Susan Clark

Susan Clark

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“Her soulful voice, tremendous songs and wonderful playing combine with her beautiful heart to make some of the best music I’ve ever heard.” finalists! Check out Susan's new web site at www.susanclarkmusic.com

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Biography

To call Susan Clark “multifaceted” just doesn’t do her justice. That’s
because, though she IS talented in so many areas, that term doesn’t
explain just how beautifully she writes, how well she plays piano,
guitar and flute, how alluring her voice can be, how quickly audiences
connect with her in a live setting or the amazing joy she inspires in
her work with Alzheimer and dementia patients. Yes, multifaceted, but
also, so much more.

Susan was named a finalist in Kerrville’s New Folk
Concert Series in 1991, 1993 and 1995. Then in 1998 the Kerrville judges
awarded her first place. Among the prizes was the opportunity to perform
on Kerrville’s main stage in 1999 before thousands of the country’s
biggest folk followers.

2006 found Susan once again included in the Kerrville New Folk Finalists!

Take Me Home, Susan’s 1999 release, lead to numerous awards that once
again proved her versatility. Along with being selected to showcase her
songs fo the National Folk Alliance, she was also won first place awards
from New Mexico’s premier music competition (NM Mic Line Awards) for
Best Jazz Production, Best Blues Production, Best Adult Contemporary
Production and Best Vocal Performance. Covering so many styles, it’s
easy to see why so many of Take Me Home’s songs are covered by other New
Mexican musicians

A new CD of original compositions "Waitin' for the Wind, has just been released and is available for purchase through cdbaby:

http://cdbaby.com/cd/susanclark

"Waitin' for the Wind" just won three top awards from the New Mexico Music Association. One for the best song of the year; "Meet me in New Orleans"; one for best production of the year and finally, it was took the honors for the Best CD released in 2006 in New Mexico!!!

Two of Susan's songs were just selected by the NM Music Commission for a video production through the NM Dept. of Tourism. The video can be viewed on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCSZhoWe7GE

Once again this accomplished songwriter,
vocalist and musician is proving that sometimes the designation of
“multifaceted” might just not say enough about this woman’s talents.

Lyrics

bend

Written By: susan clark

BEND

You are the love of my life
And I’m hopin’ things will be alright
I’m only asking one thing from you
And if you really loved me it wouldn’t be that hard to do
Can’t you bend a little for me
Can’t you chip away some of that hard hard surface
You’ve built around your heart
Can’t you bend a little for me

I’ve tried everything I know how to do
I’ve tried to be happy with the bone that you threw
I’ve tried to join into the spirit of your new plans
But I just can’t follow through
I can’t bend anymore for you
I can’t chip away this hard surface I’ve built around my heart
I can’t bend anymore for you

Some things can’t be repaired
No matter what you try
No matter what you do
I’ve been holdin’ onto you
Like a spider to a web
That’s blowin’ in the autumn wind
I can’t bend anymore for you
Can’t you bend a little for me

Some words can’t be retrieved
Once said they’re forged into our memories
I’ve been holdin’ onto you
Like the last of the aspen leaves
Blowin’ in the autumn breeze

I’m gonna save the messages
You left on my phone
And play them over and over until I figure out
Just why this whole damn thing went south
Why couldn’t you bend just a little for me
‘Cause I can’t bend anymore for you

madeline

Written By: susan clark

MADELINE
DOG OF MINE
SHE’S WITH ME
MOST ALL THE TIME
PICKS ME UP WHEN I’M FEELIN’ DOWN
YOU SHOULD SEE HER SHE’S QUITE A CLOWN
HER NAILS ARE LONG AND HER BREATH IS BAD
HOW’D I EVER GET A DOG LIKE THAT?

I TAKE HER WITH ME ON THE HIKIN’ TRAILS
PEOPLE LAUGH AT HER NUBBY TAIL
IT GOT BOBBED OFF WHEN SHE WAS JUST A PUP
BUT THAT DOESN’T KEEP HER FROM STRUTTIN’ HER STUFF
SHE RUNS AWAY WHEN I DRAW HER BATH
HOW’D I EVER GET A DOG LIKE THAT?

I HAD MY FRIEND PUT IN A DOGGIE DOOR
AND NOW I DON’T SEE MUCH OF MADDY ANYMORE
SHE SPENDS HER TIME AT MY NEGIHBOR’S PLACE
LICKIN’ (EATIN’) LEFTOVERS OFF OF DINNER PLATES

I TALK TO HER WHEN WE’RE ALL ALONE
I DRINK MY WINE WHILE SHE CHEWS HER BONE
SHE LISTENS TO EVERY WORD I SAY
AND WHEN I CRY SHE LICKS MY TEARS AWAY
HER EYES ARE BEADY AND HER NOSE IS WET
HOW’D I EVER GET A DOG LIKE THAT?

SHE SLEEPS WITH ME WHEN I’M ALL ALONE
TUCKED BETWEEN MY HEELS AND MY TAILBONE
WHEN MY BOYFRIEND COMES TO SPEND THE NIGHT
THEY FLIP A COIN TO PICK THEIR FAVORITE SIDE

I USED TO SAY THAT WE WERE JUST GOOD FRIENDS
BUT NOW I KNOW I’LL LOVE HER TO THE BITTER END
LOVERS MAY COME AND FRIENDS MAY GO
BUT SHE’LL STICK WITH ME ON THE ROCKIEST ROAD
HER LEGS ARE SKINNY AND HER NECK IS FAT
HOW’D I EVER GET A DOG LIKE THAT?

that time in the morning

Written By: susan clark


THAT TIME IN THE MORNING
Words and Music by Susan Clark

IT’S THAT TIME IN THE MORNIN’
WHEN MY MIND IS NOT QUITE AWAKE
AND MY BODY CAN DICTATE HOW I’M FEELIN’
AND DECIDE WHAT THINGS I WILL TAKE
TO FEED MY HEAD FOR
THE REST OF THE DAY

I’M GONNA BORROW AN OLD MEMORY OF YOU
THROW IN SOMETHING BRIGHT AND SOMETHING BLUE
MIX IT ALL UP WITH SOME SNOW FROM THE TREES
TAKE IT IN AND SEE JUST WHERE IT LEADS
IT’S THAT TIME IN THE MORNIN’
WHEN I WISH YOU COULD BE HERE WITH ME

I DON’T SLEEP WELL IN OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES
I’VE ALWAYS BEEN FUNNY THAT WAY
I TOSS AND TURN AND HEAR STRANGE NOISES
‘TIL I FINALLY GET UP AND GO ON MY WAY
I GUESS I’M TOO OLD NOW
AND A LITTLE TOO SETTLED IN MY WAYS

(BRIDGE)
MY ROAD STAYS COVERED WITH ICE AND SNOW
KEEPS AWAY ALMOST
EVERYBODY I KNOW
AND THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT
MOST OF THE TIME
EXCEPT WHEN IT’S…
THAT TIME IN THE MORNIN’
AND I WISH YOU WERE BY MY SIDE

(LAST VERSE)
BUT I SURE LIKE BEIN’ HERE WITH YOU
PROBABLY MORE THAN YOU’D LIKE FOR ME TO
I KEEP MY FEELINGS TO MYSELF
AND I DON’T SHARE ‘EM WITH ANYBODY ELSE EXCEPT WHEN IT’S
THAT TIME IN THE MORNIN’
AND I WISH YOU WERE BY MY SIDE
WHEN IT’S THAT TIME IN THE MORNIN’ AND I’VE GOT…
NOTHIN’ TO HIDE….WHEN IT’S THAT TIME…..IN THE MORNIN’

simple song

Written By: susan clark/lynn taylor

SIMPLE SONG©2008
Music by Susan Clark
Words by Susan Clark and Lynn Taylor

This is just a simple song to start the day with you
Nothin’ hard about the notes, you can sing them too
There’s somethin’ ‘bout the way you run and laugh and play
Takes me to another time, when I did the same
Just a simple song to start our day

This is just a simple song I wrote to share with you
You can add a verse or two when the day is through
Close your eyes and dream of pines and daffodils
Fuzzy worms and butterflies upon your windowsill
Every day’s a day for us to fill

Maybe we’ll take a walk outside
To see what we can find
The day is yours and mine
Seeing the world pass through your eyes
Everything is a surprise
Every corner we turn
Brings us something new to learn

(Instrumental)

Now it’s time to go inside
So much has filled your mind
Rest now, just close your eyes
When you awake
I know we’ll find
Brand new worlds
For you to spy
I will see them too
As I walk and learn with you

This is just a simple song to end the day with you
I will sing it once again when the day is through
Close you eyes and listen as you drift away
To a place where nothing’s missing
Everything’s okay
Just a simple song to end our…just a simple song to end our…
Just a simple song to end our day

western shore

Written By: susan clark

WESTERN SHORE
Words and Music by Susan Clark
©2006

(Chorus)
I have always been drawn to the western shore
I have always been held prisoner by the rain
There’s somethin’ ‘bout these trees
Holds me like a lost lover’s embrace
And in the distance I can hear the ocean call my name

(Verse 1)
Don’t be afraid to change
It’s the nature of the game
To move ahead now and again
Without knowing why or when
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
With the things you don’t understand
There’s always someone ahead of you
Who holds the answers you need in their hand

(Repeat Chorus)

(Verse 2)
We’re taught from a very young age
To make our decisions with our heads
When it’s really that feeling you get
Right here in the middle of your chest
That tells you whether it is time
For you to stay or move ahead
Don’t be afraid of those feelings my child
‘Cause they’re all we ever really have

(Repeat Chorus)

(Verse 3)
Life on this plane is so short and fast
Nothing like what lies ahead
Everything you think you’ve learned
Will be forgotten with the shifting sands
So if you feel me flying through the air
Won’t you reach out for my hand
And hold tight as we journey on
To discover a brave new land.

(End with Chorus)

Discography

Released "Take Me Home" in 1999. Most recently released a CD called "Waitin' for the Wind" which features 15 of my original compositions. "Waitin for the Wind" picked up three awards from the NM Music Association in 2007--one for best song of the year, one for best production of the year and most importantly, one for Best Overall CD of the year! The album is availabe for purchase on cdbaby.com.

2008 will find Susan working on a project of inspirational/new thought tunes that she's been working on over the last couple of years.

To listen to clips from or to purchase my CD, go to

http://cdbaby.com/cd/susanclark