Melineh Kurdian

Melineh Kurdian

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandFolkRock

From the first note sung, Melineh Kurdian captures you with her honest delivery. Her easy stage presence makes audiences feel comfortable enough to laugh with her stories, and be moved by her intimate lyrics, her sweet, strong voice and her funky folk-rock guitar style.

Biography

Born in Wichita and raised by her Armenian family, Melineh earned her degree in French and adores all things Japanese. After living in New York City she relocated to Los Angeles, which she now calls home. In her younger years Melineh wasn’t allowed to play with the kids out and about in her neighborhood until she had completed an hour of piano practice each day. A task which as a six year old may have seemed unfair but one that she is more than grateful for now. In those years she performed in countless recitals and competitions however it wasn’t until she stumbled across an old guitar under her mother’s bed that she found her true musical calling.

She has undeniably come a long way from that young girl teaching herself how to play an E Chord in her bedroom and listening to her fathers Jazz collection, classic rock and girls with guitars. She has embarked on two hugely successful tours of Sweden, which holds an overwhelming fan base for her as well as graciously catering to her US based fans by performing in much revered venues such as the Bitter End, CBGB’s Gallery (New York City), The Knitting Factory and Hotel Cafe (Los Angeles) as well as Tin Angel (Philadelphia), just to name a few. Her arrestingly honest song As Good As You was placed on MTV’s The Real World.

Melineh also graced the stage at the National Womens' Music Festival this year, which in previous years has played host to the likes of Melissa Ferrick and Cris Williamson. She was honored to be asked to present an award at last years Armenian Music Awards in front of a crowd of over 7000 people at the Club Nokia (Los Angeles).

After the triumph of her debut album From Where You Are, Melineh has just emerged from recording her new EP The Where and How. The Where and How has been in the making for more than a year. It debuted on Saturday, October 23rd, 2010, at the Hotel Cafe to a packed audience eagerly awaiting the new material. Her beautifully melodies are undoubtedly reminiscent of a young Shawn Colvin or sultry Janis Joplin. The EP is filled with rhythmic guitar phrasing and soulful vocals. “ This is not an overly produced project by any means”, said Melineh in a recent press release. “There is such a lovely attention to detail with every instrument, with the vocals, and with the arrangements, that I still find myself discovering new little pieces each time I listen to the songs”.

The New York Times has dubbed her music “soulful and amusing”, and upon watching her perform live you instantly understand where they were coming from. There is an expressive and poignant quality to her voice, not to mention an honesty that can be hard to find these days. Coupled with her zest for life and her hilarious knack for storytelling, Melineh effortlessly takes her audience on a journey with her music. Before they know it, they have fallen in love.

“… a voice with a measure of Patty Griffin's ability to wrench the heart.” -- Jon Sobel, Blogcritics.org

Lyrics

Santa Maria

Written By: Melineh Kurdian

Santa Maria, what have you left me?
A whole new world that cannot holy see
And my dear lover, why do you grieve me so?
This way I choose, this way I go

I don't need you now, stopped wanting you long ago
Now and then I keep wondering why I let you go

You were so good, so understanding
Though your love could be so demanding
Bent like a toothpick, broke like the straw on the
Backs of camels, gave in so quickly

I don't need you now, stopped wanting you long ago
Nowand then I keep wondering why I let you go

I canonize you, light a candle
I write your saint's name on my life's wall
You can do no wrong now
You can do no harm

I don't need you now, stopped wanting you long ago
Now and then I keep wondering why I let you go

Santa Maria, what have you left me?
A whole new world that cannot holy see
And my dear lover, why do you grieve me so?
This way I choose, this way I go (4x)

As Good As You

Written By: Melineh Kurdian

I have a history of being hard on me
Can’t see the forest for the trees, just wood and fire
But you’ve been good to me with even honesty
And came up close enough to fill me with desire

If I could be as good as
Good enough as, go so far as you

I have a memory of great insanity
Fog fuzzy full of fear and living on a wire
But you saw right through me, through my dishonesty
And came up close enough to fill me with desire

If I could be as good as
Good enough as, go so far as you
Then I could find what’s left of me
Then I’d be good enough complete

I have seen everything, I have been in between
And then again it’s like I’ve seen nothing at all
But you know everything, oracles, stars and swings
You take my puzzle piece and I’m as good as solved

If I could be as good as
Good enough as, go so far as you
Then I could find what’s left of me
Then I’d be good enough complete

If I could be as good as
Good enough as, go so far as you
Then I could find what’s left of me
Then I’d be good enough complete

World

Written By: Melineh Kurdian

I can’t lose you to the world
I can’t save you from the world
I can’t lose you to the world
I can’t save you from the world
When everything’s falling down
But love it seems to be calling
I want to hold you in my hands
Let nothing stand between us
Feels like the battles lost
I can’t save you from the world
I can’t lose you to the world

I can’t lose you to the world
I can’t save you from the world
Evil’s jumped the walls
And the city seems to be falling
Though it’s seems like we can’t help it
We’ll just love and let it save us
While the world looks on beyond
I won’t lose you to the world
I’ll never lose you to the world

Only One

Written By: Melineh Kurdian

This is some kind of mistake
I didn’t know that this was good for me
If you could hear my heart break
You wouldn’t think that this was good for me

These are some pretty big holes
I didn’t think that I could fit in them
Put me with all the lost souls
You might think that I belong with them

We walked, we spoke of the plans that we would make
You woke, and thought of the things that you would take
I know it’s not my fault, but this thing I cannot shake

You know you wrote me a letter once
Saying that I was your only one
You know I could be so happy
Knowing that I was your only one

We walked, we spoke of the plans that we would make
You woke, and thought of the things that you would take
I know it’s not my fault, but this thing I cannot shake

We walked, we spoke of the plans that we would make
You woke, and thought of the things that you would take
I know it’s not my fault, but this thing I cannot shake

You're Not There

Written By: Melineh Kurdian & Steve Krugman

You’re Not There
I went to the swap meet cause I thought you might be there
I know you need some stuff to fill the space that I left bare

There’s nothing left I need, but to see your face again,
I’ll make my way by foot across the desert that I’m in

I wonder if I saw you if you’d look the same to me
As the picture in my head that keeps me turning in my sleep

I wonder if you saw me if your heart would still be cold
Or if the part you filled with anger would finally melt away like snow

Chorus
But you’re not there
I’m not surprised not to find you
I only hoped I would

But you’re not there
It’s getting clearer everyday
It’s getting understood

You’re not there

I picked up my phone and got your number on my screen
It only takes one touch to bring you back to life it seemed

It was just eleven weeks ago that you would take my call
But now I fear the worst and I can’t take another fall

But you’re not here
And I don’t have to dial to
Find out that I’m alone

You’re just not here
It’s getting clearer everyday
It’s finally hitting home

You’re not here

Bridge
I’ve never mourned the living; I’m not sure how to dress.
A funeral and a wedding – ‘til death we part I guess
I’ve never been very good at letting go;
But I’m losing my grip, and there’s nothing left to hold.

‘Cause you’re not there
I’m not surprised not to find you
I only hoped I would
But you’re not there
It’s getting clearer everyday
It’s getting understood
You’re not there
It’s finally hitting home
You’re not there
It’s finally understood
You’re not there
You’re not there

Sending Boxes

Written By: Melineh Kurdian

Sending Boxes
Sending Boxes, wrapped in boxes
Wrapped in paper, you can write on
When I get around, get around to sending boxes

Writing letters of how better
I will be in the coming year
When I get around, get around to sending boxes

Well I could draw a straight line on a folded map,
And you could draw some crooked lines and write me back
But I forgot, no I can’t keep track
Of sending boxes

Making phone calls, leave a message
Push another number and leave it at the beep
When I should be getting around to getting some sleep

Oh, I try so hard, I’m getting better
But all my letters say return to sender

Well I could draw a straight line on a folded map,
And you could draw some crooked lines and write me back
But I forgot, no I can’t keep track
Of sending boxes

Sending boxes, wrapped in boxes, wrapped in paper, you can write on
Writing letters, of how better I will be in the coming year
When I get around, get around to sending boxes

Well I could draw a straight line on a folded map,
And you could draw some crooked lines and write me back
But I forgot, no I can’t keep track
Of sending boxes

When I get around, get around to sending boxes
When I get around, get around to sending boxes
Never get around, never get around
Never get around, never get around
Never get around, never get around
To sending boxes

Between Me Now

Written By: Melineh Kurdian

There's something in my window blocking view
Something could come between me and you
It's not the love
It's not the love

The pane is broken i can see the crack
Like hot water hitting cold glass
It's not the love
It's not the love
That comes between us now,
It's not the love it's just the where and how

Running away sounds like such a plan
But I'm so scared I'll just stay where I am
It's just the fear
It's just the fear
That comes between me now
It's just the fear
It's here and how

There used to be things I could see through,
Now that thing is you
Your point is across I believe you
Let's just stop for silence because we're working on a moment to make it last forever
working on a moment to make it last forever

There's nothing in my window blocking view
Nothing could come between me and you
It's just the love
It's just the love
That comes between us now
It's just the love
It's here and how

Discography

"The Where and How" - 2010
"Live from Hotel Cafe EP - Benefit for Natl. Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence" - 2007, Girl Parts Trio
"From where you are" - 2004, debut album
JANE Magazine Reader Compilation CD #4 includes Melineh's "As Good As You."
Peace Songs for a Better World Vol. II includes Melineh's "World."
GoGirls Compilation 2006 includes 'As Good As You'
Catherine J. Snow Stroke Foundation - Musicians for Stroke Awareness includes 'World'

Just some of the places you can hear her music: www.harrisradio.com
www.netteradio.com
www.radiocrystalblue.com
www.femininegroove.com
Michiko&Chris Radio Show in Japan
Swedish public radio
WBAI Pacifica 99.5 fm in New York
KJHK 90.7 fm in Lawrence, KS
WJFF 90.5 fm, "Out Loud & Queer," New York
www.rubyfruitradio.com
www.wholewheatradio.com

Set List

'Between Me Now' / 'Santa Maria'/ 'You're Not There' / 'Only One'/ 'Sending Boxes' / 'World' / 'Goddamn n' Just Do' / 'Have a Little Heart' / 'As Good As You' / 'Three Years and a Day' and then perhaps a rousing rendition of Bill Wither's 'Ain't No Sunshine' or Morrissey. Her sets are usually 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes.