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Amanda Palmer Shares New Song About Abortion – “Voicemail for Jill”

There Will Be No Intermission Due Out March 8

Feb 20, 2019
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Amanda Palmer is releasing a new album, There Will Be No Intermission, on March 8, which is also International Women's Day. Now she has shared another song from it, "Voicemail for Jill," which tackles abortion and is a lifeline to those women struggling with the choice and the experience. Listen below, followed by her upcoming tour dates.

On "Voicemail for Jill" Palmer "reaches out to a friend on her way to an abortion clinic."

"I wrote this song as a gift, a handbook," Palmer says in a press release, "for any woman on her way to have an abortion, and as a reminder that this is not an experience you have to face alone."

Palmer also had this to say about the song in a previous press release: "I've been trying to write a good abortion song for twenty-five years. It's been the white whale of my songwriting. Having had three abortions for very different reasons, and after connecting with hundreds of women who've gone through the same isolating and lonely experience, I just wanted to do the topic poetic justice. How do you write a song about abortion without being too heavy-handed or too preachy? It was only after being in Dublin for the abortion referendum that I came home and glued myself to the piano bench and said: 'Amanda, write it. You're a good enough songwriter now, you'll find a way.' Playing it live has felt like a hymn to every man and woman in the audience who's never been able to talk openly about their own abortion experiences."

Previously Palmer shared the album's first single, "Drowning in Sound." A demo version of "Drowning in Sound" was released in 2017 in order to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

John Congleton produced the album, which also features contributions from Jason Webley, Jherek Bischoff, Max Henry, and Joey Waronker. There will also be accompanying narrative photo book also entitled There Will Be No Intermission, released independently by Palmer.

Palmer had this to say about the album in a previous press release: "I've never been nervous about releasing a record before, but this one is different. The rise of global fascism alongside the spreading fire of #MeToo has forged a louder megaphone for all women, and we're all seeing that radical truth is infectious. I feel more urgency than ever to share the naked truth of my experiences. The kind of stories that I'm sharing on this record - abortion, miscarriage, cancer, grief, the darker sides of parenthood - have been therapeutic and frightening to write. But every time I play them for my friends and fans, the nodding heads of empathy have lit a fire under my ass to record and release them."

Palmer added: "Most of these songs were exercises in survival. This isn't really the record that I was planning to make. But loss and death kept happening in real-time, and these songs became my therapeutic arsenal of tools for making sense of it all."

Read our 2016 interview with Palmer.

Amanda Palmer Tour Dates:

03-13-14 Austin, TX - South by Southwest
03-21 Detroit, MI - The Cathedral at the Masonic Temple
03-22 Toronto, Ontario - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
03-23 Montreal, Quebec - Ludger-Duverney Theatre at Monument National
04-05 Washington, DC - National Theatre
04-06 Philadelphia, PA - Temple Performing Arts Center
04-12 Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
04-13 Saint Paul, MN - The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University
04-19 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
04-20 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
05-10 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
05-11 Los Angeles, CA - Theatre at Ace Hotel
05-17 Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Centre
05-18 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
05-30 St. Louis, MO - The Pagenat
05-31 Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
06-01 Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
06-06 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
06-07 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
06-08 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom

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