“Up” Official Music Video

Very excited to present the official music video for “Up” from Daydream at Midnight!

Directed by Jose Delgado and Vivian Le

Grab a free download of the song here: http://soundcloud.com/lily-bee/up

SNEAK PEEK: The Making of the Album ‘Age of Exploration’

Why, hello there.

I’ve been in the studio this month with my band creating some ear candy and cannot wait to share it with you all! We’ve got a great team working on this album, so I hope we can deliver something that you’ll enjoy. 🙂

The title of this upcoming album is (drumroll) “Age of Exploration.” Each song on this record is either about a different place in the world, or the song was written while I was somewhere away from home. It’s an effort to represent places that I’ve seen and people I’ve met during my travels, hopefully encouraging anyone listening to the songs to get out there and do some traveling themselves!

Here’s a brief video into what we’ve been up to in the studio. If the link doesn’t work, copy and paste this URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq3eQMVMgqo

I’m happy to have taken you along with me on this journey to creating my sophomore album. Many of you have tuned in from the very beginning of my songwriting process to my demo recording, and now studio recording. I hope that my updates have been helpful in understanding how an album comes together, how songs evolve, and how many people are involved in this collaborative process.

Instrumentally, this album features the trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, cello, harmonium,  accordion, castanets, taiko drums, Vietnamese dan tranh, glockenspiel/celeste, and many more little trinkets on top of the normal ukulele/guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. Just a little teaser for you. 😉
Other stuff

  • The music video release for “Up” will be happeaning on March 30, 2012! Find more details here. We’ll be playing a live show at Viento y Agua Cafe in Long Beach (also on Livestream) and premiering the video live as well as online at my YouTube channel!
  • Our April East Coast Tour is happening on these dates! Please tell your friends and family on the east coast to stop by! We’d love to see you and/or them!
  • Send me stuff (if you want)! My P.O. Box address is P.O. Box 1421, Los Alamitos, CA 90720 in case you want to send me any postcards, letters, or bee-related things! Be warned: I am a gift-giver-backer! If you send me something, you’ll likely get something back in return!

As always, feel free to Tweet, Facebook message, or e-mail me. I love hearing from you!

Warmly,

Lily

P.S. Here are some photos from this month’s studio recording sessions for your viewing pleasure!

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Southwest tour wrap-up, April east coast tour, and other announcements

Traveling becomes something entirely different when you make people — as opposed to places — your destinations.

Before this tour, I’d never driven down the desolate, desert road leading into and out of Phoenix, AZ, or walked through downtown Austin’s motley portrait of nightlife on a Thursday evening. I never could have imagined the modest beauty of Ohio in winter. And because I’d been to San Diego before, our tour stop there could have easily been like any other previous trip, had it not been for all the incredible people that met us there. The same goes for each and every stop: these places and experiences would have meant nothing if I had no one to share them with.

In case I haven’t said it enough lately, thank you to ALL of you who have supported my music in one way or another. I’m fortunate to have been able to thank those of you who came to live shows in person – if I haven’t been able to do this yet, please know that I intend to at the first chance I get!

I am undeniably blessed to be able to share my music with others who so quickly and ardently support it. I know full well that opportunities like these can be fleeting, few, and far between.

After being on the road and meeting fellow musicians, music enthusiasts, and artists alike, I feel increasingly connected to the limitless network of creative minds that encompasses this world. I am humbled to know I can contribute to it.

March will be my most sedentary month yet, though there will be a lot of creative activity. Here are a few things to look forward to this month:

1) Release of another official music video;

2) Recording of my second album; and

3) Planning/coordinating April’s east coast tour (poster below).

I’ve definitely got my work cut out for me, so it’s best I don’t lag! Again, thank you to each and every one of you for your support. I wouldn’t be doing this without it. 🙂

Your traveling (now sedentary) musician friend,

Lily

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