Christine Lavin at the Unitarian
New York City-based folksinger and songwriter Christine Lavin is known for her humorous and satirical music. One of her songs — on her 1984 album "Future Fossils" — is titled, "Regretting What I Said to You When You Called Me 11:00 On a Friday Morning to Tell Me That at 1:00 Friday Afternoon You're Gonna Leave Your Office, Go Downstairs, Hail a Cab to Go Out to the Airport to Catch a Plane to Go Skiing in the Alps for Two Weeks, Not That I Wanted to Go With You, I Wasn't Able to Leave Town, I'm Not a Very Good Skier, I Couldn't Expect You to Pay My Way, But After Going Out With You for Three Years I Don't Like Surprises!" Subtitled "A Musical Apology," it is noted for having the longest song title known.
Lavin will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Advance tickets cost $20 and can be purchased online at www.stclairevents.com, by calling 541-535-3562 or at Music Coop. Tickets will cost $22 at the door; $10 for ages 12-17. Kids 11 and younger get in free.
Lavin's songs weave between emotional reflections on romance to her unrestrained comedy. Two of her more familiar songs are "Sensitive New Age Guys" and "Bald Headed Men."
Lavin emerged on New York City's songwriting scene in the '80s. Her style quickly distinguished her from her peers. First, her songs were concerned with contemporary romantic mores — that uncertain world of relationships, commitments and biological clocks. Second, while her takes on these themes were sometimes sentimental, even maudlin, more often they were funny.
"If You Need Space, Go to Utah" was the first track on her 1983 EP called "Husbands and Wives." In '84, Lavin self-released her first full-length studio album, "Future Fossils," that included serious and comic numbers, notably "Damaged Goods" (what people start to feel like after enough failed relationships) and "Don't Ever Call Your Sweetheart by His Name" (how difficult it is to remember people's names after enough failed relationships).
In 1986, Lavin signed with Rounder's Philo label, releasing "Beau Woes and Other Problems of Modern Life," "Another Woman's Man" (a reissue of "Husbands and Wives"), "Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind" (1988), "Attainable Love" (1990), "Compass" (1991) and "Live at the Cactus Cafe: What Was I Thinking?" (1993).
She made a move to Shanachie Records in 1995, releasing "Please Don't Make Me Too Happy" and "Shining My Flashlight on the Moon" (1997).
Then she founded her own record company and released "One Wild Night in Concert" (1998) and "Getting in Touch with My Inner Bitch" (2000) independently.
In 2002, she signed with the Blind Pig label and released "I Was in Love With a Difficult Man." One year later, she was with the Appleseed label to record a holiday album, "Runaway Christmas Tree."
With about 20 solo albums to Lavin's credit, her newest is "Cold Pizza For Breakfast," released on Yellow Tail Records in 2009.
— Laurie Heuston