by Julie Beman

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Kate Laity Julie is a woman after my own heart, throwing herself into her creative muse with curiosity and no preconceived notions about what it should produce. We have ongoing conversations on Twitter about that process, about how pop music doesn’t get any respect — a perfect pop song like Julie’s ‘Hollyhocking’ is a thing of genius more so than some dull bum-faced mugging ‘perfect’ guitar solo — and of course various rants about the way the world ought to be. Love this. Favorite track: Hollyhocking.
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Movie is the debut EP by Connecticut songwriter Julie Beman.


released September 15, 2014

All songs by Julie Beman except "Memory This" by Julie Beman, Colin Campbell and Gwen Thomas

Julie Beman: vocals, vocal arrangements
Gwen Thomas: backing vocals, instrumental arrangements, vocal arrangements, instruments, drum programming
Berend Dubbe: drum programming
Colin Campbell: guitar, percussion, programming

Mixed by Colin Campbell
Mastered by Jim Chapdelaine
Recorded by Gwen Thomas
Art and Design by Merrilee Aurora Hale / Modern Renaissance

Produced by Julie Beman and Gwen Thomas.

"Hollyhocking" is dedicated to Gracie Beman and Max Norton Szado.

Recorded at the Little Brill Room, Amsterdam, Holland, September 2012.

Thanks to Eric Bloomquist, Elizabeth Davis, Rick Murnane, Mikeal St. Ayre, Giovanny Blanco and Lys Guillorn for your encouragement and support.

Thanks to The Dress-Ups: Richard Germain, Caresse Amenta, Allison Holst-Grubbe, and Eric Bloomquist, for being dream sustainers.

Very special thanks to Colin Campbell, Allison Holst-Grubbe, and my mother, Susan Hines. Without you this music would not have been made.

Julie Beman ©2014 So Many Stars Music (ASCAP)


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"Movie is full of dreamy pop-infused songs with a surreal depth." ~ Christopher Aloysius Mariotti,

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Track Name: Hollyhocking
Hollyhocking while we’re walking
While we’re walking, eager talking
(ooh philosophy)
Eager talking, Stephen Hawking
(ohhh physics)
Stephen Hawking, sidewalk chalking

In the park the kids are playing
(I can hear them laughing)
Kids are playing, you were saying
(I didn’t hear that)
You were saying “Happy Daying!”
(happy daying, happy daying)
Happy daying, fountain spraying

Happy afternoon, me and you!

Down the street two dogs are barking
Dogs are barking, birds are larking
Birds are larking, we are sparking
(Oh electricity!)
I am sparking, you are sparking
(Oh electricity!)
We are sparking, we are sparking
(Oh electricity!)
Hollyhocking while we’re walking
Track Name: Memory This
I dreamed our baby died
Did you say you’re feeling nothing
Behind your good boy mask
You always were the best
The pulse inside my wrist
I know what I’m doing is futureless
I ask myself to suffer
I lie down to be your lover


I dreamed we’d never die
A swingset, a stream, a forest
Children you and I
A treehouse down by the river
We’d play beneath the sun
We’d play between the shadows
Today the game is hide and seek
Tomorrow we’ll play make believe

Sun Kiss

I know what I’m doing…

This autumn, kiss water
Track Name: Movie
Don’t turn this into a movie
There’s a trailer up on the screen
Picture of you then a picture of me
When we’re children
In the movie
You would run through the backyard
I would be hiding behind the garage
And it’s raining
In the movie
You’re making drawings for all of the frames
I am unthreading the hem of my jeans
And you’re glowing
In the movie
Don’t turn this into a movie
Track Name: Crocus
White glowing petals
Yellow stamen
Imagine pollen
Now tomorrow
Dizzy daylight
Brighter morning
Not yet raining
Not yet raining
Winter left us
Winter left us
Purple now and yellow
Sun is warming
New spring greening
Growth, bright and shocking
Gray leaves are still rotting
There is no winter here
There is no winter here
Track Name: Childhood
I left my childhood in the color green
The deep backyard
The wind unseen
I trace my fingers on a winter scene
The ice I break is sharp and clean

I wonder when it snows
How winter knows
The things I chose
The cold inside me grows
The white moon glows
A tempest blows

I left my lover in the color blue
He said he cared
It wasn’t true
I search the weeping clouds for any clue
This lightning flash is something new

I wonder when it rains
On windowpanes
Or speeding trains
How water’s fall explains
The deeper stains
That line my veins

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