Tracy Jane Comer

Tracy Jane Comer

 Madison, Wisconsin, USA
SoloPopAdult Contemporary

Tracy Jane Comer's mesmerizing voice, instrumental skills and intelligent songs have earned her numerous local and international awards and honors, plus opening spots for many national acts. Her multi-flavored acoustic music has been heard on MTV and on radio around the world.

Biography

"This singer/songwriter is key to moving the whole darn genre forward. Her sound is mature and soaked with talent throughout…"
- Smother.Net Ezine
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Tracy Jane Comer is one to watch in contemporary acoustic music. Hailed as "a versatile vocalist who writes compelling, visual songs" (Kweevak’s Tracks), Tracy is also a standout guitarist, pianist, and cellist with a rare blend of talent and personality that has gained her much notice as an intelligent and loveable entertainer. Her music is often lauded for its depth and variety, stemming from an extensive musical background that includes undergraduate and graduate study in classical piano, cello and musicology, plus involvement with folk, pop/rock, choral and theater music and many things in between…even a touch of blues and jazz.

"Although her music is acoustic based, the arrangements go much deeper, culling from classical, folk, jazz, pop and rock...Comer's work is diverse and dynamic. Upon each listen more subtle sounds and styles unfold...Tracy Jane Comer is a musical force..." (Kweevak’s Tracks, 2004)

Tracy’s music includes both vocal and instrumental works. Her lyrics cover a variety of topics ranging from personal to universal, often poignant, with memorable melodies and well-crafted accompaniments. She has been likened to guitar mavens Patty Larkin, Emily Saliers, and Alex DeGrassi, folk legends Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins and Joan Baez, pop artists Shawn Colvin and Sarah MacLachlan, as well as modern troubadours Dar Williams and Patty Griffin.

From her current base in Madison, WI, Tracy tours in the Midwest and is beginning to tour nationally with emphasis around her home state of NC. She has opened several tour shows for Willy Porter and has also appeared with national acts including Peter Mulvey, The Wailin' Jennys, LJ Booth, among others. She has appeared as cellist with the artist now known as Skylar Grey and others. Tracy also records and performs on cello, vocals, guitar, fiddle, and hammered dulcimer as part of local Madison-based folk group Common Chord as well as other local groups/artists.

Tracy was named INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR by the Madison Area Music Awards in 2008 and also earned previous nominations for BEST ACOUSTIC ALBUM (2004, 2005) BEST ACOUSTIC ARTIST (2004, 2005), and FOLK/AMERICANA ARTIST OF THE YEAR (2007). She was selected to perform at the 2006 MAMAs. She has been honored several times by Songwriters of Wisconsin International, VH1’s Song of the Year International Songwriting Contest, and the Peacedriven Songwriting Contest. She is a three-time recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award. Her latest release, Quietly There, continues to receive rave reviews in the U.S. and abroad.

Tracy’s music has been heard on MTV's reality show MADE and is being heard on all forms of radio on four continents. A frequent invited guest on local media, she has performed several full television concerts (solo and with band) in addition to making numerous guest appearances on both radio and television. She has released three CDs and two live concert DVDs, plus a CD with side project Sticky Fingers. Her music was also selected for inclusion on two compilations published by Spiritone Records.

See Tracy Jane Comer's official Web site for more information.

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"Comparisons to other adult contemporary artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, and Dar Williams are inevitable, though she displays more range of style than any of them...."
- Rick’s Café, Madison, WI

"...Tracy Jane Comer has more than a beautiful voice; she’s also a great instrumentalist. She plays the guitar, cello and piano with great skill..."
- B-Section, Newsletter of the Madison Songwriters Group

Lyrics

NOTE: ADDITIONAL SONG LINKS AVAILABLE

Written By: Tracy Jane Comer

You can stream many more of Tracy's published songs at this URL:

http://www.broadjam.com/tracyjanecomer
Go to "Active Playlist"

Or go to www.tracyjanecomer.com and link to streaming songs from the MUSIC page.

Request DOWNLOAD links or copies of CDs by emailing tracy@tracycomer.com

Drive for Miles

Written By: Tracy Jane Comer

Running a little late, and the tank's a little low
But I'm not in a hurry, I'm just singing to the radio

Cars move all around me, stepping up the pace
And I cruise down the slow lane, lost in my own space
And I can drive for miles and never see what's all around me

I'll take a drive on the back roads, so I can take some time to think things through
Put some miles between myself and all these things I've got to do
Look for signs and try to see what they say to me

It's just like me to miss the road despite all the signs along the way
Is it poor navigation or just lack of attention that's to blame
My head's too far up in the clouds my sister used to say
Some things never change I guess I'll always be that way
Cause I can drive for miles and never know if I'm on the wrong road

And when you're at that fork the stats would say half the time you'll go the right way
But I can't seem to meet those odds, even on my best of days
But maybe I'm just wasting time looking for some dotted line
I've heard it said that there is more than one right way to go sometimes
And maybe I'll decide today
The road I'm on is OK

Yellow Bike

Written By: Music by Tracy Jane Comer, lyrics by TJ Comer and Randy Green

FIRST PLACE WINNER, FOLK CATEGORY, 2006 SONGWRITERS OF WISCONSIN INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST
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Ten years old in ’74 in a run down shack with a bathroom on the porch
Free school lunch and hand-me-downs and a two-hour ride on the school bus into town
But a view of the ocean from my window
I loved to watch the tide just come and go, there alone

Bought a fishing pole at the five-and-dime...Never caught a fish, but I loved to throw that line
Sittin’ on the pier in the salty air, spinning daydreams to pass the time
And I rode my yellow bike on that beach road
Never thought about where I might go...I just rode

Riding, flying, on that road
Laughing, smiling, all alone
Living poor, but living free
Happy on that yellow bike on that road beside the sea

Hibernating in my room with my forty-fives and AM radio
Leaving all the world behind, never wanting more than just that time alone
The nighttime brought its dark and bitter haze
But oh, how I loved those daydream days by the sea

I wonder why I just can’t understand why I’m sad that I was happy then

Do I have such a better life today that I’ll never have that bliss of yesterday?

Twenty-six cats, and two hamsters, the air thick with ten thousand fleas
Waiting for that monthly check to buy one week’s worth of groceries
But I don’t think that occurred to me life wasn’t all that it should be...we just lived

Riding, flying, on that road
Laughing, smiling, all alone
Living poor, but living free
Happy on that yellow bike on that road beside the sea

The Edge of Tedjhara

Written By: Tracy Jane Comer and Randy Green

Midnight flight, fading fiery phantoms of your night
Vanquished visions and dismal dream swirling inside
Then light from unknown places trickles down in scattered pieces
And slowly reveals what time conceals

You have to know it’s there to see it, you must have dreamed it
The destination is to be almost there at the edge, where it’s all in view
Tedjhara is waiting for you

No map, no path, no guide, just a magic compass deep inside
Anticipation of true elation, the navigation you need
And you escape in time, leave those phantoms far behind
They’re just illusions, past intrusions from darker times

You have to know it’s there to see it, you must have dreamed it
The destination is to be almost there at the edge, where it’s all in view
Tedjhara is waiting for you

And you will be content to just enjoy this magic view
The paradise you gave up hope for finds its way to you

You have to know it’s there to see it, you must have dreamed it
If you look long enough you’ll find yourself at the edge, where it’s all in view
Where everything you once believed in still is true
Tedjhara is waiting for you

ACOUSTIC DUO SAMPLES - Info/Contents

Written By: Tracy Jane Comer

Acoustic duo samples:
Tracy Jane Comer with Randy Green
For lyrics, see www.tracyjanecomer.com
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MY OWN HISTORY
(Tracy: Guitar & Vocals Randy: Piano)

DRIVE FOR MILES
(Tracy: Guitar & Vocals Randy: Additional Guitar)

ELEANOR RIGBY
(Tracy: Guitar & Vocals Randy: Piano)

QUIETLY THERE
(Tracy: Guitar & Vocals Randy: Additional Guitar)

TAKE ME TO THE MOUNTAIN
(Tracy: Piano & Vocals Randy: Guitar)

Pathetic Fallacy

Written By: Tracy Jane Comer

Seven sisters, ever running, ever crying
Tears of beauty, pearls of light up in the sky
There’s strong Orion, in pursuit across all time
Wielding arrows, at once so close and far behind
And a world of hopeful dreamers looking into the night
Casting their wishes to these lights
And all those sisters, ever frenzied in their flight, never notice all those dreamers in the night
Here in quiet futility, I cast my own wish on Pleiades
That all I now believe won’t prove to be pathetic fallacy

Fragile balance between hope and fantasy
Naïve notions of how life’s supposed to be
And I stand idle, pondering mythology
Strain my eyes…where does that vanishing point lead?
So much there beyond my periphery
So much hurt outside of what I choose to see
And all the wisdom of the ages can’t explain why things happen time and time and time and time again
Still, in my futility, I will cast this wish on Pleiades
That all I now believe won’t prove to be pathetic fallacy

Quietly There

Written By: Tracy Jane Comer & Randy Green

SECOND PLACE WINNER, ADULT CONTEMPORARY CATEGORY, 2006 SONGWRITERS OF WISCONSIN INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST
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If I touch you gently, will you see the way the pain you feel touches me?
You speak of emptiness inside, and say your trust in love has died
And my heart bleeds tears of sympathy

I can know the sadness in your soul, but I can't change its power to control
You act the scenes out in your mind, the same sad ending every time
In a play with an eternal curtain call

I can't change things in the past, turn back time, and make love last
Or replace the things lost of your soul
But if you knew how much I care would that ease the pain you bear?
Would you believe my love will always be quietly there for you?

If I offer my love and hold you near, will that make those scars all disappear?
Could you learn to feel secure sharing love that's real and pure
Could it fill the void and take away your fear?

I can't change things in the past, turn back time, and make love last
Or replace the things lost of your soul
But if you knew how much I care would that ease the pain you bear?
Would you believe my love will always be quietly there for you?

Can you take my love, my gift to you? I need to feel its healing power too

I can't change things in the past, turn back time, and make love last
Or replace the things lost of your soul
But if you knew how much I care would that ease the pain you bear?
Would you believe my love will always be quietly there for you?

Baggage

Written By: Tracy Jane Comer & Randy Green

FOURTH PLACE WINNER, ROCK/POP CATEGORY, 2006 SONGWRITERS OF WISCONSIN INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST
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Years ago you took my hand...two strangers in a stranger land
With you I escaped this world, and played my role as just your girl

Once or twice upon that time I thought that I saw love in your eyes
Your soft singing in my ears fed my passion, calmed my fears

Now it’s all turned bittersweet, I just can’t be your fantasy
You only love what you control, have to cast me in your mold
You hold so tight I cannot breathe, with paranoid jealousy
Now I think your love has too many strings attached

And it feels like baggage, in an old freight car
Sitting on a siding, never going far
Baggage just weighs me down
It’s all just baggage, a heavy load, ball and chain around my soul
And it has no place now

Was it just my desperate need to feel someone loving me
That drew me to your face, and lured me into your embrace

In the quiet, in the dark, urgent kisses, lovers’ sparks
Burning hot, burning fast, fire so hot it couldn’t last
You gave me a will to live, I gave you all I had to give
You used it up through all these years, ‘til all that’s left are bitter tears

Now it’s all just baggage, in an old freight car
Sitting on a siding, never going far
Baggage just slows me down
It’s all just baggage, a heavy load, it's wrapped itself around my soul
Well it has no place now

Well maybe there was once real love between us
Or maybe it’s all been just wasted time
Well maybe time can soften all these jagged edges
Or maybe I’ll just leave this heavy load behind

Years ago you took my hand...two strangers in a stranger land

Take Me to the Mountain

Written By: Tracy Jane Comer & Randy Green

FIRST PLACE WINNER, ADULT CONTEMPORARY CATEGORY, 2006 SONGWRITERS OF WISCONSIN INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST
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With your touch of newness, healing water flows…ancient liquid on my skin
Softly you breathe out, a whisper of your soul, I breathe you in
You were in my past, this I now believe, through some trick of time and space
For I could hear your voice of love without a face, saying “Wait for me”

Take me to the mountain, show me how you see
So far into the future, so deep inside of me

Ever mystified by things I’ll never know…You say “Just look up to the stars”
But why can’t I see the wind…You say I try too hard, “Just let it blow”

Take me to the mountain, show me how you see
So far into the future, so deep inside of me

You feel my fears, you know they’re real
And somehow you know just how much I need to feel
In your silence I hear everything you say, as I hold your gaze

In This New Year

Written By: Tracy Jane Comer

FINALIST, VH-1's Song of the Year International Songwriting Contest
Folk Category, Dec. 2005; HONORABLE MENTION, PEACEDRIVEN SONGWRITING CONTEST, MAY 2006
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Rain and snow fall softly in a silent blend
A new year falls upon this gathering of friends, and we sing Auld Lang Syne

We sit and laugh at our respective resolutions
We’ll change our weight, change our habits, change our fortunes
But we all know that there are greater things that need to change
But we push them all aside and say they’re way beyond our range
We analyze the problems, but still everything’s the same
But who’s to know the good that could be done
If we’d become Instruments of Peace in this New Year

Now this war invades our hurried daily lives
Pandora’s box has opened, spilling hate and battle cries
And as we pledge allegiance and we speak of love and tolerance
Our politicians market war as just preemptive self-defense
And if I disagree I might be charged with lack of common sense
But I think all the battles could be won
If we’d become Instruments of Peace in this New Year

Somehow we’ve all learned to play this modern game
To criticize and find somewhere else to place the blame
And in our land of opportunity we feel this great distress
When things don’t measure up to our perceived entitlements
But somehow we must try to turn our gaze around
And look first deep within ourselves for that fertile ground
Where we plant the seeds of change and come to see
That we can be Instruments of Peace in this New Year

Inside Passage

Written By: Tracy Jane Comer

Written and performed live on solo acoustic guitar by Tracy Jane Comer. This piece was commissioned by the Alaska Podshow, and earned Tracy honors as INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR in the 2008 Madison Area Music Awards.

(c) 2006 Porch String Publishing ASCAP
(instrumental, no lyrics)

Discography

QUIETLY THERE (full-length, Nov. 2004)

YELLOW BIKE (Solo Guitar & Vocals) (EP, Feb. 2004 and revised/expanded, Oct. 2006)

SECOND WIND (full-length, Nov. 2002)

WYOU's WORTH WATCHING (video from live TV concert, Oct. 2003)
URBAN THEATER (video from live TV concert with full band, June 2005)

Tracy's music also appears on these recordings:
WORDS (compilation, Oct. 2002)
ONE ON ONE (compilation, March 2004)
2008 INDIE MUSIC FOR LIFE (compilation, March 2008)

With Sticky Fingers trio (Michael Bryant, Damon Bourne plus Tracy):
STICKY FINGERS (self-titled, full-length, Sept. 2002)

With Likely Stories trio (Tracy plus Dave Schindele and Nancy Rost):
LIKELY STORIES (self-titled, to be released August 2008)

Set List

A typical set would draw from the following originals and covers:

ORIGINALS:
My Own History
Yellow Bike
Baggage
Drive for Miles
Inside Passage (instrumental)
Quietly There
The Edge of Tedjhara
Just One Person
Rondo (instrumental)
Take Me to the Mountain
Silent Care
This Losing Game
Pathetic Fallacy
Movin' in the Right Direction (instrumental)
Hello
American Dream
Perfectly
Second Wind
Did You Ever
In This New Year
Riffles and Runs (instrumental)

REPRESENTATIVE COVERS:
Eleanor Rigby (original arrangement)
Time Was/Solo Flight (Patty Larkin)
Summer Highland Falls (Billy Joel)
Better Way to Go (Peter Mulvey)
Black Rabbit (Peter Mulvey)
Carolina In My Mind (James Taylor)
Dog and Butterfly (Heart)
Diamonds and Rust (Joan Baez)
Dishwater Blonde (Willy Porter)
There is a Time (The Dillards)