Mary Blacklock

Mary Blacklock

 Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Mary Blacklock enjoys creating music that speaks to the humors of life discovered in unlikely places. Mary's vocals can be compared to Natalie Merchant, Jennifer Knapp, and Janice Ian.

Biography

Though she learned piano and flute in the years before high school and began playing guitar in 2001, the instrument that Mary Blacklock has carried with her through the years is her voice. A member of several different choirs from childhood to the recent years, Mary loves harmonizing with others as much as her solo work.

Mary ventured out into the solo live music scene during her graduate school years of 2006-2008. She started off sharing her music with her school community in Princeton, NJ. During an internship year in Cincinnati, OH she began sharing her music in traditional venues. When she returned to her school community she was excited to do the same. With the supportive response of classmates, Mary began playing in Princeton area coffee shops and bars with songwriter nights. Mary Blacklock was also a performer for Princeton's Cafe Improv, an open-stage music and arts venue broadcast on the local cable station.

Mary Blacklock now resides in Albuquerque, NM. Since moving to Albuquerque two years ago, she has written two songs inspired by this new location and changes in her life, "Yesterday's Sky" and "Glasses or the Haircut". Mary continues to find the nature and spiritual surroundings of the 505 as a great environment for creativity and her musical composition is ever developing.

Lyrics

Snow Angels on the Pavement

Written By: Mary Blacklock

It hurts all this growing you're putting me through
My personality retreats
I'm not myself half the time
Trying to figure me out
And stay
I need way to express who I really am
Don't wanna be lost to fear

Chorus:
Making snow angels on the pavement
Like an ax head floating
On the water like a stick would
O for another place, another day, another time
Maybe if there’s no one around I’d be
Making snow angels on the pavement
Like the sun beaming down trying to dry the ground

Suddenly your world ceases
Parents aren’t speaking
Unless you mean screaming but
That stopped quicker than it started
Now a sigh echoes through these hallow walls and
Seems all around is empty and fallen

Chorus:
Making snow angels on the pavement
Like an ax head floating
On the water like a stick would
O for another place, another day, another time
Maybe if there’s no one around I’d be
Making snow angels on the pavement
Like the sun beaming down trying to dry the ground

A day at the pawn shop a night at the bar
He’s not drinking he’s at the door
Seen them all I’m sure
While pondering a life of dreams
Worth more
Than the price of the stool he’s sitting on

Chorus:
Making snow angels on the pavement
Like an ax head floating
On the water like a stick would
O for another place, another day, another time
Maybe if there’s no one around I’d be
Making snow angels on the pavement
Like the sun beaming down trying to dry the ground

It hurts all this growing
Don’t wanna be lost to fear

Blizzard Winds

Written By: Mary Blacklock

The snow blankets the ground
Inside are the remains of blizzard winds
Clothes blanket the ground
Shoes are stumbling blocks
Did I already use that many dishes

I bundle up in layers to keep warm
You're bundled up in everything you own
Someone in need of love and shelter
Warmth of body followed by warmth of soul

Chorus:
The snow blankets the ground
This usually makes me smile
When I'm freezing I have a home to return to
Where do you go

I don't want to make the effort
To bundle up and face the cold
I resist even when I know
You're out there
Out there for survival and not for fun

The snow blankets the ground
Inside are the remains of blizzard winds
Passion blankets my soul
Fear is the stumbling block
Did you really mean to love all my neighbors

Chorus:
The snow blankets the ground
This usually makes me smile
When I'm freezing I have a home to return to
Where do you go

The snow blankets the ground
Did you really mean to love all my neighbors

Right or Wrong

Written By: Mary Blacklock

I am no stranger in your eyes,
But I’m not so sure about your heart,
And I’d be lying if I didn’t say
How this uncertainty is tearing me apart.

Chorus:
Right or wrong,
I still hold on.
Is it love at first sight or
Does it come with a fight?
And can you ever be,
Can you ever be,
Safe from pain?

And I try to be cool,
Cause everything’s alright.
But, when you look in eyes
Do you see the pain inside?

Chorus:
Right or wrong,
I still hold on.
Is it love at first sight or
Does it come with a fight?
And can you ever be,
Can you ever be,
Safe from pain?

Banana Boxes

Written By: Mary Blacklock

Faces I can't erase
I yet leave behind
I come and go I come and go
A tree uprooted reaching

Chorus:
My life's constantly packed up in
Banana boxes
My life's constantly packed up in
Banana boxes

Groundhogs Day or present day
I'd sometimes hit rewind
I come and go I come and go
When will I stop ending

Chorus:
My life's constantly packed up in
Banana boxes
My life's constantly packed up in
Banana boxes

An opening and opening
I look till I loose my mind
I come and go I come and go
A sailing ship seeking

Chorus:
My life's constantly packed up in
Banana boxes
My life's constantly packed up in
Banana boxes

Discography

2004 Graduation Sessions/Demo

-Right or Wrong
-Speak to Me w/ intro
-Forward
-The Hindering/Sadness to Joy, poem

Streaming tracks: http://www.myspace.com/maryblacklock

Set List

Mary Blacklock has about an hour of originals and about an hour of cover songs.