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? ;-)
Hi Dominique! So nice to hear from you. Yes, we will get those lyrics up very soon. Hopefully within this next week. Meanwhile, if there's a burning question about lyrics please feel free to write us directly at email@example.com and I'll try to help! :-D xoxo ~M&N
Not a question, just comments and words of thanks. We saw you at Wellandia last month and always enjoy seeing you there. We appreciate Nomad taking time to hang out and talk with us before your set. We came away with a better insight into the music business world you deal with. We also gained a greater appreciation of the hard work you put into your career simply because of your love of music. It comes through in your songs and the personal stories they tell. Can't wait to see you again.
Ed Reyes & Debbie Renne
Thanks Ed and Debbie! Great to see you both :-) ~xo M&N
Hi Melissa! Thanks so much for the question! Not currently scheduled in the DC area, BUT we would LOVE to get up there at some point. Please let us know if you know anyone who may be interested in hosting a house concert. (Doesn't need to be a big fancy space -- we've played in MANY cozy living rooms, front porches and back decks, and everyone always has a great time!)
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Hi there! Thanks so much for the question! YES!! We return to the beautiful Stillwater Landing on Saturday August 19th. Are you already on our song-of-the-month club / mailing list? If so, you'll get an official tour schedule soon. If not, please join so you can get FREE songs once a month and also show notifications. Thanks!
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Hi Robert! Thanks so much for the question! Just got the confirmation that we'll be at Tsunami Books on Wednesday August 30th. :-) It's a co-bill with the fabulous Laura Kemp. 8pm start, $12 advance / $15 day of show. Are you already on our song-of-the-month club / mailing list? If so, you'll get an official tour schedule soon. If not, you can sign up here: http://www.marewakefield.com/?page_id=18...