Anniversary

Anniversary.jpgMeg’s song Anniversary is a heartfelt celebration of her relationship with her husband and life partner Jamie.  The story spans from their meeting by chance, to the maturing of their deepening marriage.  Anniversary has the sound and feeling of an old-fashioned waltz.  Meg and Jon Gordon, her longtime co-producer and collaborator, decided to keep it sweet and simple.  To do so, Jon and Meg wrote a simple, sketchy arrangement of the song, and enlisted the help of cellist Brian Sanders, who largely improvised his part.  The three of them; Brian on cello, Jon on acoustic guitar, and Meg singing and conducting from the booth, recorded the song live in the studio. There were no overdubs. Jon then mixed the song with a light hand, and an absolute minimum of digital trickery.  

 


Only See You

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In Only See You, is Meg Flather’s love letter to fellow performers.  Showing appreciation and understanding of the trials and tribulations artists go through assembling, honing, and finally mounting their performances onstage, Meg offers encouragement and praise.  Meg tries out new vocal territory in this rangy song, ably backed up by Tracy Stark on piano and vocals, and Jon Gordon on guitar, bass and percussion.


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Like A Sunday

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In Like a Sunday, Meg contemplates the recent loss of a loved one.  She reaches to maintain a spiritual connection to the departed at the same time that she gradually makes herself let go of the earthly connections that can no longer be sustained.  It stirs a memory of the canon, “Dona Nobis Pacem “ that they used to sing together, that now she sings alone. The song is set to a delicate, minimal arrangement around an ostinato-like acoustic guitar figure.  Jon Gordon plays guitars and bass to Meg's solo vocal.


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We Are As Strong

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In We Are As Strong, Meg addresses the sense of emotional exhaustion and creeping apathy that can set in following a defeat in the public sphere.  She urges us to rise above feelings of defeat, and summon the strength to fight on for our principles and societal goals.  Meg sings both lead and background vocals on "We Are as Strong".  Backing her up are veteran session ace Robbie Kondor, providing delicate but pitch-perfect support on piano, and co-producer/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Jon Gordon playing everything else, including a lilting solo on acoustic guitar.

 

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I Died

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In I Died, Meg turns to longtime collaborator John Mettam to augment the musical voice of her ideas. The song explores the premise that most of the things that torment and preoccupy us in life become much less troublesome when put in perspective. And the particular perspective she invokes is unique and interesting. In addition to Meg's vocals, the song features John Mettam on acoustic guitar, engineer/co-producer Jon Gordon on electric guitar, and husband Jamie Rogers on bass.

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He Shares Me With A Lot

HeSharesMeWithAlot2_resized.jpgIn He Shares Me With A Lot, Meg contemplates the loving support of a life partner, who senses just when, where and how to be there for her. His presence makes her many day-to-day travails just a little easier to bear. In addition to Meg's vocal, the recording features Jamie Rogers (Meg's husband and significant other) on bass, and NYC based engineer/instrumentalist Jon Gordon on acoustic and electric guitars, percussion and engineering.

 

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The Secret

SecretMF.jpgIn The Secret, Meg is considering the death of a loved one from the point of view that death is a mystery that the living cannot understand. She postulates that "he" in the song has made a transition to a state of enlightenment, and that therefore death is a cause for celebration as well as sadness. The musical setting features Jamie Rogers on bass, Robbie Kondor on accordion and Jon Gordon on acoustic guitar, mandolin and various percussion. Jon, who also co-produced the track, crafted a spare arrangement in the Folk/Americana genre, to suit the somber, yet uplifting mood of the song.

 

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Like Me

LIKEMEalbumartfinal.jpgIn Like Me, Meg takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the toxic mix of an insecure personality with social media. It is all too easy to see a bit of oneself in Meg's heroine, who can't bring herself to log off until someone "likes" her post. The track is an eclectic mix of grunge-rock and bizarre vocal effects improv'd by Meg and John Mettam, with Jamie Rogers on bass and orchestrated by engineer/guitarist Jon Gordon.

 

 

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Hold On Tight

holdontight.jpgIn Hold On Tight, Meg is reaching again into her experience caring for an aging parent with dementia. The song celebrates the brief, occasional and very precious moments of clarity that happen from time to time. The music is highlighted by the stately melodic movement of Jamie Roger's bass, and the deft, airy counterpoint of ur-sideman Robbie Kondor's piano.

 

 

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The Music of Home Shopping Diva... Lessons, Lyrics, and Lipstick Part 1

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These two compilation CD's are companion pieces to Meg Flather's memoir, "Home Shopping Diva...Lessons, Lyrics and Lipstick." So much of Meg's life is burnished into the songs she has written over the years that the actual music, compiled here from 6 studio albums, greatly illuminates the text. The songs reveal nuances that might otherwise go unnoticed. Plus the music showcases the work of many world-class musicians and production people who have helped Meg to bring her musical visions to life over the years. Expect a refreshing journey through a wide range of styles and genres. In sum they all add up to the sometimes plainspoken, sometimes enigmatic, always engaging Meg Flather!

 

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The Music of Home Shopping Diva... Lessons, Lyrics, and Lipstick Part 2

Part_2.jpgThese two compilation CD's are companion pieces to Meg Flather's memoir, "Home Shopping Diva...Lessons, Lyrics and Lipstick." So much of Meg's life is burnished into the songs she has written over the years that the actual music, compiled here from 6 studio albums, greatly illuminates the text. The songs reveal nuances that might otherwise go unnoticed. Plus the music showcases the work of many world-class musicians and production people who have helped Meg to bring her musical visions to life over the years. Expect a refreshing journey through a wide range of styles and genres. In sum they all add up to the sometimes plainspoken, sometimes enigmatic, always engaging Meg Flather!

 

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