New video: “Happy Ever After”

A holiday centered on love can be laborious to get through when your heart is broken or hurting, so here’s some real-talk to balance out the romance:

I wrote “Happy Ever After” as a reminder that life is full of surprises, and that people are complex, ever-changing creatures – sometimes the ones we think we know best reveal themselves to be strangers when we least expect it. Because life is also steeped in irony, a few weeks after recording this song, I realized I had written myself less of a gentle reminder and more of an agonizing told-you-so. I’m releasing it into the world on Valentine’s Day because for the first time in a decade, this day is a painful one for me, and in my experience there are few better ways to feel pain than through sharing the art that grows from it.

Many thanks to producers Dango Rose and Evan Reeves for inviting me into the Elephant Collective, to musicians Darren Garvey (percussion, guitar) and MeKenzie Solidago (cello, vocals) for lending their talents to the track, to Dan Rodriguez for the lines that helped me tie the room together, and to all of you for your consistent support of my music and heart. Community is everything in this crazy world, and I’m endlessly grateful for you.

Credits:

Words/Music/Video by Emily Yates

Produced by Dango Rose and Evan Reeves (Rose-Reeves Productions) in association with Elephant Collective

Engineered by Evan Reeves

Mixed by Patrick Tracy

Additional mixing by Max Nordby

Recorded at Elephant Collective Studios, Boulder, CO

Musicians:
Emily Yates – Vocals, Ukulele
Darren Garvey – Percussion, Guitar
Mekenzie Solidago – Cello, Vocals
Erik Yates – Flute

with special guest Elliott Garvey as The Witch

New pre-release single: “You’re The Enemy,” Warrior Songs Vol. 2

Embed for Youíre the Enemy
A few months ago I wrote and recorded “You’re The Enemy,” a song about Military Sexual Trauma (MST), for the non-profit Warrior Songs‘ new compilation album Women At War. The album will be released in a couple months but in light of current events, we have decided to pre-release my song digitally now. You can stream it above and/or download with a pay-what-you-want option:

https://warriorsongs.org/track/1564039/you-re-the-enemy

This song is dedicated to all survivors of MST, especially those whose attackers have not had consequences.

Produced by Enion Pelta-Tiller & Emily Yates
Engineered by Andrew Gragg Lunsford at Mountain Star Studios – Black Hawk, CO on 04/19/2018
Baritone Ukulele & Lead Vocals : Emily Yates
Violin & Backing Vocals: Enion Pelta-Tiller
Upright Bass & Backing Vocals: Julie Gussaroff
Drums: Michelle Pietrafitta
Backing Vocals: Jenny Boykin Roe

I didn’t report being sexually assaulted in the military because I knew the investigation, if one even happened, would be even more demoralizing than being assaulted by people I knew.

I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford because there is no way in hell you can convince me a person would subject themselves to death threats AND the demeaning process of being questioned about past trauma by ridiculously-powerful frat boys unless they were either telling the truth or on a masochistic search for truly cruel and unusual punishment.

I believe survivors. I want justice for survivors. I am a survivor.

Listen: KPFA radio, 8/14/15 (w/Country Joe McDonald)

I had the opportunity to have a conversation and fun singalong on KPFA-Berkeley’s “Living Room” program with Kris Welch and Country Joe McDonald, as a promo piece for the Berkeley Protest Festival. Our segment begins at 27:47 if you don’t have time to listen to the whole broadcast, but I hope you do. (Here’s a link to the segment on KPFA.org.)

Listen to my Arizona shows!

I was lucky to have an experienced taper in my entourage for my Arizona mini-tour, so thanks to Chris San Clemente, you can listen to my shows even if you weren’t able to be there. Check ’em out:
May 1 – Flagstaff, Historic Brewing Co (set 1, set 2, encore)
May 2 – Phoenix, Fiddler’s Dream Coffeehouse (full set)
May 3 – Phoenix, Cactus Jack’s (set 1, set 2)