Ina May Wool

Ina May Wool

BandAmericanaAcoustic

The warmth of Shawn Colvin's folk, the pointed edge and vocal resonance of Lucinda Williams.

Biography

“One of my favorite New York singer/songwriters,” John Platt, WFUV

“Wool’s latest album, Crack It Open, is filled with gentle songs of cockeyed optimism, quiet sophistication, and a comfortable, lived-in sort of vocal twang.” Time Out NY, February 8-14, 2007, Issue 593

With a voice that moves effortlessly from gentle and fragile to sweet and sultry and all the way to strong and bluesy, Ina May Wool sings with confidence and ease born of an apprenticeship in blues, country, jazz, and soul in clubs, concerts, and recording studios. Her songs can be deliciously playful, tightly written and poetic, but still like a conversation with a friend – storytelling at its best. She came up through the ranks in the Greenwich Village Songwriters Exchange, a group that’s nurtured songwriters from Shawn Colvin to Christine Lavin to Suzanne Vega. “She has a good thing going on with her audience,” says the Village Voice.

Ina May’s co-writer, producer, and husband, Daniel A. Weiss, backs her up on guitar, accordion, and vocals. As associate conductor, Dan helped shape the music of the original production of Rent, and he’s played guitar, organ, and piano in numerous Broadway shows and in appearances throughout the world from Scotland to Japan.

Together Ina May and Dan play songs from their 1999 debut CD, Moon Over 97th Street, music “so close to the emotional waterfall that it compels undivided attention,” according to the international music magazine Dirty Linen, and from last year’s, Crack It Open, which Indie-Music.com calls “joyous, spirited, occasionally playful, and absolutely perfect from first note to last.” New songs from their soon to be recorded CD#3 make their way into the set as well.

Suzanne Vega included one of Ina May’s songs in her Vigil Project CD, a collection of post 9/11 songs by New York writers. Other recent awards for her songs and recordings have come from the Mountain Stage NewSong Festival, Independent Music Awards, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, and IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). Ina May has toured in Europe and widely in the U.S. She’s shared stages with Richard Thompson, John Gorka, and Leo Kottke, among many others.

For more info on workshops or shows write to: ina@inamaywool.com

Hear music, see pictures, and read more at Ina May's Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/inamaywool

also: http://www.inamaywool.com


INA MAY'S WORKSHOP
In the last few years Ina May Wool has led Ina May's Creative Writing Salon workshop at schools and camps including Wintersongs, Summersongs, theBaltimore Songwriters' Association, the Hoff Barthelson School of Music in Scarsdale, NY, and the Martinsburg Book Faire in West Virginia. She loves teaching!

Here's what some presenters and participants have had to say:

“Ina May Wool’s workshop is NOT TO BE MISSED. She’s one of the most exciting writers on the scene today and as a teacher, she’s intuitive and generous.”
--Sloan Wainwright

"Ina May's workshop is one of the most rewarding I've ever attended."
-Todd Burge, Workshop Coordinator, Mountain Stage New Song Festival (2002-2004)

I've hosted workshops by many great musicians, including Steve Gillette, Don Henry, Bob Franke, Michael Smith, and Buddy Mondlock. Now I can add Ina May Wool' to that short list of superior workshop facilitators. I highly recommend Ina May Wool as a workshop leader.
--Dave Kleiner, Educator

"Haven't had any other workshop that generated that number of ideas in such a short time." Bruce Jennings

"Smart, spirited leader. The permission to play. An infusion of energy." Tom Boyd

Lyrics

Elephant Learning to Dance

Written By: Ina May Wool/Daniel A. Weiss

Sometimes you want me to be
Big so big
So big I’ll wrap you right up in my wings
And fly you over the wind

And I can do that, I can do that
I can do that if you want me to
I can be broad as Third Avenue
If you want me to

Sometimes you want me to be
Small, just tiny
So small I’d perch on the palm of your hand
I’ll be the kitten, you be the man

And I can do that, I can do that
I can do that anytime you want me to
I can be small as a molecule
If you want me to

But I just cannot be all this at one time
Give me a minute
While I switch my mind

Sometimes you want me to be
More than I thought I could
More like a lion, less like a lamb
More like the woman I already am

And I can do that, I can do that
Tell me if you want me to
I can fly into the sun for you
If you want me to

But sometimes you want me to be
Just like I always was
Small as the tiniest hint of a chance
Large as an elephant learning to dance

Frida

Written By: Ina May Wool

She looks out of the frame
With her mustache and her monkeys
And her eyes seem to say
I don’t care if you like me
Nearly killed by a bus
When she was just 18
She learned how to draw
And she drew herself in

To the love embrace of the universe
To la vida abierta – life opened
The red and the yellow, the gold and the green
To the love embrace of the earth

There she is on the wall
With a man on her forehead
In a picture she called
Diego on my mind
She enlisted him into
The life she invented
And they merged and then parted
And came back together again

To the love embrace…

I never met Frida Kahlo
Except in Museo del Barrio
Across the garden
Where all the brides
Have their pictures taken
I never met Frida Kahlo
She could have been evil or holy
All I know are these pictures she’s given
To me and to you

And to the love embrace…

There were two accidents
So grave in her lifetime
One was that bus
One was Diego
In the arms of so many
In the lust, the pain, the vengeance
She burned herself up
And her ashes went back again

To the love embrace….

Whatever I Had to Do

Written By: Ina May Wool

WHATEVER I HAD TO DO

I didn’t build it all at once
Started when I was small
Every now and then word would come
Of an attack on the radio
I’d throw my dolls in a pile
Or handfuls of mud and sand
Then I learned how to use grownup tools
Bricks and mortar and
Do you see that turret there?
I remember the year it rose
It was hard at first
I didn’t know how to build
Now I’m one of the pros

Whatever I had to do
I did it to survive
Now I survey my property
From where I’m buried alive
I neglected to build a door
But I was working without a plan
So many others were lost in those wars
I hope you can understand

When I was a young girl
It was different than it is now
Minotaurs and unicorns roaming the earth
Nobody showed you how

I can’t take as long tearing it down
As I did building it up
The walls are alive as I am now
My blood flows through the rock
Whatever I had to do
I did it to survive
However it looks to you
It looks different on my side
Whatever I had to do

Rosa

Written By: Ina May Wool

GREEN GLASS ON THE BEACH/COLOR OF YOUR EYES
OH ROSA /HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?
SO MANY ROADS/SO MANY ROADS TO RIDE
AND IF YOU DO NOT DRIVE/HOW WILL YOU KNOW THEM?

TAKE THE HOURS WE SPENT IN JEALOUSY
HOOK THEM UP TO HORSES/AND WE’LL RIDE THEM
ALL THE WAY TO MAINE AND BACK
WE MIGHT CRY TEARS /BUT THIS TIME WE WON’T HIDE THEM

WE LEARN THE HARD WAY/STILL CAN’T GET IT STRAIGHT
IT KEEPS CURVING AROUND IN CIRCLES/NO ONE DRAWS THEM
THE TIDE IS COMING IN/THERE IS NOWHERE LEFT TO WALK
THE WIND IS PICKING UP/OUT ON THE OCEAN

YOUR GARDEN IS GREEN/COLOR OF YOUR EYES
OH ROSA WE CAN STILL/WALK THERE TOGETHER
DIDN’T YOU SAY – I KNOW
YOU TOLD ME WE ARE BOUND/FOR BETTER WEATHER

BETTER WEATHER/BETTER WEATHER
DIDN’T YOU SAY/DIDN’T YOU TELL ME
WE ARE BOUND FOR BETTER WEATHER

YOUR GARDEN IS GREEN
COLOR OF YOUR EYES
ROSA WE CAN STILL WALK THERE TOGETHER
CAUSE WE’VE BEEN ALL THE WAY
TO HELL AND BACK
BUT I KNOW WE ARE BOUND FOR BETTER WEATHER

Discography

Moon Over 97th Street, BangZoom Records, 1999
When Tears Come Down, BangZoom Records, 2002
Crack It Open, BangZoom Records, 2004

Compilations:
The Best of Unsigned Acoustic Music, A2Z, 1998
Vigil, Conscious Records, 2002
It's About Eve, Fore Reel Records, 2002