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Prolific Singer-Songwriter Meghan Cary Amplifies Her Message Of Unity & Hope With The Release Of Her Debut Book
The Acclaimed Folk Artist To Unveil Sing Louder: The Stories Behind The Songs,
A Literary Complement To Her Chart-Topping Songs
Philadelphia, PA (March 8, 2019) – From soulful songs of love and loss to empowering anthems of courage and heroism, Meghan Cary is renowned for her innate ability to connect with others through authentic story telling. Now, on the heels of her latest album hitting the top of the charts, she is taking her passion for prose one step further by unveiling her debut book Sing Louder: The Stories Behind The Songs on March 8 – International Women’s Day.
The companion to her critically-acclaimed album Sing Louder, this mesmerizing collection of essays provides fans with a deeply introspective look into the inspiration behind her most profound album to date. Featuring 10 first-person stories, each dedicated to a different song, the book begins with an eloquent forward from the author before delving into the raw, compassionate and sometimes downright hilarious side of one of Philadelphia’s favorite female folk rock artists.
“I’ve been telling my story from the stage for years – in song and in words. But I really enjoyed digging even deeper into the stories behind the songs on “Sing Louder” to write this book”, said Cary. “So much good can come from sharing our stories. When we hear and relate to someone else’s story, we’re inspired to share our own, and maybe even write a different ending. I wanted to release the book on International Women’s Day as my thank you to all the women who have been courageous enough to raise their voices and be heard. It’s time for all of us to sing louder!”
Sing Louder: The Stories Behind The Songs is 35 pages and includes original photography from Cary, as well as art work and imagery that has inspired her songwriting process. It was edited by Linda Waverka and is being self-published by Cary and Peter Farrell, her husband and musical partner.
Meghan Cary: The Stories Behind The Songs will be available at live performances, as well as here online at www.MeghanCary.com/book starting March 8.
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Things will take the time that they will take. I know this. And yet, I am impatient. I have to breathe and remember that there is absolutely nothing to gain from tapping my foot and pushing the process along. But, oh, how I want to…
Today (Saturday) began with more guitar tracks…after a little more editing. Yes, I know, I was meant to have done all of my guitar tracks yesterday, but there were other things that had to happen first, and I was, if you recall, waiting my turn. This is not something at which I traditionally excel, but I’m working on the new skill.
When my turn at last arrived, I sat myself down in my seat (see yesterday’s blog for the visual) and I played “Live!” Nothing like diving into the deep end! Playing that song once through is a workout. Playing it through until I got it all just right…a marathon. I was definitely warmed up by the time we got it all down, and “Quiet of the Lie” felt like a walk in the (Central) park in comparison.
“My Life” was a breeze, too…until the bridge. “My Life” is one of the songs I’ve adapted for the musical I’m working on (“The Accidental Caterer” – more news on that soon..when I shift bandwidths.) I rewrote the music to the bridge to fit the story of the show, and now the two versions have collided in my brain. I think this may be the cause of the bizarre bridge-less renditions of the song I’ve played at the last few gigs. Subconscious avoidance of conflict.
With “My Life” and it’s original bridge in the can, we moved to the song we were saving for last, the only finger-picking song I’ll be playing with the band on the CD, “Sail Across the Water”. Ah, finger-picking. When I first picked up a guitar, I tried to use a flat pick, but it kept slipping out of my fingers, so, I scrapped it and decided to use my fingers. Not knowing anything about the instrument, I had no idea that there were certain plucking patterns most folks learn and use like “Travis Picking” and “Carter Family Picking”. I just chose random strings to pluck in the order that felt right to my left hand, and sounded good to my ear, and called it finger-picking. Most of my early songs were written using this “Meghan Picking”, and I got pretty comfy with it. But then I decided it was time to tackle the challenge of holding onto a flat pick once and for all. I made a deal with myself: if and when I learned to play with a flat pick, I would reward myself with Matthew’s 1952 Gibson LG II. The beautiful old guitar had sat untouched in it’s case since Matti died. It was Matthew’s prized guitar and I didn’t feel worthy of playing it. Holding a pick would earn me this privilege. I started off trying jumbo size picks, textured picks, heavy picks, light picks, and finally landed on a tried and true fender medium. And it stuck. I opened the old case, and pulled out the Gibson.
Whew…that was a bit of a departure. All that to say I now play much more with a pick than my fingers. I haven’t recorded a “Meghan Picking” song in a long time. It was challenging and like going home all at once. And I kinda hope you’ll feel a little of that when you hear it.
Time to go sing to some of these now….it’s my turn again!
SING LOUDER REVIEWS:
"I LOVED this CD the first time I heard it, and it is worth playing over and over again.."
- Nick Noble, WICN 90.5 FM
The Folk Revival Top CDs 2017
"These times require songs of compassion and commitment and Meghan Cary has several, especially 'Sing Louder' and "Responsibility,' which inspire us to reach our higher selves and Meghan sings them with such infectious joy you can’t resist joining in."
- John Platt, WFUV 90.7 FM
"Meghan Cary, with indefatigable energy, molds every song with sophisticated melodies and intriguing lyrics. SING LOUDER delivers hard-won, uplifting realizations from life's struggles.”
- Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live NYC
INTERNATIONAL FOLK DJ Chart Debut:
"Sing Louder" #2 song
"Responsibility" #6 song
SING LOUDER #6 album
Meghan Cary #7 Artist
SING LOUDER Top Ten Album of 2017
- Artie Martello, WIOX 91.3 FM
- Nick Noble, The Folk Revival, WICN 90.5 FM
"Sing Louder" Top Ten Song of 2017
- John Platt, WFUV 90.7 FM
SING LOUDER ON THE AIR:
WFPN, WFUV, WFDU, WYEP, WVUD, WUSB, WTBQ, WSPN, WICN, WRUR, WRPI, WRKF, WRFG, WQCS, WPRB, WMSC, WMNF, WMCB, WLJS, WIUP, WIOX, WHYR, WGDR, WGDH, WFMU, WFMT, WFHB, WESU, WEFT, WCOM, WBRS, WBGU, NZDT, KVSCM, KVMR, KGLP, KPR, CKUT, CKOL, 2AIR-FM, CJLX, NHPR, WAMC, WWUH, WHUS, WXPI, BLUESANDROOTSRADIO.COM
thank you to all of the DJs and stations who've already spun tracks from SING LOUDER!!