An Indie Folk Tale Sung By Beth Waters
How I Discovered Beth Waters Talent
I can’t believe I’m just now discovering this Indie Folk artist named Beth Waters. I like to turn on iTunes radio while at my computer, put in my earphones, and discover the talent of the world some never pay attention to by listening to the singer/songwriter station. However, as I, myself, have not heard much about Beth, it is possible others have since she, unbeknownst to me, has been recording and putting out records since 2003. I wondered how I missed this about this awesome talent. Then I started reading her band bio, and some Wikipedia facts about her, and to me it seems she has chosen to stay under the radar and enjoy a flourishing, successful career while raising a family. And I must reiterate that she is indeed successful.
In 2003, Beth Waters finished recording her first album aptly entitled, “Beth Waters.” Backed by a little unknown record company, Mermaid Mafia Records. This record then received attention from KFOG radio station in San Francisco, California. Soon her record made it to the iTunes charts and was named one of the top ten best albums of 2004. She then started her second record, “Forms of The Truth,” all the while still promoting her first record.
Beth kept strong on the ITunes Charts and also got to lend her songs out to some popular television programs such as; ABC’s popular daytime drama “One Life to Live,” Lifetime Television’s “Recipe For A Perfect Christmas,” “1-800-MISSING, and The WB’s “One Tree Hill.”
These days it seems she is embracing her role as Mom, and working on an album of all lullabies, which will reflect on her values and experience of being a mother.
The Story Behind Her Talent
Like many musicians, Beth became a true musician at a very young age. Like any other art form, whether it be an artist that paints pretty pictures, or one that sings lovely songs and plays guitar, I believe you are a true artist as soon as you get that certain bug to go for it. Beth got her musical bug at three years old when she sat down at a piano and started tinkering and playing it by ear.
As I continue to read and learn more about this talented artist, I learned that she has overcome great obstacles in her life. Beth was born in San Bernardino, California and she was the middle child of 9 siblings who all were raised by a single mother, whom loved to pick up her brood and move them from place to place often. It seems that Beth used her love for music and songwriting to carry her through tough times of her life.
By the age of 15, she left to move in with an Aunt. Like a lot of teenagers, Beth then went out and got a job at a café becoming the hostess of that establishment. I’ve heard similar stories through the years where singer/songwriter’s would say they landed a café job where they could also play and sing to the customers. Beth was no exception to this familiar way of life, after 10pm, the owner of the café would let her perform for the customers, and Beth used this time wisely to hone in on her talent of singing, and playing her original songs for people to enjoy.
Beth Waters Stays Low Key; I Admire That
Beth Waters seems like a person I would love to be friends with. She is a very talented artist in her own right, yet it seems she would rather actually just enjoy life and motherhood, and of course, her own talent of singing and playing, but she has her priorities in the right place, which I respect so much. Especially of a person that could probably be an on the go superstar.
I took a look at YouTube, because, of course, most singers have their own channel, and indeed she did, but it wasn’t filled with tons of her music. It was mostly filled with video of her adoring children. If she has a professional one, I’ve yet to find it. She does have some faithful fans it seems though. The videos of hers I post here will be made not by her, but by fans. What also surprised me about this was, the lack of views she has. Compared to other artists, even the not so talented ones, the videos are not getting the views I feel they deserve just for the pure talent she possesses.
Like I said earlier, I found her on ITunes by chance, and as it happens it was a cover of a Paul Simon song. I love Simon and Garfunkel, so I like Paul Simon's songs and her version of his song, “Slip Slidin Away,” to me was just mesmerizing. The tone of her voice and playing the music in a lower key on the piano was just beautiful. That made me look her songs up on Youtube, and I picked a few more of her original songs that I feel have great inspiration in them and are songs I like to listen to. I refer her type of music to poetry set to song.
Slip Slidin Away
Let’s start with the song I heard her sing first; Slip Slidin Away.
I can’t say what her inspiration for the arrangement of this song was, but I know Paul Simon meant it to be a three verse trilogy of husband, wife, and family. He then added the fourth verse because of the record label's push to do so.
The song to me goes well to what Paul Simon says his theme was originally. It’s three parts of a family story. As I interpret it; the man love’s his family very much, but in loving them the way he does, he feels scared and smothered by losing his own identity. He’s not ready to do this, so he has left. The chorus: slip slidin away, slip slidin away, you know the nearer your destination, the more you slip slidin away, to me means; that some get so caught up in the routine of life, that they forget how to make things new, and instead they just leave and abandon their responsibilities in hopes of finding themselves again.
It’s a sad song that Paul Simon sings well. However, Beth Waters sings in such a more melodic tone that the story becomes even more real. I can see the characters of the song, and I can feel the emotion better with her version. Sorry Paul Simon, I do still love your version too, but Beth brings heart to this song's story.
The next song I listened to and liked was one of Beth’s original songs, “Sweaters.” This song was on her first self-titled album "Beth Waters" back in 2003. I could not find her own inspiration behind this song, but I enjoyed the lyrics. And so, like I do in a lot of the poetry I read, I listened to it and made my own interpretation of what I feel the song is about.
The lyrics to me state that there are so many holes in sweaters that refuse to get sewn, and this means that people get stuck. They get comfortable in their regular routine, and don’t venture out and try new things. They don’t have the courage to follow their dreams. I somehow relate to this song on some level. Because it also makes a few references of being an outcast, and therefore, nobody ever notices an outcast, but an outcast observes everything and notices the little things. This is what my life has been like. For a long time, I was stuck in a scared position of not being brave enough to put my writing out there, but now I do. Although, I’ve gotten braver with this part of my life, I am still that outcast whom most do not notice.
The song sings; I believe I can change the world just give me time. I believe I can change the world just give me time, just give me time. I relate to this, because I believe I can change the world too, through my bravery to follow my dreams and write. I do believe I can sometimes. This song could be relate-able to many people on many different levels, it depends on how they hear the lyrics. To me, it’s about not letting yourself get caught up in a comfort zone of a day to day routine without trying to get out there and cause a change in your own way.
Blue and White
This last song is also an original by Beth, and it’s probably my most favorite one. Again, her reason for this song in her words is missing. I can’t seem to find her inspiration behind these songs. However, I do know the way the songs come across to me, and this one called “Blue and White” really spills out my whole life. I relate to it in just this way.
The beginning lines of; it’s ok I’m going home now; I’ll be okay tonight. I just wanna be alone now with the dark and the light. These lyrics remind me of leaving long relationships and feeling alone, but knowing all would be alright. I tell my friend Manatita all the time that I have a dark side and a light side, and though the light side is what is more attractive, I will never leave the dark side completely. It’s what has given me the appreciation I feel we all need when viewing our world. This song explains this, in my opinion. In a very beautiful way, this song describes how the darkness you go through can contribute in seeing the beautiful colors of the world so much better. I know if I hadn’t gone through the dark times, I probably wouldn’t have been this aware of the beauty of all living things here in the world. It’s coming out of the dark, and believing you are worth that, but never forgetting what the dark has taught you, and knowing you are ready to keep moving toward better days.
These are my thoughts on the last song I’ve listed here of Beth Waters. I wanted to give her recognition of the beautiful way she sings a song and also the way she writes lyrics.
My Final Thoughts on Beth Waters Talent
I wrote the title of this hub, " An Indie Folk Tale Sung By Beth Waters," but I believe it should have read plural and instead read, " Indie Folk Tales Sung By Beth Waters." After all, I wrote about three songs I had listened to that she sings, and they all tell a story. However, I am not starting this whole hub over just to correct that little error. Please forgive me for that mistake.
The important thing for me was to get another talented artist recognized. Although, I believe that a good deal does know of her, I also believe that a lot do not. I certainly didn't, and I love music. I thought I was up on everyone who sings. However, busy life has shown me several times lately that I am getting behind on keeping up with these things; even the things I truly like.
If you haven't heard Beth Waters, I encourage you to listen to her sing, she is sincerely a great story teller and has a wonderful voice and can make you feel extreme emotions through her sweet, simple tone of storytelling. I hope you take the time to kick back, relax, and listen to Beth Water's soothing voice with these three songs I've posted. Enjoy!
What did you think...
Do you agree with me, is Beth Waters a true talent?
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