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Lili Añel: Finding Bliss by Climbing the Wall

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"Something to do" tells the story of Añel's childhood, growing up in tough economic conditions in the Barrio where her mom worked six days a week to care for her and her sister. "My mom...she sacrificed for me and my sister... She did what she had to do...it was her something to do." Raised in the Barrio, Añel learned street knowledge early on as a child to survive; and in that neighborhood, her family extended from her immediate family to her street family all of whom saw each other on one level as familiar faces sharing the common ground of survival. Añel sings about giving a neighborhood bum some money to keep an eye out for her as she moved about on the streets day in and day out. In addition to doing what she had to do for her protection, it was also her way to reach out to help him, to give him a goal to focus on besides drinking his life away. She gets it across that every human being needs a goal to achieve and a connection to humanity in order to breathe life into their purpose and existence.

In spite of the economic hardships faced by her mom and family in her childhood, her mom's strength taught her to believe in the possibilities. That life lesson set Añel up to be equipped to get through life changing adversities now as an adult. The single features Añel's smooth vocal delivery laid over a solid rhythm section that creates a mid-tempo Latin jazz breezy feel.

"Best Part of Me (Song for Joey)" is Añel's anthem and salute to the precious beauty of a mother's love for her child. All of the walls come down as she sings with her heart wide open about her love for her son, Joey. Añel sings of enjoying simple moments in time brought out in her deep reflection.It is an acoustic vocal ballad emotionally heartfelt in its lyrical story line and acoustic melody and harmonies. The feel of this song is reminiscent of the legendary Phoebe Snow in simplicity of art and vocal rhythms. The acoustic picking flows gently in tone as she sings of her deep bond with her child as it reaches beyond the heart to a oneness in spiritual connection.

The range of interpretations of this song is broad in scope and depends on the listener's creative connection to the music. When looking at the poetic language of the song, it can symbolically even be about the love shared between soul mates. It can go several ways with the writing and that is what makes this piece eclectically masterful. "You're the best part of me I hope you see what you mean to me. Before I even knew... I knew you'd be the best part of me..."

"Go Home" shows off Añel's down home blues skills on vocals as she drops acoustic blues to a hip stylistic retro moan at the top of the track on the intro. The song's straight ahead lyrics show her artistry in attacking her blues like,"I want to go home soon cause I can't do no mo work today. Lord please take me home soon. For I am lost and I can't find my way..." Añel makes it clear that she can embrace her troubles and deliver it with the organic raw feel of Bonnie Raitt and the rich flavor of New Orleans style blues making it her own.

"Out of Control" takes the listener into the vicious cycle of her inner turmoil being lost in the madness as she battles between her head and heart for direction in her life's journey. She sings of making her own decisions and being her own woman now facing being out of control and not wanting to be in that state of being. The lyrics are concentrated and real flowing over a contemporary smooth jazz musical track that fits the lyrics in the pocket.

The project's lead single, "Climb the Wall," is Añel's emotional catharsis artistically painted in the canvas of song. Añel speaks as an individual schooled in street knowledge and fluent in poetic lyricism while openly painting the picture of her own struggles in the human experience. The lyrics tell the story of the economic recession and how it affects the lives of people from all walks of life in different degrees in challenges of uncertainty.

"Climb the Wall" unveils and weaves through her fears, pain, and insecurities to give birth to her inner conviction and courage to overcome it all. Añel is a relentless survivor who sings in the key of "straight talk" about hitting rock bottom and getting back up to talk about it.

The lyrics are broad enough to cover any circumstance that presents itself as an obstacle or challenge to anyone of any economic status or class whether rich or poor, old or young. "It can all be gone forever/in the blink of an eye/lose your job/lose your car/lose your house/lose your mind... what's left to help us."

Añel "climbs the wall" and during the process of coming back up, she defies the effects of the economic recession with the coping mechanisms of audacity and hope, tools that she uses to fight through the struggle to find the answers.

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