Stella Weakley

Stella Weakley

 Bloomington, Indiana, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Generally I perform as a solo artist or with a few other Singer-Songwriters as 'Stella & Friends' - performing original songs 'In the Round'. I am also in a 4 girl vocal group specializing in tight harmonies and clever arrangements - 'Hoosier Darling' is the name of that group (www.facebook.com/GurlZHarmony) for more info. Blues, Alternative, Pop, Country/Americana & 'just about anything else that feels right' - would describe my music.

Biography

'Stella' is Stella Suzette Weakley. I perform solo as 'Stella' - and with selected Singer/Songwriters as 'Stella & Friends' - performing 'In the Round' most of the time.  I am also a member of 'Hoosier Darling' a tight vocal harmony group that specializes in clever arrangement and fun-filled program.  

 I promote and produce an annual Song Competition called Blooming-Tunes (www.Blooming-Tunes.com), and I am an active member of Bloomington Indiana's - community radio station wfhb (online; www.wfhb.org). I have won a number of song competitions, my favorite (thus far) being 'Masterpiece in a Day' held in Indianapolis IN, 2006. I am available for co-write opportunities and can help with either the music or lyric content of your songs. songbird3820@hotmail.com is the best way to contact me for co-write opportunities.  I can compose music for your special occasions too!

Thank you for visiting my site and I hope you enjoy my music.

Lyrics

Here in Indiana

Written By: Stella Suzette Weakley

Here in Indiana

December mist - driftin' through the trees
sends a cold chill to my soul
I could use - some warm sunshine
sometimes, I miss you so
The room's gettin' dark
so I light a few candles
slip into - my mandolin
Jamaica kicks in
imagination my best friend
and we'll walk beside the ocean again

But Here - in Indiana
There's a bright new sprinkling of snow
Looks like God spray painted - diamonds
over everything - now that's a show
I remember you - on a moonlight beach
watchin' stars fall -while we got high
and here in Indiana -
I'm thinkin' about you - tonight

I hear that you're doin' fine
and I guess I'm okay too
Still, every now and then
I'd like to touch your skin
Oh, I want to sing to you
But for now, it's just me, and your memory
sharin' a bottle of wine
on this cold silver night
a song is takin' flight
as I think about you one more time

Up here - in Indiana
There's a bright new sprinkling' of snow
Looks like God spray painted - diamonds
over everything - now that's a show
I remember you - on a moonlight beach
watchin' stars fall -while we got high
and here in Indiana -
I'm thinkin' about you - tonight

Here in Indiana
I'm thinkin' about you - tonight

I'll Make You Mine

Written By: Stella & Jane with Jeff Foster


I'LL MAKE YOU MINE

I think about you all the time - I can't wait until you're mine
It's makin' me crazy
I'm not the girl I used to be - even my friends can see
My judgment’s gettin' hazy

Walk by
Just watchin' you makes me high
Don't try
to pretend you don't notice
It’s a matter of time

(Oh, oh)
I'm gonna win you over - you won't even know what hit ya
My love is singin' like a wind chime
Sending music to your heart - with a melody - that will get you boy
When I make you mine

[LEAD]

You might as well surrender - you know you want to
Let your love light shine
I think it's time - for a little 'Happy Ever After'
(boy) when, I'll make you mine

Walk by
Just watchin' you makes me high
Don't try
to pretend you don't notice
It’s a matter of time

(Oh, oh)
I'm gonna win you over - you won't even know what hit ya
My love is singin' like a wind chime
Sending music to your heart - with a melody - that will get you boy
When I make you mine

I'll - make you - mine!

A Matter of Time

Written By: Stella & Jane

(old girlfriend is speaking to the new girlfriend)

Did you think this was the first time
he fell in love this way
It won't be the last one
and that's what I have come to say
There was a time
when I believed in him too
there was a time
Girl, I was just like you

(New girlfriend responds)

He said you pushed him away
He said you didn't understand
And when we're together
He says he feels alive again
But something inside me
knows I'm walking a thin line
I've know it all along
It was a matter of time

(chorus)

Love don't come easy
We want it so badly
That we'll break all the rules
Just to wake up one morning
and find out
That we've all been fooled
Find we've been fooled

(old girlfriend)

It's been over for a long time
I won't stand in your way

(new girlfriend)

I need him beside me
at the end of the day

(both sing)

There's no way of knowing
The true cost of love's crimes
But we'll pay sooner or later
It's just a matter of time
We'll pay sooner or later
It's just a matter of time

On With The Show

Written By: Suzette Weakley

On with the Show

Maryellen worked in the factory
Since she was a girl of nineteen
Thought her life was fine - Sittin’ on that line
For twenty years – it’s all she’d seen
Until one day – her foreman came down
Said; “Go on home girl; they gave your job away
And I’m sorry it had to end like this but
There’s not much more that I can say”

Now some folks are just plain old stupid
Some are lazy – they don’t give a damn
But other people like Maryellen
Seem to feel the need to take some kind of stand
Ah but life isn’t always fair – her friends said;
“Mary Stop wasting your time
‘Cause even if you win this war –
You’ll end up back on the front line”

(She thought about that – decided they might be right)

The leaves keep on falling down
and the winter comes back every year
The sun goes down – with an orange glow
Life will go one – everybody singing their own song
As we try to teach our children – everything we know
It’s like going to the circus really – On with the Show

Sometimes life hands you a cupcake
And sometimes it just bites you on the hand
You can lay down – give it up OR design a new master plan
Maryellen bought a guitar
She wrote some music – joined a band
And she says that she’s happier now
Than she has ever been

The leaves – keep on falling down
And the winter comes back every year
The sun goes down – with an orange glow
Life goes on – everybody keeps singing their own song
While we try to teach our children – everything we know
It’s like goin’ to the circus really – On with the Show

Betty

Written By: Stella Suzette Weakley

Betty works the morning shift
At a diner in the middle of nowhere
She cleans the counters and she picks up all the quarters
Reached up to fix her graying hair
Sometimes, she thinks of a better way
With a house and a car and a yard
with trees
One day Betty stepped up to the mirror
Pulled her hair back - so she could see
She said; 'That face in the mirror
Looks too much like my Mama
Staring back at me”
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He came in, feeling tired and hungry
From a particularly long haul - laid his money down
He said; 'Hey Betty, why don't you slip out of that apron
You and me can leave this old town?'
Betty smiled and said; 'You know I can't do that
Ah, but I can make you feel better
Just tell me what you're lookin' for
You might find that I'm a real go-getter
Tell me what you need,
You’ll find that I'm
A real go-getter’
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Betty thinks of another time and place
When money was her king - and a man who didn't share her dreams
She ran off with a cowboy
Who know just how to treat her
Ah but adventure isn't always what it seems
Now Betty works here at this diner
Serving up smiles over easy - coffee & cherry pie
And she's happy knowing that the lines her eyes are showing
Are from smiles – And not from lies
Those lines
Are from smiling,
And come from being wise
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Johnny was a Rocker!

Written By: Stella Weakley


JOHNNY WAS A ROCKER

[Verse 1]
Johnny was a Rocker - and he came from a small town
Just like me
Even his best friends doubted he'd ever make it - they said;
“That boy just can't sing”
But with several platinum songs and a movie star wife
No one can deny that he's found a good life

[Chorus 1]
Trouble is like a thunder storm
When the rain begins to fall
it pours all over us all

[Verse 2]
Jimmy's too successful - got a wife and two kids
He never sees
Everyone thinks that he's happy - 'cause he's won every prize
He's got TWO degrees
Now he's drinkin' too much - workin' too hard to find
Something more like happiness - he needs peace of mind

[Chorus 2]'
Cause trouble's like a thunder storm
When the rain begins to fall
It pours all over us all

[Bridge]
When there are only clouds in sight
And the day can't seem to give up the night
It gets hard to understand
Who told you it was easy
to find the promise land?
Who told you it was easy?

[Verse 3]
Cissy and her best friend - like two little girls together –
Watch them play
People are startin' to talk - and say the way those girls live –
is kind of strange
Now the neighbor's gettin' nosey - Starting to pry
Everywhere they go - they're under somebody's eye

[Chorus 3]
Trouble's like a thunder storm
When the rain begins to fall
It pours all over us all
[tag]
It pours all over us all
It pours all over - us all

September Morning

Written By: Stella Weakley

SEPTEMBER MORNING

[Verse 1]

September Morning
Marigolds are turning brown
Hummingbird is sippin; on the last drops of summer
And a few yellow leaves – tumble down

[Verse 2]

It was a day just like this one
I first saw your face
And when you wrapped your tiny hand – around my finger
I knew I would never be the same

[Chorus 1]

Life is a circle
There is no beginning – there’ll be no end
Through the eyes of our children
We get to see it all again

[Short instrumental]'

[Verse 3]

I was the Easter Bunny
I was the Tooth Fairy, and I was Santa too
I walked you to your first school bus ride
And I cried as I waved goodbye to

[Instrumental break]

[Verse 4]

I’m getting’ used to all this quiet
But for now, I’ll leave the mess in your bedroom
I’m so proud of the way you’re flyin’
But I miss you

[Chorus 2]
Life is a circle
There's no beginning – there’ll be no end
Through the eyes of our children
We get to see it all again

Through the eyes of our children
We get to see it all again

September morning
September morning
September morning

A Matter of Time

Written By: Stella Suzette Weakley

Lyrics for SOLO artist performance - recording is duet version

A Matter of Time

So you think that you're the first girl
Who fell in love with him this way
You won't be the last one
And that’s what I've come to say
There was a time
I believed in him too
There was a time
Girl, I was just like you

He said she pushed him away
Said she didn't understand
And when we were together
He said he felt alive again
But something inside
Knew I'd been walkin' a thin line
I'd pay sooner or later
It was a matter of time

Love don't come easy
We want it so badly
We'll break all the rules
Just to wake up one morning
To find out - we've been fooled
Find we've been fooled

Well it's been over for a long time
I won't stand in your way
He'll lie beside you
By the end of the day
There's no way of knowing
The true cost of love's crimes
But we all pay it some way
It's just a matter of time
And you'll pay too someday
It's just a matter of time

La La Land

Written By: Stella Suzette Weakley

LA LA LAND

Everything is rainbow colored
The children never ever talk back
My husband thinks I'm still pretty
I can eat what I want and not get fat
I've won the lottery two times
Every song I write hits top ten
The yard mows itself
I can hardly believe my wealth
In La La Land

My Mother In-Law just loves me
The plants watered themselves today
Celebrities call me all the time
Just to hear what I have to say
Weeds won't grow in my garden
I married a perfect man
It only rains when I ask it to
I wear high-heeled ruby shoes
in La La Land

But - Here in the real world
Bills keep rolling in
I forgot to set the alarm clock
And the baby needs changed again
I found a few more gray hairs
Young men have started calling me 'Mame'
I could use a little gratitude
And some time in La La - Land

La La Land - La La, La La
La La Land

A guy with a sign on the corner
Reached over and handed ME a ten
I didn't believe it so I drove around the block
And he gave me cash again
Butterflies land on my shoulder
I run marathons - just because I can
Stop lights seem
To always be green
In La La Land

But - Here in the real world
The cat had kittens again
The factory closed down
Packed it in and left town
Tabloids say the worlds about to end
But until then
There aren't enough hours in the day
And nothing ever goes as planned
If a warm bubble path
Could really put me on the path
I'd find my way to La La Land
La La La La La La La
La La - Land

Here in La La Land

Written By: Stella Weakley


Here in La La Land – Music & Lyrics by Stella Weakley

Everything is rainbow colored
The children never ever talk back
My husband thinks I'm still pretty
I can eat what I want - and not get fat
I've won the lottery two times
Every song I write hits top ten
The yard mows itself
I can hardly believe my wealth
Here in La La Land

My Mother In-Law just loves me
The plants watered themselves today
Celebrities call me all the time
Just to hear what I have to say
Weeds won't grow in my garden
I married a perfect man
It only rains when I ask it to
I wear high heeled ruby shoes
In La La Land

BUT
Here in the real world
Bills keep rolling in
I forgot to set the alarm clock
And the baby needs changed again
I found a few more gray hairs
Young men have started calling me 'Mame'
I could use a little gratitude
And some time in La La Land

A guy with a sign on the corner
Reached over and handed me a ten
I didn't believe it so I drove around the block
And he gave me cash again
Butterflies land on my shoulder
I run marathons JUST because I can
Stoplights seem to always be green
In La La Land

BUT
Here in the real world
The cat had kittens again
Our factory closed down - Packed it in and left town
Tabloids say the worlds about to end
But until there aren’t' enough hours in the day
And nothing seems to go as planned
If a warm bubble bath could really put me on the path
I'd find my way to La La Land

La La Land
La La Land

Living the Dream

Written By: Stella Weakley

Living the Dream – Music & Lyrics by Stella Weakley

Don’t know how this happened
Kind of took me by surprise
Guess I must have been wearing blinders
All the while you were right before my eyes

I’ve been busy chasing rainbows
That always gets the best of me
Now I thank stars above – I finally found love
Waiting here patiently

Now I’m Living the Dream
Everything I’ve ever wanted
Is right here – in front of me
Living the Dream
Up on top of the world
Living the Dream

The love that surrounds me feels like warm sunshine
Tearing down the walls of my heart’s cocoon
Setting me free – Stretching my wings
I can fly now and it’s all because of you

I’m Living the Dream
Everything I’ve ever wanted
Is right here – in front of me
Living the Dream
Up on top of the world
Living the Dream

On top of the world
Living the Dream

Discography

'Myths & Dreams' - released 2005

'On With the Show' released early 2009

'Hoosier Honey' to be released 2012

Set List

Most of the music I play is original, but I also perform several audience favorite cover tunes - painting it with my own spin. Typically, my sets are 45 minutes and I have several hours - and growing :) - of material to choose from.

Cover tunes come from great writers such as Johnny Cash, Sheryl Crow, Fleetwood Mac, Jewel, Lucinda Williams & Allison Krause (just to name a few).