Little Green Blackbird | The Summer I Stopped Whining

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The Summer I Stopped Whining

by Little Green Blackbird

Dreamy, happy-sad lyrical pop... The new music project of Kirsti Gholson
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. Sing Hallelujah little green blackbird
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2. One in a Thousand little green blackbird
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3. Happy & Free little green blackbird
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4. What If I... little green blackbird
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5. The Ice Is Melting little green blackbird
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6. Dr. Lemmon little green blackbird
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7. Before You Go little green blackbird
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8. For Ally (Lost in the Maze) little green blackbird
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9. We Keep Going little green blackbird
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10. Awaken! Take Heed little green blackbird
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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From the Wizard of Oz to melting ice caps, singer/songwriter Kirsti Gholson (under the name little green blackbird*) weaves stories of love and loss from curious and enchanting points of view. "...The production and arrangements here are inventive and impeccable, and Gholson’s sweet voice is gorgeous, emotional and flexible. Even better are her well-crafted songs about life and love that dig far deeper then most..."
- David Malachowski, The Daily Freeman

A slew of fabulous musicians helped make "the summer I stopped whining" possible:
Kyle Esposito, Manuel Quintana, Jerry Marotta, Sera Smolen, Chris Joyner, Erik Hammarberg, Alison Ruben Bitz, Jane Scarpantoni, Lou Pappas, Vincent Bruzzese, Jouney Blue Heaven, Tom Mank and Barrie Maguire as well as the amazing talent of Julie Last and Barrie Maguire who produced the album with Kirsti.

*The little green blackbird is a character from a book of poems by Kenneth Patchen titled, "Because It Is".



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Sharon Nichols ~ Chronogram magazine

A harmonizing voice as sweet as the yellow primrose of spring.
Little Green Blackbird The Summer I Stopped Whining
(2011, Following May Productions)

“Sing Hallelujah” is the opening track on the premiere CD by Little Green Blackbird, the
recording guise of Woodstocker Kirsti Gholson, and it could not be more appropriately
placed on this jubilant 10-track recording. “Sing hallelujah to know my arms could be the
safest place in all the Earth and sky,” sings Gholson in a harmonizing voice as sweet as
the yellow primrose of spring. She digs into the dreamiest and most painful aspects of life
here on an album that could be recommended to fans of Suzanne Vega, Bar Scott, Sheryl
Crow, Aimee Mann, and other female-based pop ensembles that specialize at the tugging
of soul strings.
Some listeners will know Gholson through her vocal work with the overtone choir Baird
Hersey and Prana. For this project she enlists the talents of locally and internationally
known artists drummer Jerry Marotta, cellist Jane Scarpantoni, and bassist Kyle Esposito.
Additionally, acoustic guitar, piano, and Gholson’s sugar plum-fairy celesta weave
a splendiferous album that positively shimmers, and the magical lyricism here could
stand alone as fine poetry (according to the singer, her inspiration came from such
diverse sources as The Wizard of Oz, Anne Boleyn, and melting ice caps). Gholson is
also known for her firm social advocacy, and a portion of the sales of The Summer I
Stopped Whining will go toward animal protection and human rights causes. If you’re
looking to pop in a CD that will brighten your day and warm your night, look no further.
Littlegreenblackbird.wordpress.com.—Sharon Nichols

Melissa Thomas

The perfect melody
My god. This album is a constant on my rotation. I am... a bit obsessed. For the first few months of owning it I listened to nothing else. She writes with such peace & beauty yet her messages are extremely powerful and strong. This album can fit any mood, when I turn on "The Summer I stopped Whining" I can get relief or energy for every emotion; I am comforted when lonely, uplifted when feeling defeated, brightened when sad and brought back to reality when a little too far into my own head. This album and each song on it means so much to me, I will keep it dear to my heart forever. I cannot wait until her next one. I may have to come back on CDBaby and buy a couple more of these if CD's can wear out like tapes did. ;) I'm listening to it now and its a perfect melody.