“I Have Wrestled With The Angel And I Am Stained With Light” – Mary Oliver / April 2018 Newsletter

Good morning, sunshine …

To begin,  a quote by Mary Oliver from a stirring article twitter brought to my awareness via Brian Pickings:

“It is six A.M., and I am working. I am absentminded, reckless, heedless of social obligations, etc. It is as it must be. The tire goes flat, the tooth falls out, there will be a hundred meals without mustard. The poem gets written. I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light and I have no shame. Neither do I have guilt. My responsibility is not to the ordinary, or the timely. It does not include mustard, or teeth. It does not extend to the lost button, or the beans in the pot. My loyalty is to the inner vision, whenever and howsoever it may arrive. If I have a meeting with you at three o’clock, rejoice if I am late. Rejoice even more if I do not arrive at all.” – Mary Oliver

 
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Mary Bue Minneapolis Taos

What last year brought … sadness, bliss, beauty

2017 started in Taos, New Mexico and 2018 started there too.  The months in-between were many … mostly midwestern,  and very full.  The times in Taos, though, have been enchanted beyond measure.  Slower.  Like honey and sun setting on high desert mesa. It is a true pleasure and a gift to have spent some time here to bookend a wild ass year.  And don’t get me wrong – Minnesota makes up my bones.  Taos might be some of the electricity in my neurons,  though.  Seattle is the rivers and canals of my blood. 

Pics by Jason Huntzinger

Rewind to February 2016.  It was the week before Valentine’s day.  I was still married.  I woke up and sat in our cluttered sun room / music room / cocktail corner and decided it was time to document my sexual assault experience in a song.  I was assaulted in 2005,  in February,  in Miami, Florida, by my friend’s boss.  It was only a few weeks after i had done a month long Artist in Residence on florida’s gulf coast.  i was 25.  I was so high on life and so excited to create.  And then … I was violated.  I kept that experience close to my vest for 11 years until that frozen February morning in Duluth when I wrote about it in a song. 

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Mary Bue Minneapolis Songwriter

This year was amazing and crazy! Thank you for being part of it! … December newsletter

Hi, dear music lover!

WOW it’s been an amazing 2017.  I am blown away that it is nearing the end.  I hope this note finds you doing so well,  having a moment to take a deep breath or two or three,  spend time with people and animals that you love,  be in nature,  be in the city,  be in your home,  be in your body.

I am above all super grateful that you have stuck with me,  heard my songs and followed along,  came to shows,  supported my kickstarter(s),  shared my music with friends,  and yes,  even listened on spotify (yes,  I have come around to loving spotify.  Follow here!)

As the Andrew Gold / The Golden Girls would sing,

“Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down a road and back again
Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant
I’m not ashamed to say
I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow”

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Majesty of Beasts Poem

 

 Hi! I’d like to share with you the poem that became the lyrics to the title track of my last musical project “The Majesty of Beasts.” This song is about the beauty of the earth and its beings. It’s about humans wanting pretty things on their walls and in their bellies so much that we are devastating our beautiful home. It’s about violence. It’s about love. It’s about evolving beyond greed and recognizing the majesty of the earth so much that we can just let it be majestic … (There is also a reference to The Walking Dead, which I am obsessed with – but I’m behind in the series cuz I only have watched it on Netflix. It’s killing me!!)

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Mary Bue The Current Minneapolis Instant Band

July Newsletter: Minneapolis love & sail the unsalted sea with me

 

Hiya friends,

Hope you’re full up of summer loving,  good tunes,  dips in lakes and seas,  and going easy on yourselves.  It’s all manic or go home in Minnesota.  We burn ourselves out in these warm months like crazy bears gorging out on berries and then we can hibernate during the winter and long for the hot summer days.  Don’t I know it!!!

Been an exciting time around here!  Last month I did this crazy thing with 89.3 The Current called “The Current Instant Band” where we were basically puppets to a live facebook audience,  telling us what to sing,  what genres to play,  when to take a solo.  Little do you know that I am terrified of improvisation.  Every since my first piano lessons,  ever since being in 6th grade jazz band and then freezing like a deer in headlights at the concert during my “Hang on Sloopy” solo time.  Ask any bandmate.  So this was a crazy leap for me.  Very fun, though,  i surprised myself.  It’s only taken me 20 years of performing to get there. HA!
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Mary Bue Music Holy Bones on Piano Album

New Music, Old Music, New Mexico – April Newsletter

Hello dear,

What’s UP???!  Hope your spring has been fruitful,  or at least blossoming with much fruit to come.  Cherry blossoms popped in Taos last week and then it snowed real heavy,  blocking the mountain passes,  knocking down tree limbs and making the trail along the rio grande mush mush mush!  But there is springtime deep down in the dirt,  like 8 feet of snow sings:

“heart so deep, so wild and strong
it beats so fast, it carries on
the heat sighs like a tired woman
rises through the cracks
brings whiskey to her lips
and sips and waits for the burn
like we all have to wait our turn
a new reason to move on with the hurt
there’s springtime deep down in the dirt”

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Veal: behind the song

Join us for the music video release party for “Veal” on December 13th 2015 at The Red Herring Lounge in Duluth, MN.  5 pm!  Screening of the video plus live music by Toby Thomas Churchill,  Katy Vernon,  Mary Bue + the Holy Bones.  $5.  10% of proceeds go to the Humane Society. Optional vegan potluck starts at 5 – bring a dish if you want + tons of vegan cookies for all.  Video produced by Jon Hain w/ assistant Angelica Engel.  Video will be live on the web shortly after!

It feels trite to say that I’ve always loved animals.

Trite because it’s such an understatement. But the truth IS I love animals!  I grew up with dogs,  fish,  rabbits and cats.  In the country,  surrounded by deer, squirrels,  chipmunks,  birds and all sorts of varmints.  I got to see exotic animals in zoos and books and fell in love with pandas and koala bears,  dolphins and orcas.  I had a dream in junior high and high school of becoming a veterinarian and helping sick,  injured animals or a marine biologist and learning about ocean life.  I took horse riding lessons and studied dog and cat breeds.  I drew their pictures and wore t-shirts and puffy sweaters with animals all over them.
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