Meghan La Roque

Meghan La Roque

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

"Ms. La Roque's voice is mellifluous, at times adopting a rich lusty edge. Listening to her often confessional lyrics, one feels like they're receiving sage advice from a trusted friend."
Martha's Vineyard Times - February 2009

Biography

"Remember wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure." Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist

So here it goes, the story of my song as I sing it. In a traditional bio I would start by telling you that I was born on Martha's Vineyard into a family with four brothers and that our mom passed when I was nine. Then I would tell you that I sang before I spoke, started playing guitar at 15, graduated college with a theatre degree, drove to San Diego (then LA), pounded pavement for 6 years and recently returned home again. I might even mention the stuff the press likes, like that I lived in an office space for six months, showered at the gym, waitressed at a well known music venue, had a minister for a father, recorded an EP called "Drunk in a kiss" etc. buzz... etc. buzz insert name drop here...

Rewind, begin again... Let's just focus on the last four years. The last year in LA and the three I just spent back home on the Vineyard working on my current record "Carry Me Home."

It started in 2006 while taking nightly walks with a good friend throughout LA. The 'walks' were the birth of the first collection of songs on the album and like the walks they started reflective. "Framed" was found in the boxes I lived out of in those six years, a scrapbook containing pictures of a lover that, like ghosts, lingered in dead end phone conversations. False attempts at reconciliations... the yearning for the life my peers had lead... the choice I didn't make. "Rear View" was the car ride I never took back to him. The one I took away from him. The metaphoric moment when you can clearly see that your life will never be his because it never was.

Over the course of that year, I stopped playing out on the regular and really began to question the path my life was taking. I had somehow become the part of the industry I disliked. I used to say, "Sometimes you have to be swallowed by the beast to change it." I was devoured and drowning in the belly. "When I Scream" came to me in a chord progression that taunted me. I played with it for several nights before sleep. My then roommate and her boyfriend left me alone with it one night on their way out. The buzzing of the city seemed out of reach and too much like the sound of insects attracting to light, constant and droning. It was a haunting lullaby that I couldn't escape no matter what muse I chose. Jimmy (Parr) later captured the hypnosis so precise that there was no other choice but to make the record with him. This was the first song we recorded together.

The walks were my therapy and became a place for my words to collect them selves. Each song became a different part of the small town we call LA, a map of self-discovery. "What You Need" is the token LA song and was inspired by a friend's song I became infatuated with. It's the search for the 'title' that breaks you... the dream gone awry. It is Selma and Sunset - Hollywood and Highland... the parts that aren't as glittery as the movies, rattling dumpsters. It's the climb... the dirt under the nails.

"Hiding or Fighting" was my rebirth. Like the alchemist, I was at the pyramids beaten down with no treasure, pounding my fists in the air... screaming "why?" with nothing left to do but surrender.

The storm passed and the sun rose. "Like A Song" was salvation.

I had no idea what was ahead of me. I only knew that happiness could not be found in an article or an accolade. It was in the search for the source that I began to remember why I had started my journey out west in the first place. It was creativity. It was 'the natural' my walking companion always referred to. If I could have, I would have walked America right then and there. I had promised myself that I would never lie down to get a deal and here I was asleep at the wheel.

I wrote the next two songs after I had mentally checked out without knowing it. "All the Best" was the departure song. It was the subconscious 'see yah latah' to the dead end and then the peace I received when I finally threw my hands up. "Not Since You Left" began in LA with a picture of an ex found online and ended while going through old pictures of my Dad shortly after his death. No wonder I was originally considering 'Pictures and Paragraphs' for the album title. I'll come back to this later...

Stop, pause... a sudden plane ride after a drastic, unexpected decision... sold the car and followed the signs I saw fit to read.

Martha's Vineyard

"Little Island" was written my first February back... The walk had ended. I had given up. I was defeated, broken and camping out in my brother's guestroom. I felt like I was living in a coastal living catalogue that my brother and sister in law created. The song came to me in the silence I had sought for so long. The silence that carried me here... no more buzz. I was awake. I had a go at teaching and assisted in the music department for a brief minute. The song was my nephew's lullaby and came with me to the classrooms.

Then I met

Lyrics

Feels Like Home

Written By: Meghan La Roque

Lets build a home around this love and
Keep it safe from harm
You can hold the hammer and
I will spin the yarn
We'll keep the fire burning
And the shades drawn low
With just enough room for the sun to make it glow

(Chorus)
Like home
You feel like home
You feel like home
You feel like
It feels like home

Things don't always work out
The way they should
This world spins far to fast
For the simple and the good
Let's turn the TV off and
Shut of our phones
Keep the candles lit
And allow this love to grow

(Chorus)
Like home (repeat)

I've never know a love like this
One that changes shape in every single kiss
Maybe I am dreaming and
If so don't you wake me up
The choice is ours to make
Let's pour another cup

(Chorus)
Like home (repeat)

Given Time

Written By: Meghan La Roque

I never loved you
I try and tell myself that
I was above you
Until after the fact
And now that you are gone
I can go home

(Chorus)
And I know there's a perfect design
And the stars, they are bound to align
Given time (repeat)

I never bugged you
I never asked you why
I never hugged you
Instead I said goodbye
And now that you are gone
I can go home

(Chorus)

And I'll forget you
You're just another pronoun
I wont regret you
Until you come around
And now that you are gone
I can go home

(Chorus 2x)
Given time, time, time (repeat)
Give it some time (repeat)
Give it some more (repeat)

On To Me

Written By: Meghan La Roque

How can I stay mad at you
After all you've seen me through
Hard car rides and sleepless nights
Times I forgot to remember the light

(Chorus)
Oh how you hold on
Oh how you hold on
Oh how you hold
Onto me

I hear the stairs creek beneath you steps
Stop to listen and hold my breath
I'd wait forever if you asked me to
Cuz' when you love someone that's what you do

(Chorus)
Oh how you hold on
Oh how you hold on
Oh how you hold
On when the earth is shaking
On when my dreams are fading
On when my heart is breaking
On when I just want to be alone

The world it spins so very fast
Counting the moments wont make them last
So I'll just sleep inside your eyes
Find some peace beneath your skies

(Chorus)
Onto me (4x)

Little Island

Written By: Meghan La Roque

I don't want to think anymore tonight
I don't want to know what I could have done right
3000 miles, 28 days
February's east coast cold has got me thinkin' funny ways

(Chorus 2x)
Goodbye (3x)
To all those city lights

I know I never answered your endless phone calls
I knew if I heard your voice I might just fall
Sorry baby, I hope you understand
Sometimes to find yourself, you gotta break some plans

(Chorus 2x)
Goodbye (3x)
To all those city lies

It takes a little island
It takes a little snow
6 years and 16 cities to find my way home
And as I sing sweet Wyatt to sleep
I've finally found it, my moment of peace

(Chorus 2x)
Goodbye (3x)
To all those city lights

Rear View

Written By: Meghan La Roque

You whispered to me at that Hollywood party
You said nothing in life is free
I couldn't stop talking to save my life
I had so many dreams

(Chorus)
The shape of my life became clear
As I watched you walk away in my rear view mirror
The shape of my life became clear
As I watched you walk away (repeat)

You brushed my hair out of my face
You always said I looked prettier that way
Let the world see those eyes
Baby you got nothing to hide

(Chorus)
And you never called
And it's not you fault
Cuz' I let you go
Without ever letting you know

Years out here go by so fast
Cuz' the seasons never seem to pass
Can't but hold onto the past
Cuz' nothing today seems to last.

(Chorus)

All The Best

Written By: Meghan La Roque

You've been sleeping with the lights on lately
You've been calling all your friends complaining
They tell you to forget it
You know it's hard, don't let it
Bring you down

(Chorus)
I hope you find happiness and
I wish you all the best
I hope you find happiness and
I wish you all the best
In this life

You've' been talking a mile a minute
And I wonder if you'll ever finish
I know it's hard to listen
But there is something missing
Here my love

(Chorus)
I hope you find happiness and
I wish you all the best
I hope you find happiness and
I wish you all the best
In this
Life can be so hard, so hard
It can break your heart, your heart
I hope you can be found
In the sweetness of no sound

I've been walking for hours and hours at night
I've been trying to figure out how to live my life
Without you it will be so hard
But I thing it's best we
Stay apart

(Chorus)
I hope you find happiness and
I wish you all the best
I hope you find happiness and
I wish you all the best (repeat - vamp)

Discography

"Carry Me Home"
"Drunk in a Kiss"

Set List

Feels Like Home
Given Time
Like A Song
Little Island
On To Me
Rear View
All The Best
What You Need
Framed
When I Scream
Not Since You Left
Twilight
Cameron
Pick Me Up

A range of covers

Set time varies.
45 to 90min.