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Songs to Make You Cry Then Lift You Back Up 

I was listening to David Wilcox' incredible song "Chet Baker's Unsung Swan Song" and it inspired me to create a new Spotify playlist. I filled it with one bummer song each from some of the greats: Joni, David Wilcox, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Rickie Lee Jones, Sam Cooke, Shawn Colvin, John Hiatt--and also more recent wonderful singer/songwriters like Jason Isbell, Kris Delmhorst, Becky Warren, and Corrine Bailey Rae. The last three songs are more hopeful but who knows, they might make you cry too: 

Songs to Make You Cry Then Lift You Back Up: a playlist by Susan Anders


A Couple of Fun Gigs 

I had a wonderful couple of shows in Nashville and Berkeley in June. Thank you to J. Poet for my preview and picture in the East Bay Express before my show at the venerable Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, here's a tidbit: "Loop de Loop is marked by subtle, passionate lead vocals and lush, multi-layered harmonies." My 91 year old father was in attendance, making the show even more special. To my shock he liked one of my new songs, an acoustic-funk one called Spell, the best. He liked the beat! Video from both shows is coming soon.

Now I'm settling in to complete and record songs for my next album, songs inspired by women from US history.