Bonnie Meadow

Bonnie Meadow

 Woodstock, New York, USA
BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

Jazzy & bluesy, with influences from standards, folk & show tunes, Bonnie’s music is truly her own. Memorable melodies & lyrics that get to the heart of things tell the story of a woman who is, as her CD title proclaims, “In the Middle of Life.”

Biography

Bonnie’s mother wrote in her Baby Book that she was singing and dancing when she was eleven months old. They still can’t get her to stop.

Classically trained from a young age, Bonnie began her career as a classical guitarist and singer, and went on to play lute, recorder, piano and a handful of other instruments. The classical training was solid, but listening to the likes of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern; going to see the hottest Broadway shows during the classic era of Broadway; immersion in ‘60s folk music and the life-altering rock music of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s all combined to emerge in a style that fuses these influences and yet is like none of them in particular.

Her lyrics are crafted with passion, humor and creativity. Her melodies will stay with you. (Management is not responsible for tunes that stick in your head).

Her songs tell her story, but though they are deeply personal their universality rings out. “Not a centerfold, but a woman you can hold” says her song “Just Like Me.” Her wry sense of humor comes through here and in her tongue-in-cheek “Pin-up Girls,” the daring “Hot Flash” and the lamenting “Human Condition.” She sings her heart out in “Falling Down,” the tale of a son whose life had “gotten ugly, it’s a tangle of sin” and in “Slow Exit” a song about her aging and diminishing mother, not the woman she remembers.

She hasn’t forgotten the convictions that shaped her in the ‘60s on marches against the war and for civil rights. She cries out in “The People” to remind the world that “... it’s not about the politics, the parties on the left or the right... it’s about the People.” She takes on the role of Earth Mother and laments the abuse heaped upon her by humans in “Earth Mother Blues” and an unusual, ethereal music-picture, “Earthspeak.”

Bonnie Meadow might just be the answer to the old saying: “They ain’t writing them like they used to.”

Lyrics

Earth Mother Blues

Written By: Bonnie Meadow

You use me, you abuse me
I know you didn’t choose me
You can’t live without me
And I’m singing the blues.

I nurtured you from the moment
you were born
Every morsel of food
The air your breathe
Came from me
I’m your mother and you treat me
Like a slave
I’m your mother, I’m your earth
And I’m singing the blues.

I’m sick; heal me
Don’t you even feel me?
You hurt me, you desert me,
I’m singing the blues.

You have whittled away
my protective layers
Do you remember
to keep me in your prayers?

I’m sick; heal me
Don’t you even feel me?
I’m your mother, I’m your earth
And I’m singing the blues.

Pin-up Girls

Written By: Bonnie Meadow

Pin-up girls have perfect bodies
Pin-up girls have fabulous breasts
Their thighs don't bulge and dimple
And the never have a pimple
Their eyes may have a twinkle
But you'll never see a wrinkle
Their look is so alluring
And it really is enduring
It's exactly the same every time you look.

Pin-up girls don't have any stretch marks
Pin-up girls have tummies that are flat
You don't have to take them dancing
And they never need romancing
Their lips say "come and get me"
And "I know you can't forget me"
You'll find them quite exciting
And they seem to be inviting
You to play with them to your heart's content.

Real girls have parts that are sagging
Real girls have things that droop
But there's love that they'll provide you
As the snuggle down beside you
Their touch is a sensation
And they make great conversation
They care about your life
Your successes and your strife
What more can a fella' want?
Cause Pin-up girls can't make you happy
Pin-up girls can't feed your soul
You might think you could persuade them
But your qualities evade them
In the pictures they are winking
But they can't hear what you're thinking
Their looks may send you reeling
But they don't care what you're feeling

Cause pin-up girls are not like real girls
Pin-up girls aren't touch and feel girls
Pin-up girls are from fantasy world where
Pin-up girls can stay, where pin-up girls can stay.

Temptation

Written By: Bonnie Meadow

Don't tempt me
With your cool seductive ways
Your penetrating gaze right through me
You know you can reduce me
Unglue me and seduce me
Any time at all
I am trying to resist you
Though you may persist I'm
Keeping my center, I'm keeping my cool
The need for stimulation
The struggle with temptation's mine.

Don't tempt me
In my soul I sense a danger
You're really still a stranger to me
I don't know enough about you
To know if I should doubt you
Mean what you say.
I'm in trouble if you touch me
Even though it's such a
Fabulous feeling, losing control
The need for stimulation
The struggle with temptation's mine.

Bridge:
Tempted to take a lover
It's been a while or two
One man is like another
Why should it be you?

Don't tempt me
With your cool seductive ways
Your penetrating gaze right through me
You know you can reduce me
Unglue me and seduce me
Any time at all
I am trying to resist you
Though you may persist I'm
Keeping my center, I'm keeping my cool
The need for stimulation
The struggle with temptation's mine.

The People

Written By: Bonnie Meadow

It’s not about the oil
It’s not about the land
It’s not about the billions
We can barely understand.
It’s not about the power
It’s not about the fame
It’s not about religion
Or the others we can blame

It’s about the people
Living their lives
It’s about the people
It should come as no surprise
It’s about the people
Putting food on the table
The people
Surviving if they’re able.

It’s not about Americans
The French, the Arabs or the Jews,
It’s not about the Muslims
Like you hear it in the news.
It’s not about the politics
The parties on the left or the right
It’s not about the governments
Or who can fight the hardest fight.

It’s about the people
Playing with their kids
It’s about the people
Is it something that they did?
It’s about the people
Looking for some fun
The people
They’re not hurting anyone.

Bridge:
OK, I’m not the younger generation any more
I’m the girl from the ‘60’s who marched against the war.
I’m not as idealistic as I was then,
But I hear the young folk crying out again.

People
Doing what they can
The people
Woman and Man
People
Looking for some fun
The people
They’re not hurting anyone

You are the leaders
The presidents, prime ministers, the sheiks
There are people who will suffer
Because of your mistakes.
You think your rage is justified
By your cause, your God, your race,
And the enemy has no face.

They’re just people
Everywhere
Lots of people
We’ve all got to care
About the people
The people
The people

Human Condition

Written By: Bonnie Meadow

Oh give me a hanger for my anger and my hate
Give me a place to put these feelings I don’t want on my plate
Give me a positive expression
For my angst and my depression
Is it my fault or just my fate?
How I got in this position
Is a mystery to me
My woman’s intuition
Says it wasn’t meant to be
Someone write me a prescription for this
Human Condition.

My HMO won’t pay for my meds
I’m prepping for an audit with the state and the feds
My children never mind me
Can I put this all behind me?
I’m trying to get it out of my head.
My Ex is on the warpath
I can’t take it any more
And now the roof is leaking and it
Really is bore
Someone write me a prescription for this
Human Condition

Discography

CD “In the Middle of Life” has 12 tracks:
1. Walking Along This Road
2. Temptation
3. Just Like Me
4. I Gotta Go
5. Pin-up Girls
6. Human Condition
7. Falling Down
8. The People
9. Hot Flash
10. Slow Exit
11. Earthspeak
12. Earth Mother Blues

Clips of all songs can be heard at www.bonniemeadow.com

Set List

Tunes from the CD plus other originals, and standards such as Gershwin, Kern, Porter and Arlen. Plus sometimes a surprise.