Blue O'Connell

Blue O'Connell

 Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Singer/songwriter with a voice a cross of Nanci Griffith & Billie Holiday, guitar playing reminiscent of early Michael Johnson, lyrics that command attention. She works at a hospital, playing for the ill and dying. She also leads sing alongs for all ages.
"Uniquely compelling!"- John McCutcheon

Biography

Blue O’Connell is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and certified music practitioner who happens to be profoundly deaf. Her debut CD, "Choose the Sky” is part miracle, part hard work and an inspiring achievement.

O'Connell got her start as a professional musician over 30 years ago accompanying jazz and wedding singers in Chicago where she was born and raised. Since relocating to Charlottesville, Virginia in 1989, she immersed herself in the local music scene. In addition to performing in the acoustic music venues, she was a folk radio announcer at WTJU for 20 years. In the summer of 2011, she released her first CD, “Choose the Sky”.

Music critics from all over the US, UK and Canada have praised O'Connell's music as: “inventive”, “creative”, “haunting”, “profoundly moving", “full of grace and inspiration. "

Her guitar work exemplifies the influence of some interesting guitarists she has studied with, most notably Robert Fripp & Ralph Towner. Her lyrics show a unique perspective gained from working with writers as diverse and visionary as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and cartoonist Lynda Barry. Her voice has been described as a cross between Nanci Griffith and Billie Holiday.

Although she is a highly a accomplished musician, she is always seeking ways to learn new skills and genres of music. She was an apprentice in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program in 2011-2012 , studying Galax-style dulcimer with Phyllis Gaskins.

She is a diverse and multi-talented musician with a large repertoire ranging from traditional American folk music to jazz, gospel and 60's & 70's pop and leads sing alongs for all age groups.

She is a Musician in Residence at the University of Virginia hospital playing therapeutic music for the ill and dying. In addition, she works at VSA Arts in Charlottesville which is an organization dedicated to promote experiences in the arts for individuals with disabilities.

Lyrics

River Runs Through

Written By: Blue O'Connell

there is a river that runs through all things
it flows through you and it flows through me
the water washes over the land
telling the tales written upon our hands

there is a melody that rings throughout time
it is yours and it is mine
the music awakens life's mystery
courting the muse of creativity

chorus:

oh river won't you run my way
I'm feeling all alone today
lift my voice and hear me sing
won't you show me that I'm part of everything

there is a truth that reigns in the world
it lives in you and it lives in me
the clarity moves through the earth and sea
weaving the stories of history

there is a love that shines through all
it glows in me and it glows in you
the beauty illuminates our saving grace
revealing the soul showing in our face

chorus:

end

Choose the Sky

Written By: Blue O'Connell

Sometimes we need a little space
Choose the sky, choose the sky
It’s bigger than you, take in the view

And maybe there will be some clouds
But they will pass, nothing lasts
It changes you, to see the blue

Sometimes I get lost
Inside a thought
Nowhere to go
A story that only I know
I need to get some perspective

When walking out into the day
Choose the sky, choose the sky
The sun will renew, let it in you

At night the stars call you to dream
Choose the sky, choose the sky
It’s never too late to dream…

Sometimes I get lost….etc

Sometimes we need a little space
Choose the sky, choose the sky
It changes you, if you do

Let the Music Come

Written By: Blue O'Connell

Sitting in silence in my little room
waiting for the music to come
I cannot force it to come to soon
cause you know I gotta wait.....

Let the music come through me
music come through me
music come through me
Let the music come through me

I cannot say when the music will come
but I know it's gonna be here sometime
I cannot say where the music comes from
but you know I wanna be there

Oh I wanna be there, yeah I wanna be there
yeah I wanna be there
I wanna be there, be there be there

bridge:
there's a spider's woven web outside my window
spun around a winter's limb, waiting in the wind
and the music weaves a thread inside the mystery
and it comes back to me...

I keep on thinking that I'm gonna forget
if I don't keep the music close by
but it's like an old friend
I haven't seen in awhile, I always remember

Oh I remember, yeah I remember
I remember
I remember, yes I always remember,
I remember

first verse --

How Will I know

Written By: Blue O'Connell

Sitting in silence in my little room
waiting for the music to come
I cannot force it to come to soon
cause you know I gotta wait.....

Let the music come through me
music come through me
music come through me
Let the music come through me

I cannot say when the music will come
but I know it's gonna be here sometime
I cannot say where the music comes from
but you know I wanna be there

Oh I wanna be there, yeah I wanna be there
yeah I wanna be there
I wanna be there, be there be there

bridge:
there's a spider's woven web outside my window
spun around a winter's limb, waiting in the wind
and the music weaves a thread inside the mystery
and it comes back to me...

I keep on thinking that I'm gonna forget
if I don't keep the music close by
but it's like an old friend
I haven't seen in awhile, I always remember

Oh I remember, yeah I remember
I remember
I remember, yes I always remember,
I remember

first verse --

Discography

CD, "Choose the Sky"

Tracks can be heard on SoundCloud:
http://soundcloud.com/blue-oconnell

CD Baby:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/blueoconnell2

Set List

River Runs Through (mine)
Lines of Change (mine)
Blue Moon
Nature Boy (Nat King Cole)
Autumn Harvest (mine)
In My Life (Beatles)
This Little Light of Mine
Once I was the Wind (mine)
Grandma's Hands