Selia Qynn

Selia Qynn

 Houston, Texas, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Selia's music is contemporary acoustic with a medieval-folk-jazz flavor when accompanied by a band. Her clear vocals and image-rich lyrics almost make you believe in magic. Her music has a smooth, intricate, and other-worldly feel. This compelling storyteller/poet has an impressive log of material.

Biography

Selia's life as a touring artist began at the tender age of 3, when her father forced her to sing to keep him awake on the long road trips between pipeline jobs. Standing in the backseat - before the seatbelt laws - she could just barely reach his ear. Her repertoire consisted of just three songs, but then her vocabulary wasn't that vast either. She decided early on, she would have to learn more songs just to drive away the boredom of repetition. Although she as since learned hundreds of songs and thousands of words, her father's favorites remain the first 3. On Top Of Old Smokey, Down In The Valley, and 500 Miles.

In 1990, Selia was in the top 40 chosen in Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk competition. By 1991, she had produced her debut album, "The Moon & Me." "All Children Here", from this release, won an award at the Spring Music Festival; and later received another honor; the Houston International Peace Festival adopted a line from the song "healing the world from our own backyard" as their 1993 event slogan and logo.

In 1992, she released “The Surreal Life Adventures of Stella Quest,” a concept album with a cast of characters who unfold in a series of colorful vignettes. Eleven songs from fantasy-folk ballads about love and haunting dreamlands to satyrical blues and rockn’roll spoof are woven into the whimsical, thought-provoking narrative of this musical, mystical, fantasy-folk space odyssey.

1993 marked the release of six music videos that have been aired on the Public Access channel in Houston and Dallas, TX and in Atlanta, GA. This half-hour show is personal, family oriented and full of heart, with clips between songs of her son and wild pet sparrow.

Selia’s music is aired on numerous European radio stations including France, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, The Netherlands, Russa, Sweden and on numerous New England and Midwestern college radio stations as well as on Houston's KPFT listener sponsored radio.

In 1999, Selia released her third self-produced CD, Charmed Existence, with 12 original love songs (and one Elvis tune) covering the relationship gamut from hopeful beginning to bitter end. The instrumentation is much more jazzy on this one, but still smooth and introspective over all.

Selia's latest album, Unreleased, is in fact finally released and is an eclectic collection of songs with a folk-jazz to ballad flavor. Her next project, still bouncing around in her head at the moment, will have something to do with dreams, archetypes and quantum leaps.

Her spare time is spent in her lush and sprawling garden - a back yard habitat certified by the National Wildlife Federation. She loves nurturing growing things, digging holes in the world to let the flowers out, and enjoying the company of her many birds.

Lyrics

The Moon & Me

Written By: Selia Qynn

Just out on the horizon, somewhere among the trees,
There's a full moon risin', risin' up to follow me.
She used to float all ghostly, when I was just a child;
Through deep and cloudy canyons; striking passion in the wild.

I've been that way before, with the moon on my shoulder, magic in the air,
And there's so much more I could show you if I could take you there,
All the magic in those moonlit nights and love enough to share
With the moon and me. With the moon and me.

I knew a man imprisoned by a hardened attitude;
And no desire to change it. He just wasn't in the mood.
He thought he wanted freedom when he saw me sailing by.
He wouldn't let me love him, guess I'll never know why.

His dreams flew away and left him with a hunger in the soul,
That he tries to fill with money and pleasure, but still the empty hole
Grows ever wider, driving him further from the distant goal -
To be flying free. Like the moon and me.

I hear that old coyote, he seems to call to me,
With a gnawing hunger for the places he can't be.
He gazes at his shadow so he doesn't feel alone,
But when his echoes find him, he feels so far from home.

He knows his life is destined but he doesn't understand,
Living out a lonely life in a lean and barren land,
Where there is no escape until his bones lie in the sand,
And he's finally free, like the moon and me.

Just out on the horizon, somewhere among the trees,
There's a full moon risin', risin' up to follow me.

I've been that way before, with the moon on my shoulder, magic in the air,
And there's so much more I could show you if I could take you there,
All the magic in those moonlit nights and love enough to share
With the moon and me. With the moon and me.
With the moon and me. With the moon and me.

Seasons

Written By: Selia Qynn

Like the egg within the bird,
Like the bird within the wind,
Like the wind within the sky
That holds the earth we're living in,
I'm living in this hope
Like a hand inside a glove
But its all to soon to tell...
In the springtime of our love.

I hear the raindrops fall.
Crystal clear I see it all,
How our love will always grow.

Like the shoreline holds the sea,
Like the sea within the sand,
Like the sand within the rocks
That lay across the silver strand,
You held me in your arms
And shared the dreams you're dreaming of
And my feelings still grow deeper...
In the summer of our love.

I feel the autumn wind
Bringing changes once again,
And another season goes.

Like the fog that hugs the hills,
Like the hills drink in the dew,
Like dew collects on flowers,
That's the way I'm drawn to you.
So if you're ever thirsty,
You know just what to do,
In the autumn of our love...
I'll still be there for you.

I feel the north wind blow.
I taste the freezing snow,
And I see it in your hair,
And you are there.

Let It Go

Written By: Selia Qynn

There's a cold wind blowin 'round here again.
I can feel it comin', chills on my skin.
Should I hold on tighter? Or do I just let go?
And let it blow, let it blow.

There's no way to deny it, the chill from silence born
Not a word in the evening or in the early morn.
Wish the sun would come shinin' on this heart of mine,
And let it shine, let it shine.

You don't really know me and I don't know you.
So what's the point if we argue different points of view?
You are my brother. Will you be my friend?
We can win, we both can win.

Well, nobody's right here and nobody's wrong.
This "every man for himself" thing just goes on and on.
Why separate the world by whether friend or foe?
Let it go, let it go.

When it gets this confusing, what does it take to heal
An unreal situation? Maybe a word that's real.
Put it on a banner and wave in high above;
The word is love, oh, love.

Pass It On

Written By: Selia Qynn

When first I came into this world, I brought with me some Grace.
I knew this when I first beheld my mother’s loving face.
She looked just like an angel as she gazed at me with love,
And I knew God sent a part of heaven with me from above.

And as I grew, no fear had I, no issue small or grand,
As long as I was steadied by my mother’s guiding hand.
Her voice was love, her words were love, her eyes were clear and wise.
She was my safest harbor in a world of fear and lies.

CH: Because she loved me dearly,
That’s why I pass it on.
And if you have ever been so loved,
Then you can sing along…
Pass it on, pass it on, don’t keep it on a shelf.
It grows and grows inside your heart
Don’t keep it to yourself.
Pass it on.

And then I had my own child. A mother I’d become.
Gazing breathless, I beheld my tiny little one.
So very fresh from Heaven, I was overcome again
By the awesomeness of life begetting life like it began.

My mother’s hands are shaky now. Her eyes are growing dim.
God’s light surrounds her always now, reminding me of Him.
How precious is this blessing, this gift, this day, to me.
That mother’s are God’s promise that love will always be.

CH: Because she loved me dearly,
That’s why I pass it on.
And if you have ever been so loved,
Then you can sing along…
Pass it on, pass it on, don’t keep it on a shelf.
It grows and grows inside your heart
Don’t keep it to yourself.
Pass it on.

I Still Believe In Stars

Written By: Selia Qynn

I trust you like an angel who would catch me if I fall.
A friend until the end I know you'll be.
And sometimes you're an open book, and I can see it all.
I know that you don't know how much I see.

You were feeling brave once, and tried to speak of love.
But you didn't have to tell me 'cause I knew.
Where now is that brave bird that once was in my hand?
I guess I wasn't watching when she flew.

You talk of love, and fear that love could go makes you afraid.
But, let me say we all have our prices that we've paid.
And a trail of tears followed me up to this very day.

Feelings carry hearts away, but the mind pulls in the reins.
In the nick of time, we stop to think it through.
The answer waits so clearly, but immobilized we stand,
In fear of doing things we can't undo.

Some lessons are not easy. They make of us a fool.
The guiding light grows dim
And somehow life just seems more cruel.
And the wherewithall has flown with all the rules.

Sometimes I'm a sparrow. Sometimes I like to fly
Sometimes I just hang on to the wire.
But the times I love you best is when you sing your song.
It somehow makes my step a little lighter.

Sometimes I'm an eagle. Sometimes I fly so high.
Gliding on the chilly mountain wind.
But the times I love you best is when I look into your eyes.
I can see the steady strength within.

Somethings are not meant to be. We never will be birds.
Somethings go unspoken and they never will be heard.
But, they find their own language when we don't have the words.

And when the night is cloudy, I still believe in stars,
Even when the darkness blocks the light.
They're shining out like beacons on the other side of hope.
You can see them when you hold your heart just right.

Sarah

Written By: Selia Qynn

Sarah, Sarah fair,
Why did you depart?
And leave this place the shape of you
Embedded in my heart?

You opened up this icy heart;
And now I sing your song.
The irony is deafening,
Now that you are gone.
Now this open heart feels empty.
And it’s cold here in the dark.
With only memories in the place
Where you have left your mark.

Sarah, Sarah fair,
Why did you depart?
And leave this place the shape of you
Embedded in my heart?

I have felt regret that ran so deep,
I could not find the end.
I would have followed you, if I only knew,
To see your face again.
There is a place of surrender between hope abandoned
And acceptance yet to come.
A clear view gives the peace, I found,
To let the river run.

Sarah, Sarah fair,
Why did you depart?
And leave this place the shape of you
Embedded in my heart?

A sound, a step, a breath, a kiss...
I feel you here today.
So thanks and thanks and ever thanks
Is all that I can say.

Sarah, Sarah fair,
Why did you depart?
And leave this place the shape of you
Embedded in my heart?

All Children Here

Written By: Selia Qynn

Come here, my son, I've something to tell.
Put down your toys and listen well.
You are a child, precious and dear.
And I'm just like you; we are all children here.
I'm just like you; we are all children here.

My job as your mom is to show you how
To love yourself as I'm loving you now.
Always be gentle to the boy within,
And learn how to be your own best friend.
Learn how to be your own best friend.

CH: We are all children here so let's be fair.
There's plenty here for all of us if we share.
We are all children here so why not care?
Just open up, let love inside.
Forgive someone who hurt your pride.
Enough of us can turn the tide of fear.
We are all children here.

Some men grow up to be happy and well;
When the child inside smiles, it's easy to tell.
But some men grow up to be heartless and cruel;
The child in their hearts at the mercy of fools.
Hearts at the mercy of fools.

The world's mixed up, there is so much pain.
We see it over and over again.
And children grow up and then they grow old;
Still, parents can't teach what parent's don't know.
No, they can't teach what they don't know.

Repeat Chorus

If we love each other when times are hard,
We can heal the world from our own backyard.
Look at your neighbor and remember the child,
The one in his heart will give you a smile.
The one in his heart will smile.

Repeat Chorus

Dandelions

Written By: Selia Qynn

DANDELIONS
by Selia Qynn 1/5/98

I spend a lot of time scribbling lines on my steering wheel at the light.
Some of my thoughts go there, some go to thin air, some I sing every night.
Ghosts of my ancestors rolling by, disguised as dust in my room
Haunting the eons from under the bed. Remind me that I am dust too.

Collecting in shadows. Watching me sleep.
Ghosts of my ancestors. Waiting for me.

When I was a child I made dandelion chains and wished on a 4-leaf clover.
I wondered why seeds would float in the wind and why weeds always took over.
Grandpa said it was magic. Grandma said it was a curse.
I thought the angels made a mistake trying to feed all the birds.

Why do you follow the wind? I asked one little seed.
You inspire me my friend. When you give your breath to me.

Dandelions in the clover
Turn to dust and then take over.
Once I picked a perfect puff
And blew away the magic stuff.

Now I watch my mom in her 70s, growing her flowers and pulling weeds.
Trying to bend the arthritic knee, remembering times long ago.
When she was more agile and able, flowers always on the table
Now she's come to her final decision. She's letting the dandelions grow.

Dandelions in the clover turn to dust and then take over.
Once I picked a perfect puff and blew away the magic stuff.

I used to write so intensely. Inspired by the seeds in my mind
As if my life depended on the poetry I'd write.
Back to my steering wheel waiting for lights to change.
Back to my scribbling, playing the waiting game.

I spend a lot of time scribbling lines on my steering wheel at the light.
Some of my thoughts go there, some go to thin air, some I sing every night.
Dandelions in the clover turn to dust and then take over.
Once I picked a perfect puff and blew away the magic stuff.

Discography

Selia has 4 self-produced CDs:
The Moon & Me
The Surreal Life Adventures of Stella Quest
Charmed Existence
Unlreleased
Plus 2 singles: "Pass It On" and "Throw Me Down The Key"

Set List

Selia likes to mix originals with her favorite oldies and cover tunes. She performs anywhere from 3 to 5 sets per show with each set about 45 minutes in length.
Typical set list includes:
A Case of You
All Children Here
At Last
Bleeker Street
Carey
Charmed Existence
Come On and Let it Show
Could I Undisillusion You
Crystal
Crystal Blue Persuasion
Dandelions
Desperado
Diamonds and Rust
Dream Darlin'
Easy
Everythings Alright
Father Underneath Thy Wing
Greenfields
Groovy Kind Of Love
How Can I Tell You
I Can’t Ask
I Don’t Know How To Love Him
I Need You To Turn To
I Wandered By A Brookside
I Want To Sing You A Love Song
I Will
If I Gave You A Rose
If You Don’t Kiss Me
In My Life
Landslide
Moon & Me, The
Moon River
Mr Moon
Mr. Mystery
My Baby Is A Universe
Never Die Young
No Other Name
Old Friends/Bookends
On & On
Pass It On
Rainbow Connection
Rising Tide
Rock & Roll Slave
Shades of Blue
Sisters Of Mercy
Skin & Sorrow
So Blind
Somewhere In