So if you are into the local music scene in San Diego, or anywhere else for that matter you’ve probably already been hipped to the AWESOMENISITY that is DawnMitschele (ß click for site). If you haven’t yet, then you’ve either been under a rock or just haven’t been fortunate enough to catch one of her many shows. Her music has the ability to be sweet, sad, inspiring and very telling, all the while being just a bit mysterious. I say this because even though she wears her heart on her sleeve and a good amount is poured onto the stage with every song, you will never know the real Dawn unless you are willing to open your heart, mind and soul to everything around you. Even though not everyone will get the opportunity to know Dawn personally, her music will give us all the chance to hear her heart’s inner most thoughts and if you listen closely you might even get a chance to find a bit out about her personality.
Dawn’s first full album release “In The Moonlight” back in 2009 was a huge success and prompted a solo tour that would earn her a huge flock of fans all throughout the west coast and soon well beyond. She’s been from coast to coast spreading her “Love” message and even made it overseas. All in all a VERY impressive feat for a “coffee-shop” artist, but I can assure you that once you hear her beautiful voice and her touching lyrics you will realize that she is soooo much more! Here are some of the songs in the form of live performances that I was able to attend! Enjoy!!
Dawn is currently in the process of releasing her next EP entitled “Love Remains”. This 5 song EP is scheduled for a February 14th, 2012 release date and includes her new single “This Time Next Year”. The EP was produced by Gabe Lehner (of Inspired Flight) in Encinitas, CA.and mastered by Dave Greenberg (Sonopod). The track features many incredibly talented local artists: Kenny Eng (electric guitars), Rick Sybrandy (bass), Craig Zarkos (drums), Marta Blalock Zaldova (vioin), Erdis Maxhelaku (cello), Kelly Bennett (violin), John Ciccolella (piano). It is sure to be every bit as amazing as her last album. If you haven’t been fortunate enough to catch the live version of this hauntingly beautiful song, you are in luck! I have it here for you, first in a live performance video as well as a direct download given to me by the one and only DAWN MITSCHELE herself! That’s right ladies and gents I was given the exclusive! Before I get to the video and the download, I asked Dawn 5 questions to better understand her single, the new album and about her artistic process….let’s see what she had to say…
1. What is the inspiration and the meaning behind your new single "This Time Next Year"?
The inspiration for the song was that it was the new year, and I had had a very tough year (2009) where so many dark things occurred in my life. I had been in a very challenging relationship, and had made some choices that resulted in some tough lessons for me. This song came from the place that was desperate to never make the same choices again, and to have things be better and brighter in the year ahead.
2. With your new album "Love Remains" due to be released in Feb. 2012, what do you want listeners to feel when listening to the 5 track EP?
I want listeners to feel a full palette of emotions. Each song is different from the next. Thus, I would love for listeners to feel inspired by the many different sounds. A few words that come to mind that I'd want them to feel are:
inspired, relaxed, reflective, moved, grooved...and sexy!
3. Where can fans pick up the new single?
On my website (www.dawnmitschele.com)...and Sound Cloud!
4. How would you describe your song writing process (do you have to be in a specific mood or do ideas just flow whenever)?
As far as my process, I really have to be in a mood where I'm out of my head. If I'm just letting life flow through me, the inspiration comes much more easily. Sometimes, I have something very specific I want to write a song about, and I work at it, whether I'm in the mood or not. Other times, like while folding laundry for example, I'll have an inspired thought for a song and head to my guitar or my journal to start working it out. For "This Time Next Year," i was working on the song which was a part of this "song game" i was in. It is an online community of songwriters that write a song a week using the same word or phrase in the song. I remember when I started writing this song, it came so easily, I kept thinking it was already a song I wrote. The chords came first I think...then the melody and words came out of it. But to be honest, it was kind of a blur.
5. If you had to describe your music using colors (I know it's an odd question but I sometimes see music in color), what would best describe your new album and why?
Using colors...some of my songs would be in golds and silvers...sparkly, like stars...and then some in deep moody colors like midnight blues and dark velvet reds. Others would be in lighter tones, filled with hopeful yellows and lighter blues and greens. I also feel there must be earth tones running throughout them as well..as those have always felt like my truest colors.
6. Lastly, are there any words of inspiration you would like to leave your fans (old and new) with to start off the new year?
- You're doing a great job. Really, you are! Just keep listening...in the silence and in your heart. It has all the answers you will ever need.
- Each new year is a time to let things go that don't work for my life or for the greater good, and I invite you to do the same in this new year.
- I am still learning about love, as we all are during our time here on earth. My wish is for everyone in the new year is to feel the love that they are and to unite with that love in those around them.
So now that I have kept you all in suspense for so long, I present to you not only the live performance (featuring Eric Morgensen on sax) in Bremerton, WA at a Living Room Concert, but at the bottom of this post I will give you a link so you can get an exclusive FREE download for your listening pleasure! Think of it as a belated XMAS gift from Dawn that will help bring in the new year!!! Enjoy!!
As I promised you, here is the link to download your mp3 of Dawn Mitschele's new single "This Time Next Year" (CLICK HERE and press play below to hear the studio version) off of her upcoming EP "Love Remains" coming to you Feb. 14th 2012...BE ON THE LOOK OUT!!! Follow Dawn on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Myspace and get her "In The Moonlight" album on Itunes TODAY!!!!
Editor & Chief of The Penguin Gazette,
P.S. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! BE SAFE AND I HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL AGAIN SOON!!!