Wake Up Love


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.

wakeuploveWhat 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.


  1. Kristen

    Thanks for this awesome recommendation. That song is AMAZING. Y’all have great taste and I always look forward to your reviews.

  2. Paula Shaw

    Wow, this is a really delightful song. I can just hear it being played in some t.v. series like Grey’s Anatomy or Eli Stone ( which isn’t on anymore, but it would fit, and the same for Pushing Daisies). I really like her. I will for sure get this album. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. Thanks for posting about it.

  3. Janna Barber

    Well, looky there, I’m about to be the fourth female commenter in a row. Has that ever happened before in the Rabbit Room? Way to represent, girls!

    I have to say I’ve totally worn out the two Weepies albums we acquired after the recommendation here by AP. And this does seem like something I would love. It’s good for me to have some happy music this time of year. Thanks for the intro., Pete.

  4. Paula Shaw

    Janna, just FYI. I just listened to it, and it’s really charming, and like Pete said, it does remind me of The Weepies (who I happen to love, too!) You won’t regret buying it at all. Plus, she has some really good musicians playing and singing with her. Anyway, just get it!

  5. Peter B

    Wow. Beautiful voice, delightful melody, technically excellent, light-yet-deep lyrics, a star-studded cast… Looks like we have another winner.

  6. PaulH

    Bought it and love it! Spent the morning with Melanie and many good cups of coffee. The song Ordinary Day sends such a beautiful picture of the Holy Spirit’s call in our day to day lives

  7. LauraP

    GORGEOUS! I love that I can count on the RR and it associates to be a part of the creation of such beautiful gems and then to shine a light on them so we can all find them sparkling and available to add to our personal collections!

  8. Stacy Grubb

    Well, I got an iTunes gift card for Christmas and took the plunge and bought this entire CD with it (well, part of it). I’m in love with Melanie’s voice and style. I’m not typically a downloader, so I’ll miss having the liner notes and what not, but I look forward to getting to know this album. Thanks for the recommendation.


  9. Rob Dunbar

    I think you could have thrown in Sara Groves in the “sounds like” category. That song is what pop should be: bright, original, striking. I will certainly be on the lookout for Melanie Penn from here on.

  10. Paula Shaw

    One of my most favorite songs on this album is “Train”. It sort of smooshed my heart with its truth.

  11. Paula Shaw

    I played “Train” at my home group last night. I think every person was pretty much speechless for about 4 minutes after. I think it said so much to just about everyone there. Especially the ending, “Healer. . . ” Thanks Melanie!

  12. Melanie Penn

    Thanks for such kind words everyone. And thank you Rabbit Room for the support. Paula I’m so glad that you like Train … I like the “healer” ending of that song, too.

  13. Tony Heringer

    I agree with Janna and company — a Weepies feel to it. I’ve enjoyed their stuff, so I can see picking this up at some point.

    Herein lies the rub with this place, I walk away with a desire to read and hear more and just don’t have the time or resources at that moment. A sweet frustration to be sure.

    Thanks for the tune, its quite lovely indeed and I will recommend it when I given the chance to do so.

  14. Nathaniel Miller

    Another great addition of music for Rabbit Room delight. Great vocals, insightful lyrics, and layer upon layer of excellent production from Ben Shive. And the above song simply gets stuck in your head after a couple of listens, and that’s a good thing. You are most welcome on my iPod, Melanie.

  15. kelli

    This is a beautiful CD! My whole family is really enjoying Melanie’s unique style and lyrics. And I’m constantly hearing my girls flitting around the house singing bits of her melodies!

  16. Cory

    A forewarning to anyone contemplating this album: you will not want to stop listening. Ever.
    The hooks are catchy and original. The lyrics are clever and rhythmic. Her voice is so pure and innocent. She manages to be childlike, wise, artistic and completely addictive.
    Thank you Melanie. You’ve managed to get me to stop listening to AP albums for the first time in months!

  17. Hannah K

    I also got an iTunes gift card for Christmas, and would like to use it to buy this album. But I can’t find it on iTunes. Please explain?

  18. Hannah K

    Thanks Mr. Peterson,
    I just got onto iTunes a moment ago and did a search, and also found it. I guess I was in the wrong search box on iTunes or something? The internet is weird. Anyhow, all’s well that ends well.

If you have a Rabbit Room account, log in here to comment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.