The Purist of Voices

Happy birthday to Paula Cole …

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — Episode 12 — Pictured: Musical guest Paula Cole performs on February 7, 1998 — Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Lilith Fair


The festival that put women first debuts on July 5, 1997. Formed by Sarah McClachlan, the festival donated over $10M to charity over its run from 1997-99 and in 2010. McClachlan brought Lilith Fair to a close in 2011 citing changing musical tastes and changing demographics. I think she was premature.

Love this. Paula Cole remakes her iconic This Fire album … 

So, I’m 48 years old and I’ve been singing “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” for 20 years to audiences.  Amazing.  When I wrote it I was being dark, ironic, using some melancholy, sarcasm and humor (though people interpreted the song as they wished.)  Once I became a mom I started singing “YOU go wash the dishes while I go have a beeRrrr” and my fans liked that sass, naturally, so I decided to re-record it, re-video it in my 40’s; defy norms of media in being very honestly/gloriously middle-aged in a video, and sticking it to the man in owning the new master.  I asked Melora Hardin to direct the new video and she made a charming love story.  I was terrified being more a creature of darkness, but I dove in to her joy and optimism, and I’m so grateful. I hope you enjoy the outcome, but more importantly, I hope you appreciate the process as an outspoken artist (me) continues to navigate the patriarchy of the music business.  As always, thank you for your love and support.  Above, the video link; below, a fabulous Q and A with the INCREDIBLE, Emmy-nominated actor and director, Melora Hardin (and me!)
xo, Paula.