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The blog for Seattle-based female singer/songwriter Naomi Hall. Quirky, outsider, avant-garde music.

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MEDIA DISCOVERY SCAM - SHAME ON YOU!

A company called Media Discovery wants to contribute "editorial content" for my website and offers to give me money. I am immediately suspicious and try to turn the tables...

MY RICE IS IN THE SHAPE OF A...

When life gives you rice in the shape of lemons, write about it... and get Jonathan Frakes to sign your "Star Trek VIII: First Contact" movie poster...

NEW ALBUM IN DECEMBER 2012!

"Honeymoon On Neptune" is FINALLY ready to launch!

A SPIDER FELL ON MY NECK!

My Japanese mother visits, I see Dead Can Dance at Marymoor Park, and pick some blueberries.

FABULOUS FUN TIME!

Fabulous fun time in the recording studio at Electrokitty Studios in Wallingford, Seattle!

NOODLING THE VERSES

We are finally ready to start mixing the album, but Gary and I decide to add a few more guitars here and there. Jeremy Manley stops by to play some manly guitar riffs...

WEB OF MICS AND NEVE LUNCHBOX

I stop by Electrokitty Recording Studios where Mike Day sets up a web of mics for a drum session. Gary Reynolds breaks out a Neve Lunchbox and music get real fun, real fast...

CD BABY JINGLE TIME!

I found some time to record and submit an entry to CD Baby's Jingle contest...

HARRO PEOPLES!

I’ve been posting some videos to YouTube on how things have been going in the studio and will post some photos as well as they’re taken. My last album was released in 2006 (Love Full of Punches). It was also my first album and I was very young (still am! hrmph!) and admittedly wasn’t sure what the hell I was doing. Then again, I never really am and can’t say I really know now...

RELEASING NEW AND PREVIOUS MATERIAL IN 2011

I've decided to start releasing some of my material from the past few years online again for free in 2011...

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HONEYMOON ON NEPTUNE

My boyfriend and I have been together for over 4 years. What better way to celebrate than with a song? :D Taking this rough mix into the studio tomorrow along with a few others for some live instrumentation and reproduction for release on my new album later this year.

NOTHING BUT SILENCE

Here is "Nothing but Silence" -- the one I recorded and wrote when I was a kid -- yes, KID. I feel like I'm getting up there in my 20s that I can say this! AND also available below is the new version produced and mixed by Gary Reynolds at Electrokitty Studios.

ONE MORE TIME

Between the lovey dovey fright night and the chaos that October has been for me, I found some time to work on a dark melody. I guess I went dark because it was October and I was trying to come up with something not-so-happy, which has been difficult for me the last few years! So here is the darkest song I've managed to write since 2008.

ONE OF TWO

This past month started out super awesome stress-free but somehow transpired into an *insanely* busy month! I barely had time to do much with music and when I did, I didn't want to do too much. The only comfort I found in this busy month besides goofing off with Korg synths and creating sound samples was...

BIKE (Syd Barrett cover)

So my boyfriend and I started biking this month and we plan to do a lot of biking over the Labor Day weekend. Naturally, all this biking made me think of Syd Barrett. Why would it make me think of anything else...

DINGBAT

I managed to break my thumb early on in the month on a very beautiful sunny day in a very stupid way (photo posted above) and also shave only one leg before going out in public. SO given the last few weeks, a lot of different words and names ran through my mind but one stood out to me -- dingbat! I wrote a very randomly worded song some years ago called "Dingbat" and after encountering so many dingbats (myself being one of them) in July, I decided to update and re-record it. 

HOW DO I GET OUT?

Earlier this month, I had some tummy ache problems fixed. All is well now and I feel awesome! Although for a good 5-6 days, I was doped up on painkillers. It caused me to have the craziest action-packed dreams and for some reason, they were all mainly with Bruce Willis...

ABOVE ALL

Turns out I'll be dating my boyfriend for close to 3 years now. Time goes by FAST! I wanted to write him a "normal" song that he'd be "ok" with forwarding to his family. Apparently, a song containing lyrics like "eat your dandruff like a line of coke" might not be the best to forward to the mom. So I came up with a song about a dancing pig...

TEMPORARY SECRETARY (Paul McCartney cover)

Besides having Sir Paul's lesser known yet fantastic song show up in my iPod a number of times, it was also getting close to the "wedding of the century" (hooray Britain!) and Administrative Professional Day. It just felt like all signs were pointing to cover this song. Who else wouldn't have come to the same conclusion?...

WHERE DID I WAKE UP?

The past month has been super busy. And somehow, I have managed to have a sore throat every other weekend. It inspired me to write some instrumentals, one of which was in my head after I woke up feeling delirious from Nyquil and Sudafed and TheraFlu...

WHEAT SPAGHETTI

It's Valentine's Day. And I decided I could go one of two ways with this: upload a "you suck so die" melody or upload a happy song. I went with the latter -- kinda. It's a halfway-done rough mix of a song I wrote just yesterday...

PRE-ENGAGEMENT RING

This is the furthest (or closest) thing to a love song I have ever written for the moment. Maybe another one, "This Breath Breathed," might be closer... but nonetheless. It's called "Pre-Engagement Ring" and I was inspired to write it a VERY long time ago after listening to "Fingertips" by They Might Be Giants.  A new version was recorded recently.

THE GNOME (Syd Barret cover)

After practicing Syd Barrett songs for the better half of December, I've been inspired to cover "The Gnome." Not sure what came over me, but it happened very spontaneously. A few riffs of "See Emily Play," "Arnold Layne," and "Bike" mysteriously made it into the mix as well. If you haven't heard the original yet, be sure to give it a listen first!

GOT AWAY CLEAN

This is probably the first full song I wrote. A new version was recorded quite a few years later. Both versions are available for free download.

BRIDE OF THE MONSTER

A columnist for a newspaper in New Jersey, Jeff Grimshaw, e-mailed me one day and asked if I've ever heard of Ed Wood. He also asked if I've ever seen the movie "Bride of the Monster" specifically...

OUT OF ME

I wrote this song one night when I couldn't get to sleep. Hooray for insomnia... "Out of Me" is found on the "Love Full of Punches" album. Adam Wesley provided chorus vocals on this and Gary Reynolds directed my whispers. :)

SOMETHING ABOUT ISHKA

One of the first songs I ever wrote. I recorded this when I was 14 years old shortly after I met a very yappy dog… :D