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Single 101

by Celeste Friedman

"Single 101" is a musical companion to Celeste's book, "Single 101: 101 Reasons to Celebrate Being Single". Includes 20 original songs from her 'One-Woman Show', "Single 101".
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1. The Dribble On My Pillow
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2. Gotta Get It Right, Gotta Get It Straight
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3. Mattress, Sweet Mattress
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4. The Fairytale
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5. I'm Allergic to Ya Baby
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6. I Can Change My Mind
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7. It's What You're Wearing
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8. Garlic, Onions and Beans
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9. My Bra and His Underwear
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10. Batteries Not Included
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11. Loving You is Like Driving a Car
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12. I'm Pudding On Weight
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13. Suddenly We're All French
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14. Don't Give Me Your Heart
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15. This Time
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16. Three Little Words
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17. Taken Away
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18. Barbie's Got the Blues
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19. Flying Solo
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20. Every Day is Independence Day
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Join the Single 101 Nation and celebrate independence, empowerment and the choice of flying solo.
Celeste brings the book alive on stage with her 'One-Woman Show', "Single 101". Read more about the launch of the book, with links to Amazon, The Kindle Store and the book trailer on YouTube.

July 1, 2010
For Immediate Release
Flying Solo Publishing
740.364.1223

"Single 101: 101 Reasons to Celebrate Being Single" Celebrates Independence!

Columbus, Ohio- Flying Solo Publishing is proud to announce the release of “Single 101: 101 Reasons to Celebrate Being Single” by author and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Celeste Friedman. As we celebrate America’s independence, The Single 101 Nation raises its flag to freedom with the official American launch of the book.

Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Single-101-Reasons-Celebrate-Being/dp/1451510519 and other digital online retailers. You can find it in the Kindle Store, just follow this link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003S3S06M

In “Single 101”, Celeste opens a Pandora’s Box of what lives in the hearts of single men and women. Revealing funny truths, common principles and basic needs, she salutes those who enjoy their independence and fearlessly tread outside of the mainstream. Friedman gives allegiance and support to singles who are content living alone, unveiling the truth that not all single people are lonely, abandoned and desperate to find a mate.

“I’ll be the first to admit that it’s complicated to live with me”, says Friedman. “My passion for writing and composing consumes my days and nights; I don’t function in a messy environment; and I prefer the bed all to myself”.

Celeste claims that after two marriages and a few boyfriends who temporarily played the role of Mr. Right, she has been far more successful living alone. Since opting to fly solo, she has been nominated for a Grammy Award and two European Indie Artist of the Year Awards; scored for a Pulitzer Prize-nominated play; received several honors and citations in music and education; nominated for two Pat Weaver Awards for contributions in television; and her work has been featured in the Ottawa International Animation Film festival, as well as Festival de Cannes in 2008.


Empowerment . . . Freedom to Pursue Your Passion . . . No In-Laws . . . Spontaneity


“You’ll laugh, cry, smile and find “Single 101” to be very poignant, matter-of-fact and real. It’s an opportunity to look within, discovering an empowering tranquility”.
. . . Author P. Emily McLaughlin

“Being single may be tough at times, but it is the best thing that can happen to a person. Celeste Friedman´s book is very personal, funny, sad, and inspiring. A must read.”
. . . Christyann Anderson, Single Life Editor for BellaOnline


Check out her blog at: www.Single-101.blogspot.com, filled with thoughts and musings on the single lifestyle.

Book Trailer Link: http://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=_B1Xsvulnj8

For more information, please contact Flying Solo Publishing at 740.364.1223 or email: FlyingSoloPublishing@yahoo.com


Check out other CD's by Celeste Friedman here on CD Baby:
Every Tear I Know
Live at the Bluebird Cafe
The Tide
A Baby Was Born


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Wildly Haskell, ReviewYou.com

Pure Genius by Design
Celeste Friedman is a highly lauded singer/songwriter/composer whose work has been featured on Live! With Regis And Kelly; The Ghost Hunter; A Prairie Home Companion; National Public Radio; Music Choice and ESPN.  A 2005 GRAMMY nominee, Friedman can lay claim to a #1 album, a GrIndie Award, Indie Track Of The Year Award, and a nomination for Artist of the Year in the Netherlands.  Friedman is also a prolific author, with her most recent book, Single 101: 101 Reasons To Celebrate Being Single raising the curtain on her own life and the joys of going it alone.  Concurrently, Friedman has written a collection of songs, also entitled Single 101, which serve as a musical companion to the book.  Friedman digs deep into the emotions of joy and loss, using humor and insight to parse emotions and get to the simple truths that lay underneath. 
 
Single 101 opens with "The Dribble On My Pillow", an amusing little ode to night drool done in a cute, classic pop style complete with hand claps.  There's a certain cheese factor, but it's all tongue in cheek and entertaining.  "Gotta Get It Right, Gotta Get It Straight" is all about trying to get your bearings, even taking time out from a relationship to find your true north.  This is the proverbial foot out the door whose status as a relationship cliché doesn't mitigate its occasional truth.  Friedman celebrates reclaiming her bed as her own in the wake of a relationship with "Mattress, Sweet Mattress”, a bit of hokey fun that will hit home with most anyone newly single.

“I Can Change My Mind” underlines the classic line about a woman’s prerogative with a funky bass line and some of the best piano work you’ll hear in one of the best all-around tracks on the album. “My Bra And His Underwear” is a humorous take on the comingling of a couple’s undies in light of their fading shared libido. It’s a cute and funny bit of commentary in song that has the advantage of being informed by truth.

“Batteries Not Included” is an ode to the sort of products that make living on your own more bearable. In this funny little tune, Friedman explores the purchase of one such item from the internet, right down to getting dressed up for the delivery and the knowing grin from the UPS man. Everything comes together for Friedman on this number, from the vaguely nervous, almost Christine-Lavin style sense of humor to the musical arrangement. Friedman tackles such subjects as emotional eating (“I’m Pudding On Weight”) and the unintended side effects of garments from Victoria’s Secret (“Suddenly We’re All French”) before settling into a surprisingly serious love ballad entitled “This Time”. Here Friedman shows a bit of 1980’s pop/R&B pastiche in a tune that sounds like it should have charted twenty-five years ago.

“Three Little Words” is a bluesy number about a partner who just can’t say the right things, and leads into the woeful melancholy of “Taken Away”. It’s hard to discern exactly what Friedman’s intent is with this tune, but the musical approach is a bit off the beaten path and intriguing. Friedman slips her funny shoes back on with “Barbie’s Got The Blues”, projecting relationship troubles onto America’s favorite anatomically unlikely plaything. “Flying Solo” is a song of independence that throws off the shackles of expectation. Stylistically jazzy and fun, Friedman channels her inner Nellie McKay for one of the best turns on the album. Friedman closes with “Every Day Is Independence Day”, a song that touts the opportunities and possibilities made available by being single, delivered in a semi-big band style arrangement. It’s a nice closer that supports Friedman’s sense of celebration of singlehood.

Celeste Friedman mixes funny and serious moments on Single 101. As a stand-alone album Single 101 has enough light and dark to give a full reflection to the ups and downs of relationships and also of choosing to be on your own. As a soundtrack for Friedman’s book of the same name it is a sublime companion. The musical ups and downs on Single 101 are quite comparable to those found in life. If by design this is pure genius. If by accident then it is the sort of socio-musical accident that is the by-product of artistry. Either way, Single 101 is an entertaining farce that pauses to uncover some of the more serious truths that lay beneath its comical face.

The Starliners Radio Network

2010 Indie Track of the Year
The Starliners Radio Network congratulates Celeste Friedman as our winner of the 2010 Indie Track of the Year for her tune, "Barbie's Got the Blues" from the album, "Single 101".
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