Lisa McCormick

Lisa McCormick

 Brattleboro, Vermont, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Lisa McCormick delights with spicy originals on acoustic guitar, with soaring vocals. Her influences range from Bossa Nova, to Contemporary Folk. New England Performer says “ She’s funny, sexy, smart, literate, sardonic, witty, and sings with all the power of a rock diva.”

Biography

Singer-songwriter Lisa McCormick's strong clear voice and sharp sense of humor light up the stage, with distinctly original contemporary acoustic songs characterized by daring sophisticated lyrics and infectious guitar rhythms. She has released four CD’s of original music, and has toured extensively as a solo acoustic artist.

McCormick’s debut CD, "Right Now", released in 1997, earned McCormick instant acclaim, including the honors "Artist of the Year" and "Album of the Year" by Maine Public Radio, the Grand Prize in the USA Songwriting Competition, Grand Prize in the MIXX Magazine Indie Band Contest, and three preliminary GRAMMY nominations. Produced by veteran folk/rocker Jonathan Edwards and released on his Rising Records label, "Right Now" gained national radio airplay.

A second CD of contemporary folk/pop songs, “Sacred” was released in 2000. “Mystery Girl” followed in 2003, introducing Jazz and Latin flavors to McCormick’s sound. Her most recent release, “Talisman Groove” (2007) expands McCormick’s horizons with World Music influences. Each project maintains a high standard of lyrical and musical craftsmanship.

The Washington Post raves, "This is one singer/songwriter who is really worth hearing!" and Boston's New England Performer Magazine calls Lisa McCormick "...an absolute genius. She is funny, sexy, smart, literate, sardonic, witty, and sings with all the power of a rock diva.”

In addition to her own performances, McCormick has been invited to open the show for numerous national artists, including Ani DiFranco, Aimee Mann, Jonathan Edwards, and Joan Armatrading.

Lyrics

98.6 X 2

Written By: Lisa McCormick

When I was a little girl, I had to memorize
Nine times six and eight times five
Teacher never said there would be exceptions to the rule
Now I admit I'm not the numbers kind
Not mathematically inclined
But there are some things even I know
They did not teach in school

When you take ninety eight point six times two
This amazing mix breaks all the rules
You'll see the calculations just keep rising by degrees
The factor of the body heat
Multiplied by two beneath the sheets
The heights that will be reached exceed
What all logic would conclude
Ninety eight point six times two

Take a measure of velocity
Add heat, plus curiosity
Calculate the quantity of elemental drive
But like I said I'm not the numbers kind
Those big equations blow my mind
Baser instincts are my guide
When I multiply, multiply. . .

Ninety eight point six times two
This amazing mix breaks all the rules
You'll see your calculations just keep rising by degrees
The factor of the body heat
Multiplied by two beneath the sheets
The heights that will be reached exceed
What all logic would conclude
Ninety eight point six times two

©2003 Lisa McCormick/BMI

Mystery Girl

Written By: Lisa McCormick

I will be your Mystery Girl
I will meet you in our secret world
Somewhere out in space where the satellites fly
Baby there's a place for the likes of you and I

Maybe I am the one that you've been dreaming of
Dream and I become the one you really love
Here in our secret world
Mystery Girl

Paint me a picture on the line
With candlelight and caviar and champagne wine
Paint me a sultry singer in a sequin gown
Dance me across the neon in the saxophone town

Kiss me once again beneath the silvery moon
Honey, let's pretend that we are Henry and June
Here in our secret world
Mystery Girl

It's getting late - I'm getting tired
Time to put this valentine out on the wire
When you awake you will run to see
What will be waiting there for you from me

I will be your Mystery Girl
I will meet you in our secret world
Somewhere out in space
Baby that's our place
Mystery Girl

©2003 Lisa McCormick

Sex and Consequences

Written By: Lisa McCormick

Everybody who ever lived
With the possible exception of Jesus
Is proof that part of the master's plan
Was physically designed to please us
The very fact that you are alive
Is living proof that at least once or twice
Your mother and father,
Your Mommy and Daddy had sex!

Sex can be love--sex can be a weapon
Makes new babies
Can be the kiss of death
Scar you for life--Or be all that you live for
Makes you act crazy
Sex and Consequences

Sex is sacred--sex is a sin
Depending on what kind of situation you are in
Sex is serious--sex is a game
Sex is animal--sex is tame
Sex is a business--sex, it is free
1-900-tell-it-to-me
Sex sells carburetors--sex sells beer
Sex is missionary--sex is queer

Sex can be love...

I don't want to talk about it
But it's on everybody's mind
We are all walking evidence
Of the physical kind

Welcome to my century--to my post-traumatic family
To the death of spontaneity
Read it and weep--kiss it goodbye
Wrap it in plastic--tell your children why
What put you in the cradle--could put you in the grave

We used to make whoopee--but now we just wave

Sex can be love...

©1996 Lisa McCormick/BMI

Cassie’s Inner Circle

Written By: Lisa McCormick

The first time I laid eyes on Cassie
I knew she had that thing
She’s got a style, she’s got some sassy
That je ne sais quois zing
We’re at a party of a mutual friend
I introduce myself and then
I swirl my drink and listen in

Cassie’s at the epicenter
Of a hip and artsy clan
A tight-knit gang weathered together
With tales from way back when
The things they do – they sound so cool
How do you get into that school?
So I’m the new kid on the street
Could they find a place for me?

I want to be – In Cassie’s Inner Circle
Wouldn’t it be sweet - Cassie’s Inner Circle

Every autumn they rent a beach house
On Nantucket Sound
Boil the lobsters, pour the wine
Slurp the oysters down
I think I’d be a nice addition
I make a killer bouillabaisse
I’d chip in, I’d do the dishes
Aw, let me make my case

I want to be – In Cassie’s Inner Circle
Wouldn’t it be sweet - Cassie’s Inner Circle

Getting my name on the B-list
May be as far as I can go
After all I should be a realist
Still a girl can hope
That one fine day the phone will ring
With Cassie on the other end
Saying, come to this little cocktail thing
Just you - and a few - of our closest friends

Look at me – I’m in Cassie’s Inner Circle
Dreams are free - Cassie’s Inner Circle
I want to be – In Cassie’s Inner Circle
Wouldn’t it be sweet - Cassie’s Inner Circle

©Lisa McCormick 2006

Desire

Written By: Lisa McCormick

Jenny wants to understand desire
If she could put it into words she might retire
But until that day
she can capture it
She’ll dive into the rapture
Making notes on paper
While she catches fire, saying…

Desire - deliver me
To a higher frequency
Into the arms
Into the sea
Under the charm
of original need
Have your way with me
Desire

Carrie carries hers
inside her jeans
She doesn’t stop
to question what it means
It’s like a magnet
in her pocket
Or a pleasure-seeking rocket
Off she goes,
she’s walking
Into another steamy scene, saying…

Desire - deliver me
To a higher frequency
Into the arms
Into the sea
Under the charm
of original need
Have your way with me, Desire

Aurora Borealis
flames the sky
Plumes of light and color bathe my eye
Looks just like desire
when it moves in
Sets off a fire
under the skin

Desire has a mission
and a scheme
Desire dares to chase
a lofty dream
It extends an invitation
For an intimate vacation
No one is an island
When desire
directs the scene

Desire - deliver me….

©2006 Lisa McCormick

Grow Old With Me

Written By: Lisa McCormick

A hundred years ago
I was sitting by the phone
From five o’clock till quarter after ten
I figured it probably got too late
You probably had a long hard day
You probably finally just got your kid tucked into bed

A hundred years ago
You wrapped your arms around me from behind
To show me how to hold the saxophone
A hundred years ago
We drank that musty wine
And spread a blanket on the moonlit ground

This is the love you were talking about
When you said, “spend your life with me”
This is the love, the day in and day out
Grow old with me

Midnight in a tourist town
We’ve got the windows in the car rolled down
Filling up the harbor with amore
Quando sono solo sognol’orizonte
Mancan le parole
And a couple out walking their dog says
“Turn it up, this is our favorite part”
And you dive for the knob
And crank it up to ten
And I’m thinking, “If this blows out my speakers
“I don’t really care
This scene may be the sweetest place that I have ever been

This is the love you were talking about
When you said, “spend your life with me”
This is the love, the day in and day out
Grow old with me

Some, they are addicted to
The liquor of the strange and new
Seduction by the just-acquainted hand
They are dancing two feet off the ground
They laugh and toss their hair around
Blind that what goes up will surely land

And when their feet touch down again
They swear that they don’t understand
And they look around outside for what to blame
But there’s a reason why the vintage wine
Years since it was on the vine
Is rare in its delectability

This is the love you were talking about
When you said, “spend your life with me”
This is the love, the day in and day out
Grow old with me

©Lisa McCormick/BMI

Right Now

Written By: Lisa McCormick

Right Now - thousands of lowered voices are talking to God
Right Now – thousands of glowing faces are falling in love
Right Now - the sunrise enflames the horizon someplace
Right Now - It’s finally the close of a very very long day

Right Now - Human beings in airplane seats zoom above the earth
Right Now - Thousands of women are giving birth
Right Now - Summoned souls are lifting from their skins
Right Now - Kindred tears are crying them back again

Right Now – right this very minute
Right Now – As we stand, as we speak
Right Now – As this planet, it is spinning
As we live and breathe

Right Now - Somebody sees the ocean for the first time
Right Now - Somebody finally reaches front of the line
Right Now - Somebody sees their life flash before their eyes
Right Now - Someone commits and act that will haunt them the rest of their lives

Right Now - Virginity is being spent
Right Now – The rules are being bent
Right Now - Somebody is delivering the news
Right Now - Somebody reaches the moment they must choose

Right Now – right this very minute……

And I am here
And you are now
And this is this
And this is what I’m saying
You are hearing me
And we’re engaging in a miracle

Right this very minute
As we stand, as we speak
As this planet, it is spinning
There are brand new lives beginning
We are praying
We are singing
We are dying
We are living – Right Now

©LisaMcCormick/BMI

Discography

Talisman Groove - 2007, Ruthie's Noise

Mystery Girl - 2003, Ruthie's Noise

Sacred - 1999, Ruthie's Noise

Right Now - 1996, Rising Records

All of Lisa's CD's are available from CD Baby,
iTunes, and from her web store:
http://www.lisamccormick.com/shop1.htm

Set List

Lisa plays one or two 45 minute sets of original songs from her three CD's.