Mare Wakefield & Nomad
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Hi Mare! I was one of Tim's best friends in college and have many memories of hearing you play at the Beanery in Eugene. You are even more fabulous now!! Yay! I hope you are well and happy.
-Eileen


Mare Wakefield & Nomad responded on 12/06/2016
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Hi Eileen!! So nice to hear from you! Yes, I remember those sweet Beanery gigs -- such a great place and supportive audience. I used to "sneak" my original songs in between Joni Mitchell and Sinead O'Connor covers! :-) Thanks so much for reaching out. Are you on our mailing list now? If not, please feel free to join if you'd like. You'll get our free song-o-the-month and maybe we'll even come play in your neck of the woods! Happy holidays!! xoxo

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So many of your songs create mental images. Do you see mind pictures of some of them as you are writing the lyrics? Does the melody ever create images on it's own?


Mare Wakefield & Nomad responded on 11/28/2016
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When I sing some songs, I always tend to see a "movie" playing in my head. "Bernice and Bernadette" is one like that, "Leroy" and "Lullaby" (off the record Take Me Home) are that way too. And yes, I guess these images and pictures started while writing. Other songs just tend to evoke an emotion. But for me, I usually do have a solid story in my head -- complete with pictures. With melody (no words) it's more of a "feeling" like happy, sad, silly, melancholy … but sometimes there are images. Our song "Waiting" (off Poet on the Moon) came melody first, and for a long time I had no lyrics, but kept seeing a picture of a snowy landscape. When the lyrics finally came, there was ice moving, snow melting and "cold hearts." :-)

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When you hear something that seems like a good idea for a song do you write it down immediately, or let it simmer in your mind?


Mare Wakefield & Nomad responded on 11/28/2016
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Immediately if possible. I have a folder called "Ideas." I have dozens and dozens of ideas started there. Certainly not all of them will become songs. But I try never to take the idea for granted. Even if something comes at 3am, I tend to get out of bed to record it or write it down. They don't always manifest in great songs, but the song gods always seem to throw some kind of reward our way when we make the effort.

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Not really a question. remembering your sensitive post a year ago after the Paris killings we think of all you american friends in this election daze. Watching the "I'am your man" documentary yesterday was a great moment of relief.


Mare Wakefield & Nomad responded on 11/28/2016
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Thanks Dominique. I haven't seen that documentary yet. I'll have to check it out. Anything that brings a few moments of relief these days is a good thing!

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When I listen to some of your songs with my eyes closed, I see colors. Does this ever happen while you are writing them?


Mare Wakefield & Nomad responded on 09/01/2016
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Very cool!! Sounds like you're talking about synesthesia. I don't have that, but I know some people do. For me, different chords definitely evoke different moods, regardless of the lyrics. For example, a minor triad can sound "sad" but a minor seven chord sounds less sad, and more "flow-y" like water (to me, anyway). Thanks for the question!!

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Is there one part of the country that seems to inspire you to write music more than another?


Mare Wakefield & Nomad responded on 09/01/2016
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That's an interesting question. I think more songs are "finished" in Nashville. That's mostly because I have more time to write when we're home -- but as far as what part of the country I find inspiring and where more ideas are born … maybe the Southwest? I can remember writing our song "Breathe" at 2am in a hotel in Jerome, Arizona!

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No question, just comment: Absolutely loved listening to you both at Paula & Jim's!


Mare Wakefield & Nomad responded on 09/01/2016
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We loved being there!! What a fun night! Thanks for coming to the concert and for keeping in touch :-) ~xo

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Just heard you edition of Micheal McNevin's "Scarecrow" ....wow very cool....Love your voice...! Question: Are you coming to the Mud Puddle any time soon?


Mare Wakefield & Nomad responded on 09/01/2016
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Yay!! And thanks! Yes, we are at the Mud Puddle next week! Friday, September 9th at 8pm with Michael McNevin and Corrina Carter. Hope you can make it!!

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I was re-listening to "Bernice & Bernadette" and got some of the same feeling of nostalgia as in some of Jacques Brel's songs or in "The Dutchman" by Michael Smith - great song and mental images.


Mare Wakefield & Nomad responded on 07/05/2016
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Thanks so much! I take the comparison to Jacques Brel as the highest of compliments. I was unfamiliar with "The Dutchman" till just five minutes ago. What a beautiful song! I'm grateful for the introduction. And I'm glad you're enjoying "Bernice & Bernadette." Thanks for listening and also taking the time to write!

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What was the first song that impressed you enough to make you think "That's what I want to do"?


Mare Wakefield & Nomad responded on 07/05/2016
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Hi Dave! :-) Great question! Janis Ian's "At Seventeen" made a pretty strong impression on me the first time I heard it. The melody stuck in my head and I wanted to sing it so badly but I didn't know the words (this was pre-internet). So I made up all new lyrics to her melody, just to be able to sing the song around the house. I was probably only 8 or 9 -- didn't really understand what "songwriting" was yet -- but I was definitely hooked from that moment on!