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Every Little Seam

by Holly Long

Melody-driven, eclectic blend of pop, folk and singer-songwriter styles influenced by Aimee Mann, Neil Finn, Elton John, Paul McCartney, and all the radio I heard in the backseat of my parents' 1973 Ford.
Genre: Pop: 90's Pop
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1. The Real Thing
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2. Everybody Needs A Little
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3. Chameleon
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4. Leave the Light On
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5. King of the Molehill
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6. Back at Our House
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7. The Long Walk Home
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8. Hey You
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9. Walk Away From No
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10. Josephine
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11. Lois Lane
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12. A Long Goodbye
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Raised in Chi-town and born into a musical family, Holly Long needled her parents into piano lessons on her Great-Grandmother’s upright Hamilton at age 7. As a young tyke she was exposed to the likes of Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Elton John, Beethoven and the Beatles. Let us also not forget daily doses of “Free To Be You and Me” via her Dad’s HiFi stereo headphones. Influenced thusly, she spent her youth and early adult years constantly performing in various musicals, piano contests and plays.

After high school, Holly moved to California to attend UCLA as a Theater Major. She suddenly found herself scribbling lyrics on bar napkins and call-sheets for various acting gigs in an attempt to bring voice to what Hollywood wasn’t really supporting- her growing creative force. Three demo recordings at Randy Alpert’s SCREAM Studios, one indie record deal gone bust and countless local gigs later, Holly seemed to be just about ready to call herself a songwriter.

Then in late 1996, she was unexpectedly rushed to the hospital with what appeared to be an intense case of the Flu, but turned out to be the beginning of a two-year, life-changing odyssey. She fell into a coma and was hurriedly diagnosed with Endocarditis, a severe heart infection that threw her body into massive trauma. After a week of unconsciousness, she was lucky enough to awake and begin a slow process of recovery. She lost her hair, lost function of all her muscles and had to learn to walk all over again. Humbling, to say the least.

This severe shock to the system galvanized Holly’s musical focus. Her intense honesty, the feelings of longing and inspiration, and the drive to understand herself were the result of a “broken heart,” and became the seeds for her debut album, City Girl in 2000. Met with acclaim, Holly’s debut CD was created alongside Clio-award-winning producer and arranger Chris Horvath. Lucky Holly was also fortunate enough to enlist the talents of many well-respected musicians and industry veterans for this project.

The first effort was successful- so, in 2001, Holly again partnered with Horvath and released an EP entitled Six Sided Woman. These two recordings garnered her 3rd place in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest of 2000 and an Honorable Mention in the 2001 USA Songwriting Contest. Additionally, Holly’s songs have received feature film and TV placements…

Since then, Holly has given birth to her two children, a beautiful girl named Josephine and sweet baby boy, Truman. Their lives give a resounding sense of closure 10 years after Holly’s own brush with death. Fittingly, Jo also provided much of the inspiration for Holly’s third project and critically-received second CD- Every Little Seam- released in 2004. Truman has since been instrumental in molding Holly’s ever-changing voice and shines light on her current full-length album, Leaving Kansas, tracked and mixed in late 2006, to be released in Spring of this year.

Holly happily resides in Venice, CA and continues to wrangle the butterfly muse. Through therapy, yoga, and a little help from her friends, Holly performs with love and gratefulness and frankly digs the intimate coffeehouse setting far more than what any mega rock arena might provide. Were any such arena to be made available… For more, please check out www.hollylong.com. Peace love music.


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frank - frankiebee

super smooooth!
Listened to the whole album. Fantastic! Sometimes your in a mood for slow, sometimes your in a mood for hard. This album brings its own mood to you. Holly has the rare ability to calm me down and I don't like to be calm. Lois Lane was really good. Love it!

clint

Queen of the hill
This album is good everywhere, and absolutely great at its best. "King of the Molehill" alone is worth the price of the album.

SI

Good 4 The Soul
I like Everybody Needs A little. She has a mature voice, but songs with commercial appeal. Good Feeling songs. Overall Good. Visit me at www.cdbaby.com/si2 . Peace....SI

chip

awesome!!!
An absolutely FANTASTIC cd! I haven't heard such a stunning performance in quite awhile. I really like Holly's voice and her song writing and arrangements are superb!
I HIGHLY recommend this cd !! You will not be disappointed!

PS

Subtlety, not so common these days
Listening to Holly's disk Every Little Seam makes you feel like an insider, like you've found something before everyone else has. Her songs are well crafted, the arrangements tight, yet with subtle touches - a spare note from a piano in the corner of a lyric, an opening in a tune where other musicians might feel the need to put something - that you forget how difficult it is to make this kind of music. While her songs often lead up to hooks that aren't QUITE there, it's not a loss. Instead, you begin to see the piece as a story, rather than a series of refrains. Unsettling to listeners who are used to verse-chorus-verse-chorus music, but refreshing to people who like something new. Holly's disk, and future cds, will find broader audiences, but for now, I'm glad to be in on the secret.

CD Baby


Funny how you can take the craft of moving music for granted. And then an album comes along to wake you up and remind the heart of those delicately measured ingredients that make up a chilling sound; Holly Long does this with her lyrics. Immediately inviting you into her stories of love and pain. growth and regression, she is an artist that certainly doesn't stop at beautifully-composed melodies, rich, heart-stopping harmonies and engaging structure. With the warmth and comfort of female artists like Shawn Colvin, KD lang, and Aimee Mann, Holly takes your hand and leads you through a collection of heart travels you won't soon forget.

Stephen Bargh, Troon, Scotland, UK

A Truly Brilliant Album
The CD Baby summary is spot on, this is without doubt one of the best albums you'll ever buy. Holly has the voice of an angel, the songs and melodies are wonderful, and memorable - you'll find these tunes planted inside your head very quickly! The lyrics are excellent, and the musicianship & production are worthy of the songs.
Remember Aimee Mann "Whatever" album? This has everything that had, and more. With such a voice and songwriting talent, Holly should be a megastar sensation. Buy it!!!!

jaci

indescribable!
wow! the lyrics that pour from holly long's lips and soul not only grab you and take you along for a ride, but go straight to your heart. josephine is the most beautiful song i have ever heard. hands down, holly long is a true artist through and through.