Angel Sings The Blues

by Rivky

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about

Rivky composed and performed her first piece Off-Broadway, jump-starting her career with Cellist Brian Sanders. Astounded by Rivky's self taught musical and songwriting abilities, a simple twist of fate altered the course of their lives, bringing Brian and Rivky together to record and release their first Album-EP, Angel Sings The Blues. Inviting them to perform on stages such as Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in NYC, featuring Suzanne Vega and The Kennedy Center.

Rivky's latest demo was produced by Grammy winning Artist, Amy Lee of Evanescence: soundcloud.com/rivkygee/hear-me-mr-honey

Twenty three songs later, Rivky's journey continues to be an extraordinary one. A story filled with maddening difficulty and unremarkable inspiration. Raised inside the insulated Hasidic section of Brooklyn, Rivky's music combines unique beat structure, a Jazzy-Folk, Caba-Rocker style and influences from her shtetl upbringing in Boro Park. Rivky’s music is beautifully difficult to pin down but has often been compared to a distinctive Jacques Brel, Billy Joel, Sara McLachlan, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Regina Spektor.

Rivky, also a painter, has broadened her palette musically. Without any piano, vocal training, Rivky entered the scene later than most, pouring out words so raw -and like a hummingbird, “...the music stained the glass with a melody that only the archways understood…” lyrics from her song, Lonely Bird, speak of a universal hum. Indeed her prayer takes flight with a feeling and sense of urgency in her rising voice. Perhaps, aided by Synesthesia, Rivky is known to cleverly breathe out shape, texturing her own intricately playful syncopation, breaking up genres, stage and violating rhythm's boundaries. Seemingly out of place yet just exactly where it’s meant to be. Angel sings the blues, profoundly buried far too long in the heart of an unseen prodigy.

“I am drawn to Rivky by her raw talent. What I love about her as an artist is the strength in her vulnerability- absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to hear more from her!” -Amy Lee, Evanescence

Rivky’s music: ( soundcloud.com/rivkygee)
soundcloud.com/rivkygee/cello-soul-at-the-persian-cafe-slower-rough-take-for-arrangement-use

Live and video clips:
Ay Amma vimeo.com/121096122

Rivky Gee (youtube)

Beneath The Greenless Garden: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC2N2wEqLyQ

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC2N2wEqLyQ

“A powerful, powerful singer. Capable of reaching notes too high and low for most -and capable of hitting them with emotion.” -Howard Bloom, Former publicist for Billy Joel, Prince.

Still cherishing her Yiddish roots, Rivky has been seen performing for those on the Hassidic periphery where secular music sometimes finds its way into the cracks of a sheltered society. With peaceful grace and a deep fervor that trembles the soul, some of Rivky's work fuses together the new and the old world in the way that only NYC allows in its effortless and electrifying contrapositions.

"The only thing I can say is, a song will yield if you stick with it long enough. But long enough is way beyond any reasonable duration. Sometimes a song has to hang around for a decade or two before it finds its expression." -Leonard Cohen

When Rivky isn't singing, she's cooking. A lot. Helping to quiet down, what she often refers to as her neuronal-synaptic fog. Current recipes include her Pistachio Bourbon Butter and a reinvention of the Matzoh Ball "Curriyaki" Dumpling. Yes it's as good as it sounds.

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released November 16, 2013

VOCALS/PIANO/LYRICS: RIVKY
CELLO: BRIAN SANDERS
PRODUCER: BOB BROCKMANN

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Rivky's latest demo was produced by Grammy winning Artist, Amy Lee of Evanescence:

soundcloud.com/rivkygee/hear-me-mr-honey

www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qC2N2wEqLyQ .

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Track Name: Beneath The Greenless Garden
BENEATH THE GREENLESS GARDEN

FAREWELL MY DEAR FRIEND
I KNOW IT'S HARD TO SAY GOODBYE
I FELT YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACE
I HELD IT ONE LAST TIME

YOU KISSED THE LAST RED ROSE
AND YOU FINALLY LET IT FALL
AND NOW YOU'RE LEFT TO WANDER
ALL THESE EMPTY YEARS

AND I'M SORRY FOR YOUR SADNESS
AND THE FLOWERS THAT YOU LEFT
AND THE EARTH AND GREENLESS GARDEN
THEY'VE BROKEN DOWN AND WEPT

FAREWELL MY DEAR LOVE
I KNOW IT'S HARD TO SAY GOODBYE
I'VE TOUCHED YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACE
AND I'VE HELD IT ONE LAST TIME

YOU KISSED THE LAST RED ROSE
AND YOU FINALLY LET IT FALL
AND NOW YOU'RE LEFT TO WANDER
ALL THESE EMPTY YEARS

AND I'M SORRY FOR YOUR SADNESS
AND THE FLOWERS THAT YOU LEFT
AND THE EARTH AND GREENLESS GARDEN
THEY'VE BROKEN DOWN AND WEPT

AND I'VE WAITED SO LONG
JUST TO SAY MY GOODBYE

AND I'VE WAITED SO LONG
JUST TO SAY MY GOODBYE
GOODBYE

GOODBYE
GOODBYE
GOODBYE
GOODBYE

GOODBYE...
Track Name: A Hundred Years Of Memory
A HUNDRED YEARS OF MEMORY

IN A FLASH MY EYES HAD SEEN THE DAIRY QUEEN
TO THE CLOUDS ABOVE I TOLD OF BROKEN DREAMS
YELLOW TRACTOR ROLLING PASSED THE SUN LIGHT

IN A FLASH I KISSED THE SHANENDOAH SEA
WHERE THE MERMAID GAVE HER SILVER COIN TO ME
LITTLE BAMBI ROLLING PASSED THE SUN LIGHT

AND I CHOSE THE ROAD JUST TO TRY IT ON FOR SIZE
WINDOW TRAVELER KNOWS ONLY HELLOS AND GOODBYES
AND I SORTED OUT THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW VIEW
AND I SORTED OUT THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW VIEW

IN A FLASH I FELT THE EARTH COLLIDE WITH ME
AS I REACHED THE STARS THEY WASHED THE DARKNESS CLEAN
LIFELESS SHADOWS ROLLING PASSED THE MOON LIGHT

IN A FLASH I PLACED MY LOVE INTO YOUR HANDS
CRUSHING HOURS OF YOUR GLASS BENEATH THE SAND
TINY PIECES REFLECTING WITH THE MOON LIGHT

AND I CHOSE THE ROAD JUST TO TRY IT ON FOR SIZE
WINDOW TRAVELER KNOWS ONLY HELLOS AND GOODBYES
AND I SORTED OUT THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW VIEW
AND I SORTED OUT THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW VIEW

FOGGY PEOPLE I THOUGHT I KNEW
MOUNTAIN RANGES SPEEDING THROUGH
SLOWLY FADING WITH THE SUN LIGHT

IN A FLASH A HUNDRED YEARS OF MEMORY
AS I REACHED THE STARS THEY WASHED THE DARKNESS CLEAN

AS I REACHED THE STARS
THEY WASHED
THE DARKNESS CLEAN...
Track Name: Mango Tree
MANGO TREE

I SAT UNDER A MANGO TREE
AND ALL I SAW WAS GREEN
FIELDS OF JASMINE AT MY FEET
SPANISH MOUNTAIN COUNTRY SCENE

AND I HEARD THE ECHO AT THE DOOR
AS I WALKED THESE COBBLE STONES
THERE'S A CHURCH THAT STANDS LIKE A TOWER
AND A CLOCK THAT TELLS THE HOUR OF MY DREAM

AND ALL THOSE PEOPLE CAME TO
PRAY
PRAY
PRAY
THEY CAME TO PRAY

MAYBE I'M HERE IN ROME
OR SAILING OUT TO GREECE
AND I SPOKE FRENCH TO AN AMERICAN
I GOT LOST ON THOSE PARIS STREETS

AND I HEARD THE ECHO AT THE DOOR
AS I WALKED THESE COBBLE STONES
THERE'S A CHURCH THAT STANDS LIKE A TOWER
AND A CLOCK THAT TELLS THE HOUR OF MY DREAM

AND ALL THOSE PEOPLE CAME TO
PRAY
PRAY
PRAY
THEY CAME TO PRAY

AND I WONDER IF I DIDN'T GO ANYWHERE
WOULD I STILL BE OKAY
AND I SAT UNDER A MANGO TREE
AND EVERYTHING WAS GREEN

WELL MAYBE I THINK THAT I'LL
STAY
STAY
STAY
I THINK I'LL STAY...
Track Name: Angel Sings The Blues
IT'S TWO O'CLOCK A CUP OF COFFEE
AFTER THESE OLD EYES
THE SUN DIDN'T DAWN ON ME
JUST QUITE YET

THE MIRROR LEFT MY SMILE ON
THE BACK OF A COLGATE SQUEEZE
DRAGON PULLED ME BY
MY ROLLED UP FLANNEL SLEEVES

TO A SWOLLEN RIVER...RISE

ANGEL SINGS THE BLUES TO THE SKIES
IN THE HOPES OF CHASING HIS DEMONS AWAY
AND EVERYONE IS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS
WHILE LONELY CHASING THEIR HEAVENS AWAY

BREATH IN ME BREATH IN ME
A NEW LIFE
BREATH IN ME BREATH IN ME
A NEW LIFE

SCENTED PINK PETALS BREEZIN'
OVER TREE LINED STREETS
WEATHERED SILK
SNOWY SPRING JUST DOESN'T MELT

SANDY PAPER CHIN
GROWS ON THE SIDE OF HIS TEARS
RAZOR LOST ALONG
WITH THE SIDE OF HIS YEARS

TO A SWOLLEN RIVER...RISE

ANGEL SINGS THE BLUES TO THE SKIES
IN THE HOPES OF CHASING HIS DEMONS AWAY
AND EVERYONE IS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS
WHILE LONELY CHASING THEIR HEAVENS AWAY

BREATH IN ME BREATH IN ME
A NEW LIFE
BREATH IN ME BREATHE IN ME A NEW LIFE

AND I'LL RUN FAR PASSED
THE BLACK SEAS
OVER THREE THOUSAND MILES
JUST TO BE ME

TO A SWOLLEN RIVER...RISE

ANGEL SINGS THE BLUES TO THE SKIES
IN THE HOPES OF CHASING HIS DEMONS AWAY
AND EVERYONE IS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS
WHILE LONELY CHASING THEIR HEAVENS AWAY

BREATH IN ME BREATHE IN ME
A NEW LIFE
BREATHE IN ME BREATHE IN ME
A NEW LIFE

A NEW LIFE...
Track Name: Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors
STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS

SLIPPERY SLOPE AND YOU GRIP AND YOU GROPE
AND YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE TO HOLD ON
YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED WHERE THE GUM WRAPPER HIDES
AS THE TRAIN BEGINS TO GROOVE

YOU TAKE A STEP AND
YOU TRY TO RELAX
AND YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD WHO?

WELL I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT'S GOIN
AND I DON'T EVEN SEEM TO CARE
WELL I'LL CATCH THE WIND AS IT'S BLOWIN
HOPING MY MIND WILL CLEAR

AND I'M RIDING OVER THE D LINE
TRYING TO FIND A SEAT
AND I'LL CHOOSE THE ONE BETWEEN YOU AND I
AND I'LL NEVER KNOW YOUR NAME

SQUEAKY TUMBLE AND THE JERKY SHUFFLE
WILD CROWDS AND THE ANGRY HUSTLE
FLICKERING LIGHTS YOU BETTER WATCH YOUR STEP
AND THEN

STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS

YOU'RE HEADED TO WORK
YOU THINK YOUR BOSS IS A JERK
AND YOU'RE AFRAID TO LOSE YOUR COOL

YOU TRIP ON A COKE
YOU THINK YOU'RE LONELY AND BROKE
AND YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE TO LOSE

YOU TAKE A STEP BACK
AND YOU TRY TO RELAX
AND YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD TO WHO?

WELL I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT'S GOIN
AND I DON'T EVEN SEEM TO CARE
WELL I'LL CATCH THE WIND AS IT'S BLOWIN
HOPING MY MIND WILL CLEAR

AND I'M RIDING OVER THE D LINE
TRYING TO FIND A SEAT
AND I'LL CHOOSE THE ONE BETWEEN YOU AND I
AND I'LL NEVER KNOW YOUR NAME

SQUEAKY TUMBLE AND THE JERKY SHUFFLE
WILD CROWDS AND THE ANGRY HUSTLE
FLICKERING LIGHTS YOU BETTER WATCH YOUR STEP
AND THEN

STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS

YOU BETTER STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS

AND THE MAN WITH NO TEETH
HE TRIES TO TELL YOU A JOKE
AND THE KID WHO KEEPS SCREAMING
AND HIS MOM JUST CAN'T COPE

IT'S THE MYSTERY PACKAGE
LEFT UNDER THE SEAT
AND AS THE PANIC CONSUMES YOU
THERE'S JUST NO WHERE TO BE

SQUEAKY TUMBLE AND THE JERKY SHUFFLE
WILD CROWDS AND THE ANGRY HUSTLE
FLICKERING LIGHTS YOU BETTER WATCH YOUR STEP
AND THEN

STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS

YOU BETTER STAND CLEAR OF THE
GOD FORSAKEN, GRUMBLING
RUSTY METAL

NOW DON'T LOSE YOURSELF TO THE

CLOSING DOORS...
Track Name: Ay Amma
AY AMMA (MOTHER)

(CHORUS BASED AND INSPIRED ON TRIBAL MELODIES)

AY AMMA AMMA AYA
AYA AYA AMMA
AYA AYA AYA AMMA…

TAKE US BY THE HAND NOW CHILD
AND GUIDE US BACK TO LOVE
SAVE US FROM OUR PAIN NOW CHILD
THAT WE’VE CREATED OUT OF DUST

FORGET WHAT YOU REMEMBER NOW
HEAL YOUR WOUNDS WITH LOVE AND BOW
OPEN UP YOUR MOMENT NOW
THIS IS YOURS TO KEEP

AND I SAY
AY AMMA AMMA AYA
AYA AYA AMMA
AY AMMA AMMA AYA
AYA AYA AMMA
AYA AYA AYA AMMA

THIEVES OF WAR ARE RAW AND BURNED
THEY STOLE AWAY THE LAST OF LOVE
AND HATEFUL WORDS HAVE STUNG THE WORLD
AND WAR HAS LOST THE ANTIDOTE

SO TAKE US BY THE HAND NOW CHILD
AND GUIDE US BACK TO LOVE
AND SAVE US FROM OUR PAIN NOW CHILD
THAT WE’VE CREATED OUT OF DUST

AND I SAY
AY AMMA AMMA AYA
AYA AYA AMMA
AY AMMA AMMA AYA
AYA AYA AMMA
AYA AYA AYA AMMA

AND EVERYONE LANGUAGE SPEAKS IT
AND EVERYONE NATION FEELS IT
AND EVERYONE KNOWS...LOVE

AY AMMA AMMA AYA
AYA AYA AMMA
AY AMMA AMMA AYA
AYA AYA AMMA
AYA AYA AYA AMMA

THE WORLD NEEDS LOVE LET US HEAR
THE WORLD NEEDS LOVE US FEEL
THE WORLD NEEDS LOVE LET US---

AY AMMA AMMA AYA
AYA AYA AMMAAY AMMA AMMA AYA
AYA AYA AMMA
AYA AYA AYA AMMA