Attention Rabbit Room readers! Today it is my great pleasure to introduce you to the music of Melanie Penn. I wish I were the sort of musical genius that could expound on the particular and fabulous nature of her debut record by saying things like:
“The relative consequence of the parallel diminished fifth when contrasted with the dissonance of the augmented fourth chromatic in the 32nd measure is nothing so much as a simple and sonichordial effulgence of tympanic magnitude.”
But I’m not. And that’s probably a good thing.
What I will say is that I’ve spent the last couple of weeks living with the record and I’ve fallen in love with it. If I had to describe it (which I do), I’d liken it to something of a combination of The Weepies and Katie Herzig. It manages to be both light-hearted and thoughtful, both simple and complex, playful and profound.
Near super-human and noted Captain Courageous, Ben Shive, produced the record and pulled in all sorts of familiar folks to play on it. You’ll find names in the credits like Ron Block, Andy Gullahorn, Andy Osenga, and Gabe Scott doing everything from singing to plucking strings.
Wake Up Love is Melanie’s debut album and today is the official release. We’re happy to be offering the record here in the Rabbit Room Store and I know that I, for one, am anxious to see where her career takes her. I hope you’ll support her as well as you support all of the other artists here in the Rabbit Room.
Below, you can listen to one of my favorite songs on the album. It’s called “Ordinary Day” and it’s a delightfully catchy song from the perspective of. . .well, you’ll see. . .
Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he's the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.