This is the entire album in downloadable audio format, along with the videos for each song.
released December 9, 2016
NOTE FROM VAL
I'm absolutely elated to be launching Just Getting Good and getting it out into the world. It's about courage, authenticity, centeredness, boldness, and love… and, since recording this concert, huge changes in my life have challenged my assumptions about all of those. I planned this project feeling like everything in my life had been leading up to this moment: my unique, somewhat oddball skill set, my trusted collaborators, and everything I’ve learned about music, technology, and connecting with an audience. It felt like a powerful, joyous culmination of the last two decades.
And then, in the time between recording and release, nearly everything that I’d thought was certain turned out not to be: marriage, home, the city I live in, booking agent, manager, school for my son… so many of the tentpoles of life have fallen, making way for new ones to eventually take their place.
Though at first I reacted with confusion, anger and sadness, what all this has guided me to is a new attention to spirituality. And over time, with the support of many friends, I have felt my gratitude soar — as well as my capacity for love, acceptance, personal awareness and presence. In midlife, I feel I've just begun this journey… and so the timing of this release, though it's very different from what I had originally planned, actually seems perfect to me.
When I was born, my parents named me Valerie, meaning "valor" or "courage"; and I found out recently that the true, original meaning of courage is to "tell your story from the heart" (from the French "coeur").
Now, more than ever before, I'm ready to do that — starting here with this collection of songs, and honoring what's beautiful about the past in order to grow into an even more beautiful future.
releases November 21, 2016
Vocals, Electric Violin, Pedals, Percussion, Keys: Valerie Vigoda
Arrangements, Ableton Live Programming, Typical Record Producer Stuff: Brendan Milburn
Live Concert Direction: Makaela Pollock
Sound Design & Recording: Chris Luessmann
Video Projection Design: Jason Thompson
Lighting Design: Pablo Santiago-Brandwein
Set Design: Sibyl Wickersheimer
Costume Design: Ann Closs-Farley
Hair & Makeup: Cristina Waltz
Hair Color: Meli Batimana
Multi-Cam Director of Photography & Editor: Paul Wojciak
Additional Camera Operators: Willy Laszlo, Landis Stokes
Set Assistant: McLeod Benson
Electricians: Catherine Sowa & Phillip Powers
Kickstarter Consultant, Photography, Cat-Herding: David Rodwin
Post-Gig Cocktail Creation: Christopher Fülling
Audio Editing: Ben Tolliday
Audio Mixing & Mastering: Ben Wisch
Graphic Design: Christopher Frederick
All-Around Invaluable Assistance: Adriana Colón
Camera Operator for Bonus Interview: Paul Weatherman
Recorded live at Circle X Theatre, Atwater Crossing, Los Angeles, CA Dec 11-13, 2014.
THANK YOU, BELOVED KICKSTARTERERS:
Richard Aaron, Annette Adamska, William Adler, John-Mark Agosta, Greg Allen, Karen Allendoerfer, Matt Almos, Jonathan Alvear, Erika Amato, Eric Amick, Paley Anderson, Dale Anderson, Michelle Aptman, Denise Arsenault, Jonathan Asculai, Bevin Ashenmiller, Kevin Bannerman, Laurie Barilla, Liza Baron, Rachel Barreca, Doug Barry, Hannah Barudin, Julie Barudin Cole, Christine Skultety Bateman, Annette Bauer, Paula Beck, Steve Beckta, Jimmy Ray Bennett, Lindsay Berg, Merle Berman, Paul Berman, Mary Ellen Bernard, Sheri Biller, Mary Beth & Bob Blackmon & Clare Cat, Marty Bloch, Scott Bloom, Rob & Terry Bond, Cheryl Booton, Carl Boyer, David Bradley, Gary Braitman, Vianei Braun, David Brenner, Lisa Brewer, J. Brigham, Suzanne Brockmann, Paul Brown, Margaret Bumby, Eve Burns, Sarah Burns, Thomas Button, Tanya Button, Daniel Cainer, Andy Capone, David Carlton, Karen Carpenter, Gavin Carr, Steve Carroll, Lynn Carroll, Ronald Carroll, Lois Casaleggi, Shon Causer, Nick Cavarra, Cheri Chapman, David John Charcoal, Curtis C. Chen, Chris Chin, Seth Christenfeld, Eileen Christman, Crystal Ciancutti, Laral Cima, Scott Clemons, Tad & Kim Coburn, Peter Colgan, Carrie & Julie Collier, Eileen Collins, Sean Collins, Davide Collura, Rita Conley, Jeanne Cook, Carolyn Cope, Annie Corrao, Annie Corrao, Julie E. Coryell, Alison Cote, Dave Cottle, Joshua David Cotton, Steve Cowan, Kay Coyte, Bruce Cozadd, Chris Cramer, Don Crewell, Eden Cronce, Peter Curtiss, Wayne & Margaret Cutright, Margaret D'Arcy, Joy Dabbs, Andy Damis, Jeremy Daniel, Jon Daniels, Nate Daniels, Mark Danisovszky, Richard Davis, Victoria Ann Davis, Natasha Davison, Martha Deephanphongs, Jason Deleo, Thomas Demer, Joel Derfner, Tina deVaron, Eric deWaardt, Elise Dewsberry, Andrea Dexter, Mindi Dickstein, Joe DiPietro, Dayle Durrer Dooley, Julia Douglass, John Downey, Julie Felise Dubiner, Laurie Duncan, Katharine Dunlevy, Bob Dye, Scott Early, Lisa Eckstein, Ian Eisendrath, Stoney Emshwiller, Mary Tabor Engel, Christie Evangelisto, Kathy Evans, Gary Ezard, Daniel P. Faigin, Veronica Falcao, Trey Farmer, David Emerson Feit, Barbara Feldman, Christine Feorino, Anne Fifield, George Figueroa, Tanya Finkelstein, Sean P. Flahaven, Tom Flaherty, Maureen Fleischmann, Lewis Flinn, Dave Florio, Leslie Wu Foley, Lynda Fox, Scott Francis, Adam Frankl, Dan Freedman, Jackie Freedman, Kerry Frey, Markus Fromherz, Sara Fulton, Christopher Fülling, Jason T. Gaffney, Danielle Gaisior, Peter Galindo, Julie Garnye, Hutchinson Gellert, S. Nina Gellert, Elizabeth S. Gellert, Pier-Anna Generale, Julie Gerth, Nancy Gibbs, Jenny Giering, Jeff Glasse, Robert Gleason, Elliot Golden, Kelly Gonda, Katie Goodrich, Andrei Gorshenin, Margaret Gray, Samantha Greene, James Greenlees, Karen Griffiths, Louise Polzien Guilbault, Glenn Gundersen, Olli Haaskivi, Norma Hall, Anne Hambly, Anne Hamburger, Nick Hammond, B.J. Hance, Lesa Hardy-Bergeaud, Cathy Harkness, Harlan & Nanette, Jim Harp, Dana Harrel, John Hartmann, Barbara Hehner, Alexander Heilner, Shira Helft, James Henderson, Suzanne Heninger, John Hewitt, Mark Hilgart, Larry Hirschhorn, Brian Allan Hobbs, Grant Hogarth, Vera Hough, Bob Hurwitz, Adam Immerwahr, Jay Irwin, Mara Isaacs, Greg Jacobus, Susan Jason, Warren Jason, Jeff Jennings, Mark Johannes, Fletcher Johnson, Mary Slattery Johnson, Lindsay Jones, Bailey Jones, Boyd Jones, James Jordan, Thom Jorgensen, Jeffrey Joseph, Frank Juliano, Morton Julius, Michael Jung, Chip Justis, Jeff Kahan, Si Kahn, Nadine Kano, Ron Kardos, Peter Karpas, Judith Kastenberg, Billy Katz, Sheldon Kay, Patricia Kay, Leslie Kefauver, Rault Kehlor, Ann Kelsey, Jeffrey Kember, Terrie Kember, Sabrina Kemeny, Jason Kemp, Alan & Karen Kennedy, Erin McQuade Kennedy, Anne Kenny-Urban, Kristiana Kincaid, Bruce Kingsley, Brian Kitchell, Joseph Y. Kitsuta, Ann Klein, Steven Knittweis, David Kowalski, Clif Kranish, Adrianne Krauss, Daniel Krimm, Mark Kuhn, Laurie Laba, Charles Lagana, Tiffany Carmel Lake, Kevin Lancaster, Max Langert, Erika Langley, Christine Larson, Kerri-Anne Lavin, Jim Lazar, Henry Lefkowitz, Tasha Turner Lennhoff, Dee Leone, Lissa Levin, Stephen M. Levine, Aaron Levitz, Jenni Levy, Victoria Levy, Gene Lewin, Peter Lloyd, Jeffrey Lo, Margaret Lo, David J. Loehr, Matthew Loudon, AmberLea Loudon, Janet Loughlin, Richard Lowe, Jeff Lunden, Stephen Machnik, Kate Magill, Cherie Maharam, Alexis Maharam, Catherine Mallard, George Manthey, Laura Manthey, DeLane Marianowits, Ahrre Maros, Jennifer Joy Martin, Louis Martin, Janice Martin, Leigh Marz, Debbie Matsuura, Tattoo Matt, Maggie Matteson, Steve & Annie May, Robert McClung, Wade McCollum, Brian J. McDonald, Meredith McDonough, Margaret Mayo McGlynn, Ewan McNay, Andrew McVey, Michelle Meeker, W. Scott Meeks, Laura Meerkatz, Leda Meredith, Jonathan Mersel, Rohanna Mertens, Rich Mesch, Ed Mettee, Peter Mickelsen, Holly Middleton, Debby Milburn, Julie Milburn, Betsy King Militello, Beth B. Miller, Stacey Mindich Productions, Paul Mischler, Sarah Mixson, Dr. Gareth Moore, Curtis Moore, Elise Morris, Andrew Moskos, Rebecca Muench, Koji Mukai, Pete Muller, Joe Mullock, Eric Mumpower, Elisabeth Murray, Madeline Myers, Joe Nachison, Sandy Napel, Gordon Nash, Bethel Nathan, Robert Neblett, Tom Neff, Jean Nelson, Barry Newton, Mark Nichols, Kent Nicholson, Robert Niel, Stefan Novinski, John Nyman, David O, Ryan O'Connell, Cindy O'Connor, Kerry O'Malley, Patricia I. O'Reilly, Timothy C. Oberlies, Jeff Odell, Linda Olbourne, David Olesen, June Rachelson Ospa, Hamish Overend, Lola & Roland Owens, Karen Page, Russell Paris, Benj Pasek, Michael Patrick, Paul & Storm, Patty Paul, Mike Paulson, Jeff Penney, Bob Percival, Mark Perlman, Harry D. Perrin, Victoria Person, Lisa Peterson, Wendy Pfile, Carey Pickus, Beverly Piegaro, Duane Poole, Buzzy Porter, Paul Porzio, Mikel Poulsen, Rebecca Pridmore, Barbara Punt, Greg Quinlan, Linda Rafferty, Steve Ramm, Andrew Ratshin, Roger William Ray, Judith Redding, Scott Redstone, Marcy Reed, David Reiley, Dan Retzer, Beth Ricciardi, Mindy Richardson, Claire Rifelj, Michael Ritchie, Nick Robertson, Morgan Robinson, Shmuel & Chana Rochel Ross, Sharon Rodden, Elisabeth Rodgers, Judith Rodwin, David Rodwin, Debbie Romani, Timothy Rose, Brian Rosen, Ben Rosenthal, Holly Rosintoski, Phoebe Jevtovic Rosquist, Julie Rosser, Janet Roston, Dan Roth, Craig Round, Monique Rounsavelle, Alan Rowoth, Vickie Rozell, Kathryn Ryan, Adam Samuels, Mark Sanders, Phil Santora, Michelle Sargent, Jill Sazama, Joel Scharf, Wendy Schatz, Dovid Schick, Brent Schindele, Janine Schloss, Alexander Scholten, Amy Schott, Roland Schweitzer, Amy Scott, Marcia Scurfield, Denise Seehusen, Marc Segan, Rachel Sheinkin, Ev Shiro & Robert Kelley, Linda Shusett, Sharon Sibley-Weis, Richard Siegmeister, Greg Silas, Randy Simon, Sara Singer, Adam Sippola, Erica Slutsky, Moira Smiley, Mark Smith, Doug Smith, Jim Smith II, Alma & Stacy Smyth, Iness & Mike Snider, Togo Solar, Rachelle Solkowitz, Bryan Soronson, Julie Spahn, Jon Spaihts, Suzanne Spaihts-Mohns, Amy Spalding, Mary Sperry, Steve Spiegel, Robin Spielberg, Martha St. Jean, Andy Stack, Melinda Stanford, Glenn Steiner, Hal Stern, Ron Stern, Jennifer Still, Nick Stimler, Lori Stofft, Lesley Stolz, Star Straf, Bob Stupp, Pearl Sun, Kevin Surace, Lori Sutter, Margaret Talcott, Pier Carlo Talenti, Annette Tamm, Lance Tappana, Julie Taylor, Ferdso Tealeaf, Buddy Thomas, Manet Thompson, Charlie Tibbert, Christopher Tin, Ben Trigg, Henry Truong, Janet Tupua, Robert Tzudiker, Ken Umezaki, Kris Umezawa, Diederik van Middelkoop, Fernando Vasquez, Melanie Vasquez, John Verrico, Mark Vershel, Wendy Viellenave, Margot Vigeant, Bob Vigoda, Sarah Vigoda & Patricia Flannery, Cheryl Wachtel, Susan Wagner, Matthew Walker, Lois Wandersman, Ric Wasserman, Hilary Healey Watson, Julie Watt, Susan Weiner, Lila Weingast, Brian Weis, Steve Wexler, Christine Whalen, Mel White, Jim Whitfield, Bruce Whitney, Rick Widdifield, Shelly Williams, James Williams, Mark Wilson, Maria Wilson, Joseph Windowstosky, Kirk Wines, Christine Fakundiny Winston, Alan Winston, Robertson Witmer, Netta Wolf, Alycia Yerves, Christopher Yin & John Yoon, Sandy York, Christine Young, Alan Zachary, Brian Zack, Bradley Zebal, Seymour Zucker
Val proudly plays Mark Wood Viper six-string electric violins.