Martha Reich

Martha Reich

 Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
SoloAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

" She listens to the world through her music, and the world so needs a " translator " these days. Thank you thank you so much for giving your achingly beautiful words and voice to our world "... Nina Hart, Poet & Musician.

Biography

I love your music ... Sam Shepard, Writer and Actor.

" Martha's music transcends the barriers of language, borders and beliefs in a way that is moving, honest, and rare. Each song feels as though she's written it just for you--to tell you something important about life ...Gregg Braden, New York Times best- selling author

Martha's deep roots in traditional folk and story telling shine through each and every one of her original works as what Ira Gordon ( Host, Santa Fe's KBAC radio) calls " the closet thing to Joni Mitchell that Santa Fe has."

Her writing is poignant and heartfelt. She had everyone mesmerized, says David Lescht, Director of OutSide In.

"Your performance is "polished" however, the 'rawness of life' still lingers behind your words and string adaptations ... cool". Painter...Te'Zins

2012New Mexico Music Awardsnominated artist,Martha Reich has performed at the most respected venues in New Mexico and throughout the world. From acclaimed performances in Australia, Canada, and Italy to the prestigious stage of New York's " The Bitter End " and her own " Santa Fe's Bandstand ".

Martha's newest full length CD " In to Trees ", was released in the Fall of 2011.

" In to Trees " CD review by Victory Music
" A lone guitar and cello atmospherically open up the new offering. Reich unfolds images wrapped in care to a wonderful instrumentation perfectly placed to allow her lyrics to take shape and give meaning. Reich co-produced with Larry Mitchell as well as climbing behind the console to engineer several tracks in this ambitious project born at two studios. She writes, sings, produces, engineers, plays guitars-acoustic & electric, also plays keyboards and tends to violin textures. She is well supported by Gregg Braden on acoustic guitar who also adds a Native Red Cedar flute and is also accompanied by Michael Kott on viola and cello. Josh Martin holds some of the tunes down on bass, but also adds a sweet mandolin to the work as producer Mitchell assists on acoustic and electric guitars.
Reichs appeal comes through her vocals and lyrics, she seems to be a writer talking to us all about this life we are in, but I have the feeling she is also talking to herself in soft reassuring question that welcomes thought and rest.
What I find myself drifting off to, more than her well-crafted words and images, is the feel Reich employs in the music to support the story. Arrangements are rafted in flowing lush ideas that illuminate her realities, her dreams, her life.The sparse musical accompaniment is devised to assist her art/vision and become the form Reich employs, defines someone who knows where they want to take their audience.
Buddha Blue as, To The Moon, effortlessly unfolds in warmth, melody and heart. Ms. Reich truly hits her stride on the standard, Moon River. The treatments of this tune are a once in a lifetime ability to interrupt anothers classically crafted song and make it your own. Many singer/songwriters in my opinion miss the obvious mark with this skill in being an entertainer or communicator. Reich has made the tune her own, never beckoning to the declared; she re-thinks the feeling, and the lyric, certainly the arrangement that most will attempt to compare the tune to. But, they will fall short, its no longer a Mercer/Mancini composition, Reich has made it her own, allowing us to find the pathos with her that shes found. Reich is perfect on this work, but that will have to do. She had a vision, followed it through and left us with the gift. If youre into a good read, have a listen, drink the chapters in and tell someone that you know would love it. A really good read has to be shared.
[Christopher Anderson]

Her second CD "Evidence of Life", was nominated for best Album by The New Mexico Music Awards. Also from that CD, "Peter Pan Says", was nominated for Best Song in the Americana category. Two songs from the album were chosen as finalists for the ISC in 2007. Martha was chosen to perform at the " The Sedona Jam for Emerging Artists Festival", in 2007, and opened for Kate Macleod at The OUTPOST Performance Space in NM. She was one of 100s of performers chosen from through out the country to perform at the Santa Fe Bandstand the summer of 2009 & 2012.


Singing and playing the guitar is really just therapy for me, and what I consider to be a healthy addiction. Its been the chance for me to discover what my heart feels, and to express those feelings. I find the more honest and open I can be, the more I connect with others. We humans are so similar in many ways. Performing gives the audience and myself the confirmation that we are not so alone in our hardships as well as in our joys, and all the other c

Lyrics

Buddah Blue

Written By: Martha Reich

Your stronger than the wind
that carved these rusty canyons
you hid from strangers constantly
your my secret companion
and we’d sit side by side
dreaming away the hours
been forever since we lived
our lives like cowards

You and I we come so far
from changing tides and the north star
sparkling sheltered coves
to this land of ancient sacred ghosts
and of all that we’ve seen of cobalt skies endless and flying machines
It’s your presence I treasure the most

Cause my home was with you,
my home was with you,
my sweet Buddah blue
my home was you, my home was you,
my sweet, my sweet Buddah blue

And now you roam all
alone past the sage and the sunflowers
you climb yellow painted walls
to your own private towers
you’re gone more than awhile
and I miss you and your peaceful smile
your my best elusive friend
I wait in vain for your return again

You sent me three white tulips
to talk to me from the other side
You sent me a butterfly the size of the sky
you send me a rainbow
to tell me your just fine
and clouds and rainstorms
to say it’s ok to cry

cause my home was with you
my sweet Buddah blue
my home was you, my sweet Buddah blue

God's Eye

Written By: Martha Reich

I see history repeating itself
I hear the people crying for help
I’ve witnessed what weapons of hate
and ignorance can do
and I feel the thunder and the lightning
striking us in two

I hear the Sirens singing in the middle of the night
telling me in there own language
things are not quite right
and I feel the battle going on inside my own head
but there is no running from this river running Red.
Where do we find the courage to make it through these tears
how do we find the strength to love instead of fear.

And I’ve seen the rainbows appear out of the clouds
and I hear that whispering voice inside the maddening crowd
But I will never forget that promise to not give up this fight
for Peace, for Justice, for the stillness of the night

One thousand or maybe more fireflies
dancing into God’s Eye
One million or maybe more butterflies
this is what our prayers look like when they reach the other side

they go dancing, they go dancing into the dark
they go flying, they go flying into our hearts
they go dancing, they go flying, they go dancing into the dark
this is what our prayers look like when they reach our hearts.

Nemo

Written By: Martha Reich

He could sit there for hours in the garden
underneath the apple tree
he could play there forever among the flowers
with or without me
He will chase the butterflies and the birds
and the great big clouds away
and when I call his name he looks at me
like there’s something he’s trying to say

Chorus:
I don’t speak your language
and you don’t speak mine
somehow we understand each other hearts
all of this time.
and he says I love you so much I’ll never go
love you so much I’ll never hide
love you so much I’ll never leave your side
I’ll always stay

He’d rather chase a crumpled paper ball
than a shiny diamond ring
cause he likes the simple things in life
he don’t care for fancy things
everything is beautiful
and everything is oh just so great
and everyday is a mystery
and everyday is a reason to celebrate

he’s always curious
never ceases to be surprised
most of all what I appreciate
is how he looks at me with his eyes
He says I love you so much I’ll never go
love you so much I’ll never hide
love you so much I’ll never leave your side
I’ll always stay

I remember the day that we found each other and you jumped into my arms
your way of thanking me was to kiss me on the cheek
my way was promising to keep you from harm
sometimes you cry at night
and sometimes you cry in that morning light
so I say Nemo don’t you worry
I’ll let you outside
as soon as the new day arrives.

Chorus:

Nemo don’t you go away
please stay with me today

Magic Hands

Written By: Martha Reich

MAGIC HANDS

I can never seem to spit this out
and I never manage to really, truly shout
can’t seem to push these words past my lips
So I’ve been praying you know
yes I’ve been praying you know
the language of my kiss

And I am all the colors of the seven seas
dive into the layers of these transparencies
I’ll not let you sink I’ll not let you drown
cause deep inside this ocean
Love is all around, love is all around

And you let me crash upon your shores
I’ll paint the lightning forever more
I’ll speak to you with my touch
and the love will flow through both of us

And I will try not to hold on too tight
cause I want to see you fly into the great big night
and I will fall into the great mystery
and with a little grace we will remain forever free, forever free

And you let me crash upon your land
I’ll paint the lightning with my magic hands
and I’ll speak to you with my touch
and the love will flow through both of us

Peter Pan Says

Written By: Martha Reich

Can you feel my softness
underneath my rough calloused hands
do you know my longing to roam this great wild land
I formed the metals and I’ve held the stones,
caressed your skin and I know your bones

But I’ve been running as fast as I can
trying to be some kind of superman
spinning my wheels in this dusty road,
but I am loved so I am told

Can you feel my heart beat underneath my chest
it’s been working so hard just needs a little bit of rest
I can feel yours, yah I feel it struggling too
oh baby look up at that sky so blue

But I’ve been running as fast as I can
trying to be some kind of superman
spinning my wheels in this dusty land
but I’m more like Peter Pan

Peter Pan, Peter Pan says
take my hand and come with me,
we can fly over calm green seas
we can run through fields of grass
and we will know that love does last
yes we will know that love does last

I Know a Place

Written By: Martha Reich/Music

I know, I know, I know a place where we can go

Sunshine, Shadows
raining, wind blows
I can show you which way to go.

winter, snowing
sunset, glowing
longing for that place we call home

I know, I know, I know a place where we can go

Beautiful, lonely
the water purifies me
Don’t you know the Earth’s
calling us home

Music, comforting
Raindrops, feeding me
Singing my soul softly to sleep

sowing seeds, perfectly
positive, energy
will always grow inside you and me

I know, I know, I know a place where we can go

Waterfalls, gently
sounds of love, soothing me
Grandmother moon surely smiling

Trampas peaks, glittering
opening my heart to things
I will always remember fervently

Little Wings

Written By: Martha Reich

It’s just an empty page
there’s no need to be afraid
but sometimes we feel a little lost
when everyone has flown away.
You are not alone
and where you stand is not your only home
There is someone watching over you
though you can not see them
this is what they are telling you.
Chorus:
Don’t look down, don’t look down
look up to the sky
soon your little wings will be strong enough to fly
just look up, just look up and all around
it’s in the clouds that you’ll be found

There’s no need to be ashamed
just because you don’t want to go
out in the rain
We all grow at our own speed
and soon you’ll be singing to me from that willow tree.
Bridge:
where did you go, where did you go
when I wasn’t looking
What did you say, what did you say
when I couldn’t hear
now that your gone my heart is broken
oh how I wish, you were still near.

Flesh and Blood

Written By: Martha Reich


I remember when I was young,
always want to do for everyone
seeming to have less than me

You saw this as an oddity,
mean what the hell is wrong with me
Maybe it’s time I took my heart off of my sleeve

Maybe I gave a little too much,
perhaps it’s never, never enough
do you feel the strings that pull
that keep us from receiving

Chorus:

Cause I feel the bumps and the divisions
I try to steer clear but I never miss them
I cry when I think of how you didn’t know me
I cry when I think of how you have shown me
Flesh and blood, flesh and blood
don’t always feel like love

We are in two cars traveling down opposite lanes
we see the head beams and then they fade away
we are blinded by are own ambitions
we don’t read the signs and it’s a head on collision.

Chorus

Now I’m getting older, I look over my shoulders,
and I see myself catching up to you.
and it’s time for forgiveness and the hurting to diminish
Maybe our two roads can merge side by side

And you feel the bumps and the divisions
you try to steer clear but you never miss them
you cry when you think of how I didn’t know you
you cry when you think of how I could have shown you

flesh and blood, flesh and blood, are made of love, sweet love
flesh and blood, flesh and blood, are made of love, sweet love.

Song for Tessa

Written By: Martha Reich

I was walking along
with my head bowed to the ground
I didn’t want to see you
I didn’t want to smile
I didn’t want to drown

and I was afraid you might
see something in me
I wished to remain invisible
how sweet, how sweet that would be

Thought I was the only one
who was so afraid
to lift their head up high
and face those crashing waves

Thought I was the only one
who could so easily cry
and is there anybody
who’s not afraid to die

Now I’m looking up at the sun
and I have learned I’m not the only one
Cause I am like you
and you are like me
and I’ve been trying to grow flowers
and making them into trees

Bruce

Written By: Martha Reich

I walked into the place
with one thing on my mind
This was the day
this was the perfect time

I was going to find me
a creature so soft and tame
it was gonna need my love
it’s only possession
was it’s name

they were all smiling and purring
and prancing for me
all but the one named Bruce
he hid underneath the trees

so I got down on the ground
and made my voice real high
I said hey pretty one
I know how it is to be so shy

Chorus:

That is the way it was
that is the way it is
that is the way it will be
for you and me
But I don’t know why you run and hide
cause I will always
be on your side

and I stretched out my arms
as far as they would go
I said hey come closer to me
there’s something you ought to know
I know that your scared
and I have been so afraid too
but of all of these animals
it is you that I choose

Chorus

And I took you home with me
and you hid for a week
you wouldn’t eat no no
you would not sleep
and when the sun went down
you made shadows on the walls
you danced on the mantle
and you loved to make my things fall

Chorus

Now you’re laying so long
in the warm warm sun beams
your bringing me presents
the color of bright apple green
some have hundred legs
and some have wings to fly
your bringing me something every night
and I’m wondering why

Chorus

Lucky Stars

Written By: Martha Reich

I’ve been feeling a little bit sad
and I’ve been getting a little bit mad
Cause I’ve been missing everything
that gave me a reason to sing

I will look up to the sky
and I will ask it all my questions why
people love, people laugh, and people cry
and why’s it so hard to say goodbye

Chorus:

Well I’ll keep counting those lucky stars
cause they went on and on so far
further than I could ever see
from this one reality

And I could paint all my walls
with a sparkling waterfall
and paint my ceiling with stars and the moon
and pretend that nothing has changed
and you’ll all be coming back real soon

I Never thought I’d fall for you
cause you were so tall and not my favorite color blue
you stood still while I only knew how to run

witness to all this mystery
you listened to every word never judging me
and I know you’ll still be listen
now that you have gone

so I thank god for all of those days
that I got down on the ground and I prayed
cause I found those precious stones
and the magic of knowing I was not alone

Walking in the Dark

Written By: Martha Reich

When your walking in the dark

Sometimes you fall down

got your hands stretched out straight

and your feeling all around

and you feel so scared

and you feel all alone

your looking for the truth

don’t know if it’s anywhere

Chorus:

and they say don’t give up

and they say don’t give in

this is part of your journey

this is not the end

When your dancing in the night

the stars hang up above

all of your doubts and questions

are surrounded by love

and you hear that sound

and you see that spark

that lives in the forest

and the coyote bark

Chorus

and it says don’t give up

it says don’t give in

this is just part of your journey

this is not the end

When your walking in the light

everything becomes clear

all of those answers suddenly appear

everywhere is an open door

everywhere is a friend

and you wonder if your journey has come to an end

and I say I won’t give up

and I say I won’t give in

this is part of your journey

and it goes on and on again

and it goes on and on again

Spider Threads

Written By: Martha Reich


I’m sitting in this room and I’m listening to the tune

she’s talking about the earth’s unavoidable doom

And there across my way she is sipping her soup

puts the cup to her lips like a child might pray

And there beside her in her long golden braids

she asked me before was she like an Indian Brave

What is this I see

What is this I feel

I ask him about it and he says it’s quite real

I think there are angels in here

though they may try to hide

their wings are just tied by a spider’s threads

a spiders web

She wares her sadness upon her face

though she’s not crying not crying today

and here beside me with her eyes open wide

she listens to the other’s excitement and pride

If you carefully unwind them they’ll be free to soar

and they’ll light up the darkness and speak to us all

What is this I see

Hey what could this be

I tell him about it and he has an idea

He thinks there are angels in here

he thinks there is angels in here.

I’m sitting in this room and I’m listening to the tune

she’s talking about the earth’s unavoidable doom

I think there are angels, I think there are angels

I think there are angels in here, I think there are angels in here.

Never Wrong

Written By: Martha Reich


you were never wrong
just all wrong for me
I met you when my heart was broken
broken into threes
so I played you my sad sad song
of how I could not feel the light
I held on, I held on too tight

But I was never wrong
just all wrong for you
I met you when your heart was broken
broken in twos
you played me your sad sad song
of how you didn’t want to run away
from your pain, from your pain
you would stay

we stayed for seven years
in all that time I never saw
you shed but one single tear
and I never saw it fall

Chorus:

But I cried for you
yes I cried for two
yes I cried for you
and I, and I still do

The waves are getting higher
they almost touch the sky
the horizon is hiding from my bear naked eyes
I’m standing on the edge
and I’m, I’m looking in
and I’m going over
‘cause I remember how to swim

Chorus

But we were never wrong

Always

Written By: Martha Reich


Where do I send this love now that you have,
you have gone
and where do I send this love, now that you have
moved on
it’s just an old habit I fell into when I fell into you.
Well maybe the North Pole could use some more sunshine
and maybe this desert plain could use some salty rain
and maybe this heart of mine, could use some gentler times

cause I didn’t to, no didn’t want to feel that way
no I didn’t want, no didn’t want to feel that pain

you found a part of me that was under guard and key
and I found a part of you that was blue and bruised
now we go our separate ways, I pray that love remains
cause I didn’t want to, no didn’t want to feel that shame
and I didn’t want to, no didn’t want to feel that blame

Chorus:

Always, always I just wanted to feel the love
Always, always I just wanted to feel it from above
cause it surrounded you, and it surrounded me
and it’s inside you, and it’s inside me.

Where do I send this love now that you have gone
where do I send this love now that you have moved on
well maybe the ocean waves want me to sail away
and maybe this blue, blue sky needs more birds to fly
and maybe this heart of mine could use some gentler times

Perfectly Lost

Written By: Martha Reich

I Lost all my possessions
and I screamed at the top of my lungs
No one could fathom anything was missing
and no one ever heard one single sound

I was running as fast as I could in slow motion
and floating miles above the ground
I walked to the cliff high over the ocean
and stepped off the edge with out ever splashing down

I can’t tell the difference between waking and dreaming
truth or Illusion, villain or clown.
but I know that love lives in and outside of my imagination
because nothing’s as real since you’ve been around.

I’ve seen butterflies and fairies inside of spaceships
and motors and gears that made a man’s parts
and some things in life are the hardest to face yet
Like living alone with a broken heart

I can’t tell the difference between waking and Dreaming
truth or illusion, dragons or clouds
but I know that love lives in and out side of my imagination
and nothing as real since it’s you I’ve found.

Discography

1. The Color of Blue 2. Evidence of Life 3. In to Trees
Receiving airplay that I know of on KHEN, KBAC, KRZA, KSFR, KTOA, WMNR, KUNM, KSVR, KGLP

Receiving plays on www.Jango.com

Live performance on KTAO, KBAC, KSFR, KRZA.

Set List

I usually do a couple 45 minute sets. Yet I have enough originals to do a 3-4 hour show.
If you ask very, very nicely, and I can remember, I'll do some covers... Elton John, Patty Griffin, and the Beatles.