Heart driven songs combined with a beautiful tenor and fluid guitar playing, Michael Veitch is highly regarded by many of his singer-songwriting peers. His music visits the past without regret and the future with an optimist's eye while his lyrics and melody weave a narrative of world class performance.
Michael has just returned to the US after living, writing, photographing, painting and, of course, performing in Munich Germany and Europe for two years. He is booking now for US dates and planning the release of several new projects. Be sure and check out Judy Collin's recording of his song "Veteran's Day" (duet with Kenny White)on her new CD "Bohemian" and a live version on her just released DVD "Live From the Metropolitan Museum" with guests Ani Difranco and Shawn Colvin.
It's every person's dream to get to do what they love, intertwining that work with their heart's passion and making a difference in the world. And that's exactly how Michael Veitch lives his life.
A boy who sang before he talked, when Michael first heard the Beatles as a young child, he knew then that music was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. And the same passion that propelled his love of music, and later on writing, is also what led Michael into environmental and social activism, where he now holds a degree in Community Action. Michael was a professional photographer who already had an eye to capture life in a single picture, his songwriting mixed with activism mirrored his same ability to capture snapshots with pen and ink. Michael writes songs about real issues and explores a deeper range of those of the heart.
Having worked for many years as Vermont's statewide recycling advocate, battling for clean air, water and fair government, Michael attacked huge multinational waste corporations to prevent them from burning trash and polluting the environment. He worked for progressive candidates and ran as an independent progressive for Vermont State Senate in the early 90's.
In 1994, after running for Vermont State Senate (against current Governor Peter Shumlin no less) , Veitch decided to concentrate on music and writing full time. When Shawn Colvin was handed a CD of Michael's music, Shawn enthusiastically encouraged him to perform his music out on the road and open some shows for her. Eventually Michael opened for Shawn on tour and at other gigs, meeting many of his musical heroes in the process. While opening for Shawn at well-known Washington, DC venue, The Birchmere, George Stephanopolis, who was in attendance, invited Shawn and Michael on a special tour of the White House and to meet Bill Clinton in the Oval Office. Veitch realized the irony of the situation - that it was music that got him into the White House and not strictly politics, something that confirmed his belief that he could do more to raise awareness of serious issues and affect change by performing. His songs carried his message, echoing the tradition of troubadours like Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Odetta and Billy Bragg. And it was also during an anti-war rally in Washington DC, that his combination of music and activism that allowed Michael to share the stage with Jesse Jackson, Patti Smith and Ben Cohen (Ben and Jerry's) which was filmed and later shown repeatedly on CSPAN.
With his feet firmly planted between his love songs of life and people, Michael's fourth CD, "Heartlander," is a mature collection of material written over the last two years - songs based on real life events, like Sanctuary, about a police shooting in a Vermont Church; the anti-war anthem Veteran's Day; and songs covering other topics including sexual abuse in the church and the desolate and heartbreaking poverty in a land of plenty. Veitch deals with relationships both hopeful and dysfunctional, as elegantly showcased in the arresting, For My Dear Life, about the universal longing we have all experienced at some points in our lives.
The most recent projects from Michael are the very well reviewed "Postcards From Vermont Vol. 1" and the new single "August Nights" from "The Veitch Boys." Please visit http://www.michaelveitch.com for more details and to catch some live radio performances.
Michael's fifth CD is called Painted Heart. with Julie Last producing and some co-writing, joined by Jerry Marotta, Artie Traum, Pete Levin, Bar Scott, Ed Sanders and many other super players and singers.
He has four previous CD's; Heartlander, Southern Girl , New York Journal, and his first CD, Down Deep, now out of print. Down Deep was named by Performing Songwriter magazine as one of the top 12 DIY CD's of the year in 1998. New York Journal features Shawn Colvin's voice on the duet "Anybody But You" and Susan Werner on piano. Southern Girl grew out of songs that were written for the Monday Night Songwriters Meeting held at Jack Hardy's in Greenwich Village.
Driving Through the Heart(Home Again)
Written By: Michael Veitch
Driving Through the Heart (Home Again)
Copyright 2012 words&music Michael Veitch
Burt Street Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved
Times this hard, won’t soon be forgotten
Here on this land, broken and forsaken
Empty fields, once the meaning of our lives
Lives that moved on, or sometimes were taken
Never was it easy, to toss those years aside
Who see’s it coming, until the pain arrives?
Driving through the heart
Driving through the rain
Driving through the heart
Home again, home again
Old scars, all locked up to stay
Did you ever believe
You could throw those keys away?
Just as wishes can come true they can vanish with no trace
Our dreams they get shattered
When you think you have it made
Never was it easy to leave those tears behind
A million miles runnin‘, wasn’t far enough this time
Fallin in your arms here, where the road divides
Everything is made clear, as we dry our eyes
Never thought I’d need you, there was too much pride
Never thought I’d need you, like I need you now
Written By: Michael Veitch
Words and music Michael Veitch
Copyright 2012 Burt Street Music(BMI)
Born in a prayer
Tied up and left now
To a stranger in there
Not easy to talk loud
When trouble calls
In a fevered dream
As darkness falls
As a train whistle blows
Through valleys of tears
You walk that road alone
Looking back through the years
And hard one’s you’ve known
Through a fevered dream
To a place called home
Br: Shadows sliding into view
Sunshine keep trying, to break on through
Time to swallow the fear and pride
Just take it for the ride, just take it for the ride
While the moon turns cold
Damp are the sheets
A story grows old
You’ve got people to meet
And places to roam
In a fevered dream, while a train whistle blows
Please visit my website: http://www.michaelveitch.com
for lots of streaming songs, complete discography and links to other sites.