Melanies Melodies of the Rockies
- Artist: Melanie
- Format: CD
- Release Date:4/30/2002
Really mellow songs about Colorado and the West sung by a beautiful trained soprano voice - unique! Melanie writes: Living as a little girl on a primitive Pacific Ocean atoll was unusual especially in the late 40's. My family and I were far from civilization. As a child I had few playthings, but loved my phonograph music. I was especially enchanted by traditional themes of the Old West. Some of these inspirations were even written for movie westerns. Upon travelling to the Rockies and later settling in Colorado, glimmering glimpses of old rustic wooden ski still nuanced it's way through the 50's and early 60's. One could catch the pioneer spirit by seeing the untouched log cabins, livery stables, and backsmith shops right down town! Silver haired miners were still walking the streets telling their stories and singing their authentic Colorado songs. The songs centered not only on the scenic wonders of the Rockies but especially about the waterfalls, rivers and creeks that run through it's mountains. The composers wrote in the style of the period genuine to their own culture, personality and dialect. The romantic pieces of 1906 could be slow and soothing or in contrast fast paced dance hall vaudevillian. Later music of the 20's and 30's was written from movie locations to sell Hollywood films like in 'Trail of the Lonesome Pine'. This was to add excitement of the outback. People from the coasts did not travel as today. So this was all wonderful and foreign. The imagination went wild especially with children like me far from the Wild West. In the 80's, as a professional singer I started my collection of these rare songs. My CD is a concert collection of 20 Rockies selections dating from 1906 through 1998. Straight-on ballad singing enhances the treatment of clear, shimmering wordage and expression. This approach lends vitality to the lyrical line. Beautiful descriptive words and music paint a vivid radiant picture of the Rockies. My listener comments include: 'so naturally spiritual and soothing, It makes me feel uplifted. I play it all the time.' After the loss of a loved one, 'It makes me relax at bed time.' 'It reminds me of home in Telluride, I play it a lot.' 'I'm from Virginia, but after hearing Melanie's Melodies, I want to visit Colorado, can't wait.' The Rockies Collector's Concert is a limited edition and is not mass produced. So if you want a copy, don't put it off. Order TODAY!