Today I am a Chinese fortune cookie ~ expect good news!
Your lucky numbers are 12-26-33-11-19-47
If you win you know where to find me…
Come one Come all~
Join the gathering!
I just got home, suffering from the usual withdrawal.
Not exactly sure what I am to do. The words fly around my head, relax regroup, now it's time to take care of yourself…
I remind myself of Jack Nicholson in the scene from that movie where he says some people eat noodle salad, I don't eat noodle salad… something of that sort.
I'm picking up bits and pieces, bits and pieces.
Kibbles and bits.
I don't have a dog anymore. My three cats run away for me when I come home. It takes them a while to get used to Beau Jarred and I coming back into their space. It's OK, I understand cats. I wouldn't like it if three cats came back from their travels and jumped into my house with their luggage, equipment, kitty litter boxes and Meow Mix. I might run into a corner and hide too. Mushu, the nearly feral "cattune” as we fondly referred to her when she was a kitten because her coloring was raccoon and so was the shape of her tail. Her legs were really short. We were not really sure she was all cat!
It took a year for her to say hello, the way cats say hello. And then that was only when she was sure I was sleeping. So she reverts back to her early “feralish” self. I know she's here. I saw her dart past my door when I opened it this morning. Neither of us eats noodle salad so we get along just fine.
I'm washing the concerts out of my clothes, but some of the shows go deeper.
There was Allison, teary reunions, silent parting.
People in their mid-50s early 60s who think of themselves as old when I only know them as kids 10 and 15 years younger than me in the 60’s which were really the 70’s… gathering around to hear “Peace Will Come.”
Believing and dreaming.
All full of endless possibilities, and not understanding where they went.
Where does time go? Living long is coming to terms with everything we ignored and wouldn't look at, could never see.
"I will be the one who beats the system and lives to tell about it"~ the older woman.
“Do I look like a woman with a past?" and some tell me, no Melanie you look exactly the same.
And I'm glad they see what they want to see.
I hate to disappoint people.
So I morph into that Melanie person. It's a kind of magic trick. Make-believe, all to do with intentions my dear ones, intentions.
Neither of us eats noodle salad so we get along just fine.
Aug 2 Le Poisson Rouge New York City, NY
Check Melanie's website for tickets and details: http://www.melaniesafka.com/tour/
Q & A with Melanie
Randy Morrison: Your painted rocks are truly precious. We collected stones together once at Point Judith, and your selections were not random, but purposeful. I didn't ask that day, but what draws you to a particular stone? How do you choose one, and what do they mean to you?
Melanie: Let's do that again Randy Mostly I see or sense beings in the stones. Some bring to mind a sentiment, the very one I was looking for. Others are pranksters and jokers. And they do and say all the things I wouldn't dare:) it's all there in the stone before I ever take a paint brush to it. I pick them up and if they speak to me no matter how absurd I answer. They want to be with me as much as I want to be with them. That is the way it works.
And wasn't that fun in Rhode Island looking and seeking out the perfect ones to be our Saints and companions!
Michelle Wilder Larson: Beau is so very talented-- I recently enjoyed your performance with him in Largo, FL-- are your other two children musical as well?
Melanie: Beau Jarred never ceases to amaze me and best of all inspire. Jeordie lives out in Arizona and plays out , original songs and ones she makes her own nearly every night. Jeordie, the pixie beast, because she's tiny but buff check out her website if you like me you'll like her:) http://jeordie.com/
Leilah is a writer in Nashville juggling family life, a career, songs and the books she writes children's books. One will be coming out very soon! Again check in on Leilah http://www.leilahmusic.com/
I would like it if we could all do shows together again, as we did when they were children. And we will… We will.
Michael Jovovich: "Afraid of the Dark"- an absolutely haunting song- was it just a snippet from a larger piece that never got released? What is the back story of the song?❤️
Melanie: That was on Sunset and other beginning's, right?
I am in the process of putting together CDs of music I'm done over the years right now I believe that is available on Cherry Red Records,in England.
Tom Bellows: Your version of Jim Croce's "Lover's Cross" is so beautiful. Is it available on CD at all? My album plumb wore out a couple decades ago.
Melanie: Jim Croce was brilliant, he had so many songs... "I won't hang upon no lovers cross for you." Many of his songs resonated with me .He had such a unique way of looking at things. Yes it is available on CD.
It’s on Madrugada that is also available on Cherry Red Records.
Paul Harrison: I have been a huge fan from the moment Brand New Key hit the Radio. I have this question, my best friend Jules, who has since passed away, used to tell me all the time that, Brand New Key was a very sexual song. Is there any truth to this? Not that it matters.
Melanie: That question leaves me in a quandary. I look at the words and I can see the sexual innuendo but when I wrote it, I was remembering with all my senses learning how to roller skate and using that key to tighten them, riding a bicycle with training wheels and then having them removed and my dad holding the back of the bike and when I found out he wasn't holding of course I fell!
It's a G rated song people’s minds are rated X.
Matt Brysch: When are you coming to Salinas, CA, and how can I get tickets?
Melanie: It will be up on my website at any moment!
It is up on theirs.
The John Steinbeck festival in Salinas , California 8/11/17
I hope to see you there.
Jenn Mahlert: Do you enjoy meeting your fans? Do you have a special fan memory?
Melanie: There have been so many moments that bring a smile or touch the heart. As some of the people who have checked in with me here, there and everywhere over the years, or followed diligently, have an added meaning. Time and the quality of that time. Framing and imparting color to those memories.
When I would first meet with people who wanted to see me after a show, when time was on my side :) there were stories but now they are stories with memories. And, who would've thought, now it's history that is on my side.
My last meeting with a fan, was a girl named Allison who has Down syndrome. She sang my song to me, as a gift and I don't think I have ever had a more meaningful encounter or met a truer heart.
These "gifts" give me my reason. I know how important music can be.
And I have a deep respect for the connections I make through that music.
Angel Halpin: Where was your favorite place to sing?
Melanie: So many places so many favorites for so many different reasons. One that comes to mind and I don't know where it was but it was a very large theater, I think it was New York on the island maybe. Backstage in my dressing room there were all these costumes, one really struck my fancy, I had on my full length down to the ankles Bedouin wedding dress. And decided these 16 inch furry white bunny feet would be the perfect accent. I did the show as if nothing was odd or different and no one in the crowd said anything as I remember, but then again I could be wrong.
Vicky Luong: What is your favorite song that you wrote?
Melanie: Difficult...difficult question without only one answer.
Now the first song that popped into my head is Crazy Love. I wrote that song with Beau Jarred.
It's the one I can hear so many different people besides myself singing it.
Then I think Brand New Key- of course what an adorable song and for so many different reasons. I love it mostly because it means so much to so many others. ThenLay Down Candles In The Rain.
But of course , I Tried To Die Young because it's an acknowledgment for all of us who decide to survive.
Oh but the new one… Ruin just wait till you hear that!
Serease Skinner: Can I illustrate a children's book based on Alexander Beetle?!?!?!
Melanie: Oh dear Serease,
In a perfect world I could say yes but in actual fact if you did such a thing I'm afraid the Disney Corporation would be on you in two seconds flat as they are now the owners of the AA Milne estate.
You see AA Milne wrote Alexander as a poem that I remember as a child. When I was in my teens through lack of knowing I put music to it, when I put it on my first album ignorant to the facts, the AA Milne estate demanded my record label to remove that track from the album. I hadn't a clue that you weren't allowed to do that.
I am sure there are a lot of people who don't know the story and I am glad you asked the question so I could tell it, love Melanie
PS now having cleared that up, you have my complete permission to illustrate Alexander Beetle :)
Jeremy Woods Do you know when you're coming to the UK again?
Melanie: Not sure but it's not the lack of wanting.
Many people from all over: Melanie please come to Canada, Ohio, Nashville, Netherlands, Berlin, Scotland, Finland, Belgium, Korea, Brazil, Portland, Oregon, Chicago, Atlanta
Melanie: It isn't a lack of willingness
I assure you
There isn't one place mentioned where I wouldn't love to go!