Ingrid Michaelson checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@ingridmichaelson) on Friday (March 13), talking about her participation in a R.E.M. tribute show in New York City. The singer songwriter tells readers:
I had the good fortune to be one of 20 artists asked to be part of the R.E.M. tribute show at Carnegie Hall two nights ago. I did “Nightswimming” armed with only a looping pedal and my friend Chris on upright bass. I love that song. It seasoned my summer of ‘93. I listened to ‘Automatic for the People’ on constant rotation that summer. So when I was asked which song I wanted to do, I knew immediately.
R.E.M. was there, in the audience. I have never been so nervous in all of my life. I was trembling a good 20 minutes after I walked off stage.
Ingrid Michaelson offered a Valentine’s Day story for fans on her blog at MySpace (@ingridmichaelson) on Saturday (February 14). The New York based indie pop singer songwriter tells readers:
My favorite Valentine that I ever got was from a boy named Jay. We were in high school. We were not even dating. He came over on Valentine’s Day, after school, and gave me a potato with a toothpick stuck in it. Glued carefully to the toothpick was a cardboard cut out of a heart. And that was it. We never kissed. I think that was in part due to the fact that I had the beginnings of strep throat and I proudly showed him the white puss pockets in the back corner of my throat. We did homework. We watched TV. He showed me how many pens he could fit in his hair (he had a huge fro) and that was about it. The potato stayed in my fridge for months. Maybe over a year. It grew little green arms that curled around themselves, praying almost. It stayed plump and healthy for a surprisingly long time. But one day, when all the moisture was gone, it shriveled up. The shriveling process was a very quick one. I still did not throw it away. Luckily, I grew up in a house where aunt Diane’s home made Marion berry jam from 1998 still proudly sits this day wedged between an empty bottle of salad dressing and left overs of some unknown origin covered in a fine downy white fuzz. Finally, when the brown freckles that dotted the once proud potato grew into huge, gaping black caverns, I knew it was time to part with my treasured gift.
Jay is now married. His wife may have a nice ring on her finger, but I still have the toothpick with the heart. I think we all know who came out on top here.
Ingrid Michaelson updated fans on her blog at MySpace (@ingridmichaelson) on Saturday (January 10), with word on progress on her apparent quick follow-up to her 2008 album ‘Be OK’. The New York-based indie-pop singer-songwriter tells readers:
My days have consisted of being in the bed and being in the studio. The record has been coming along wonderfully. I already had all the songs written before. And now, we have written all the drum, bass and piano, uke and vocal parts. Next some guitars, strings, horns and other fun instruments. I am enjoying this process very much. It is the first time I have had a full album where every song is a chunk from directly inside me (totally autobiographical). This album is going to be scary to release, and also cathartic. We all write about love don’t we. But love is the thing. It is the thing that will always need the most nurturing and attention. It is the thing that we can taste when it is gone. It is the thing that makes a smile that can not be unsmiled. It is the thing that the world beats to.
So this album will be about love. And the pain of knowing, in Don Henly’s words, that sometimes love just ain’t enough. And I know that you know how that goes and goes.
Ingrid Michaelson checked in with fans on her Twitter account last night, talking about progress on new music. “In the studio,” Ingrid writes. “These songs are yummy, but I fear I have listened and played them too much. My perspective is clouded.”
Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson are out with the animated video for their holiday single ‘Winter Song’, featured on the ‘The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs’, a compilation of both original recordings as well as classic holiday tracks sung by a lineup of female singer-songwriters. Watch it via YouTube below.
Ingrid Michaelson got many of her fans to write ‘Be OK’ on their faces and made a video of the submissions set to the New York based indie pop singer’s new single and title track. The ‘Be OK’ album cover features Ingrid Michaelson with ‘Be OK’ written on her face. Watch the video below.
Ingrid Michaelson updated fans on her blog at MySpace (@ingridmichaelson) on Saturday (October 18), reacting to a negative review of her just released third album ‘Be OK’. RollingStone.com’s Nicole Frehsee offered a 2 out of 5 star grade, opining that most of the Staten Island singer songwriter’s “ditties are fit for kindergarten teachers” on the disc. Michaelson writes:
In the eye of the beholder
Isn’t it odd. Some people listen to my music (my mother) and think my lyrics are woven tapestries of sheer brilliance. then there are those that find them juvenile.
Read if you dare [review at RollingStone.com since removed/relocated]
This profession is not an easy one. You have to have skin like iron. And of course, I know that not everyone will find the simplicity of my lyrics clever and touching, but boring. So it is. Sometimes, the words that sting are repelled by my invisible cloak of confidence. But there are more times when they spray me with bullets and I feel like Swiss cheese.
Put me on some bread with mustard (no meat please) because I am cheese tonight.
But don’t feel badly. The downs make the ups so much better.
Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson teamed up to record the song ‘Winter Song’, featured on the ‘The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs’, a compilation of both original recordings as well as classic holiday tracks sung by a lineup of female singer-songwriters.
50 cents from the sale of each album and at least 60 cents from the sale of each download of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
“I’m going in with an artist named Ingrid Michaelson, who is a friend of mine, and an all around amazing singer songwriter, and she and I wrote a Christmas song together for the Hotel Cafe Christmas album, which should be coming out this year,” Sara said on the way to the studio.
Watch a behind the scenes clip of Sara and Ingrid recording ‘Winter Song’ below and check out more details on the album, including audio clips from the disc, at hotelcafe.com.
Ingrid Michaelson updated fans on her blog at MySpace on Saturday (October 11). “There has been some controversy betwixt my band mates as to whether or not each different color skittle does have its own flavor,” the singer songwriter tells readers. “So we did a blind taste test.” Ingrid added that “strawberry is my favorite” flavor. Watch the taste test, conducted at Green Room in Boston back in May, below.
Ingrid Michaelson updated fans from the road while on tour in Denmark on Sunday (September 28). The New York singer songwriter tells readers on her blog at MySpace (@ingridmichaelson):
I am in Copenhagen.
I am far away from anything familiar.
I call a tour bus my home.
And I am happy.
Being out on the road with a group of people that I never knew two weeks ago, and playing solo, and just being so far from family and friends is very hard and scary. At first I was sad and lonesome. But I got used to everything after a few days. And Jason and the band and crew are such kind souls and look after me. So I am not so alone as I thought I would be.
I think it is a good thing to do things that scare you, that push you.