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Songwriter's Monthly, Aug. '11, #139 - Gabrielle Wortman

Songwriter's Monthly, Aug. '11, #139 - Gabrielle Wortman



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It's not all butterflies and bubbles! Gabrielle Wortman talks openly about a side of love that typically doesn't appear in songs. She also discusses the rush of live performances and reveals a dark moment from her past!
It's not all butterflies and bubbles! Gabrielle Wortman talks openly about a side of love that typically doesn't appear in songs. She also discusses the rush of live performances and reveals a dark moment from her past!

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Published by: SongwritersMonthly on Aug 26, 2011
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An ominous thumping that soundsdisturbingly like only half of a heartbeatemerges from the emptiness andanchors the haunting twirl of a pianocaught in an endless loop of unease.The breathy whisper of sensual vocalsenter, cautioning, revealing a darkness.It’s an addiction, something outside of reason and beyond control. There is adisquieting angst and a rippling of fearthat pirouettes across the flesh. Thisunsettling wash of emotions, bothunpredictable and foreboding, is love. “Everyone always writes about thebutterflies and bubbles,” GabrielleWortman began, “but I think there is atotally different side of falling in love.It’s angst ridden and, when it’sunrequited, there’s anxiety, there’spain, and there’s confusion. When youfall in love you are losing control.”  “Don’t Let Me Lose Control” is theopening track on Gabrielle’s
, an offering of songs thatexplore a darker side of falling in love.The music is propelled by a lush andinviting bleakness that brings to mindEvanescence’s Amy Lee colliding withthe rich and soulful roar of Etta James.Contrary to the tense, things-coiled-in-shadows-waiting-to-strike tone of thisEP, Wortman is a vibrant young womanwho could easily be mistaken for thestunning Blake Lively. She speaks withthe charged sparkle of a girl who has just stepped off of the most amazingroller coaster ride in the world and can’twait to tell you all about it!When I asked her about the possibleautobiographical nature of “Don’t Let
Me Lose Control,” Gabrielle revealed, “I’ve definitely felt that way before — Ithink everybody has who has fallen inlove at any point — but this song wasinspired by one of my best friends whois also a songwriter. Even though we’venever had a romance — we’ll writesongs about each other as if we had,we sort of inspire each other’s writingprocess. But this song was definitelyinspired by him, it was more about theevents in his life than the events inmine.”  “Often, a true romance will blossombetween two actors who started off simply playing roles. Do you feel thatkind of closeness when working withanother musician?” I asked. “Yes, there’s definitely a closeness,” sheagreed, “because of the sheer amountof time it takes to finish preparing for aset and the sheer amount of timeyou’re with someone. Plus, you have tobe completely comfortable with tellingeach other how you feel about whatyou are playing and how you feel abouttheir song. In order to really be wideopen and to work with people in music,you have to be really comfortable withthem.” Gabrielle began her musical trainingwith a classical foundation, then around7th grade she started studying with “this crazy jazz pianist who was justincredible! He used to make me watchvideos of Thelonious Monk and peoplestanding on the piano and just the mostridiculous things! He really punched mein the face with that kind of stuff! Mylacrosse coach used to say, ‘Play theball, don’t let the ball play you,’ and Ifeel the same way about piano: Playthe piano, don’t let the piano play you!There should be no rules, you are incontrol.”  “I think that’s something that’s been socompletely lost with today’s pop stars,” she continued, “the most they can do isa four-chord progression. I think a lotof people want to start seeing that themusicians have virtuosity, a turn backto the days when we watched LittleRichard with our jaws on the floor as he

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