Recovering meetup.com addict Celia St Croix.
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I first came across acoustic singer/songwriter Celia St Croix on Twitter via local-bandleader and fellow-tweeter Scott West, who cowrote the four songs on her debut EP.

Even though St Croix, a student at City College, performs several times a month at venues such as the Stage Bar, Hard Rock Café, Humphrey’s Backstage, Café Libertalia, and Winstons, for the first few weeks all I knew of her was from her tweets: “Every few weeks my stomach becomes an open portal to another dimension, and all food on the planet seems to gravitate toward it.” “What a different world this would be if we measured time in moments instead of minutes.” “Talking to your boss or a parent makes for a perfect opportunity to remember that you are he and he is you.” “When does evening actually begin? Cuz a construction worker told me good evening today at like 11:30 a.m.”

I was curious, so I played some of her songs online. The tunes tended toward lovelorn balladeering, the kind of musical storytelling that would sound at home on an album by Harry Chapin or Joni Mitchell, often delivered in a warbly Jewel-like vibrato.

The opening cut on her EP, “Waiting for Your Touch,” is an unabashed wish-you-were-here love note (“I don’t wanna make you rush/ But I need you right away”), a theme recast more darkly in a newer song I found on YouTube, “Tragedy,” where “a week away from you is like a year’s gone by” was given added weight by a guest backup vocalist who filled out St Croix’s sparse arrangement.

I particularly enjoyed “Mr. Singh,” with its plaintive and poignant chorus, “Guarding a broken heart/ Mr. Singh sits alone once again/ Breathing in/ Sinking his head in his hands.”

“It’s the true story of a man who was working at a gas station one night,” says St Croix, “when I was driving up to Sacramento. When I met him, I knew I was going to write a song about him.”

Celia St Croix performs Saturday, December 31 at the Wine Lover in Hillcrest.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC?

“It sounds like a girl with a guitar singing to heal the broken hearts of the world.”

WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER?

1) The Big Thank You, Audio Sapien Medicine Show. “Most of the CDs I get are from other local artists such as this one, which has been in the player for a while now.”

2) Miike Snow, self-titled. “Swedish indie pop with great production, lyrics, melody, and emotion.”

3) Radiohead, Hail to the Thief. “Cool electronica sounds with driving beats, beauty, and intensity.”

4) Regina Spektor, Live in London. “She sings and plays so perfectly in concert.”

5) Arcade Fire, The Suburbs. “An amazing record, very inspiring.”

CD YOU’RE TOO EMBARRASSED TO MENTION?

“Probably Jordin Sparks’s debut record, but what can I say...I love her voice.”

WHERE DO YOU HANG OUT?

“Bar Eleven, especially on Bosen & Suede acoustic Mondays.”

BEST CONCERT?

“Regina Spektor at Canes in November 2006. She’s the reason I started singing and writing songs in 2005. Her performance was brilliant, and I even got to meet her!”

BIGGEST LIE YOU EVER TOLD?

“I used to tell myself big fat lies all the time, such as ‘you suck’ or ‘nobody likes you.’ Now I tell myself ‘you rule’ and ‘everyone loves you,’ but those are also lies.”

FAVORITE MOVIE?

“Still in love with American Beauty, after all these years. Has there been a film since that even compares?”

FIRST TIME DRUNK?

“I was 14 and staying with a friend at her mom’s apartment, and they convinced me to take shots of tequila. After a few shots, I got so emotional that I started crying. Over a boy.”

THREE THINGS WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

1) “I’m a recovering meetup.com addict.”

2) “I carry a fresh pair of chopsticks with me at all times.”

3) “I have a pink ukulele.” ■

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Jay Allen Sanford Dec. 21, 2011 @ 3:41 p.m.

Outtakes: WHO IN YOUR FAMILY DO YOU TAKE AFTER? “I got my sarcasm from my mom, and my analytical mind from my dad.”

READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY? “I finally finished A New Earth: Awakening to Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. Read some parts over and over. Funny how it was my fave book ever before even finishing it.”

WORST RIP-OFF? “Probably the two hundred dollars that I didn’t get back from my flex spending account last year. Total bummer!”

WHERE DO YOU TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS? “Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria in North Park.”

WHO MAKES OUT IN YOUR WILL? “My brother gets all my stuff. He’ll have to figure out what to do with it.”

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Psycholizard Dec. 21, 2011 @ 8 p.m.

Celia's latest work far outshines her EP, but check it out anyway; http://www.reverbnation.com/celiastcroix If possible see her with Katie Dwyer, performing Katie's songs and her own. She also rocks out with Psycholizard upon occasion.

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TerrenceT Dec. 22, 2011 @ 12:35 a.m.

Celia's EP is absolutely amazing, as are her songs- old and new! If you get a chance, you definitely want to hear Celia perform on the nights she's doing shows with Katie Dwyer-because these two girls really sing well together! What I love about Celia's EP, which is beautiful, is her great vocals, her honest lyrics and her wonderful music. Anyone discounting this EP or her talent is completely wrong, because this girl rocks!

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sluwisch Dec. 23, 2011 @ 10:45 a.m.

"Check it out anyway?" Are you kidding me PyschoL? This CD is both amazing and solid ! I loved these songs and this disc!

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Psycholizard Dec. 23, 2011 @ 6:45 p.m.

Hey I posted the CD, I like it, but it is no substitute for her live performances. Many of her best songs are missing, like this one. http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_10197473 I think we agree: go see Celia.

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celiastcroix Dec. 26, 2011 @ 4:15 p.m.

Thanks JAS for posting this great article, and friends for the nice comments! Well done and much appreciated!

For the inside scoop, check out www.celiastcroix.com Have a rockin 2012! Cx

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TerrenceT Jan. 3, 2012 @ 2:42 a.m.

I love this EP and I do not agree with PsychoL's continuing detracting comments about it at all, which only attempt to lessen Miss St. Croix's wonderful CD, songs, lyrics, harmonies and vocals! What is the point of saying hey this CD isn't as good as her new stuff, when the CD is beautiful and exceptionally well done. It's like saying hey don't listen to Sgt. Pepper, because Abbey Road is better. Celia's EP is one of my all-time favorites and is the reason I found out about her in the first place. So please stop ranting "its only okay but her new stuff is better." We get the fact that you don't appreciate how wonderful her CD is. We just all disagree with you!

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ScottWest2 Jan. 3, 2012 @ 5:24 p.m.

Thank you Jay Allen Sanford for featuring Celia St. Croix and her amazing music. Congratulations to Celia for creating a wonderful and compelling artistic work! Celia's music always glistens. Her tracks Miss You So Bad, Mr. Singh, Erase and Waiting for Your Touch were all performed and sung by Celia at the highest level. I agree with those that were completely enthusiastic about her EP's obvious beauty. I should correct that 'Miss You So Bad' (My favorite song on this disc), was written entirely by Miss St. Croix, and that Celia's new songs are astonishing, subtle and delicate in their approach. If you haven't heard Tragedy, look it up on Youtube, because it has Celia's same quiet, captivating and well-crafted artistry.

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