The sky looks pissed

After Hurricane Sandy she released her EP (“Live From Laurel Canyon”) with tens of thousands of dollars in proceeds going to a relief fund. After the appalling shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School she recorded a rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (and then performed it on Good Morning America) with all proceeds going to benefit The United Way of Western Connecticut and other local charities.

An ambassador for The VH1 Save The Music Foundation (dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of music education and restoring the teaching of instrumental music in America’s public schools), Ingrid Ellen Egbert Michaelson is perhaps best known for her myriad of songs featured in advertising campaigns for the likes of: Old Navy, Traveler’s Insurance, Opel/Vauxhall, Motts Apple Juice, Ritz Crackers, Google Chrome, etc.

….And on such television shows as: Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, Scrubs, The Big C, One Tree Hill, Parenthood, Ugly Betty, Brothers & Sisters, Army Wives, Hellcats, Body of Proof, In Plain Sight, The Vampire Diaries, So You Think You Can Dance, Enlightened, etc. etc.

Born in 1979 in Staten Island, Michaelson took up the piano at the age of four and “trained until seven” at Manhattan’s Third Street Music School.  After graduating from Staten Island Technical High School and Binghamton University, where she majored in Theater, she began to record her own music in 2002 and self-promoted it on MySpace, while performing at local venues and directing children’s theater.

Dubbed the “DIY Diva” by London’s “Daily Mail” she eventually self-produced her first album “Slow the Rain” (as she has since done with each of her albums) and released it on her own label, Cabin 24 Records.

Featured on her fourth album “Everybody” in 2009, this song, “The Chain” (with its truly wonderful first line and curly-cue last stanza) goes to show how studio recording itself can be an art form.

A live version was previously included on Ingrid Michaelson’s 2008 compilation album, “Be OK” which debuted at 35 on the Billboard Album Chart and sold 15,000 copies in its first week… Naturally, part of the proceeds went to the charity, Stand Up To Cancer.

 LISTEN TO THIS SONG – Tuesday 19 February 

The Chain

The sky looks pissed

The wind talks back

My bones are shifting in my skin

And you my love are gone

 My room feels wrong

The bed won’t fit

I cannot seem to operate

And you my love are gone

 So glide away on soapy heels

And promise not to promise anymore

And if you come around again

Then I will take

Then I will take

The chain from off the door

 I’ll never say

That I’ll never love

But I don’t say a lot of things

And you my love are gone

So glide away on soapy heels

And promise not to promise anymore

And if you come around again

Then I will take

The chain from off the door…

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