Today Is Someday
'...Today Is Someday- an elliptically powerful gem and a Grammy contender for 2005 Song of the Year honors...' URBAN NETWORK MAGAZINE With a voice that has been likened to a cross between Peggy Lee, Sade and Sarah Brightman, Melody originally was going to tackle the pop/jazz songbook. However, as her skills and confidence grew, she raised the bar with a juicier challenge: to take songs that people do not think of as jazz into a jazzy place. For her double CD debut, Today is Someday, Melody wraps her dreamy vocals around material by artists ranging from R. Kelly ('Your Body's Calling') to Burt Bacharach ('Walk On By'), Al Green ('I'm Still In Love With You) to Alanis Morissette ('Your House'). Beyond the unlikely remakes, the real meat of the album lies in the haunting songs Melody composed herself such as 'Lover' and 'Romeovoid.' Among the most affecting is 'Broken.' ''Broken' is about, and for, a school teacher, 'Melody explains, 'the uncle of a good friend who had just become single. He received a call from a friend at Social Services asking him to take in a baby boy who was sleeping in a drawer, crack-addicted and homeless. The man agreed to take him in for what was supposed to be a couple of weeks. After a few MONTHS went by, they called for the child and he told them, 'Absolutely not! I'm going to adopt him.' He adopted two more drug-addicted boys and raised all three of them alone. The oldest is 17 now. It was the most esteemed thing I'd ever heard. I thought, 'Who has that kind of love and courage anymore?' The poem 'Broken' came out of that and I turned it into a song. I wrote it for the man I call 'Al O.' It's dedicated to those who do not forsake the less than perfect or the slightly broken.' Most amazing is the title track, 'Today is Someday.' 'If I were into tattoos, I would put that on some part of my body,' Melody reveals. 'It means get up, go and do everything you really want to do right now. Life can be a series of minutes/hours/days that just slip through your fingers - or it can be a series that leads to that destination in your soul where you've always wanted to thrive. I wrote that as a rallying call for myself first. Once I had pretty much finished it, I said to myself, 'If I ever affect a life because of this song, I will have accomplished my mission.' I'm proud to say that two people on my creative team have credited my song with giving them the courage and spirit to explore their latent dreams.' An important component of the deluxe Today is Someday package is it's extensive book. Melody is dedicating the book to her mom who, in her own way, gave her not just a name but a destiny. 'I want people who listen to my music to have a sense of who I am,' Melody insists 'Anyone going through the pictures, mottos and songs should come away seeing the complexity of me. There are dark times to making art of any significance. The photos aren't about me being an attractive woman. It's about me being a woman who has a deep, dark side that I'm willing not only to explore but to expose. For me, the darkness was all the years that I hadn't been singing or performing - the years I was young and had no confidence.' Melody is proud of her partnership with The National Domestic Violence Prevention Council, and hopes that using her music and words, her message of hope will reach and touch many lives.
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