Hi you guys!!! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you too! Hope you're staying warm up there! I just sent out the December mailer this morning (yup, two days early). Did you get it at your new address? If not, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll re-send so you don't miss December's song. Big hugs and love from Nashville! xo
Hi Dave, Thanks so much for this question and apologies for my delay in response. The first "real" song I ever wrote took third place in a local songwriting contest, so quite a bit of exposure for such a new writer. After I performed a woman came up to me and told me that she had cried every time I'd played the song (three rounds in the competition). To me, the song wasn't even sad. But I realized that it was meaningful to her because of something in her past experience. For this reason, I sometimes try to leave my "explanations" of songs open ended, so that people are able to lay their own meaning upon it. I definitely feel that our job as writers is to try and connect people with their own emotions, NOT to tell them how to feel. Hope that's helpful!! :-D xoxo
Sorry to hear you’re having trouble opening the song. Are you seeing the file in the destination folder to where it downloaded? Double click the song file in that folder? It might not just play automatically.
If you’re not sure which folder the song downloads to, let me know what computer you’re using. Or, let me know your email and I’ll just send you the song as an attachment :-)
Hi guys :-)
Great to hear from you! The Sarasota concert starts at 7pm. Doors at 6. Address 2206 Hammock Place Sarasota FL, 34235. My cell is 615-289-0791 and our host Lauren Pipkorns number is 917-270-0407 in case you have questions.
Hope to see you!
Mare and Nomad
Hi! Thanks for writing.
We’ll work out a Dylan song, how’s that :-) it’s going to be mostly originals.
I was JUUUUUST about to update the Nashville calendar :-) We play every 2nd friday at a cajun restaurant just north of Nashville. It's called Richard's Cajun Cafe
4420 Whites Creek Pike
Whites Creek, TN 37189
We'll be playing there Nov. 9th. It's gonna be fun, much more of a party vibe than a house concert :-)
Is it possible to get an English translation of Canakkale? The beauty of the Turkish language comes through either way but I don't speak Turkish and would love to understand the lyrics. Thanks, Marnie Allbritten, Roseburg, Oregon. (Really enjoyed your concert here last weekend!)
Hello :-) It's Nomad, I'll be doing the translation. Thank you so much for coming to our show!
Ok now, here it goes, it's a bit dark since it's a WWI song about the Dardanelles battle:
Inside Canakkale, they shot me (x2)
before I even died, they buried me
oh my youth my youth
Inside Canakkale, there's a full "desti" (I don't know what that is, might mean "tragedy" - it's kinda old Turkish) x2
The mothers and the fathers gave up hope
oh my youth my youth
inside Canakkale, there's a market with mirrors (x2)
mother I'm marching towards the enemy line
oh my youth my youth
(Then the first verse repeats.)
Thanks Marnie! So nice to see you last week! :-)
Would you mind sharing your lyrics to "Henry"? I have an old friend named Henry I would love to sing
it to. Really enjoyed your performance at Stillwater Landing last Sunday. Good luck on your tour, and hope your car makes the trip w/o any hitches!
Hi Shelley! Great meeting you last week. And thanks for your interest in Henry :-)
Lyrics are up on our website. The following link should take you there directly, but if any trouble, go to marewakefield.com then "music" then "lyrics" under the album cover icon. Have fun, and let us know how it goes! :-D xoxo ~m&n
Thanks so much for this question and my apologies for the delay! Usually, the blogs and essays are completely separate from lyrics. It feels like they come from a totally different part of my brain -- especially since the lyrics usually come with the music, or at least a melody or rhythm. However, if I get "stuck" with a lyric, I'll sometimes write prose, journal-style about what I'm trying to say, in the hopes of sparking some new idea or new way of looking at something. ;-)
I listened to Matt Watroba explain his song "They used to play baseball here" and he said he was originally writing about the closing of Detroit's Tiger Stadium. One of his friends suggested making it less specific and therefore more universal, so it fits most of the ball parks that have closed. Do you look at lyrics you have written and revise them to encompass more situations?
Hi Dave! Thanks so much for such a great question. I actually just did this very thing for our March Song-o-the-month. There is a line in the bridge that says "Father, I grow tired." I originally had it one time as Father, and the second time as Brother, which fit my specific situation at the time. But it seemed like a weird, unexplained jump so I left it "Father" both times for the version we're sending out. **HOWEVER** I do feel that it's good to have some specifics and "truth" in your song so that people can get a visual image or an emotional connection. If you leave lyrics too vague in an attempt to be "universal," you may risk losing the spark of truth that initially inspired you. I'm sure the Matt Watroba song still works if he leaves off Tiger Stadium specifics, but wouldn't it lose something if he took away baseball specifics to try and appeal to all sports? ;-)