Video Premiere: “Fortune-Found Lover” by Elizabeth Herman Tracy

Today, I’m thrilled to announce, we’re sharing our first finished piece from the album: a performance video of my mother’s song, “Fortune-Found Lover”, recorded live in one day at Q Division Studios, produced by Ed Valauskas and filmed by Treebeard Media. We’ll be premiering the video live today on YouTube at 2PM EST.

My mother wrote this song in 1973, and recorded it around 1978 on cassette along with about 12 others. She taught me these tunes as she taught me guitar, and to this day, it’s one of the most perfect love songs I’ve ever heard. It was an incredibly special experience to get to arrange and record this with the band and Ed, and I’m moved and proud to be able to share it with you today. Watch live.

Mother’s Day is a complicated holiday. It addition to being a celebration of the women in our lives, it can also remind us of people we’ve lost; strained relationships with family members; elusive relationships we never had; or the roles of motherhood we hope to play in our own lives. I’ve struggled with this holiday personally for the past 20 years since we lost my mother, and in other ways in more recent years as “woman-of-a-certain-age” without children. At the same time, I’ve used this holiday every year as an opportunity to celebrate the various people in my life who have mothered me–friends, family members, bandmates, role models–and to remember my own mother and the amazing things she gave me: including music. Most years I change my Facebook profile picture, without comment, to a picture of the two of us. This year, I wanted to use it as an opportunity to celebrate her music.

I can’t thank you all enough for your support and help in making this, and the rest of the album, possible. Here’s wishing you all a happy weekend, whatever it may mean to you.
~  Magen, Mike, Sam, Stud, and Tamora