Prolific singer-songwriter DULCIE TAYLOR has reworked and remixed favorite songs from her storied catalog for her new smooth-Americana EP Reimagined, released digitally on May 8, 2020 via Mesa Bluemoon Recordings. The six songs received a variety of treatments in the studio from Dulcie’s long time collaborator George Nauful, who is guitarist and singer in her band, co-writer, producer, and founder of Mesa Bluemoon.
Reimagined provides a rediscovery of Dulcie’s warm storytelling through lyrics and a mix of acoustic and electric instrumentation, refining her poignant love songs with new textures. “It's funny, pulling up a track from so many years ago will put you right back in the room where you wrote the song and right back in the room where you cut the tracks.” says Taylor, a native of South Carolina and longtime resident of California’s Central Coast. “It's like time traveling.”
Dulcie Taylor has seven albums to her credit which have received national AAA airplay and multiple awards through the years. Her 2018 album, The Better Part Of Me, was acclaimed as her best yet, with over a million views on her video “Halfway To Jesus”, which decried climate change. Taylor is known for weaving themes of her love of nature (she's lost count of all the causes she supports - a few include PETA, WWF, ROAR, GreenPaace, ASPCA) alongside her insightful relationship songwriting.
“Reimagined has provided new realizations of my songs.” describes Dulcie. “I’ve heard the music through the ears of my band members, and it has revealed things I had not realized, even though I wrote the songs!”
Dulcie shares thoughts on the six songs remixed for new EPReimagined.
• “Easy For You” (from Diamond & Glass, 2002). When a couple breaks up, there’s almost always one of the people who has an easier time of it. This song is written from the viewpoint of the person having the harder time. We chose it for the remix because we love the song and the track is very special. It was a delight to work on again.
• “Diamond & Glass” (Diamond & Glass). Love can be as strong as one of the hardest substances on Earth and it can also shatter like a wine glass dropped on a marble floor. We chose to remix this one because we’ve always loved the message and the groove. ‘Love can cut like a diamond/ Love can shatter like glass’.
• “To Be A Fool” (from Free of this Sorrow, 2012). The singer is hurt by the person she loves, in a way she never thought was possible. She is willing to save the relationship but she will not be a fool. We chose this one to remix because George Nauful (my producer, guitarist, label head, friend!) has always felt that it’s unlike anything else I’ve written.
Whatever comes I’m here for you, I’m here for you
There’s very little I wouldn’t do
But there’s one thing you don’t ask me
I love you too much for you to ask me to be a fool
• “On A Rainy Day” (from Only Worn One Time, 2014). The singer is going to wait until it rains to cry over a lost love. That way, the rain will hide the pain and maybe, wash it way. Unfortunately, she’s living in a place going through a terrible drought. We chose it for the remix because we love the song and we love the track, and we all had recently gone through a terrible drought here in California. It was a bit of a revelation that I liked the track better after we made it simpler. ‘Let the tears of heaven wash my pain away/I’ll wait to cry on a rainy day’
• “Corazon Frio” (Diamond & Glass). The singer feels like there must be some kind of spell cast on her and her lover to make things go so badly. We chose it for a remix because this track has a mood to it that we all love, rather noir. The first time around, it took a long time to mix because it’s a dense track, though the finished product didn’t sound that way. It was great fun to make it more simple.
• “You and Me” (Diamond & Glass). A song about two people trying really hard, and mostly unsuccessfully, to stay together. The singer can hardly believe it, doing therapy…’this can’t be you and me/ Paying a third party to help us put our hearts back together again.’ We chose it because George loves the track, as I do, and for the approach the songs takes to a problem so many people face.