Melanie Zipin

Melanie Zipin

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With her soulful voice & storytelling lyrics, Melanie Zipin has been described as one of the best singer-songwriters in the American Southwest. Melanie’s haunting vocals & lyrically driven melodies combined with Jeff LeBlanc’s groove oriented licks, cultivate an alchemic mix of music hard to resist.

Biography

Melanie Zipin is originally from ‘Philly’. Growing up to the confluence of Motown and folk, she quickly found her own style. Soulful and honest; her songwriting seems to really speak to people, as she is not afraid to share her heart in her songs, while her voice seems to penetrate the very soul of what she's singing about.
Jeff LeBlanc is from New Orleans. He grew up playing in funk bands, and was greatly influenced by the wealth of music that surrounded him. The two met in New Mexico, and formed a duo a few years later in 1996. Their combined styles brought new direction to their music.
In September of 2000, Melanie Zipin released her debut CD, On A Wing, with accompanying musicians dubbed ‘the Z Factor’. On A Wing was received with much enthusiasm and received radio play on many NPR, as well as commercial radio stations around the country. Melanie’s 2nd CD, Shades of Blue, was released in April 2004, and was met with great excitement, and two sold out CD Release Concerts. Their 3rd CD, Here I Am, is in the works.
Melanie & Jeff have played many venues around the Southwest, including The Silver City Blues Festival and The Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque, NM. The duo opened for Laura Love at the Fine Arts Theater on the WNMU campus. And recently performed at the 1st annual Woman’s Celebration in Santa Fe along with Mary Gauthier and Nancy Griffith
Melanie & Jeff have a strong local following and make new fans wherever they go. As the reach of their music expands, more people will have the opportunity to discover this gifted Singer Songwriter

Lyrics

Shades of Blue

Written By: Melanie Zipin

Shades of Blue
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you and I
spent the day together
I thought that I was good
but you were so much better
no matter how I tried
I couldn’t match your carefree stride

oh, livin’ comes easy to you
‘cause you know what to do
but what about people like me
who find it harder to see
and I feel too much
and I feel too much
and there’s too many shades of blue

I stood on the side
hoping to be picked
you jumped in the middle
you glowed with confidence
I was the martyr
you were the saint
your time was coming
mine growing more faint

oh, livin’ comes easy to you
‘cause you know what to do
but what about people like me
who find it harder to see
do you feel too much
oh I feel so much
are there too many shades of blue

you and I
spent the night together
I came from the heart
but there you were dead center
you never even had one doubt
while I wondered and wandered about

oh, livin’ comes easy to you
you know just what to do
but what about people like me
who find it harder to see
and I feel too much
and I feel too much
and there’s too many shades of blue

These City Streets

Written By: Melanie Zipin

how cold are the streets of this city
that I walk so I won’t meet your eye
how tall are the buildings around us
that there’s only a rumor of sky

and has your guard been up to long
against the ones you think have done you wrong
how do you feel when you walk
along the streets you like to call your own
(your home)

how old are the troubles that find us
the sidewalks awash with our woes
our compassion is bridled we say for survival
as we step over the ones no one chose

and has your guard been up to long
against the ones you think will do you wrong
how do you feel when you walk
along the streets you like to call your own

how deep are your memories that live there
carved into the alleyway walls
as the women watch all from their door steps
a safe haven in every storm

still your guard's been up to long
against the ones you think have done you wrong
how do you feel when you walk
along the streets you like to call your own

how long do you think it will take you
your footsteps sunk into concrete
to see past the place you lie sleeping
from your kingdom of these city streets

to sort through your love hate relations
that bind you to these city streets

Dusk

Written By: Melanie Zipin & Jeff LeBlanc

I’m standing in the one spot of sunlight left in this old house
and I’m hoping it will last me for awhile
the christmas season’s over and the new year has begun
I’m hoping our prayers for peace will be enough

the spot is getting smaller and my toes are getting numb
I should be doing something more than standing here
but the signs of good will and cheer have been packed up for another year
‘cept the string of lights I purposely forgot

your fingers move in shadow but your notes are crystal clear
as I watch the day fall deeply into night
fear and hope are all mixed up
as the evening shapes her hold upon us
and I find that I’m just thankful to be here
(with you)

the fading sunlight’s shadows play thru the room as a farewell
the strand of lights grows brighter for awhile
I wonder what you’re doing, now I can no longer keep you safe
I focus on the lights and pray for grace

my heart is glad for the ones I have, turns towards the ones I miss
hoping no one’s keeping track of my mistakes
at every place we stand shows the man we are or hope to be
at your worst you’re always much too good for me

I reach for you in shadow and I pretend that you are here
as I watch the day fall deeply into night
fear and hope are all mixed up
as the evening shapes her dreams upon us
and I find that I’m just thankful to be here
(I miss you)

She Loves You

Written By: Melanie Zipin & Jeff LeBlanc

It’s a cloudy afternoon
but the sun came out
just to be with you

she loves you just like I do
seems even the sun
has fallen in love with you
she warms you and I want to
feel the heat as it washes over you

the quilt’s crazy and we’re in bed
undercover lovers no need to pretend
moonlight and romance
dance round the room
when the day comes to find us
we laugh and we say too soon

I love you so much
I can’t imagine life
without your touch
do you love me I think you do, yea
I can tell by the little things you do...

the clock on the wall
says that you’re late
the voice in my head
tells me to wait
I blink back the tears
afraid you won’t come
when you knock on the door
I jump up and run to you

I love you just like I do
seems like you like it that way too
you love me I can feel it
in your kiss and the way you look at me
she loves you and it’s so true
her love is deeper
than the biggest thing you do
he loves you and it’s so sweet
just like dancing
with the wind beneath your feet

Ocean Back to Me

Written By: Melanie Zipin & Phil Brown

I climbed up on the hillside
I wandered thru the brush
looking for an omen, a sign, a vision
or all of the above
the trees speak softly to me
can they help me find
just what I was searching for
‘cause it seemed to slip my mind

the snow is slowly melting
water to the stream
river to the ocean
the ocean - ocean back to me

I go to work at sunset
I pause outside the door
then I grab a cup of coffee
from this same ol’ smoky bar
I take another moment
to let the colors wash me clean
someone needs a beer, a sympathetic ear
but the moment belongs to me

chorus

voices from the fire
they’re calling out to me
standing at a distance
that’s as close as I want to be
the footsteps that I follow
no footsteps but my own
and I know where I’m going
the beautiful unknown

chorus

No Second Guessin'

Written By: Melanie Zipin, Jeff LeBlanc, Phil Brown

my girlfriend called me late last night
her and her man they had a terrible fight
everyone thought they were a perfect match
struck by cupid and meant to last
she cried why didn’t anyone try to stop me
marryin’ so young and three kids by twenty
at the time, you know, it just seemed right
no second guessin’, just hind sight

could be just a mood
could be an emotion
maybe what you had for lunch
or just a notion

there’s no second guessin’ – if only I’d waited
no second guessin’ – now don’t say it

could be just a good day, could be that it’s not-

stepped outside there’s not a cloud in the sky
the night was warm and the stars were bright
I was all dressed up and I was feeling so good
in my low cut dress and my high top shoes
half way to town I saw a big flash of light
and just for an instant it was a beautiful sight
wasn’t heat lightening or a UFO
‘cause I was soaking wet still had a mile to go

could be a mood
could be an emotion
maybe what you had for lunch
or just a notion

there’s no second guessin’ – shoulda gone right
no second guessin’ – when lightenin’ strikes

could be just a good day
could be that it’s not

there’s no second guessin’ – now don’t look back
no second guessin’ – aint no sense in that – no

Tempted

Written By: Melanie Zipin

better to lie awake in anticipation
get so close your breath comes short and fast
teeter on the edge of revelation
feel desire pounding in your chest
never cross the line, you can’t go back

see the frozen raindrops hanging in the balance
longing for the sun’s unbiased kiss
once they feel the heat, their passion melted
there is nothing left of them to give
and you can not remember what love is

tempted, you’re so tempted, tempted…

there is something to your mother’s wisdom
you can look, but you should never touch
your fantasy must forever remain unspoken
or bitter will turn sweet into dust

chorus

oh the thought of what could be is so much sweeter
and sustains us where the truth would often fail
careful with your dreams now, do not force them
to become something they are not

for your soul will not recover what’s been lost

Discography

On A Wing- debut CD, released September, 2000.
Shades of Blue- released April, 2004.
Both CD's have received Radio airplay on NPR and commercial stations around the country. Also streaming on several internet radio stations. Sound clips available on web site and on myspace.

Set List

We can play 3-4, 45 minute to hour long sets. We like to play mostly originals, but cover people such as: EmmyLou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Macy Gray, Lyle Lovit, Delbert McClinton, Paul Simon, Tracy Chapman, John Hiatt, John Prine, etc. Our repertoire ranges from folk rock to blues and soul.