Namaste

Tina S Marie

Original rock with a folk-acoustic edge emphasizing vocals and guitar in an autographical format.

I was born in San Diego, CA. a long time ago. I grew up mostly in Alaska and graduated there from college at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks with a BFA in Art. While I was an undergrad, I played music on the side as an extra form of income. Starting out as a solo artist, I focused on a straight-forward, pure, sound. With influences favoring the 70's era rock, I integrated that style with with my own. My favorites were: Crosby, Stills and Nash; Joni Mitchell; Led Zeppelin; Eagles; Jame Gang; Jimi Hendrix; you know, the good guitar and vocal stuff...somehow that's missing in music now.
After going to college in Fairbanks, I moved to Arizona where I went to Graduate School for Art. I hung out with the classical guitar master players who were the only other students drinking coffee at the only euro-coffee stand available on campus...right in front of the Museum of Photography. There we would solve all the world's problems. Like Art, Music these days favor ugliness. I guess one might say that Art and Music imitate life...have you ever seen Art from the Depression days? Give it a long look and tell me you won't cry. The music I make has its roots based in the 70's. I remember when our country went to Vietnam and how the events and music of that time were different than what we hear now. I still long for a sense of beauty in the Art I see and in the music I hear. During the time of the 70's in all its chaos, people held a high sense of hope and really tried to make things right with their voices and opinions. During our present time, I can see very similar events happening...not just style, but in ideology. We need to take back control of our lives and not leave our basic rights in the hands of big business or over zealous religious groups. We still have a voice and we must use it. Namaste is a compilation of original music I created during a difficult time in my life. I called the CD Namaste because I didn't know if I was going to get through the huge losses I was experiencing. Being a musician has its certain stigmatas when you are trying to be a parent, be married and be an Artist at the same time. Our current judicial system thinks creative types are selfish and irresponsible. This is absolute b.s.. There are plenty of people I know that are not creative and are horrible parents, cheat on their spouses, lie and abuse the system. They are people that hold offices representing us, check out our groceries, pump our gas, write prescriptions, etc. I lost my children and my marriage during the time I wrote, Namaste. However, it was the music I was creating that gave me life...it altered my attitude. Namaste is a big thank you to those that believed in me. To those that are miserable, maybe the music can provide you with some peace. To those that have been wronged by something or someone, this is an album for you. I hope it provides some relief. I am not the best business person. In fact, I suck at it. However, I'm a good performer and a decent songwriter. Many of my songs are inspired by my mistakes. They definitely speak about my experiences. There are hundreds of songs I've written not represented on Namaste. It's costly to come up with the finances to record all your ideas. Maybe you'll like this and I'll be able to do more. All the songs are auto graphical in that I experienced them all...lyrically and in audio. The album is very different from the structure in which it was created. I even feel that several of the songs may be over-produced. However, I worked with one of the best guitar players and engineers of the Portland area...Ronn Chick. The whole album consists of original songs written and performed by me with the talent of Ronn Chick's guitar playing, drum programming, bass and key patches to enhance arrangements we felt were cool at the time. "Difficult Destiny, Higher Ground and Shake her Soul" are 3 songs with little production. "For Love and I Wait" are a very different sound than what was originally intended. Now my life has slowed down. I am remarried and have another baby boy. My current husband is a musician as well. We are putting together another CD. This time it will be in a much rawer state of production. Sometimes less is more. I am very much influenced by music that contains an ethnic subtleties. I love the music of Persia and India. I also like folk-acoustic instruments current to those played in our country. I've become more outspoken politically and about my beliefs. My relationships with people are healthier and my music now reflects this. I still write lyrics auto graphically. However, when you grow up, you think and feel differently. You still may not be right, but you're getting closer to being true. Enjoy the music. Namaste, Tina

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Tina S. Marie

Singer-songwriter acoustic rock contemporary artist with nods to Ann Wilson, Eva Cassidy, Shawn Colvin and Sheryl Crow.

Welcome... I have finally come out with another long over-due album. I titled it Messages when I was asked about how I write. I find "ah-has" in my relationships with folks, what I observe and in the midsts of thought.

Each song has it's inspiration, gifts and reflections.

PLEASE LISTEN TO SOME OF MY SONGS ON MY MYSPACE PAGE. CD BABY COULD NOT ADEQUATELY LOAD MY MUSIC TO SOUND HOW IT ACTUALLY SOUNDS FOR THIS SITE INDIVIDUALLY. YOU CAN HIT THE PLAY ALL AND GET A BETTER IDEA THAN INDIVIDUAL SONGS. THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT THEY UPLOAD IN MONO, NOT STEREO. iF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS,GO TO: myspace.com/tinaemmett There you will be able to listen. I've posted photo-story videos with some of the new songs too which you can properly hear before you make a decision to buy.

Below you'll find the name of the song and "what" inspired it. I have posted lyrics on my myspace page in my blog section.

Renew: Is about being vulnerable to love again. It is about the cycles of love lost and and gained and the hope for better things. I was inspired by a Celtic talisman reading and the song came immediately after that. It must have worked because I found love again and was open to receive it. Ah, Thank you Tony Rice for your guitar gifts.

Clarity: This song is very personal. It is about my relationships with those I can't be intimate with. I acknowledge the feelings and accept that I have it pretty good. I embrace what I do have and share my findings with others. Being that I am a musician, I come across many folks that I could be "in-love" with; yet the consequence of acting on it, is costly. Derek Doggett plays a great guitar on this track.

What it Takes: I wrote this song for my friends. Two people inspired me years ago to get the lyrics and music down. Those were Steve and Brenda Adams. It is a song about being supported and paying tribute.

Road Ahead: It is a very sad song in that I admit I don't know where I'm going or headed yet I'm driven to move forward. In the wake of my successes, I seem to make people sad and get blamed and reasoned for their upset. I acknowledge that some folks really don't want you to be happy when they say otherwise. I also realize that I've stopped myself when I felt my success has hurt someone and then I become disappointed. This is a cycle that keeps getting created for me and even now; I don't know how to deal with it, so I escape in writing.

Get to Be Right: I don't have much else to add to this for the title speaks on it's own. All I can add is that there is a huge cost for being right. Steve Adams plays so sweetly on this song.

Arrogance: This song is for people who think the are better than me. Thank you for the inspiration!

Lyin' is the Game: I had to write how I feel about politicians. Given the nature of our current American leadership, I felt this song to fit appropriately. Moreover, I believe this song fitting for all leaders who abuse power and not take responsibility for their actions. This is another song about the "costs" of totalitarian thought. My husband, Chael Emmett plays a nice flugel horn.

Gone: This is another politically motivated song. I wrote this right after 9-11 and pre-Iraqi war. When I saw the WTC buildings disappear on the telly, I realized something was not right. It is my opinion based on the research I've done that those buildings weren't demolished by aircraft...they were demolished in the fashion of detonation. The story our corporate ruled media gave us really "let-off-a-bad-smell". So I wrote a song about our crumbling democracy since I believe 9-11 was the starting point of our own terrorist ruled government. I wanted to remind folks about being grateful for everything you do have (including free speech) and not to take anything you do have, for granted. Remember to show those you love, your heartfelt affection, for tomorrow, you may be gone. 9-11 was used to emotionally bait us into the Iraq war. This is truly corruption at its best. I only hope that "we" as a whole, can remember the country our fore-fathers paved for us. I don't take Liberty and Justice for all, lightly.

Sigh: This is a love song I wrote to my husband, Chael Emmett. Since I was married before, I had some "fears" around being married again. When I recognized love again; all I could do was Sigh; because he got me. This is a sweet song. Chael and Tony both play so eloquently.

Love Lead the Way: One day I had gotten really upset with the media. I would read the news on the internet and then watch the "made-up" news on the telly. So, I shut off both for awhile and took a break. I did some vacationing from the media and spent time with loved ones. This song is pretty happy and all I had to do was let love lead the way.

Dreaming Overtime: This is a song about the life of "being a musician"...or at least, my life as one. This song is bittersweet. I'm getting up there in years and haven't really had any success in recognition or money. I am like a fisherman where once the salt gets in your blood, you can't stop fishing. Well, the salt of music and singing is in my blood and I keep trying like Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea". So I wrote a beautiful musical, lyrical song about this very "life" I've endured.

Joining me on the album were: Chael Emmett: Bass, flugel horn and backing vocals. Jeff Newman: Drums Jason Moore: Percussions Steve Adams: Guitar Tony Rice: Guitar Derek Doggett: Guitar Kevin Burkhart: Keys on Little Chip Tina (me): All songs written by me as well as: Vocals & Guitar

Chael Emmett and Steve Adams Engineered the Recordings. Steve Adams Mixed and Mastered the Recordings.

Enjoy!! Tina S. Marie (Emmett)

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