All About New York City ‘s Singer Natalie Gelman

Hi everyone,

I would like to introduce you to Singer Natalie Gelman. She is a very talented singer and loved one of her songs “Laugh So Hard, You Cry” melted my heart and it reminds me of an extreme love. I’m going to provide one of her song for you all to listen/read her song “Laugh So Hard, You Cry”

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 I have also interviewed her and she is extremely down to earth, and very friendly when I chat with her so you can see my interview below:

So you are originally from NYC and when did you create your first debut?

I am, born and raised, which everyone always says is rare. My first album came out in 2006 – it was self-titled and features 9 songs. It was recorded with friends over about half a year.

which lyrics are most popular that fans love?

That’s so hard to say. I have people request songs that were on the releases I put out before my debut – some of the first songs I ever wrote. I see flaws in them but I think there’s something to be said for the purity of them that connects with people. On my new record, Most the While has a lot of lyrics people gravitate to as well as Long Stemmed Roses. Both of those are about an inner strength in an experience of love that is not always perfect or healthy but more real. I think the new songs I’m writing are really connecting too. There’s a song called Some People and another called The Answer that are simple and honest. Lyrics are so important to me and I work really hard on them – making sure I’m being clear and saying exactly what I mean to. It seems to be working on these new ones because people have been asking about them at my live shows. 

There are two lyrics that I love “Laugh So Hard You Cry” and Most The While”, Can you describe what these lyrics express about?

Thank you! I was really excited about both of those when I wrote them. Laugh So Hard You Cry, is about life… the ups and downs and self-commitment to keep doing whatever it takes to live a full life. I think as we go through life and get our hearts broken – by lovers, our families or even ourselves as dreams or expectations fall short – we get chips on our shoulders and broken hearts that prevent us from going back at it with an open heart the next day so we don’t have to go through it again and be hurt. But you have to keep open to possibilities – closing your self off to experiences in life is self-sabotage. Some of the lyrics I’m most proud of in all my work are in that song: “Life goes round with or without all the things we care about, maybe there’s really nothing to figure out.” Both bridges have some powerful lyrics about that point too with lyric repetition driving it home in the song: “Give your love away for all your days but you don’t know if things will stay ‘til you turn grey and all that’s left of your heart is ashes and stone” and “Cry away your tears ‘til all your fears have come and gone and you can say it will be okay when all is said and done”  As you can see I’m great at writing run-on sentences… I like how it leaves the lyric more open to interpretation for whatever the listener needs it to be. I wrote Most the While about how I sometimes feel on the road and doing what I do. It’s extremely fulfilling most days and I can’t imagine doing anything else but it’s made for some serious isolation and over the years I’ve become even more independent then I was growing up which I’m not always sure is a good thing.  I wrote that song completely as therapy and cried for hours writing it… I was in a strange place in a relationship I was in at the time too – starting to wonder if it was really going where I had originally thought it was. I think that found it’s way into the song in a way as I look back now. So many people think it’s just a love song and maybe in a way it was or maybe that’s just what then need it to be. I dedicate Most the While at a lot of my shows to anyone doing something against the grain. It’s not always popular and you don’t always have the support of family to do the right thing because they aren’t sure what you’re doing and it challenges their way of life and their identity. That clouded my judgment while also deepening my dependence on things I wasn’t sure were healthy for me anymore. When I had a sudden awareness of the rose colored glasses… I wrote Most the While. I think it’s my peace with my dependence on the vice of my art and what I’ve chosen to do with my life for better or worse.

How many time have you gone on the tour around the world? 

I’m constantly touring – been playing shows since the early 2000’s and a fulltime musician which really means fulltime touring musician since 2009. I haven’t done many shows abroad – when I have they have always been part of my travels or study abroad. I’m actually planning my first real overseas tour for next year and hoping to branch into Canada and Mexico soon too.

What do you literally see yourself in 5 years?

I actually try not to think that far ahead anymore. I’ve always been so future focused and goal oriented and I’m trying to do something different.  Still, I’m working really hard day to day and always enjoy looking back and seeing how far I’ve come in even just a few months to a year. I would love to be touring still and have songs out that people really love. I would like to get some other people singing my songs too and of course having grown up in NYC it’s one of my dreams to play Madison Square Garden one day!

Who is your favourite musician/singer?

I have a few. My favorite is Patty Griffin. She is a very under-appreciated artist and songwriter. Paulo Nutuni and Bruno Mars are other favorites. It’s a dream of mine to cowrite a song with any of them.

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Where are your favourite spot to sing? Indoor or outdoor? 

I love playing House of Blues venues – always really nice to work with the team at those venues. They have a great vibe going with the folk art and atmosphere they create. I’ve done some backstage videos at them that are up on Youtube. Besides that traditional venue my favorite place to sing lately is actually a house concert. It’s such a nice way to connect with people and share songs in an intimate setting.

On the appearance on any festivals, What song did you sing for many fans?

The most people I’ve sung in front of has been the National Anthem in front of about 17,000 people. I grew up singing opera and classical music which I performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC – I’m not sure how many that famous venue seats but it was a packed house and I had a solo with my choir there at age 12 and again 16. For my own music I think the most people I’ve performed in front of at any given time is 1200.

There are millions of people watching/listening to your music and wanting to be like you, what do you advise them to do?

That’s really flattering. I think the best advice I have is to do your best everyday and not be your own enemy. We get in our own way a lot, especially creative times. I’m guilty of this myself! Even by taking on more then I can do well I’m setting myself up to feel bad when I can’t get to ‘complete’. If you are choosing to be an artist or do something creative in life I think it’s really important to find some kind of support system and develop a way of getting past the critics and useless advice. I don’t have a thick skin but I have a way of wrapping my head around most critiques and thoughtless comments so I can just move on and get on with the next thing. I listen to see if there is some validity or if I’ve heard something like that before and decide if I want to act on it or put that comment in the back of my mind as something I may want to work on. Most of the time critiques are thoughtless and about the critic and their audience – not you and your art. So, even if it’s hurt my feelings I’ve learned to think through it by asking myself if it’s really going to matter in a while or change what I’m doing. If the answer is no, that won’t matter in 5 years, months, weeks or days then it’s not even worth 5 minutes of my time to worry about it.

Thank you Natalie for taking your time and your consideration to answer all!  We will leave you with an video and lyrics on my next post and enjoy yourself!

By: Carolyn Bulsink

 

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