What a nice “Dora” album review!

Wow! Talk about a great way to celebrate the release date for “Dora.” What a lovely review from SomethingElseReviews.com! Thank you!

You can read the full review here:
http://somethingelsereviews.com/2014/02/14/claire-clube-and-anne-heaton-dora-2014/

Some of my favorite quotes:

“When listening to the piano-based pop music she constructed for Clube’s words, the chemistry between them is apparent. It sounds like they’ve known each other for a lifetime.”

“[Heaton's] voice is a wondrous thing, gently delivering Clube’s lyrics with a breathy intimacy and a lovely trill.”

“Can a single album be a fitting tribute to a person’s life? Maybe not, but Dora is a beautiful place to start.”

“Dora” lyrics: “Do I Qualify”

Anne’s manager Krista here. We thought it would be fun to share the lyrics (aka Claire poems) from “Dora,” song by song, leading up to the album’s release next week. Here’s the first in the series, for “Do I Qualify.” We hope you will share in the beauty of Claire’s wonderful words with us! Do you have a favorite line? Post it in the comments below!

Do I Qualify?

Do I qualify as mad for carrying a magnifying glass?
I’m not sure what got me started
I stop to peer at a weed
The rings that wrap a worm
Veins of a wind-blown feather

Do I qualify as vain
Staring in the mirror
Looking into my eyes?
Enquiringly blue irises change color
Depending on the weather

Do I qualify?
Do I qualify?
Do I qualify?

Madness is nothing more
Than a perfection of being alone
We hide so much for fear of losing little
Do I qualify?
Do I qualify?
Do I qualify as mad for carrying a magnifying glass?

Am I professional standing at the sink?
For years my back turned
So no one would see me cry
Do I qualify as mad?
As mad?

What happened to you boys?
Could I ever have loved you enough
So you might not leave at any moment?

Don’t pull the no-goodbye
The no-goodbye
Do I qualify as mad for carrying a magnifying glass?
I’m mad for carrying a magnifying glass
I’m mad for carrying a magnifying glass
Do I qualify?

“Sunday Nights” song lyrics

Quite a few folks have asked me for the lyrics to the “Sunday Nights” song I sent out via video last week so here they are… xoxo, A

“Sunday Nights”

It’s been a while since you dreamed big
I guess you’ve accepted the path your on
Out on the island
Dreams roll in on waves
You see them first but they just keep going

You’ve learned all the New Age wisdom
So you find a smile sometimes
But it’s such a long line of Sunday nights
From our easy chairs we ask what might
Have been had we not lost our birthright

It’s like trying stop a wave in motion
It’s like trying walk on top of the ocean
No you can’t change anything going all the way back
They were hungry
They were hungry

Out on the island, you’ll hear a friendly tone
You can catch a ride from anyone, you don’t need to know them
But you know how it goes, how rare a happy end
So you take solace in old songs and poems

You’ve learned all the oldest wisdom
So you can get by in a bind
But it’s such a long line of Sunday nights
From our easy chairs we ask what might
Have been had we not lost our birthright

It’s like trying stop a wave in motion
It’s like trying walk on top of the ocean
No you can’t change anything going all the way back
You feel hungry
You feel hungry

You’re blessed
You’re blessed
You’re blessed
You’re blessed…

Happy New Year and a new song!

Happy belated New Year and here’s a new song that may be called “Sunday Nights” or it may be called “Dream Big.” Either way, may you dream big (if you want to) in 2014 and then have fun taking all the little steps along the way! Hope to see you somewhere out there in our beautiful country.

This weekend, I’m playing in Alexandria, VA, and next Thursday we play at EvanstonSPACE, followed by two shows in Michigan that weekend (one at The Ark in Ann Arbor). Not so far ahead, in February, I’ll be playing two shows at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. One is a CD Release Show for the new album, Dora, (oh I’m so looking forward to sharing this new music with you, truly, you don’t EVEN know), and the other is a show celebrating the album release anniversaries (10 and 12 years!) of Black Notebook and Give In, so bring all your old school requests! This is seriously old school. ;) (Seriously.) Other shows are upcoming in NYC, NJ, and Maine.

Please NOTE: The Seattle show on February 8th has been rescheduled for Friday, February 21st. All tour dates are here: http://www.anneheaton.com/tour.

I wanted to write that bit about dreaming big and the follow up steps because well, I’ll admit it, I’m often one of those people who has an idea (or a few at once) and then five minutes later, I’ll say to myself, “Anne, you thought of this five minutes ago, if you didn’t already make it happen BY NOW, obviously you never will.” It’s kind of a mean mentality. But when I can witness it with a little space, it’s actually pretty funny. This is why I like to say that I prefer when the Universe keeps me on ANTKBO (A Need To Know Basis Only) in terms of next steps. That’s a weird looking acronym but I think I could still get into it. ;) May you have a great 2014 and a beautiful day!