Ratsy's, Flowery Swimsuit the live album, circa 2000

Ratsy's, Flowery Swimsuit the live album, circa 2000

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For those of you that know about me and my store, you may not have known about all the things I did in my past. One of those things was to be a professional singer/songwriter from 1987-2000.

This CD, Flowery Swimsuit©, is the last of 3 CDs I put out. It is the recording of my last concert at Club Passim in 1999, before moving to Hollywood to pursue a career as a self proclaimed t.v. star/supermodel. I since moved to Ohio, opened a little store and haven't performed in more than a decade. No interest to do so, but I still have several boxes of CDs, which I thought perhaps you would enjoy listening to... plus, since I have been shut down due to coronavirus... I could use some money. Thanks!!!

Flowery Swimsuit

1) Big Sweaty Wrestler
2)Yard Sale
3)Flowery Swimsuit
5)Leave Her Behind
6)Margy Nairs her Forearms
7)Bellbottomed Lunchbox
8)Just because you're you
9)Light up the Briquettes
10)Intro to Whales
11)Whales and Religion
12)Turn Paris
13)Fairytales on my Brain
14)Friendly Boy Song

I started out singing in the sidewalks & subways of Cambridge and Boston, MA and then moved up to singing in clubs, coffeehouses. In 1995 I entered a singing competition called the Acoustic Underground and won best Female singer. I later went on to be nominated for the Boston Music Awards.

I just found this web page that discusses my singing career... https://www.harvardsquare.com/history/historical-sites/club-47/

"One that is perhaps the quintessential modern example of Harvard Square’s folk charm is Ratsy. Born in Michigan, Ratsy attended college, earned her cosmetology license, and then moved to Boston to become a singer. She sang underground in the subway for 3-4 years until her friend encouraged her to enter the now-defunct Acoustic Underground Competition, a national singer/songwriter competition in Boston, where she was named Best Female Performer. She has put out three CDs (The Subway Songstress Years (1992), Squished Under a Train (1995), and Flowery Swimsuit: The Live Album (2000)), and her first album was nominated for the Boston Music Awards.

Ratsy played The Nameless Coffeehouse and was a regular at Club Passim while touring the folk music scene in Boston. In fact, her final gig in Boston, before moving to California to pursue an acting career was at Club Passim. Since moving to the West Coast, Ratsy has appeared in several television commercials and an episode of the show Gilmore Girls.

Ratsy is just one, though certainly a dramatic example, of the continuation of the music culture of Harvard Square that was started at Club 47 and continued with both The Nameless Coffeehouse and The House of Blues. While some of the greatest artists of a generation got their start in Harvard Square more than 50 years ago, new and different artists continue to perform on the same stages that saw the birth of American musical icons."

As prepared by:
Gavin W. Kleespies, Executive Director Cambridge Historical Society.
Katie MacDonald, Intern Cambridge Historical Society.