Born: July 8
On her upcoming CD release I Can See Bliss From Here, (Wall-I Records), Lili Añel donned yet another hat, as co-producer and teamed up with Dale Melton (“The Melton Brothers) a friend and fellow musician who’d played in her rhythm section for over a year. The collaboration as co-producers has proven fruitful, delivering a profoundly honest and diverse recording. The songwriting on this, her 6th CD, is more musically diverse than any of her previous. The multi-tasking singer/songwriter states “these are the songs I want to put out to the world at this time. They reflect where I am right now”. And reflect they do, musically drawing from Latin, Jazz, Folk, Blues and Pop, as much a hybrid as Lili herself, a New York-born Cuban-African American. The distance between Añel’s new release and her previous, the award-winning 2009 “Every Second In Between”, has been a long one. Añel’s story is commonplace in the current U.S. recession. “Except for when I was on a label and was on tour in the mid-90s”, says Añel, “I’ve always had a day-job while I worked on my music and burned the candle at both ends”. In 2008 after the firm where Añel worked closed its doors, she found herself at a crossroads. “Unemployment eventually ran out and I could not find work in my field or any field for that matter”. With no money coming in, Añel utilized the options available to her to survive. “I gave back my car, filed for bankruptcy, moved to a cheaper apartment, and sold a high-end guitar I loved and worked hard to afford. It’s just material and besides you can only play one guitar at a time. That’s what I told myself to not feel badly. I’m lucky to have food, a roof over my head and a comfortable bed, and besides, I’m not alone. There are people going through much, much worse.” The CD’s single, Climb The Wall, with its bata-styled rhythm, accurately depicts this situation stating “it can all be gone forever/in the blink of an eye/lose your job/lose your car/lose your house/lose your mind/lose your time”. Says Lili “I didn’t lose my mind, but I sure came close”. ...
- I Can See Bliss From Here by Chris M. Slawecki
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“[I Can See Bliss From Here]…a gem…powerful, indeed…” –Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes
“'I CanSee Bliss From Here' is the album every artist hopes for” –Robbie Woliver, Dir. of NY Music Hall of Fame
... an exciting, fresh sounding album...one can hear 'bliss' -Kent Manthie, Reviewer Magazine
of Every Second In Between Superbly crafted CD.....