Robert Downey Jr. Photo courtesy of BFAnyc.com
Singer/songwriter Deborah Falconer approaches music the way she approaches life, she takes it as it comes. Her latest album, Lift Your Gaze (available now on iTunes and Amazon) is a bit of a mantra for her, something she turns to when she gets bogged down with herself and all the details of life. “There are so many ways to lift your gaze,” the songstress mused. “It means something different for everyone. A god of your own understanding opens it up in a myriad of ways to get there, and my appreciation of it all has become pretty expansive over the course of this life.”
Falconer has been a musician for most of that life, including the time spent with ex-husband, actor Robert Downey, Jr. The former couple have one child together, Indio, now 21, and have remained close regardless of their divorce. Downey is still one of Falconer’s biggest fans–so much so that he agreed to chat about this latest album, and what his ex-wife’s music means to him.
Deborah’s always been a musician. When you were together, were you part of the creative process?
I just remember the loft parties in Culver City in the early ‘90s where people like Adam Duritz would be there. He was kind of the legitimate breakout singer/songwriter guy who actually had a band. Friends of mine like Michael Wincott, or our neighbor was Eddie Van Halen, there were always known musicians around. Maybe we started doing some co-writing, but it became pretty clear right away that she had her own path with this and was a complete natural singer/songwriter.
Let’s talk about Lift Your Gaze. What are your thoughts about this particular body of work, overall?
I think Deb’s definitely caught up with her potential. And you know that popular Outliers saying now about ’10,000 hours’ to reach mastery of something? She definitely put in the time and this feels like a pretty complete statement. I think the album title and the song title, Lift Your Gaze is great but it really is the smartest flow of songs she’s created.
It has a very folky, California vibe to it — it’s very representative of where we live.
I think from the very beginning she had her own phrasing, and this album is very lyric — or rather, very in content driven in its entirety.
You sing. Do you also play an instrument?
I’ve had records out before, and composed a bit, but to be honest with you, once Indio revealed himself as just being this, natural musician…it’s really their thing. I have definitely hung up my hat for the better part of a decade.