On Alive with Clive: Dynamic Singer-Songwriter, Lia Menaker, Commands Attention and Respect with Songs from Her Debut Album, Animal Behavior; Her Newest Singles; and Her Voice Loop Pedal

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Posted November 14, 2018 by cliveswersky in Guests




When a singer-songwriter wants to go on a solo tour with more than just a keyboard and her vocals to make it feel like she has the backing of a band, what does she do?

She installs Ableton, a software music sequencer and digital audio workstation, on her computer; acquires a TC Helicon Voice Loop Pedal; and begins to master these technologically-sophisticated additions to her array of available tools, resources and equipment.

She then taps into her innate musical intelligence with the influence of pop, rock and soul to produce mesmerizing harmonies that leave listeners spellbound!

That, in a nutshell, is what has transpired over the past couple of years in the life of extraordinary Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter, Lia Menaker!

Lia Menaker, 1st Show on Alive with Clive

Combining her reflective mind, theatrical flair, edgy poetry and soulfully-haunting sound into a musical blend of pop, rock, and blue-eyed soul, Lia Menaker has emerged onto the singer-songwriter scene in a way that is capturing attention and captivating audiences wherever she performs!

After singing and recording back-up and lead vocals for bands for several years, Lia established herself as a solo artist with the release of her debut album, Animal Behavior, in 2015.

She performed at South by Southwest in 2018, toured throughout the Midwest and South to promote her newest singles, “Push Pull” and “Blood on my Hands,” and her music was recently licensed to national and international networks such as MTV, PBS, and Netflix, for use in their programming.

The first song she performed in her 1st Show and 2nd Show on Alive with Clive is from Animal Behavior, and the last two songs in each show are songs she performs with her voice loop pedal.

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While the title of the third song in each show was not yet determined at the time the shows were recorded, they now appear below.

Here are the lists of the songs Lia performed in her two shows on Alive with Clive:

1st Show
2nd Show
  1. “Dreams Speak”
  2. “Push Pull”
  3. “These Days”
  4. “Noise”
    1. “Animal Behavior”
    2. “Blood on My Hands”
    3. “Can’t Keep Me Down”
    4. “To Be Human”

In the 1st Show:

Lia Menaker on Alive with Clive, 1st of 2 Shows

  • “Dreams Speak” is a song that reflects the experience of being aware you’re having a dream while you’re sleeping;
  • “Push Pull” is a song about conflicting emotions felt in a relationship;
  • “These Days” is about wondering if struggling with the challenges of life is a personal or universal phenomenon; and
  • “Noise” is a song about the interpersonal dexterity necessary to navigate your way through a turbulent socio-political environment.

“Caught between the calm and the commitment to change
Can rebellion and acceptance exist on the same plane?
I’d like to believe my voice means anything
It’s not enough to say, it’s how you say it
When there’s too much noise” ~ from “Noise”

In the 2nd Show:

Lia Menaker on Alive with Clive, 2nd of 2 Shows

  • “Animal Behavior” is a song about the realization that in many ways human beings habitually act just like animals;
  • “Blood on My Hands” is a song that recounts the discomfort felt when you’re the person who initiates a breakup;
  • “Can’t Keep Me Down” is about the moment when you realize that your yearning for full self-expression and fulfillment cannot be suppressed; and
  • “To Be Human” is a song that makes us cognizant of the degree to which, because of our reliance on technology and indifference to humane values, we are becoming emotionally disconnected from each other.

“Are you satisfied?
All the clicking into screens of painted lives
Spokes inside a wheel
Disconnected from the physical I fear
To be human
Something’s gone away”
~ from “To Be Human”

By the time Lia has created all the tracks in the songs she performs with her voice loop pedal while she is performing the song, you realize she’s providing a multi-dimensional sonic experience for you that is truly remarkable — all the while connecting with you not just on an auditory level, but also:

  • mentally, with her lyrics;
  • physically, with her haunting melodies;
  • emotionally, with the thought-provoking and soul-searching questions she poses in her songs; and
  • spiritually, in that she causes us to reflect upon the way we are interacting with each other on our journey through life.


Lia Menaker using TC Helicon Voice Loop Pedal

A pioneering trailblazer who is passionate about her craft and always seeking eagerly to go beyond the edge of what she knows and her comfort zone, Lia is definitely a singer-songwriter who is destined to make her mark on the world!

So, be on the lookout for her next record with songs on piano and voice loop pedal in 2019.

In the meantime, you have the opportunity to discover, connect with and be inspired by her now when you see her 1st Show and 2nd Show on Alive with Clive.

Enjoy!

Best regards.
Clive

http://alivewithclive.tvwhere today’s top singer-songwriters thrive!

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