Lost EP

by Poppet

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One year ago, I got a call informing me of Megann Schmitt's death. I was halfway through a tour on the east coast with Nina Joly, in a small town in New Jersey, getting ready to drive to Philadelphia and play the next show. I didn't know if I would be able to perform that night. I still didn't know when I started singing the first notes of Gen Y from offstage. But I kept going, and from that performance onward, the song Gen Y became indelibly linked with Megann.

Since that morning call in New Jersey, I have wanted to do something to memorialize Megann; an encapsulation of the ugly struggles with inadequacy we similarly shared. After returning from tour last summer, I started working on recording the two pieces that comprise this EP. It has been the most difficult recording project I have tackled. I thought many times of giving up and leaving the tracks unreleased. Megann approached many events and projects in her life expecting much more of herself than was realistic, and was sometimes immensely hard on herself for what she perceived as failure. I berated myself for my lack of audio engineering skills, my lack of funds, my inability to complete arrangements as the months passed.

I was extremely fortunate that Daniel Sharkey agreed to step in and direct, shoot, and edit Gen Y with an understanding of the difficulty and delicacy of capturing the content of the song. His support in the project helped push me to complete the recordings and mixes.

A huge thanks also goes to Ben Chisholm for mastering both tracks. And thank you to Blue Hawaii for writing the original version of Try to Be, which I included on a mix for Megann years ago.

All proceeds from the EP will be donated to the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ youth.

Disclaimer: This track was written in 2013. It is solely from my own perspective and based on my own struggles.

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released August 2, 2017

Written, arranged, recorded, and mixed by Molly Poppet
Except for Try to Be, originally written by Alex Cowan and Raphaelle Standell-Preston
Mastered by Ben Chisholm
Album artwork by Daniel Sharkey
©Poppet 2017

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Poppet Denver, Colorado

Poppet is the alter-ego of California raised musician Molly Raney. With a background in classical voice, piano, and violin, and an affinity for divadom, Poppet makes fully-orchestrated electro pop for the Age of Sincerity. Noise for an infinite future.

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Track Name: Gen Y
Mother, are you ashamed of me?
Because I am not what you built me up to be
Mother, Father?
Because I have no self control?
Is it because I am a failure
Mother, Father?
Because I have failed.

Lover, are you ashamed of me?
Because I am blindfolded in anger?
Because my pride is an anchor?
Sink lower.
Track Name: Try to Be (Blue Hawaii cover)
I watch as my big dreams walk behind me,
they trick, they scheme they tease
felt like as a young girl I barely knew exactly
What I wanna be, what I wanna be, what I wanna be, what I wanna be

And as the real world comes to its feet
to shake me hand to greet
with calmness and eloquence, I'm never tired,
to in distress
What I'm supposed to be,
What I try to be
What I thought I'd be
What I'll never be

May as well just be me

All I wanted was a need
to be wanted
not forgotten
(the bombs were fired into the night
my mind prepares for flight
with fearlessness and confidence
I dream myself above the rest
not supposed to be
what I shouldn't be
what I couldn't be
only try to be)

May as well just be me