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Whimsical Romance

Sarah Ragsdale

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Life is like one big romance. This collection of songs is about that romantic story called life, and the ups and downs that come along with it. Based on true stories, mixed with some fantastical exaggerations, this is a fun and playful album of the vast array of emotions that come along with relationships. Written at various stages throughout her life, these are raw stories that have been tried and tested at the piano, even with audience involvement – some relying on percussive snapping and clapping. Feelings range from happiness and pure bliss like in the song “This Kiss”, to a character of craziness and denial like “Next Time”, to more intimate reflections like in “Paranoia”, while others emit strength and moving on. Raw and rustic, catchy and melodic, this album has hints of blues, jazz, and even ragtime.

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  1. 1 This Kiss 03:34 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Next Time 04:26 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Paranoia 04:13 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Ferris Wheel 02:50 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Locomotion 04:12 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Butterfly 04:44 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Man of the Sea 03:14 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Diamonds 03:07 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Wedding Day 03:58 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Ragstime 02:38 Lyrics
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NEWS

Just Me 


It's been a very hectic last few weeks! I finally finished recording the piano and vocals for the upcoming album on a Friday evening, then, the following weekend and week was dedicated to moving (still within Columbia, MD), and then I promptly got a really bad case of the flu which I am still recovering from! So, finally, I will take a few minutes to reflect on the recording process with you and some things I discovered during this time. It was deeply personal. Although these songs are meant to be mostly fun, light, and catchy, they are based on my experiences with the ups and downs in love and romance, and so, whether they are wild, funny, or sad, they are still personal. Then, I started thinking about who I am sharing these stories with, and I realized that it's all friends-some I have had for a long time, and some I have made along the way, even recently. This is story telling among friends really, and you have supported me and helped me to get this far. And so, I feel that I need to break down any barriers between us, and my artistic name has come to feel somewhat of a barrier to me. I would like you to know me personally, as Sarah Ragsdale – quirks and all. ‘Zahra’ is a magnificent creature I created to channel music through for a few years. In my mind, she gave me an excuse to be a sexy, edgy, awesome version of myself, but Sarah Ragsdale is me. And so, because this album is so personal, and I am so touched by the personal friendships, contributions, and support, this album “Whimsical Romance” will be the first album finally released by, well, just…me.

50% of GoFundMe Goal for Album "Whimsical Romance" Reached on Valentine's Weekend! 

I am so thankful to announce that we have reached 50% of the total goal for the album "Whimsical Romance" fundraiser on Valentine's Weekend!  Thank you to all the donations so far that have gotten us to this point and a special thanks to "Dedicated Dave" and "Terrific Ted" for topping it off last night getting us over the hump!  I will be working hard to finish up recording in the next few weeks before moving along to final production and mixing and I truly believe we will reach that goal.  Thanks to all of you for your belief in this project and your constant encouragement.  I can't wait to share all of these song stories with you!  www.gofundme.com/romance

Thanks to Montgomery College Music Department! 


I just want to say another big thanks to the Montgomery College Music Department in Rockville, MD for inviting me to speak and perform last week!  It was a pleasure to be able to share my songs and experiences with the students.  Thanks again to Dean Phillips for inviting me and Dr. McKee for hosting me in her studio class.

Interviews on eRadio WMCR 

Today was the first airing of an interview I did with Victoria of eRadio WMCR, Montgomery College!  You can catch the interview, as well as 'sneak peak' spins of my upcoming single "This Kiss" now on their station at www.montgomerycollege.edu/eradio/.  The 15 minute interview will be airing at 1pm and 7pm on the following days:
Saturday, January 30
Sunday, January 31
Monday, February 1
Tuesday, February 2
Friday, February 5

Thanks to the WMCR team and all the listeners out there for your support! 

Performing at Bridal Fantasy 

I am happy to announce an upcoming performance worthy of whimsy and romance!  I will be setting the romantic mood at the Bridal Fantasy event organized by Once Upon A Time Events.  This event will be on Sunday, February 21 at the Hampton Inn 5311 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD.  Tickets can be purchased at www.onceuponatime.events.

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