David Bearden & Judee Sill


David met his match with singer, songwriter, & musical artist Judee Sill, in which they explored the “other” for several years together.

Judee Sill was the first artist signed to David Geffen's Asylum label, she released two albums. Judee toured with Graham Nash and David Crosby as their opening act. She sold her song “Lady-O” to The Turtles. She was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone.

Graham Nash produced the first single for her first album, “Jesus Was A Cross Maker,” which was released to radio on October 1, 1971. The album Judee Sill soon followed in 1971.

Together David and Judee recorded the second and last album, “Heart Food” in 1973. They toured internationally, including performances at the prestigious & legendary Royal Albert Hall in London.

Judee inspired many artists like Iggy Pop to write the song “Young, Loud & Snotty”, and has been covered by Bonnie “Prince” Billy, The Hollies, and Warren Zevon.

“...Sill was a genius and we sort of thought of ourselves as genderless angels that had a message for the world.”
- David Omer Bearden, Judee Sill Journal Dreams Come True

Heart Food, Judee Sill

When the Bridegroom Comes, written by David

Heart Food, Judee Sill

(LP, Asylum, 1973)

Heart Food is the second album released on David Geffen's
Asylum label in March 1973. The album is dedicated with
love to David Omer Bearden, who performed on and wrote the lyrics to the solo piano song “When the Bridegroom Comes.”

In 2005 Rhino Handmade reissued the album onto CD, along
with its predecessor, Judee Sill Heart Food (Expanded).
The album includes nine extra tracks of live and demo material.

“ Judee Sill - “Heart Food, Kiss”
One of the crimes of the century is you can't get this
record on CD. Judee Sill was by all accounts a reformed prostitute, but she found God in the twelve-string guitar.
This song scares the shit out of most people.”

- Andy Partridge, Rolling Stone Magazine, May 1999

Track Listings:

Heart Food (LP, Asylum, 1973)
01. There's a Rugged Road
02. The Kiss
03. The Pearl
04. Down Where the Valleys Are Low
05. The Vigilante
06. Soldier of the Heart
07. The Phoenix
08. When the Bridegroom Comes
09. The Donor

Heart Food Expanded (CD, Rhino Handmade, 2005)
01. There's a Rugged Road
02. The Kiss
03. The Pearl
04. Down Where the Valleys Are Low
05. The Vigilante
06. Soldier of the Heart
07. The Phoenix
08. When the Bridegroom Comes
09. The Donor
10. (Untitled/Hidden)
11. The Desperado (Outtake)
12. The Kiss (Demo Version)
13. Down Where the Valleys Are Low (Demo Version)
14. The Donor (Demo Version)
15. Soldier of the Heart (Demo Version)
16. The Phoenix (Demo Version)
17. The Vigilante (Demo Version)
18. The Pearl (Demo Version)
19. There's a Rugged Road (Demo Version)

Lyrics written by David Omer Bearden:

When the Bridegroom Comes
See the bride and the spirit are one,
Then won't you who are thirsty invite Him to come?
With your door opened wide,
Won't you listen in the dark for the midnight cry?
And see when your light is on that the bridegroom comes

Into cold outer darkness are gone
Guests who would not their own wedding garment put on
Tho' the chosen are few, won't you tarry by your lamp till He calls for you?
And pray that your love endure till the bridegroom comes

When the halt and the lame meet the son,
And He sees for the blind, and He speaks for the dumb
Let their poor heart's complaint
Like the leper turned around who has kissed the saint,
Lift like a trumpet shout, and the bridegroom come.

See the builders despising the stone,
See the pearl of great price and the dry desert bones
By the Pharisees cursed,
Be exultant with the rose when the last are first,
And see how his mercy shines, as the bridegroom comes

Hear the bride and the spirit say come,
Then won't you who are weary invite in the Son?
When your heart's love is high,
Won't you hasten to the place where the hour is nigh?
And see that your light is on, for the bridegroom comes
Chariot of Astral Light, Tommy Peltier

Chariot of Astral Light, Tommy Peltier

(CD, Black Beauty, 2005)

Tommy Peltier featuring Judee Sill Chariot of Astral Light
CD includes video footage in a recording studio from 1973
of Tommy Peltier, Judee Sill, Dave Parlato, and David Omer Bearden playing harp on “Smile All the While” and
“Chariot of Astral Light”. (See Live Peformances from 1973)

Track Listing:

01. 10,000 Greyhounds
02. Time After Time
03. Oneness
04. Butterflies
05. Red Rider
06. Beautied-Out
07. Pocket-Socket
08. Chariot of Astral Light
09. Here Today
10. Oneness - Home Recording
11. Smile All The While
12. My Friend
13. VIDEO: Chariot of Astral Light
14. VIDEO: Smile All the While
Dreams Come True, Judee Sill

Dreams Come True, Judee Sill

Dreams Come True, Judee Sill

(2CD, Water Records, 2005)

Singer/songwriter Judee Sill died of a heroin overdose in 1979 before she completed her third album. The eight songs that were to comprise that album are included here, freshly mixed by producer Jim O'Rourke (Wilco, Sonic Youth).

This two disc set also includes many Sill rarities from the '60s and '70s, including a 12 minute five song live video clip on enhanced CD. Super deluxe packaging featuring a 72 page booklet, which entails various entries from David Omer Bearden sharing his memories about Judee Sill.

Track Listing:

Disc 1
01. That's The Spirit
02. I'm Over
03. Apocalypse Express
04. The Living End
05. Things Are Lookin' Up
06. The good Ship Omega
07. Last Resort
08. Till Dreams Come True
09. Living End
10. I'm Over
11. Till Dreams Come True

Disc 2
01. Dead Time Bummer Blues
02. Sunnyside Up Luck
03. Emerald River Dance
04. Waterfall
05. North Country
06. Farmers Daughter - The Chicken Is In The Garden
07. The Wreck of the FFV - Fast Flying Vestibule
08. 500 Miles
09. Oh boy The Magician
Abracadabra: The Asylum Years, Judee Sill / Heart Food

Abracadabra: The Asylum Years,
Judee Sill / Heart Food

(2CD, Rhino Handmade, 2006)

This two disc set combines the first two albums released on Asylum, Judee Sill and Heart Food with bonus tracks.

Track Listing:

01. Crayon Angels
02. Phantom Cowboy
03. Archetypal Man
04. Lamb Ran Away With The Crown
05. Lady-O
06. Jesus Was A Cross Maker
07. Ridge Rider
08. My Man Of Love
09. Lopin' Along Thru The Cosmos
10. Enchanted Sky Machines
11. Abracadabra
12. Pearl (Original Version) (Previously Unreleased)
13. Pheonix (Original Version) (Previously Unreleased)
14. Intro/The Vigilante (Previously Unreleased)
15. Lady-O (Live) (Previously Unreleased)
16. Enchanted Sky Machines (Live) (Previously Unreleased)
17. Archetypal Man (Live) (Previously Unreleased)
18. Crayon Angels (Live) (Previously Unreleased)
19. Lamb Ran Away With The Crown (Live) (Previously Unreleased)
20. Jesus Was A Cross Maker (Live) (Previously Unreleased)
21. Jesus Was A Cross Maker (Home Demo) (Previously Unreleased)
22. There's A Rugged Road
23. Kiss
24. Pearl
25. Down Where The Valleys Are Low
26. Vigilante
27. Soldier Of The Heart
28. Pheonix
29. When The Bridegroom Comes
30. Donor
31. (Untitled)
32. Desperado (Outtake) (Previously Unreleased)
33. Kiss (Demo) (Previously Unreleased)
34. Down Where The Valleys Are Low (Demo) (Previously Unreleased)
35. Donor (Demo) (Previously Unreleased)
36. Soldier Of The Heart (Demo) (Previously Unreleased)
37. Pheonix (Demo) (Previously Unreleased)
38. Vigilante (Demo) (Previously Unreleased)
39. Pearl (Demo) (Previously Unreleased)
40. There's A Rugged Road (Demo) (Previously Unreleased)
Crayon Angel: A Tribute To The Music of Judee Sill

Crayon Angel: A Tribute To The Music
of Judee Sill

(CD, American Dust, 2009)

Features many artist covering Judee Sill songs as well
as “When the Bridegroom Comes” off of “Heart Food”
by Meg Baird.

Other featured artist are: Beth Orton, Bill Callahan, Ron Sexsmith, Final Fantasy, Nicolai Dunger, Marisa Nadler & Black Hole Infinity, Colossal Yes (with members of Six Organs of Admittance and Comets on Fire), Frida Hyvönen, Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles, P.G. Six, Trembling Blue Stars, Princeton, and Bye Bye Blackbirds and Shalants.

Track Listing:

01. Ron Sexsmith - “Crayon Angel”
02. Beth Orton - “Reach for the Sky”
03. Daniel Rossen: “Waterfall”
04. Frida Hyvönen: “Jesus Was a Cross Maker”
05. Shalants: “Lopin Along Thru the Cosmos”
06. Final Fantasy: “The Donor”
07. Nicolai Dunger: “Soldier of the Heart”
08. Trembling Blue Stars: “Lady-O”
09. Colossal Yes: “The Phoenix”
10. Marissa Nadler & Black Hole Infinity: “The Kiss”
11. Princeton: “Down Where the Valleys Are Low”
12. The Bye Bye Blackbirds: “There's a Rugged Road”
13. Meg Baird: “When the Bridegroom Comes”
14. Bill Callahan: “For a Rainbow”
15. P.G. Six: “Til Dreams Come True”




Kansas City Southern

Performed by David Bearden & Judee Sill
Song recorded in 1972 in Santa Barbara, CA.
Photograph by James Bearden




Let It Be Me

Performed by David Bearden & Judee Sill
Song recorded in 1972 in Santa Barbara, CA.
Photograph by James Bearden




Polly

Performed by David Bearden & Judee Sill
Song recorded in 1972 in Santa Barbara, CA.
Photograph by James Bearden


Tommy Peltier and Judee Sill with song Chariot of Astral Light

In Loving Memory of Judee Sill, from the album Chariot of Astral Light
Performed Live 1973 Tommy Peltier and Judee Sill featuring: Dave Parlato on Bass and David Bearden on Harmonica


Tommy Peltier and Judee Sill with song Smile all the While

In Loving Memory of Judee Sill, from the album Chariot of Astral Light
Performed Live 1973 Tommy Peltier and Judee Sill featuring: Dave Parlato on Bass and David Bearden on Harmonica