Mary Had a Little Band

Mary Had a Little Band

 Zwolle, Overijssel, NLD
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

A never-ceasing urge to experiment, combined with a rarely-seen chemistry propelled the band forward, creating a distinct, exceptional style for Marianne’s compositions full of contrasts, varying from deep romanticism to bone-chilling emotion.

Biography

Big dreamers never sleep! Beholding the world around her, eyes focused, while constantly musing upon wordly impressions, Marianne Oldenburg is and always has been such a dreamer. Though she is still quite young, an innate intensity and empathy cause her to intensely reflect and focus her train of thought.

During adolescence Mary found she had a knack for singing the songs of singer-songwriters only to find later on in life that this was just the start of something all-together new. During her years at the conservatory her musical ideas gradually outgrew the genre resulting in a musical collaboration with like-minded musicians Otto de Jong (drums), Tobias Kerkhoven (guitar) and Laurens Knoop (bass) in 2007. A never-ceasing urge to experiment, combined with a rarely-seen chemistry propelled the band forward, creating a distinct, exceptional style for Marianne’s compositions, varying from deep romanticism to bone-chilling emotion.
Obviously their sound struck a chord with the audience for soon they were asked to open for Silence is Sexy (Winner “Grote Prijs van Nederland”) and Blaudzun (Singer/songwriter) in 2008. That same year MHALB was runner-up in the category pop/rock in the annual talent-scouting contest “De Oogst van Overijssel”, earning Otto the award for best drummer in the contest. On top of that the band ended up as winner of the weekly final of NCRV's cabaret show "Volgspot Open Podium" with the song "Cerulean Sky".
In 2009 things really start rolling when world-famous performer Krista Detor (USA) hits Holland on her European tour and asks MHALB to be supporting act. Once again MHALB enters a talent-contest with fervour. This time the band reaches the finals of “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” and is rewarded with a grand performance in Paradiso, getting major exposure to a large audience. In March 2010 the band releases their debut EP "Six Short Stories", produced by Martijn Groeneveld(A Balladeer, Solo, Face Tomorrow, Silence is Sexy).

MHALB offers her audience an incredibly musical journey full of unexpected contrasts. Each song has a unique identity and explores the grand variety in human emotion.

Lyrics

Two-Way Road

Written By: Marianne Oldenburg

I have just so much to say to you
I don't know where to start
I don't know where to start
Every time we end up in conversation
I always skip the hardest part
The hardest part

The hardest part is what shouldn't be missing
It's the part where we end up kissing

And I know I am a chicken
But you also have a part in this
You also have a part in this
Not responding to the hints I give you
You manage to give the talk
An annoying twist

Won't we feel so much better
So much better if we opened up
Won't we feel, won't we feel
So much better
I know I would
I know that I would

I suffocate in speculations
Not knowing what goes on in your brain
On in your brain, on in your brain
Come out come out wherever you are
I call out in an endless refrain

Won't we feel so much better
So much better if we opened up
Won't we feel, won't we feel
So much better
Won't we feel, won't we feel
Won't we feel so much better?

I have just so much to say to you
I don't know where to start
I don't know where to start

Birds of a Feather

Written By: Marianne Oldenburg

Birds of a feather they just might flock together
I guess that's just the story of you and me
So tell me a little bit about yourself
I guess I only know a third of you, maybe half I do

Birds of a feather they just might flock together
I guess that's just the story of you and me
I don't always show everything of myself
I like to keep for me a thing or a two, that's just what I do

Birds of a feather they just might flock together
I guess that's just the story of you and me
I barely know your name but we're one and the same
You got hold of me so easily
,,How do you do?" ,,I love you too"
Three years we say, it sure feels that way

Birds of a feather they just might flock together
I guess that's just the story of you and me

Discography

Six Short Stories(EP), March 2010

Birds of a Feather(single), March 2010
Two-Way Road(single), March 2010