A year of Holy Bones … living, loving, and almost makin’ it ;)

I sit in deep reflection, staring out the window at lightly falling snow in this cold/crusty/beautiful northern city,  thinking about the past year that Holy Bones has been roaming around the world.

Holy Bones is my 6th full length album and signaled an artistic turn for me.  After being mostly a solo,  piano-based singer-songwriter I found that I was boring myself and felt compelled to change and follow the muse.  She led me to a heavier,  grungier,  indie-rock,  electric guitar sound.  I found some like-minded musicians to collaborate with and bring that sound to life,  starting from simple guitar demos to full throttle,  darkly synthesized song creations.

I may have alienated some long-time fans (sorry dears – you know I love ya!),  but other people graciously said, “it’s like when Dylan went electric” (in no way do I compare myself to Dylan,  but was nice to hear) – the example being that the stylistic shift could be polarizing – people wanting you to keep doing the same thing (which I understand) vs. exploring other realms of the psyche …

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Indie Gift Guide 2015 by Mary Bue

Fa la la la la!

May this festive,  xmas-light-strewn time of year bring you peace rather than stress,  comfort rather than agitation and love rather than seasonal affective disorder! HA!

I am here to help!  I LOVE this time of year because I get to share a sampling of some of the cool,  crafty,  artsy,  handmade,  muse-inspired THINGS that people that I know are making!  As our to-do lists fill up and our pockets empty out,  we probably have a few people on our gift lists that we just don’t know WHAT to get.  I’ve compiled a list of local & indie gifts that I love – most of which you can order online and have shipped to your house or directly to your loved ones,  saving time & hopefully stress.  These are all thoughtfully researched by yours truly.

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Music for music’s sake

“What we are really saying is that music, once considered an important science,  is now merely a form of entertainment,  classified by elite snobs as “cultured” or “uncultured.”  If it could be packaged in little plastic containers and eaten with a spoon,  they would do it.  In fact,  they are probably working on it right now.”  – EUGENE CHADBOURNE

I’m reading a fantastic book speaking to many many qualms about the music biz – called I Hate the Man Who Runs This Bar by Eugene Chadbourne.  This book is hilariously busting through a lot of my despair and cynicism about trying to “make it” in the music business.  He said music used to be part of the quadrivium:  arithmeticgeometrymusic, and astronomy – “preparatory work for the serious study of philosophy,” – a curriculum outlined by Plato’s The Republic.  Music was a valuable tool of measurement,  specifically to look at “the classical subject of harmonics, in particular the study of the proportions between the music intervals created by the division of a monochord” according to wikipedia.  😉

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The order of songs

In a late-summer-storm-weather-coming-in, tourist-obstacled, Lake Superior moment I ran into my friend Gaelynn Lea who was busking on Duluth’s lakewalk.  I was out for a stroll with one of my besties,  Sara Alexander (fab music teacher & musician based in Virginia, MN) and we started gabbing it up w/ Gaelynn.

Gaeylnn busking on the Lakewalk on Sunday of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival 2015 (in the pink hat),  Sean Roderick (seated),  Aleasha Hladilek (red tanktop) & HUMANOID

Gaeylnn busking on the Lakewalk on Sunday of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival 2015 (in the pink hat), Sean Roderick (seated), Aleasha Hladilek (red tanktop) & HUMANOID

Gaelynn, violin teacher,  insurance rep and recording artist told us about her new project: an instrumental, violin looping album that she just got done recording at one of my favorite spots –  Sacred Heart Studio – with engineer Jake Larson. [I was just in there doing some work last week when a truck lost its breaks and crashed through the wall … but that’s another story entirely].

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Staying healthy on the road – hippie tour tips

Photo by Jon Hain Photography

Health and wellness are something I’m super passionate about,  although I have my contradictions. Some nights reach well into the early morning hours,  beyond 4 am,  even looking at the dawn.  Sleep deprivation clutches on in a life where I try to pack SO much into each day,  always wishing there were more hours.   But on the road,  it’s a different story – sometimes with TOO much downtime,  or packed so full you can’t see in front of your face.  I have a few quick tips to staying healthy on the road that I’ve picked up along the way – I hope they are helpful to you,  even if you aren’t a touring musician!  I love this topic so will keep returning to it!

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How many bands are you in?! Let’s talk about side projects

Photo by Scott “Starfire” Lunt

My teenage self always thought musicians that had side projects were the coooooooolest. I still do, because I still feel like a teenager.

In this blog I’m going to talk a little bit about some famous and/or regionally known local bands and their side projects (as well as my own!) and how these projects give participating musicians voice to the other, perhaps more wild, sides of their personalities.

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Interview w/ luthier Curren Effinger – building instruments, determination + a “guitar toss”

I had the pleasure of interviewing driven young luthier and musician Curren Effinger about his passion for building instruments,  his single-pointed focus and smashing his first guitar into bits.  Curren has just graduated from the Guitar Repair and Building program at Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical in Redwing, MN and can be found at his website www.curreneffinger.com

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Please welcome my official music video for “Cheribum” – a look behind the scenes

My brand sparkly new music video was officially released last week via the fabulous Minnesota-based radio station 89.3 The Current’s Local Current Blog.  Cheribum is the 2nd song on my new album Holy Bones which was released just two little months ago, early March 2015.  I wanna share the video with you here in this blog as well as talk a little bit about the process of making it.

The Current blogger Andrea Swensson says:

Duluth singer-songwriter Mary Bue takes a somewhat unsettling concept from the tarot deck—the child angels, a.k.a. “cherubs,” who keep a record of your love life history—and turns it into a rom-com in her new video for “Cheribum.” 

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