Marion LoGuidice

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“This recording was my third time around and it
was a charm,” songstress Marion LoGuidice enthuses
about her brand new "Tales From The Topside World." “I
loved every minute of making this CD.” One listen to
"Tales", however, reveals that not everything is hunkydory
in LoGuidice’s intimate musical visions of grief,
beauty and forgiveness:
“Tales" reflects the dark, light, and sacred parts
of myself,” New York’s LoGuidice admits. “It’s a long river
from the heart to the head and on this particular voyage,
all the not-so beautiful parts of myself that would have
been cast into exile were welcomed - and I pulled up a
chair for each one of them.”
One need not know the particulars of LoGuidice’s
latest travails and triumphs to relate to "Tales", since we
all share the same material existence replete with its
impermanence and transcendence. Marion, though,
reflects our universal experiences back to us with a lyrical
bent and musical inventiveness that is unprecedented.
LoGuidice delivers her incantory lyrics with both
delicacy and power, couched in accessible rock-andfolk-
rooted musical beds. And just when her songs seem
like they are about to pop she often takes left turns into
Grimm-dark musical woods and delivers magic, depth
and soul, leaving one filled with hope and gratitude. If
that sounds a bit grandiose, think of your favorite songs
by the likes of say, Leonard Cohen or Patti Smith - that’s
where Marion LoGuidice lives. Well, most of the time…
“My process of writing goes like this: every year
around the beginning of October, I start to feel a quickening
and I know that I am being called to leave the topside
world and enter into this other place where I become
wildly creative. It goes on all through the dead of winter
and as soon as the bare limbs of the trees become laced
with pale lime green - I emerge into the springtime with
10-15 new songs to sing.”
A late bloomer herself, LoGuidice only started
writing songs and making music eight years ago at the
age of 40 with her self-released 2003 debut "Mother
Wheel", followed by 2008’s "God’s House" (which
featured a gut-wrenching duet with fan Cyndi Lauper).
Prior to "Mother Wheel" Marion hadn’t ever performed
before a live audience; since then she has appeared at
the SXSW Music Festival, performed several sold-out
performances at Manhattan’s Joe’s Pub and opened
larger shows for the likes of Loudon Wainwright III, all the
while continuing a slate of countless house concerts in
the Big Apple and surrounding areas. Not suprprisingly,
her stage presence has flourished.
“My songs are like lamps and when I perform, I
plug them in,” she, yes, beams. “There’s a certain kind of
channeling that I do when I step onstage - I unplug from
this world and become completely unmasked”
There is also an equally earthy quality to her voice that
balances her mystic musings. In fact that combination led
to her being invited to sing her new song “We Were
Flying” in a historic performance for the 10th Anniversary
of 9/11 alongside Pete Seeger at a ceremony commemorating
the tragedy’s Decennial.
“Marion is the kind of artist that only comes around
once every decade or two” comments Jody Denberg, a
thirty-year radio veteran who is currently an on-air music
programmer at KUT-FM in Austin. “The worldview she
relates in her music has changed mine for the better.”
The songs on "Tales From The Topside World" have a
unique collaborative evolution. LoGuidice (pronounced
“low-jew-dus”) recorded demos with her longtime musical
partner Larry Saltzman (The Blue Nile, Carole King,
Simon and Garfunkel) and then booked a mere two days
of bare-bones recording with her band. Additional
production was then added by Miami’s Eve Nelson (Eva
Cassidy, Buster Poindexter, Chaka Khan) who succinctly
embellished the song’s outlines, bringing out the
strengths of each piece.
“Each time I am moved to write another song, I
feel as if I am leaving the world we live in and entering a
sacred place - a place where healing happens,” LoGuidice
says. “Most importantly I want people to know that
my songs are the by-product of a commitment I made:
that I would redirect my heart and mind into something
that was life-giving instead of something that was
destructive and stay devoted to that path.” The first time
you hear "Tales From The Topside World" you will know
Marion’s mission has been accomplished.
Marion LoGuidice "Marion is beautifully emotional and poetic - a first-rate singer."
- Arif Mardin, Music Producer Extraordinaire
Marion LoGuidice's new CD "Tales From The Topside
World" delivers incantatory lyrics with both delicacy and power. " Kate
Bush but more grounded in the real world", LoGuidice creates an
unusual sound-- accessible pop that suddenly takes left turns into
Grimm-dark musical woods and delivers magic, depth, and soul ; an
archetypal play on the spirit that leaves you filled with hope and gratitude.
“Tales From The Topside World" confirms that the creative triumph of
her 2008 disc “God’s House” was no fluke – in fact, it was just a hint of
brighter brilliance to come. On “Tales” Marion turns everything up a
notch: the insightfulness of her songwriting, betraying her singular
world-view; the production that is mesmerizing - organic but never
staid; and her increasingly nuanced singing which evokes the world that
is everything not on the topside".--Jody Denberg KUT-FM in Austin
The songs production have a unique collaborative evolution. LoGuidice (pronounced “low-jew-dus”) recorded demos
of all the songs with her longtime musical partner Larry Saltzman (The Blue Nile, Carole King, Simon and Garfunkel)
and then booked a mere two days of bare-bones recording with her band. Additional production was then added by
Miami’s Eve Nelson (Eva Cassidy, Buster Poindexter, Chaka Khan) who succinctly embellished the song’s outlines,
bringing out Marion's strengths as an imaginative and thought provoking songwriter.
"Those unable to resist the call of Loudon Wainwright’s good-humored intellectual folk, should be prepared for
seduction by opening act Marion LoGuidice. Her music is by turns lulling and startling, the New York-based artist’s
spiritually intuitive and deeply passionate songs embraced of late by KGSR. Sometimes the pairing of two acts on
a bill seems arbitrary. Here, it’s divine. " - Austin Chronicle
“Her songs can be quite accessible pop that suddenly take left turns into something more adventurous, musical
woods where you're not quite sure if what's coming is magical or
Grimm-dark… hypnotic, beguiling, fey, incantatory
stuff.” - Mark Fogarty / Author, "Went to see the Gypsy's"
"Her melodies are hauntingly lyrical; her stories street-wise, passionate
and truthful. Her performance kept me on the edge of my seat."
- Cyndi Lauper
"Marion is an extraordinary singer songwriter who didn't start singing
and writing until she turned 40. With no musical training what so ever ,
she has produced 3 CDs and is selling out shows in NYC and beyond.
The emotion can instantly be felt. Introduced first time to her naturally
talented, euphoric voice that automatically captures the listener.”
- JW Najarian
“Marion has an extraordinary talent; her passion can be sensed
through her deep, sincere lyrics and soft melodic voice. The pain in
her vocals can be felt and you almost feel what she is going through.
The album is very much built upon personal issues, and spiritual view.
It is so heart capturing when listened to with a pair of headphones on
the loudest volume possible, you’re in her world seen through her
honest, and emotional voice”. - More than the music magazine
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