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"Alive From The Scrapheap"
A new album by Christina Rubino is playing in the background right now.
I'm listening to it as I write this article.
The Lyrics are smart the musical accompaniment is apropos.
Nothing To Lose and Nothing To Gain, a sad and melancholy name for a song.
How could I just fall like that, your a hundred shades of wrong but you don't care
The base appears in this song and reminds me that sometimes I just love my own pain.
I am not going to complain about it or announce it or discuss it with my friends because I'm a hundred shades of wrong and I don't care, well that may
not be true as I do care  - I care to much sometimes and then comes the disappointment.

Disappointment has created quite a good living for me.
I have painted acted and spent time with great and talented people all because I learned something from embracing my disappointment,  I see it all
the time people in pain many of them tell me about their problems people confide in me and I'm happy about this, it means to me that they care about
my opinion. But many times secretly I want to give them this advice.

And it starts with another line from one of  Christina's songs.
"Its a fight you'll never win"
So don't fight the pain people embrace it, express it talk to your best friend about it.
Make love like it was the last day of your life and you might never get the chance to do so again.
Do whatever you have to do to deal with it, but most importantly understand how to love your pain and
turn it into something constructive.

Is this a sad idea?
Not to me, to me its an idea of transformation an epiphany of great and  glorious measure.
Deliverance, growth, change, the acceptance of the inevitable.
These are the things we all must deal with on a daily basis.

If you know something of great human value then share it with your fellow man.
Teach your children to be good and do good things.
Be descent.

Not sure if this is a traditional music review but this is what I am hearing from your album "Alive From The Scrapheap"  
and the message I'm getting is yes life is hard but I'm still here alive after surviving the great scrapheap
that may sometimes be called a life.
      
A final note about what I call Chanel changers.
This talented and beautiful songstress is  New Yorker born and bred.
Yet she brings us this album of beautiful music from a country heart.
She is also a very talented visual artist as well.
Channelling something from someplace that may not be readily available to those who have not accepted their remote controls yet.
;-)

Please read more about Christina below and explore the links we have  provided for your viewing pleasure.    
    
Christina Rubino
(A) Live From The Scrapheap
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(A)LIVE FROM THE SCRAPHEAP – Release 2014
WRITING CREDIT - CHRISTINA VALLARIO

Some tales are told with paper and ink, other tales pass from tongue to ear and find life in spoken word.  There are some stories, however, which
can be neither spoken nor read. Some stories sink so low and reach so high that they can only be told through song; Alive from the Scrapheap is
that story.

Brooklyn native and musician, Christina Rubino’s first full-length solo album Alive from the Scrapheap is set to release in early 2014.  This powerful
and eclectic album tells the story of a gifted artist who got lost trying to find herself and only found herself when she was lost.  Her lyrics are
intertwined with beautiful harmonies, rustic harmonicas, raw emotion and an acoustic twang.  By teaming up with longtime music producer and fellow
Brooklynite Jerry Farley (NOVA Entertainment Group), magic transpired in the studio.  Rubino bares her bones.  Songs like “Seems,” detail the
intimate struggle of living with addiction and losing one’s parents. “Tidal,” hits it to the heart for anyone who has ever lost control of his or her life.
“Nothing to Gain,” speaks of human frailties that all people can relate to while “Gateway” lifts listeners up by the banjo strings to new hope and
inspiration.

Rubino comes from a big family.  Her mother, Irish Catholic and her father, an Italian-immigrant, raised her and her siblings in Brooklyn. She did not
possess an undying enthusiasm for music until she was a teenager.  Christina says, “I was sitting on the couch, loafing, and all of a sudden I heard
this voice. It was like my insides woke up—the hair stood up on my neck. Time-Life’s music commercial had come on advertising a 1960s music
compilation, and the seven-second snippet of music that changed my life forever was Janis Joplin singing the chorus to “Piece of my Heart.” That was
it. I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I wanted to be that, I wanted to explode like that. I took the last fifty dollars from my birthday
money, got on a bus to the local music store and bought myself a basic nylon string classical acoustic guitar. I didn’t even have enough for the sales
tax; the salesman felt bad for me and gave me a discount. That was a great day.”

At the age of eighteen, she began playing in groups as a vocalist and rhythm guitarist.  Taking lead in local favorites like Snap Dragon & Pettycoat
with long time bassist & friend, Mark Weizorek (Sky M.S, the Valentines), a warm and friendly music scene nurtured endless collaborations, local
shows and short tours in the Northeast.  In 2006, Rubino joined the all female group Violator, a NYC based Depeche Mode cover band, as the lead
guitarist. She enjoyed the travel and fellowship of the band, but longed to return to making original music. 2008 marked the transition by members of
Violator to Josephine, an all female trio in which Rubino, lead vocals and guitars, wrote and collaborated with drummer Tracy Thompkins (Aerial Love
Feed, Violator) and bassist Leigh Baragona (Violator).  Josephine released a 5-song EP in 2009 with UK based indie label, Feed that Baby Records.  

In September of 2009, during a hailstorm of personal problems resulting from severe alcohol abuse, Rubino took a hiatus from recording and playing
live music in order to get clean.  After spending time away from making music, she returned to the studio in collaboration with friend and fellow
singer/songwriter, Francine Bianco (White) as one half of the folk duo, Ruby and White.  Midway into recording a 5- Song EP, Bianco had an
opportunity to pursue a post-graduate degree that would require both the time and finances needed to complete their recording project.  Rather than
abandon the idea all together, Rubino began to feel inspired to lay down intense and personal songs that she composed before and after her abrupt
departure from the music scene. Christina said, “I swore most of these songs would never see the light of day. They were too personal, too
embarrassing. It was difficult to even play them in front of my producer.

It was only the constant nagging from my conscience and the unrelenting feeling that I must do this which led me to the decision to continue
recording after Francine left.  She was very pivotal to my journey with this album - had she not pushed me to start playing again and begged me to
track some of those songs, they undoubtedly would still be in a drawer somewhere hidden.”

Consequently, her first full-length solo album was born, Alive from the Scrapheap.  Still, Bianco is on many of the back up tracks and long time friend
Matt Brown (A Pale Horse Named Death and Seventh Void) composed and played most of the lead guitar on the album.  Alive from the Scrapheap is
set for release in early 2014.  Rubino says that “this album lays it all out. I was dead, and now I am free. I am grateful to God that I can share the
experience, and my only hope is that somebody somewhere will know that they are not alone.   As John Lennon said, ‘“While there’s life, there’s
hope.”’