Each week I will feature one song and accompanying painting from my project, Peace or Drama, A Journey Through Music And Art.

In the spotlight this week is You Never Know.

The Curse of the Flat Tire!!!

I took my show on the road last week. Didn’t make much money, but sometimes the value of work is measured in different ways. Every year I volunteer to sing at the STOP Children’s Cancer Fantasy Event in Gainesville, Florida (my hometown). This fundraiser is dear to my heart, as the charity was formed over 25 years ago when my best friend Bonnie was diagnosed with leukemia. This year’s theme was Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy, so I added some rock tunes to my repetoire. I can’t tell you how fun it was to do “Hound Dog” and “Hard Day’s Night” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” while wearing a floor-length sequined gown!

Taylor (my accompanist) got stranded in Georgia with a flat tire, so we performed with no rehearsal and it went off without a hitch. The next night, we were to meet in Orlando for a music/art show at Timucua White House. Guess who got the flat tire this time? (Must be contagious.) I got it fixed and made it to the show, and once more we played “on the fly.”

I guess I have learned to always be ready to punt. You never know what adventures life has in store. I’m amazed at how often that phrase comes up: You Never Know! Now that I have a song with that title, I notice it all the time.

“You never know what may come
You never know who’s undone
You never know when they’ll run
Before I give up I might
Consider what’s going right
It’s not about all or none
Just goes to show
You never know”

(chorus from You Never Know)

 

Song by Eve Fleishman. Image by Sue Johnson (Gainesville FL). Read more about You Never Know in the exhibition book. You can also bid on the painting, with proceeds to benefit PeaceTones.

Here’s a video from one of my recent shows:

Eve sings You Never Know at Bellamy Road

Each week I will feature one song and accompanying painting from my project, Peace or Drama, A Journey Through Music And Art.

In the spotlight this week is Wounded By You.

There’s a nod to Shakespeare in the first verse – something about the slings and arrows of life in Hamlet’s soliloquy (which I had to memorize in the 7th grade).   I notice I’m more likely to succumb to the pain of bad habits and experiences if I spend too much time alone. When I get out in the world, those negative patterns tend to subside.

I’m in Florida right now visiting my parents, and today we took a sunset pontoon ride on the lake. My mom said, “What is it about water that is so soothing?” Then I looked over and saw a small frog taking a nap next to me on the ledge of the boat. I watched his leathery green skin as he breathed steadily. What was he dreaming about? The sounds of his froggy friends around the lake soon perked him up. Time to go be out in the world!

“I keep getting wounded by you
I can’t seem to avoid the arrows
Please leave me forever more
Close this open door
And let me go”

(verse from Wounded By You)

 

Song by Eve Fleishman. Image by Cathy Martin (Apex NC). Read more about Wounded By You in the exhibition book. You can also bid on the painting, with proceeds to benefit PeaceTones.

Here’s a video from one of my recent shows:

Eve sings Wounded By You at REV

Each week I will feature one song and accompanying painting from my project, Peace or Drama, A Journey Through Music And Art.

In the spotlight this week is I Only Cry at the Movies Now.

This song always makes me feel nostalgic. It’s one of the first I ever wrote. I was living in Houston at the time, having a strong desire to sing and not knowing what to do about it. My friend Tim proclaimed himself my manager and carted me down to the Mucky Duck open mic to perform poorly-executed a cappella renditions of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” and The Sundays’ “Wild Horses” (does this bring anyone else back to 1997?).

I was just feeling my way here, realizing at age 26 that no talent scout was going to come knocking at my door. If I wanted to sing, I’d have to find a way to do it on my own. I didn’t have much self-awareness back then – didn’t realize how deep my connection to music was, even though I’d drive around town making up melodies and lyrics just for the fun of it. I never thought that anyone else would care to listen.

This song is about movies and it kinda feels like a movie itself. There’s plenty of drama, but the song is somewhat playful, too (maybe it’s the long-as-your-arm title). I got to perform this on the historic Ryman stage here in Nashville, and I reckon it doesn’t get any better than that.

“Now sometimes when I’m there at the picture show
Staring silently up at the stars
I imagine that maybe somewhere you
Are watching that same lonesome part
At the last of the credits
I always regret it
I want them to go on and on
‘Cause when they turn on the lights
It’s so hard to hide
Just how much I been carrying on”

(verse from I Only Cry at the Movies Now)

 

Song by Eve Fleishman. Image by Hilary Williams (San Francisco CA). Read more about I Only Cry at the Movies Now in the exhibition book. You can also bid on the painting, with proceeds to benefit PeaceTones.

Here’s a video from one of my recent shows:

Eve sings I Only Cry at the Movies Now with Wendy and Josh