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News and Views From Paula:
I often imagine myself as an artist from the 70's.
I just think my music
would've been so embraced in that more organic time. I'm so happy I was able
to experience the 70's even as a little kid. It felt like a more hospitable
time on the planet with Sesame Street on the tv, "The Secret Life of Plants"
a bestseller, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's "Ohio" on the
I am serious to a fault, sometimes. I believe
it's an artist's duty to raise
consciousness through their art. I aspire to the Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye,
KRS-1, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Tracy Chapman, Paul Robeson, John
Lennon-style artform that combines love, spirituality, and yes, politics. I
distinctly thought of "Ohio" when I wrote "My Hero, Mr. President";
also thought of Michael Moore's advice to "be funny." So, it quickly
became a sardonic piece.
I am saddened by these times. I feel sometimes
like the last Indian in NYC. I
wish we were in a time when independent radio dj's could play what they
wanted, and that people felt free enough to publically question the
government and the media more. So....forgive me for my soapbox moment, but
my core, I feel it is my responsibility to say something.
Don Henley, an eloquent, caring and extremely
smart man, e-mailed this NY
Times article to me. (Click here for
New York Times article)
My little demo will probably never be played on
today's radio, but with the internet, there is still some freedom!
all good things,
ps. Recorded a Dolly Parton song (not Jolene!) for a Dolly Tribute
forthcoming later this year....fun, fun, fun!
Paula's Thoughts On "My Hero, Mr. President!"
I just wanted to bring some light as to why I posted the song.
It's just a home demo; not an album track. I wrote it originally because I needed
to get those feelings off my chest: I literally needed to write "My Hero,
Mr. President!" in order to unblock my writing process, and let the other
songs behind it flow. Also, I was supposed to do a benefit for Rock For Choice
(which never happened) and I wrote the song for my appearance there. And so I
sit in my silence... Harboring these songs...I knew "My Hero..." was
relevant only NOW, so I put it up on the site: I didn't even tell Warner Brothers.
It probably won't be a single. Who knows, maybe it won't even make the album(?)...
I simply thought it should be heard by people who care. I was curious, too, about
your thoughts. There are no designs! This song is aberrant from the rest of the
material. Most of the songs are confessional stories; emotional; melodic. I can't
wait to finish up the album and be out there again making music. I miss it so!
All good things,
Muses from Paula
Paula, still in the studio recording tracks
for her next album with renowned producer Hugh Padgham, looked
forward to taking time out and answering questions directly from
her devoted fans. Click here for
Paula's responses. Stay tuned to paulacole.com for more opportunities
to submit your questions to Paula in our continuing Ask Paula forum!