Joni Blue by Liz Davinci

Liz Davinci, Music, Punk Noir Magazine, Torch Songs

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For the past 6 months an album has been coming together and it has developed from a handful of demos into a full-fledged concept album, promising innovative trailers and experimental songs.

The album is divided into five “stages” as the protagonist, Victoria, moves through different experiences.

The stages are, in order, “Contentment”, “Love”, “Love disappears”, “Revolution” and “Imprisonment”.

Talented crime fiction, noir and freelance writers such as Paul D. Brazill, Jim Shaffer, Mark McConville, Kate Laity and Underhatchet have prepared texts in line with these stages.

The album is planned to be a “happening” for the next 6 months as album trailers unfold and a few singles are released.

“Joni Blue“, releasing July 24, 2020, is the first glimpse of the album and belongs to the stage “Contentment”.

I hope you enjoy the first taste of what is to come.

Joni Blue

Liz Davinci
 
 
 
 

In the Sun Rain by Liz Davinci

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In the Sun Rain:

I sat outside watching the birds play

Hearing the highway
In my mainstay
Where I play
Earlier today
Saw the flowers go to seed
Orange tiles warm
Beneath my feet
Flood the storm
That brews with greed
With love
And with retreat
It’s a little
Like a riddle
Caught in the middle
Caught in the middle
Stuck in desire
Like a liar
Too scared to throw it
In the fire
But it’s required
Because I’m tired
Of the greed
And what it brings
I sat outside watching the birds play
Hearing the highway
Feeling the sun rain
As I write
And dream
And refine
What I mean
It doesn’t matter
What I’ve seen
In my mainstay
Today

Contraband by Liz Davinci

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The song “Contraband” was originally called “Emergency”.

One of the songs originally planned for the EP “Contraband” stopped breathing about 85% of the way to being done and I needed to write a new one – an “emergency” song.

At first I didn’t want to give up on the originally intended song and it was a sad thing to eliminate it, but we did it.

I’m so glad I was honest with myself because “Contraband” was born and it’s a unique song that I really like.

It’s the only one of my songs that I completely made the beat for (and I am proud of the beat, but I prefer tapping Underhatchet’s expertise in this area).

“Contraband” is vocally/pianistically pretty much as close to an improvisation as it gets for me.  I just let the ideas flow linearly and used abstract lyrics to try to create a mood.  It went smoothly and I preserved almost all of the initial ideas in the final version.

I composed the bass line last and Underhatchet liked it so much on the demo that he wanted to play it on the final version.  In the video he is playing it on a bass guitar, though in the recording it is played on a keyboard.

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Harvest Time by Liz Davinci

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‘The new music video for Harvest Time is released today and I’m excited to share it!  The premise of the song has to do with exploitation of the common man by capitalism.
It’s a sad struggle.  It’s a hard struggle.
But the “common man” plays his role often rather well in this struggle.  It is to some extent a chosen struggle.
I dove from the highest diving board into the depths of the video software to try to draw new and original effects and ideas out of it.  I took my time in creating this video and thoroughly enjoyed the time I put into it.’

Black is the Color by Liz Davinci

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“Black is the Color” is a folk song that is said to originate in Scotland.  I have always loved this song and wanted to do my own version of it. One day it hit me that the version I would create of this lovely song would be nostalgic, a bit intense – to explore the dark side of vulnerability.

As I worked on the song, it made me start thinking about how love can create such a vulnerability that it can lead to destruction.  This destruction can occur in multiple places, even all at once, or in its simplest form of one individual suffering in the beauty of love.

I tried to capture these ideas in the video – when light exists, darkness must also exist and that is sometimes difficult to manage emotionally.  And in my experience, the lighter the light, the darker the dark.

The video was primarily filmed in Munich, Germany and I created the video myself.  I hope you enjoy it.

Lyrics
Black is the color of my true love’s hair
His lips are something wondrous fair
The sweetest face and the gentlest hands
I love the ground on which he stands

I love my love and well he knows
I love the ground on which he goes
If him on earth no more I see
My life will simply fade away

Black is the color of my true love’s hair

 

BIO:

www.elizabetheverts.com

Liz Davinci was born and raised in California and currently lives in Munich, Germany. Her energetic and dynamic songs, honest voice and soft lyrical touch culminate to achieve an intimacy in her music.

Her voice has been called “haunting and beautiful”.

Her first album, “Obstruction Destruction”, was released in 2017, followed closely by the release of an EP entitled “EEEEP”.

In 2018 Elizabeth released a series of singles followed by her most professionally produced and musically daring release yet, the EP “Contraband”, which was released in May of 2019.  She is currently working on a second album.

For Elizabeth, songwriting is a necessity, an expression and an attempt to evoke affinity in listeners.

 
 

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: Liz Davinci

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TELEVISION

I haven’t been able to watch television for the past 4 years or so, which is exactly when I started writing pop songs…no coincidence.

 

It seems that TV stimulation somehow interferes with my ability to compose music.

 

But I used to watch TV – documentaries about the second world war, cooking shows and an occasional trending series.

 

I don’t miss it but I don’t rule out that I will feel like watching again.

 

BOOKS

When I became passionate about reading as a child, I began with horror and murder mystery novels.  As I entered my teens and twenties I tended towards more literature, poetic or philosophical books (Kerouac, Sartre, Shakespeare, Hume, Tolstoy, Hemingway), with an occasional novel from time to time.

 

Recently I read books as research and to learn.  This started with cookbooks and health and fitness books, followed by mathematical books and now music mixing and mastering how-to books.  Basically, I discover that I lack knowledge somewhere and I then research books that will help me reach the answers I am seeking.  So far this has always worked.

 

A small selection of my favourite novels: “Salem’s Lot”, Stephen King; “On The Road”, Jack Kerouac; “Trustee From the Toolroom”, Nevil Shute; and “Tagebuch einer Berghebamme”, Roswitha Gruber  (“Memoirs of a Mountain Midwife”).

 

FILMS

The same goes for films as for TV – I can’t watch any.

 

But, I consumed films for years and years.  I loved looking for underground films but also thoroughly enjoyed popular Hollywood films.

 

My favourite film of all time is “It’s a Wonderful Life”, by Frank Capra, which I have loved since I was a child and makes me cry tears of happiness every time I watch it.  It is a great lesson to not put too much value on money.

 

A more recent film that had me very impressed is “Inception” by Christopher Nolan.

 

I enjoyed “Trois couleurs” by Krzysztof Kieslowski and the experimentation of “Memento”, by Christopher Nolan.  I have seen most movies by Joel and Ethan Coen and really enjoy them.

 

MUSIC

I love so much music – I listen to classical, jazz and pop/rock/alternative music on a regular basis.  I am a musician – a composer and a performer and more recently a recording non-expert and a mixing non-engineer.

 

Classically, my absolute favourite pieces of music are Beethoven’s late string quartets, especially Opus 131 in c# minor.

 

Jazz-wise…Coltrane and Mingus move me over and over.  “Olé” by John Coltrane is one of my favourites, as is “Mingus Live at the Bohemia” by Charles Mingus.

 

“The White Album” by The Beatles is such a wonderful collage that has pleased my ears on so many occasions that I almost cannot listen to it anymore and the chord world of The Doors is blissful.

 

“Blood Sugar Sex Magic” by The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an album I find brilliant, as is “The Beekeeper” by Tori Amos.  I cannot forget to mention “Check Your Head” by The Beastie Boys – another favourite album.

 

TRAVEL

Put me anywhere in Holland and I am happy; Burgundy, France, San Francisco and San Diego, California; New York, NY.

 

Munich, Germany is my home base and it still feels a little like vacation here, even though I have been here 11 years.

 

FOOD

I eat what I need, no more, no less.

 

DRINK

I drink black coffee and Spanish white wine, with water in between.

 

ART

Pawel Kuczynski whom I discovered on Instagram (@pawel_kuczynski1), MC Escher, Mondriaan, Picasso, Van Gogh, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Munch, Monet.  I love visual expression that moves me.  All of these artists do that.

 

OTHER

“Expectation is the root of all heartache.”  William Shakespeare

 

BIO:

www.elizabetheverts.com

 

Liz Davinci was born and raised in California and currently lives in Munich, Germany. Her energetic and dynamic songs, honest voice and soft lyrical touch culminate to achieve an intimacy in her music.

 

Her voice has been called “haunting and beautiful”.

 

Her first album, “Obstruction Destruction”, was released in 2017, followed closely by the release of an EP entitled “EEEEP”.

 

In 2018 Elizabeth released a series of singles followed by her most professionally produced and musically daring release yet, the EP “Contraband”, which was released in May of 2019.  She is currently working on a second album.

 

For Elizabeth, songwriting is a necessity, an expression and an attempt to evoke affinity in listeners.

 

 
 
Elizabeth Everts