Pledge Music

Hello everyone!

 I have some fun news! I've decided to make a new record to go with the show, Atlantic Blue, that I will be performing  next summer on Prince Edward Island.

In order to make this record, I've partnered with Pledge Music to raise money by pre-selling the record, as well as lots of other really fun treats in case anyone is interested. We have Vinyl, t-shirts, handwritten lyric sheets, and so much more!  You also get a behind the scenes look at the process of making the record, which is always a roller coaster. 

Please check out the Pledge Music campaign and feel free to share it with your friends, family or anyone you think would like it!

So much love! Tara

www.pledgemusic.com/projects/taramaclean

 

 

 

 

New Music!

Hello Everyone!

  I couldn't be more thrilled, because today I did something really exciting!  In collaboration with www.noisetrade.com,  I have released a collection of music from my vault.  For one month only, these songs will be available to download for free!  All you need to do is give us your email address in return and then you will be on my mailing list.

 Next month, I will be raising the money to record my first solo album in 9 years.  With www.pledgemusic.com, I will launch an incredible campaign that will include not only the chance to pre-order the record, but also to purchase all kinds of rare things, like vinyl copies, hand written lyrics sheets, and even my favourite dress!  Plus you will get a backstage pass to the making of the record!

Please go to www.noisetrade.com/taramaclean/evidence  and enjoy!

Stay tuned for more news! 

Much love, Tara

 

 

Greetings from Nashville!

  After a two day delay due to my kids being sick, I finally arrived in Music City!!  My dear friend and long time co-creator Damhnait (Dav) Doyle picked me up and we went straight to buy red wine to stock the house.  She lives in Toronto and had also been dealing with sick kids, and so the fact that we were both there was a miracle.  Thank goodness for amazing, supportive partners.

  She and I like to cheer each other on. She is a phenomenal songwriter, and is on a similar trajectory as I am. We made records, solo and with a band, and we toured and made videos, but now we are mamas and our priorities have shifted enormously.  Now we want to write more than anything and watch other artists take our songs and give them wings.  So armed with some Spanish and California red, we head for our home for the week, a sweet East Nashville cottage rental, complete with a cat, a vinyl collection and a vibe that made us feel immediately at home.

 Each songwriting sessions was like a revelation.  Delving into what matters to the artists I was collaborating with, we wrote real songs about real things.  We made medicine.  There were tears, silent moment searching for the right words, and a lot of laughter.  I loved every moment.  I would walk the streets after the sessions with my guitar on my back, looking for a cafe where I could sit alone and feel what had just happened.  I remember doing that after giving birth, just trying to capture the feeling and imprinting it into my heart.  Writing a song to me is a mystical experience.  One moment there is no song, and the next it exists, out of nothing. Alchemy. And the magnolia trees…indescribable beauty, even for a poet.

  Nashville is like a giant river full of fish.  You just step in and put out your fishing pole and you catch something right away.  It might be small, it might be big, you never know.  But just knowing you are where it’s flowing, and that everyone here is not only fishing, too, but are happy to go fishing with you?  How fun is that? You make fast, close friends.  

  I wrote 3 country songs and one pop song and already they are finding their way to artists.  So with a counter of empty bottles, not a stitch of laundry washed or a dish done, we head back to our homes, our babies, our husbands refreshed and excited to be mamas, and with our secret reservoirs filled to the brim, because we know we are still filled with songs, and that is an endless source of medicine that we have for the rest of our lives.  

 Thank you, Nashville. For your friendliness, your encouragement and your fast flowing river of music.  I’ll be back soon!

love, Tara

Up the Spout Again

Hi!

Yes, it’s me! I’m back! 

Or if you are a new friend, hello and welcome!

Thank you to everyone for being so patient! Your letters through the years have meant the world.

I honestly thought when I had my first child that you could just throw babies into a little van and keep on keeping’ on.  Turns out they require things like….food, laundry service, routine, and oh yes…attention. 

And I have three.  Yes, three girls.  So needless to say my guitar sat in a corner for many years, gathering dust.

Now and then I would pick it up and strum and something amazing would start to happen.  But then a little hand would grab at the strings, or demand I play Itsy Bitsy Effing Spider.  After awhile I just surrendered to motherhood.  Of course I would sing them to sleep, but usually with an exhausted, almost asleep myself at the foot of the bed, skipping verses of “Water is Wide”, kinda vibe.  I began to think that I had traded all my songs for these children.  And I was (mostly) okay with this.  As I looked at the mysterious curls on Flora’s head, or watched Sophia paint, or heard the sweet singing voice of Stella, I knew that no song, no award, no standing ovation was worth more.

But I missed it, too. Somewhere inside I knew music wasn’t finished with me.

So it turns out that I didn’t trade a thing (except for my waistline).  The songs were just waiting.  They were sleeping at the foot of the bed, they were hiding under mountains of laundry, they were letting the dust fall onto them.  They were waiting for me to remember.  I was an amnesiac coming around to recognizing myself.

Here I am. I remember.

On this site you will find my show dates, diary entries, new and old photos and videos, songs, information for songwriting collaborations, an opportunity to become a patron, and contact info. Please take a moment to look at the credits on the site.  What a team of brilliant artists helping me to launch this next phase.

Deep thanks to Sony/ATV Music Publishing for staying on board for 21 years, and to The Felman Agency in Canada and Paradigm Entertainment in the US for still having my back.  So grateful for all the adventures I had with Nettwerk, Capitol and EMI, and all the incredible people I have met and loved along the way.

But mostly, thank you for remembering me.  You are a big part of why I have returned, I heard you calling, and a song is not complete until it is shared.

All my love, Tara