It's Peter's Birthday

It's Peter's birthday
Most people think I'm fine and I am, in case you were wondering, except for the life inside.
Peter passed away October 26, 2010 and it's 2016 February 23 his birthday~now I no longer expect him to come through the door, or sense he is waiting for me outside the shop or the hairdressers. Hearing his voice doesn't happen as much and only occasionally do I get angry at '’How could he have left me like that???’ So many mysteries.
He is somewhere else ~that absolute elsewhere and I am still here. Death has moved in. Death and I talk sometimes. And I say no not yet.. Not yet! I have life. Places to go, people to see~ You, you go to the other room! There are these songs that millions of people haven't heard, I cannot desert the living... Not yet, A need to set the record straight, help make human rights a reality
think about planting a Spring garden, 
There is still work for me to do~ 
I need to walk in a shallow creek up to my knees
And collect stones, ones with beings in them and smooth ones, to paint. 
Come to terms with Melanie
and the authentic self
So Death, I know you're here but just go wait in that old cupboard I hardly ever open. We'll just remember Peter's birthday ~forget about the sorrow, regret and out create it.
Ah, birth and death, neither ever goes away, and we are all participants, like it or not
So… it seems so simple
as we are all in this together~
Seek the highest good and be kind. Let's just do that, it's a good way to remember
Today and for always

The Elusiveness of Christmas


In Astoria, Queens, the bathtub was just that, a bathtub ~ neither shower nor shower curtain.


As I write this I am myself in disbelief. Though I've always loved bath time, and still do, I finish off with a shower rinse and use it to wash my hair.


But then in my little girl years, no shower. There was an apparatus for hair washday. A Y- shaped tube that attached to the hot and the cold separate taps, bringing the two temperatures together flowing down the Y- shaped tube and out of the shower nozzle at the bottom. I think it was a pink color and made of rubber.


Hadn't seen one of those again for a very long time until I went to Paris, France. I had a single climbing the charts, “BoBo's Party.”  It was 1968.  Gilbert Bécaud took great interest in promoting the American anti-war singer Melanie - although I told him I am not anti-war I am pro-peace, there's a difference.


"I want to present to you to zeFrench publique!"


At the Olympia theater, Bruno Coquatrix, the great presenter of Paris!  Who had presented Edith Piaf and Gilbert himself when he opened for her.


Peter and I flew to Paris on the eve of our wedding. I only agreed to get married because that's the only way we could live together in the flat in Paris, which would be provided, complements of Eddie Barclay, Barclay Records. These were times when you had to show proof of marriage when you checked into a hotel with a man, or lived in a flat in Paris, France. I arrived in France in my wedding dress, which was a black tight-wasted Victorian two-piece suit. Yes I was in mourning for my life. 


I had become an American girl quite used to showers sticking out of the wall from above the head and hot & cold coming from the same faucet. So when I walked through the door and into the bathroom, for the first time, much to my amazement, no shower !!  And voilà the little rubber Y -shaped apparatus not supplied !  Of course I had to go to the French hardware store trying to find one, as the hot and the cold water came out of two separate faucets. Never to become one comfy temperature till it hit the tub or went through the Y- shaped device. This is where I became obsessed with hardware stores in foreign countries. And going to one for me would be the equivalent of going to la tour Eiffel.


I couldn't fathom, as an American girl how Parisians could live without the shower.  That was the first time I had ever seen ... What's that!? "What was that second toilet for?"  No flusher but there is a stopper.  I eventually figured out the bidet! Oh how clever - why didn't we have these at home? And at that same time other American girls and boys who ventured to Paris, wondered as well ~ and one or more of them brought the idea home to Kohler. Perhaps one of them would become the president of that well-established bathroom fixture company because he brought this innovative idea to America. They are available in many fine hotels and homes.  Some of those homes do away with tub altogether which is upsetting to me as I took taking a bath with me throughout all the stages of plumbing advancement.


Let me tell you about the toilet I encountered in a Korean hotel, or I might save that for another day because I was going to talk about Christmas. And I began with the digression.


I was going to start out with a little girl’s memory of Christmas in Astoria, Queens in the family apartment and then I digressed before I could say, "but I digress" because the bathroom is where I could be alone and give much thought to God and Santa Claus who are always watching me and interchangeable, where there first gleaned a recognition of my spiritual self. Because bathroom time was the only time a watchful adult Eye wasn't on me. Perhaps I connect my childhood bathroom experiences with Christmas because that could've been the year that uncle George dressed up as Santa , and though my outer-self believed, or half pretended ,my childhood knowingness knew it was uncle George.  Are you still with me?


I was and still am, a believer and most likely always will be.


And I'd look for Santa in a Christmas Eve sky and for the angel… do I see her? So many cultures together in New York.  I have a vague memory of a Ukrainian or Polish belief that the angels open the sky at midnight and you would leave food for them, or was that New Year's Eve? There was lots of looking up at the sky on Christmas Eve because something wonderful was going to happen and it did.


Sometimes the tree wouldn't appear until Christmas morning.  Life in the pine right in my living room all decorated with lights, bubble lights with colored liquid in the candle shape for the bulb base. How I loved looking at those lights and the spectacle of, the so many toys!


That was when those who grew up in the depression era had experienced the worst of it. My mother, grandmother and uncle being among them, now had enough to shower their children with abundance!  It may have been a kind of sickness ~ conspicuous consumption, but man it was great, it was effing great!


My mother would become a set designer or window dresser. It was a display to rival a Saks Fifth Avenue window!


Christmas morning and they would all appear ~Winky Dink, the Mary Hartline doll, a bicycle.  Some wrapped some not, depending on aesthetics.  It was a massive sculpture and all for me!!!


I was, up till the age of seven, an only child. The grownups would open their presents the night before Christmas.  I think, I can't remember don't know, with all the excitement, anticipation and surprise. They staged all sorts of things for my benefit. We lived on the top floor and someone would go up with jingle bells or make prancing noises on the roof and I would think it was the reindeer. I was told to go to bed or Santa wouldn't come. But first we'll leave a snack for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. And cookies and milk.

Absolutely insane, I still do this - Even though I have to eat the sandwich myself (Peter always did that part). Or chomp on a carrot, with the leavings visible to only Beau Jarred who is in his 30s (and still believes). It’s a symbol like the communion wafer.


And I leave a note from Santa for no one in particular because it's impossible that magic doesn't exist ~ and my ritualistic silliness is a reminder as I look up at the sky on Christmas Eve for the angel.  Do I see her with the king of kings and the ghost of Christmas past ~ a true believer.





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Human Rights

I performed at the UN Peace Day concert sponsored by Tennessee United for Human Rights.
At the time I'd almost forgotten  the 21st of September being Peace Day.
People signed a petition to include a human rights curriculum in Tennessee education programs.
Human rights were a vague idea to me. As I learned more, to my amazement there were 30 human rights declared and signed by all the delegates of the UN over 60 years ago! Then, I suppose, like a lot of great ideas, they were filed away until United for Human Rights rediscovered them.

These rights are inherently a part of us. "Well of course", I said, as I read each one,
as Eleanor Roosevelt had read each one to the General assembly in 1948,  and as you will when you read each one.
Inherently a part of us and there, before they were ever written by the United Nations. That's truth.

It's the knowledge of these rights that is the first step. 
An interviewer asked people on the street, "Do you know your human rights?"
Most were hard-pressed to think of even three. I myself thought, "Freedom of speech?"
But there are 30 and they all ring true.

These rights need to be taught in schools so we won't be able to forget again.
It's a code of decency that will be upheld in a world of peace where everyone is born with the dignity of a life's worth.
As a child, I trick or treated for UNICEF. Later, I went on the world tour for UN including countries still behind the Iron Curtain.
I was awarded Ambassador of Peace to South Korea and while these are great honors and symbols of goals to achieve, the concept of Human Rights, although still in the realms of dream, at some point perhaps, a little after soon, will become a reality.



Eleanor Roosevelt Speech Human Rights


An abbreviated version of the article from the Declaration of Human Rights


Eleanor Roosevelt addresses the United Nations
on the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights


After Peace Day Concert Roy Futureman Wooten, me and Beau Jarred


Upcoming shows



Nov 9    Dosey Doe                                                 The Woodlands, TX                 
Nov 20  Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse                      Dallas, TX                                          
Nov 21  Winnsboro Center for the Arts                  Winnsboro, TX. 

If you are coming to a show, please read this, from Melanie


There's a chance peace will come, in your life please buy one
There's a chance peace will come, in your life please buy one
For sometimes when I am feeling as big as the land
With the velvet hill in the small of my back
And my hands are playing the sand
And my feet are swimming in all of the waters
All of the rivers are givers to the ocean
According to plan, according to man
Well sometimes when I am feeling so grand
And I become the world
And the world becomes a man
And my song becomes a part of the river
I cry out to keep me just the way I am
According to plan, according to man
According to plan, according to man
According to plan, according to man
According to plan, according to man
According to plan
Oh There's a chance peace will come, in your life please buy one
Oh There's a chance peace will come, in my life please buy one
For sometimes when we have reached the end
With the velvet hill in the small of the back
And our hands are clutching the sand
Will our blood become a part of the river
All of the rivers are givers to the ocean
According to plan, according to man
There's a chance peace will come, in your life please buy one
There's a chance peace will come, in your life please buy one
There's a chance peace will come, in your life please buy one
There's a chance peace will come, in your life please buy one
There's a chance peace will come, in your life please buy one
For sometimes when we have reached the end
With the velvet hill in the small of the back
And our hands are clutching the sand
There's a chance peace will come, in your life please buy one
There's a chance peace will come, in your life please buy one
(repeat and fade)


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Q & A with Melanie

David Blatt How do you come to terms with the fact that I, and thousands of others, actually love you. From the very first moment I heard you vocal on "In The Hour" track 1. side 1 of your first album you captured my heart. It's irrational, it's unconditional. How do you come to terms with the love from people like me?

Melanie: Thank you for letting me and my song capture you.
Can we play that game again?
as far as dealing with...
I share the love.

Sean Crumlish What do you think of the music industry now as compared to the 60's and 70'? Business and quality of recording. I went to a Steve Stills concert a few months ago and he had plenty to say about it.

Melanie: I have plenty to say about the music industry but there's so much more to say about so many other things. At least right now.

Penelope Mutschler If you could go back in time for just one day and make a change you, a friend or a moment in history.. What, when, who , why

Melanie: That's a book, I'm afraid I don't have time to write. However: The Cyrus Cylinder,  The Magna CartaThe Declaration of IndependenceThe Declaration of Human Rights. I would if I could change the course of events that sabotaged mankind’s freedom, clandestine meetings, anything that derailed the inherent rights of all human beings.

Bianca Barich What is your advice for people who build and climb mountains that are not there? Someday I'll be a farmer always cheers me up, thank you

Melanie: People who climb mountains that are not there... You gotta love 'em ;-)

Linda Snyder Do you have any pets? If so, what are you, a dog or cat person? Do you travel with any pet? Thank you in advance xo

Melanie: I have three cats who think I'm useless. My dog died.
I am a cat and a dog person but right now I'm behaving as a cat person

Doug Durbin And what does it mean 'I got a Brand New Pair of Roller Skates You Got a Brand New Key'? That's always driven me nuts! I love the song but what does it mean?

Melanie: I suppose it means I've got half of the whole.

Bonita Wenman This might sound kind of silly, but every time I listen to 'Brand New Key' I can't help but wonder, do you have a driver's license? - "For somebody who don't drive, I been all around the world." 

Melanie: I do have a license in other words I'm on armed  but not dangerous.

William Gechoff A lot of your songs deal with dejavu and past lives... Have you had any such experiences??

Melanie: Yes. A good number of experiences ~but more importantly, I have a knowingness.

Dee Sargent I saw you twice, once in Rockport, mas and just last Friday. And I got my pic taken with you and that was the highlight of my life! I thank you so much for being so nice! Your such a nice down to earth person! My question is, how do you feel about being so close to your fans without bodyguards?

Melanie: I have angels.

Is there any chance that you might come to Asheville, NC, UK, Scotland, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, Kent, Ohio,  Belgium, Paris, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Minnesota, Seattle, Vancouver, Montreal, Ireland

Melanie: It isn't a lack of willingness
I assure you
There isn't one place mentioned where I  wouldn't love to go!