There has almost always been a certain amount of heartbreak in Rachael Yamagata's music. But on her new album, Tightrope Walker, she's made room for a corresponding amount of optimism. Yamagata uses these songs' birthplace - the front porch of her new house in Woodstock, N.Y. â€” as a metaphor for the songs' outward focus. She is now writing songs not so much to soothe her own aching heart, but to help other people.
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