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Meg Flather: Albums

Like A Sunday - Digital Single (2018)

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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.


We Are As Strong - Digital Single (2017)

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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 - Digital Single (2017)

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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 - Digital Single (2017)

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 - Digital Single (2015)

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 - Digital Single (2015)

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 - Digital Single (2015)

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 - Digital (2014)

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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 - Digital (2014)

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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'cause i do - Digital Single (2014)

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In 'Cause I Do, Meg collaborates with producer/instrumentalist Jon Gordon. Meg draws on homespun american folk and country traditions to express a parent's hopes and wishes for the world in which the child will grow up. Taking the form of a lullaby, she sings of her desire to right the all wrongs in the world as an expression of parental love. Finally acknowledging that making such sweeping changes may be a fantasy, she rededicates herself to keeping the child safe, one day at a time.

 

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At Midnight (there is you) - Digital Single (2013)

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In At Midnight (There Is You), Meg imagines a woman's inner dialogue on New Year's Eve, choosing to reaffirm her marriage after a testing year. The song, a bittersweet, folk-like ballad in 6/8 time, features Meg's haunting vocal, and the steady arpeggiated acoustic guitar of John Mettam holding down the musical core. Mettam, a longtime accompanist and collaborator of Meg's, is an accomplished percussionist and guitarist. He helped to compose the musical setting. Working from this core, producer/multi-instrumentalist Jon Gordon filled it out into a spare but developed arrangement. The addition of bass guitar, percussion accents, nylon string guitar and a cello line make an airy, poignant frame for Meg's evocative center.

 

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Find a Way to Me (a song for Dylan) - Digital Single (2013)

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Meg composed and recorded Find A Way To Me (a song for Dylan) for the 2013 conference: Navigating the Maze: Current Trends and Research in Autism, held at Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC. The inspiration for the song, Dylan Berger, loves Americana rock. Meg wanted the song to reference familiar elements of Dylan's world, and went outside her usual musical vocabulary to write in this style. The result, "Find A Way To Me (a song for Dylan)", frames vignettes of Dylan and his family in a forthright song that is both anthemic and accessible. Producer/multi-instrumentalist Jon Gordon brought his experience with the genre into play, creating a simple but powerful electric and acoustic guitar/bass/drums arrangement, reminiscent of John Mellencamp, The Eagles, and the jangly arpeggios of Jesse Colin Young. Gordon then tapped ace studio vocalist Susan Didrichsen to multi-track background vocals. Susan brought her gorgeous tone, warmth and sincerity to create a rich sound bed couching and complementing Meg's lead vocal.

 

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On The Second Floor - CD (2012)

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On her sixth album, On The Second Floor, Meg once again enlists producer/instrumentalist Jon Gordon, along with her regular live ensemble of Paul Greenwood, Jamie Rogers and John Mettam. The songs, forged in the crucible of the recession, and hammered smooth in live performance, draw on the cohesion of her live band, presented here with minimal studio ornamentation. The music, an eclectic mix of folk, rock, country and latin styles, shows Meg's increasing comfort level with diverse musical influences. Whether longing for a distant partner, celebrating a historical election, or embracing the life lessons of caring for an aging parent, Meg sings compellingly of the hardships and joys of the past several years, both personal and global, in a tone sure to lift the spirits of her listeners.

 

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Passages - CD (2007)

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On Passages, Meg Flather and co-producer Jon Gordon continue their experimentation with sound, arrangement and style. The album begins with a brooding and bluesy duet with jazz/fusion guitarist Frank Gambale, (of Chick Corea fame); tips a hat to 70’s pop with layers of keyboards and angelic backing vocals and ends with a rocking R&B/gospel/dance rendition of Murrah/Hummon’s ONLY LOVE. PASSAGES pays tribute to Alzheimer’s, celebrates a journey to the Alter and shares the secret to surviving any business is to swim “Downstream.”

 

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Grace - CD (2005)

Meg Flather - GraceGrace toys with change and shows us an artist in transition. Ms. Flather applies the past and adds dimension to the tried and true both in emotional content and musical style. Working with new producer Jon Gordon, the most noticeable difference is her departure from a traditional folk orientation. Flather adds lush and percussive layers to the contemporary folk tracks she is known for and experiments with elements of jazz, dance and rock. Older and wiser, she shares her commitment to a more realistic love and says farewell to a parent.

 

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Powder Blue - CD (2002)

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Powder Blue is a collection of songs written in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Against a backdrop of uncontrollable events, Meg Flather finds inspiration and hope in the ordinary lives of people. Sparse arrangements of acoustic guitar, percussion and bass showcase Flather’s “whispering in your ear” vocal style, giving the effect of a “live” performance.

 

 

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It's About Time - CD (2000)

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It’s About Time is an album of quiet conversations about love’s endings and beginnings. The musicianship is understated and vibrant, featuring a folk/rock trio of guitar, bass and drums. The combination overall is one of simplicity and poignancy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wake Up Call - CD (1998)

Meg Flather - Wake Up CallMeg Flather composed the songs of her first CD, Wake-up Call, while living on Avenue C in New York’s East Village during the early 1990’s. Diverse instrumentation and backing vocals support Flather’s pure sound. Her lyrics explore the challenges of show business, the search for love, and the loss of many friends to AIDS. 

 

 

 

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