Melanie Safka – Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) & Peace Will Come

If you are my friend on Facebook, you would have notice recently how your newsfeeds and my profile wall is tittered and filled with her songs. Well, I rarely post the same artists over and over again on my wall in such a short period of time, unless they really had a profound impact on me musically. And indeed she has. Thank God for Youtube. And its sidebar menu.

For that’s how I first discovered her. I was looking and listening to Grace Slick’s songs and videos one after another and the thumbnail of a gypsy looking pretty woman playing a guitar on the sidebar is simply too hard to resist to click and begged to checked out. And I did. And I’m glad I did. Very very glad.

This normal frail beautiful guitar playing gypsied hippy chick, larger than life lady with the big fringe and the big smile, whose voice was not what you would call traditional, but a voice that obviously came from the heart, the soul and the spirit. It is her powerful instrument and she uses it to sing with such unique passion and intensity. She is an artist who reflects a wide emotional range. At such a young age she knew what she was about, what she was for, and the spine to take it and boldly perform it wherever she went.

A songwriter of incredible style and wit and she crafted highly individualistic interior based songs with context and sincerity. Her lyrics are thoughtful, and sometimes mysterious. Her melodies are often beautiful beyond description. Her style is truly captivating. She was the hippie flower child of the Woodstock era, mainly because of her record label’s marketing but also because of her many peace songs and earthy style. It’s a pity she didnt get to become a legendary icon in the mold of Grace Slick or Janis Joplin.

Interestingly enough, it was her good looks and flower child image which kind of doomed her influence with the hippie revolution crowd of the early 70’s (can an attractive woman be a rock star in the eyes of feminists without selling out as a sex symbol?. Think about it). And they didnt really liked her that much anyways cuz she didnt really immerse herself in the true style and spirit of the summer of love – sex, drugs & rock n roll.

And while Janis Joplin never lived long enough to see the mid 70’s and Grace Slick reinventing herself and evolving with the shift in music style, Melanie never really liked or embraced it whole heartedly. She was a true folk artist through and through. So she started to retreat from the spotlight to begin a family, recording and performing only when she truly felt like it. During her lifetime, Melanie has amassed an impressive list of accomplishments. She’s won a Grammy, an Emmy, scores of top female vocalist awards, and the hearts of millions from Woodstock to Albert Hall. More impressive, however, is the fact that she did it without sacrificing her personal integrity. Most of who lived through that era never saw here live or even videos of her until YouTube came decades later. Some things do get better.

” There’s a chance peace will come.
In your life.
Please buy one ” 

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