ANOTHER NEW SINGLE!
This is our second single release, “Here I Am.”
As always, please give this song a listen here or on other sites or add it to your library. Tell your friends about it on Facebook or across the table in a candlelit cafe. Hint: This song is for lovers.
Thank you, to everyone for your support and inspiration.
The musicians participating in this recording were:Mary Kelley: vocalsMark Abramson: guitarsDave Lebolt: keyboards and percussionMike Visceglia: bass 
Words and Music: Mary KelleyProduced by Mark Abramson & Dave LeboltArranged by Dave LeboltMixed by Dave Lebolt
Musicians ain’t nothin’ without listeners.

ANOTHER NEW SINGLE!

This is our second single release, “Here I Am.”

As always, please give this song a listen here or on other sites or add it to your library. Tell your friends about it on Facebook or across the table in a candlelit cafe. Hint: This song is for lovers.

Thank you, to everyone for your support and inspiration.

The musicians participating in this recording were:
Mary Kelley: vocals
Mark Abramson: guitars
Dave Lebolt: keyboards and percussion
Mike Visceglia: bass 

Words and Music: Mary Kelley
Produced by Mark Abramson & Dave Lebolt
Arranged by Dave Lebolt
Mixed by Dave Lebolt

Musicians ain’t nothin’ without listeners.

THE STORY OF THE NEXT SINGLE, HERE I AM
"Here I Am" will go live June 30 at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and a host of others. Very cool. To me. Before the "official" blog post on June 30, this post is more about the backstory of "Here I Am," how it was created.
The picture above is yet another gorgeous little town in Tuscany, called Grosseto. There my story begins…
After I had finished playing a short tour in Italy, my manager, Annette Jarvie suggested I attend one of Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft seminars, which was being held near Florence. I landed in Grosseto, the lone mature female in a class made up entirely of teenage Italian boys, who were expecting a rock idol encounter with the great Freep.
To their amazement, Fripp’s Guitar Craft – to me – was a guitar yoga, an individual guitarist’s concentration on playing precise plectrum-focused string pattern compositions.
Hourly. Living in monastic simplicity for a week or so.
"No espresso?! Impossibile! Mama!!"
I discovered Gurdjieff’s “remember where you are” philosophy at that villa in Tuscany. I did not succeed in the discipline, but I did compose two songs in that Fripp tuning.
The music for “Here I Am” was written there, in that mesmerizing guitar style, when I wandered off, yet again, from what I was supposed to be practicing. The first phrase happened, I pulled out a melody and found the chords I needed. With that music without lyrics playing in my mind, I traveled to Venice.
There, as I stood in the phenomenally imposing hall of the Great Council of Venice in the Palazzo Ducale, the first lyric, “Here I am” tumbled out of my imagination. Now, as I write this, I am struck by the coincidence of Gurdjieff’s profound “remember where you are” and my little “here I am.”
A presto, i miei amici.

THE STORY OF THE NEXT SINGLE, HERE I AM

"Here I Am" will go live June 30 at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and a host of others. Very cool. To me. Before the "official" blog post on June 30, this post is more about the backstory of "Here I Am," how it was created.

The picture above is yet another gorgeous little town in Tuscany, called Grosseto. There my story begins…

After I had finished playing a short tour in Italy, my manager, Annette Jarvie suggested I attend one of Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft seminars, which was being held near Florence. I landed in Grosseto, the lone mature female in a class made up entirely of teenage Italian boys, who were expecting a rock idol encounter with the great Freep.

To their amazement, Fripp’s Guitar Craft – to me – was a guitar yoga, an individual guitarist’s concentration on playing precise plectrum-focused string pattern compositions.

Hourly. Living in monastic simplicity for a week or so.

"No espresso?! Impossibile! Mama!!"

I discovered Gurdjieff’s “remember where you are” philosophy at that villa in Tuscany. I did not succeed in the discipline, but I did compose two songs in that Fripp tuning.

The music for “Here I Am” was written there, in that mesmerizing guitar style, when I wandered off, yet again, from what I was supposed to be practicing. The first phrase happened, I pulled out a melody and found the chords I needed. With that music without lyrics playing in my mind, I traveled to Venice.

There, as I stood in the phenomenally imposing hall of the Great Council of Venice in the Palazzo Ducale, the first lyric, “Here I am” tumbled out of my imagination. Now, as I write this, I am struck by the coincidence of Gurdjieff’s profound “remember where you are” and my little “here I am.”

A presto, i miei amici.

NEW! The First Digital Single
Mary Kelley’s digital single of Sylvia Said is now available at most sites.
This is the first of twelve single releases.
Please give the song a listen here or on other sites, and consider adding it to your library, or telling a friend about it.
Thanks, to everyone for your participation.
Musicians ain’t nothin’ without listeners.

NEW! The First Digital Single

Mary Kelley’s digital single of Sylvia Said is now available at most sites.

This is the first of twelve single releases.

Please give the song a listen here or on other sites, and consider adding it to your library, or telling a friend about it.

Thanks, to everyone for your participation.

Musicians ain’t nothin’ without listeners.

Sylvia Said

“Sylvia Said” was first released in 1974 as the B-side of the 45 rpm single release of John Cale’s “The Man Who Couldn’t Afford to Orgy.” I discovered the song on the collection entitled John Cale: The Island Years. 

Full disclosure: I never listened closely to the phenomenon called Velvet Underground. I listened to this collection intently. If it’s a choice I have to make – Stones or Beatles? Giants or A’s? Lou Reed or John Cale? - I choose John Cale.

Above is a YouTube audio of a first mix (circa 1974). Here’s our cover version of his song.

Here I Am

We’ve been getting more and more hits for Here I Am on Soundcloud, and I want to thank all of you for giving this homepage song a listen.
I’d like to give a special thanks to Dave Lebolt for his exquisite contributions to the recording. Mark’s arpeggiated acoustic guitar and eBow stylings were sweetened even more with Dave’s touch. Dave enlisted the contribution of New Yorker Mike Visceglia to play the bass on the recording with subtlety in just the right places.
And for me, Dave’s Steinway grand piano is so sweet to hear, always.
I thought I’d end this blog post with the lyrics from Here I Am, for your pleasure:
Here I amAlone with youWith youWith you
To say we areMeant to beIn words so sweet
We stand before two doorsI choose one doorAdoring you
You might let me downOh that’s not what you’ll doAnd I could break your heartBut I could never hurt you
In twoThere’s loveThe lover and the lovedWho loves the other too
Hold you like a wishAnd linger with you
You might let me downBut that’s not what you’ll doAnd I might break your heartBut I would never hurt you
True lovers at the startAs wise as they are newEmotion lost then found with youWith you
Silence is our poemWe’ll marry in a kissAnd in our hearts go home
And here I amAlone with youWith you
Words and music by Mary Kelley © 2014 Methylethylketone Music

Here I Am

We’ve been getting more and more hits for Here I Am on Soundcloud, and I want to thank all of you for giving this homepage song a listen.

I’d like to give a special thanks to Dave Lebolt for his exquisite contributions to the recording. Mark’s arpeggiated acoustic guitar and eBow stylings were sweetened even more with Dave’s touch. Dave enlisted the contribution of New Yorker Mike Visceglia to play the bass on the recording with subtlety in just the right places.

And for me, Dave’s Steinway grand piano is so sweet to hear, always.

I thought I’d end this blog post with the lyrics from Here I Am, for your pleasure:

Here I am
Alone with you
With you
With you

To say we are
Meant to be
In words so sweet

We stand before two doors
I choose one door
Adoring you

You might let me down
Oh that’s not what you’ll do
And I could break your heart
But I could never hurt you

In two
There’s love
The lover and the loved
Who loves the other too

Hold you like a wish
And linger with you

You might let me down
But that’s not what you’ll do
And I might break your heart
But I would never hurt you

True lovers at the start
As wise as they are new
Emotion lost then found with you
With you

Silence is our poem
We’ll marry in a kiss
And in our hearts go home

And here I am
Alone with you
With you

Words and music by Mary Kelley © 2014 Methylethylketone Music

Web Site Bio Done
Finished writing and editing my bio today. I hope it’s a little interesting reading, somewhere between Dear Abby and War and Peace. Stay with me, as I blog whenever there’s something to talk about. There’s a lot more to come, Not biographical, I promise you.
P.S. I wagered Mark five thousand dollars that our first gig was in Edinburgh not Harrogate. Mark has not responded yet.

Web Site Bio Done

Finished writing and editing my bio today. I hope it’s a little interesting reading, somewhere between Dear Abby and War and Peace. Stay with me, as I blog whenever there’s something to talk about. There’s a lot more to come, Not biographical, I promise you.

P.S. I wagered Mark five thousand dollars that our first gig was in Edinburgh not Harrogate. Mark has not responded yet.

The Beginning…very soon
This Mary Kelley music site will be the official website for all of Mary Kelley: new works, today’s Mary Kelley news, recordings, made and making, and my creative history. Memories and lost treasures are included, too. Between myself and Mark Abramson, my musical partner, we are collecting as much content as we can, to present to you on this website.
There are plenty of ways to contact us with your comments or questions. (I insisted that we include as many social media options as possible, for which I take full responsibility.) If you see something inaccurate or something wrongly attributed, I’ll fix what I can. If you have any additional related content, just let me know and I’ll try to add it. 

 
Photo of the Horsehead Nebula from Creative Commons, attribution: ESA/Hubble.

The Beginning…very soon

This Mary Kelley music site will be the official website for all of Mary Kelley: new works, today’s Mary Kelley news, recordings, made and making, and my creative history. Memories and lost treasures are included, too. Between myself and Mark Abramson, my musical partner, we are collecting as much content as we can, to present to you on this website.

There are plenty of ways to contact us with your comments or questions. (I insisted that we include as many social media options as possible, for which I take full responsibility.) If you see something inaccurate or something wrongly attributed, I’ll fix what I can. If you have any additional related content, just let me know and I’ll try to add it. 

 

Photo of the Horsehead Nebula from Creative Commons, attribution: ESA/Hubble.

"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."
- T.S. Eliot from the poem “Little Gidding”
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