Ihr interessanter Stil-Mix aus Folk, Jazz und Pop lässt eine gut sortierte Ptattensammtung vermuten, schon die charismatische Stimme erinnert an Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones oder Diana Krall. und die Songstrukturen folgen den Rezepten bester

    Singer/Songwriter-Tradition mit geschmackvotlen Jazz-Akkorden, pikant abgeschmeckt mit

    europäischer Weltmusik und einem Hauch Sting. Kein Wunder, die WahLheimat der amerikanischen

    Künstlerin ist Rom. Gut eingelebt arbeitet sie dort mit meist italienischen Künstlern und veröffentlicht sporadisch Alben, dies ist die sechste Scheibe seit 1993. In den lyrischen Texten geht es natürlich vor allem um ,,Amore" im weiteren Sjnne: Die Serpentinen des Lebens und der Liebe sind gemeinsame Nenner und universeller Rahmen zugleich. Mit ausgeprägtem Sinn für bitter-süße Melancholie irgendwo zwischen den Polen von verzweifelter Einsamkeit und sehnsuchtsvoll romantischer Liebe wickelt uns die elegante Dame mjt sehr persönlichen Songs um den Finger. Auch wenn es in dem 0hrwurm-verdächtigen TitelSong um polierte Steine geht, schürft die djskrete Poetin nicht tiefer nach Botschaften und verrät auch keine Geheimnisse. Das würde nur von den wundervollen Arrangements ablenken. die in kleiner Besetzung mit Perkussion, diversen Gitarristen und Filippo De Laura am Chapman Stick kristallklar eingespielt wurden. Auch das Gitarrenspiel der Ken Parker Endorserin selbst ist sehr versiert und Filippo sammelt zudem seine Credits ats Arrangeur, Produzent und für das Recording. Die zauberhaft polierten Akustiksongs machen dem TjteI alle Ehre, aber irgendwie stellt sich eher eine kühI erfrischend nordische Fjord-Stimmung ein, als daß man die Produktion im mediterranen Klima verorten möchte. Aber wenn auch, eine clever gemachte Easy-Listening Platte zum entspannten Abschalten und Kraftschöpfen ist es alle Ma. Im besten Sinne.


    Musicamag – Alessandro Hellman - 2015 April

    E’ un percorso del tutto autonomo ed inusuale quello della cantautrice statunitense Elisabeth Cutler. Nata e cresciuta a Boston, ha scelto, dopo una parentesi nashvilliana, come patria adottiva l’Italia e da ormai una decade porta in giro per il vecchio continente il suo raffinatissimo pop acustico, costruito con meticolosità e intelligenza ed estraneo ai cliché di genere. Il suo nuovo album, "Polishing Stones", prodotto da Filippo De Laura per la tedesca Beste Unterhaltung, è una raccolta di canzoni che ruotano intorno ai temi eterni dell’amore e di una solitudine che non è deriva o abbandono, ma, piuttosto, consapevolezza e attesa. Un disco ricco di melodie nitide, mai appariscenti, servite con misurata grazia, capace di affascinare e rivelarsi a poco a poco, confidando sottovoce un nuovo segreto ad ogni ascolto. - Elisabeth Cutler, “Polishing Stones” (Beste Unterhaltung, 2015)

    La recensione è online su www.musicamag.com


    www.mescalina.it - Laura Bianchi - 2015 April

    Da anni Elisabeth Cutler, americana di Boston, con trascorsi a Nashville e ora italiana di adozione, sperimenta in diversi territori musicali; esperta conoscitrice degli strumenti (ha infatti iniziato a farsi strada nell`ambiente come restauratrice), valida chitarrista, scrittrice di poesie in musica, ha percorso strade che si intrecciano fra loro, e l`hanno portata ad un mix sapiente di sonorità, che spaziano dal songwriting di Joni Mitchell e Shawn Phillips fino al soul di Stevie Wonder, passando per l`apprezzamento per chitarristi jazz come Ralph Towner e il brasiliano Egberto Gismonti.

    Il nuovo lavoro, Polishing Stones, il primo dal 2009, il sesto della sua lunga carriera, registrato interamente a Roma, rappresenta un passo avanti nell`evoluzione di un`artista, che non ha fretta di produrre dischi, ma che cerca, in ognuno di essi, di segnare una tappa importante in un percorso umano e musicale. Il musicista Filippo De Laura, con doppia residenza a Roma e New York, ha dato il giusto tocco internazionale e insieme mediterraneo alla produzione di un disco di facilissimo ascolto, eppure non commerciale nel senso letterale del termine.

    Influssi della West Coast si mescolano a quelli delle songstresses più acclamate di ogni tempo, dalla Mitchell fino a Norah Jones, con piacevoli tocchi jazzy dello Sting di Nothing Like the Sun, per ascoltatori dal tempo lento, che cercano un adult easy listening di classe, con testi introspettivi il giusto, e qualche perla rara, come You are the darkness under my skin / You are the softness I‘m longing (frase che apre Reunion), oppure Everywhere I go, I already know, there`ll be you (Anyone but you).

    E, se tanto parlare di pene d`amore, sentimenti soffusi e introspezione a qualcuno può risultare stucchevole, la Cutler prosegue per la propria strada: lei si rivolge a quanti, in una canzone, cercano esattamente il colore dell`anima, che per lei ha un suono: quello di una chitarra e della sua voce.


    Glitterhouse mail order house - Joe Whirlypop - 2015 March

    Ausgereift und erwachsen sind Sound und Songs ganz zweifellos, und ihre Stimme ist wirklich außergewöhnlich. Im weiteren Verlauf ihres bereits sechsten Albums wird ihr Sound eher folky, mit luftigen Drums - zum Glück gerät das Album dann aber nicht allzu betulich. Geschmackvoll und reif, ist „Polishing Stones“ letztlich ein Album geworden, wie man es so in den letzten gut 30 Jahren kaum mehr gehört hat.

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