13. AMY OBENSKI: CLEARLY TODAY
Something’s in the way
of me seeing Clearly Today
and that fog that surrounds my brain
is getting thicker now
thicker every day
Tell me, tell me nothing’s wrong
tell me I am here now
so this is what’s going on
growing, growing in the light
coming into focus, figures
colors burning bright
Sheltered by an umbrella, I’m dry
but then I wander out into the rain
I’m cold, I’m wet, but I’m alive
and water runs into my face
into my ears, into my eyes
and I am crying but I am alive
© Amy Obenski Publishing, (ASCAP)
Produced and Mixed by Amy Obenski
Previously released on the album, From the Deep, by Amy Obenski
Performed by Amy Obenski (voice, guitar, piano), Paul Stevens (drums) and Ted Framhein (bass)
With a stark and honest intensity, Amy Obenski’s rich, crystalline voice cuts through the noise of every day life. She’s a California native. Raised in San Diego and now based in San Francisco, the sound of the far west is unmistakably infused into her words and sound. She’s toured the U.S. and France and even got her song “Carousel” onto the TV Show, Grey’s Anatomy.
You can catch her perform in a variety of formats: solo, duo or with a full band. Her newest project however is using a looper where she plays solo but can double up on her own music to create the sound of a full band plus a small choir.
Amy’s fifth album was released in 2014. This album, entitled Restless, was a collaboration between her and a trio of French musicians named The Carbone Band. Between 2011 and 2013 Amy travelled to France three times to play and tour with them which eventually led to the recording of Restless and a month long Artist in Residence at La Maison des Arts in Saint Herblain. The music was a collision of Amy’s free “California girl” sound and the French’s deep passion and intensity.
Restless features the distinctive sound of The Carbone Band and also a string ensemble of students and associates of La Maison des Arts. The Carbone Band is comprised of Philippe Crochet on guitar, Josselin Sebille on bass and Mourad Aït Abdelmalek on the drums.
Amy’s musical history stretches back to age five, when she began singing in her school choir. She took up piano at age six and has been studying music ever since. She finally picked up the guitar when she began songwriting at twenty-two.
In Santa Cruz, California, she supported local organizations through a series of benefit concerts called Take Back Your Forest. Collectively they raised six thousand dollars for the Sempervirens Fund, an organization that purchases and protects redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She continues to support these types of organizations as much as possible. In 2012, her Carbon Conscious Tour raised awareness about the burning of rainforest in South America and the affects on climate change.