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WELCOME TO THE HOME PAGE OF AMERICANA SINGER-SONGWRITER EILEEN BERNSTEIN!

Eileen has taken audiences up and down the peaks and valleys of life at festivals, songwriter showcases, and coffeehouses throughout the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) and is excited to be in Nashville. “Endless Night,” off her No Place But Up EP, has been played on digitalrevolutionradio. Eileen's passionate writing and vocal jump style developed among lifelong influences as varied as Evanescence, Journey, Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, Foreigner, Sara Bareilles, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Green Day, Kacey Musgraves, and Gretchen Wilson. Fans compare her to Sheryl Crow, the Indigo Girls, Jewel, Sara McLachlan, and Stevie Nicks. A music career highlight was playing the community tent just before Three Dog Night took the stage in Havre de Grace, MD.

Music for the Peaks and Valleys of Life - blog

Swimming Snakes 

My biggest valley this year has been not seeing my kids or my parents at all due to the pandemic. We live in 4 different states.

Now for the peaks – 

           I have another song, Old Wives Tale, demoed by my co-writer Bob Huston here in Nashville, who has just released the song and plans to put it on his next EP. You can find it here: http://reverbnation.com/bobhuston/song/32333348-old-wives-tale

           My guitar accompanist, Greg Tape, has been helping me get familiar with my recording software so that in a couple weeks I expect to have one huge arrangement done. We are paring down over 50 tracks! 

           I have been enjoying the binoculars Greg got me for Chanukah. On Friday I pulled up to my favorite overlook by the Harpeth River at sunset, and watched a snake swim by with its mouth open and tongue flicking in and out. The woodpecker in our yard evades me, however. Every time I run out back to take a photo, he flies away. It reminds me of how evasive this year has been. Every time we think we have established a routine to “deal with” the chaos, the new normal we have built flies out of our grasp. Which is why I appreciate every fleeting moment of happiness and success. Now more than ever, I am touched by how you stay with me on my music journey. 

           Please write me about your news and stay healthy and sane! 

           Musically yours,

           Eileen

Creativity and a YouTube Challenge 

I hope all of you are continuing to stay healthy and free of COVID19!  A woman in France I never knew was a fan tuned in to one of my Facebook Live sessions, and I replied to her in French. I have finished 3 new songs – one is a solo write and two are co-writes with other Nashville based songwriters. When I’m not writing I’m calling friends to see how they are doing. The cruelty of this pandemic in robbing people of their loved ones really hit home for me even more how someone can suddenly be gone from this earth. Which brings me to the inspiration for my new song, “Crossing Bridges.” If the pandemic doesn’t motivate families who have been torn apart by disputes to reunite, I don’t know what will. Below my YouTube challenge is  a link to the YouTube video. Let me know your thoughts on “Crossing Bridges!” 

YOUTUBE CHALLENGE: if you help me reach 100 subscribers on my YouTube channel, I will enter you into a contest to win a signed copy of the lyrics to one of my songs. I will scan it and email it to you as a thank you. Crossing Bridges

Besides writing and calling friends, I’m job hunting – gotta pay for the music habit until it starts to pay for itself and for my living expenses. I’m also taking walks past the cattle ranches and enjoying the company of a purebred Australian shepherd dog who follows me down the street. Guess he wants to make sure I’m not up to no good lol! 

Musically yours, 

Eileen

Airplay and Cows! 

This week on my journey through the peaks and valleys of life:  

  

2/27/2020  

I’m starting off 2020 with some airplay! The peakofmyweek was learning that “Startin’ Somethin’ Good” and “Endless Night” will be broadcast this Sunday, March 1 between 7-9 AM EST (6-8 AM CST) on WHUS UCONN 97.1 Square Pegs & Round Holes, hosted by Chicopee John. The deejay played the title track from that EP, “No Place But Up,” just a couple weeks ago. I also have a new single coming out soon – will keep you posted!  

There has been some new activity in the co-writing arena. I had my first artist co-write and she seems interested in recording the song we worked on. Before y’all jump up and down with joy, here’s the reality check songwriters have to always give ourselves: it’s not a done deal until the song is actually released to the public. In fact, some of my co-writing sessions have been postponed for several months because they are busy touring and writing with other artists and songwriters. That having been said, I’m excited about all these new opportunities from persistently and consistently networking, showing support for other musicians, and playing writers rounds.  

I guess a sign of things to come happened when one of our neighbor’s cows made a breakout through a hole in the fence and showed up in our front yard, calmly eating the grass. This went on for about a week, and I got a couple photos.  

Hope your year is going great!  

Musically yours,  

Eileen

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