Bobbing blissfully with 'Apple in the Ocean'
It's an early Autumn day and I am sitting across the table from songstress Mary Bue. We are outside having coffee at Amazing Grace in Duluth, discussing music and life. The air is just cool enough to turn her cheeks red, and as we sit there, I am...
It's an early Autumn day and I am sitting across the table from songstress Mary Bue. We are outside having coffee at Amazing Grace in Duluth, discussing music and life. The air is just cool enough to turn her cheeks red, and as we sit there, I am realizing that this is an unusual opportunity.
The chance to explore the inner workings of the artist is a rare pleasure.
Born in Princeton, Minn., she moved with her family to Duluth when she was in high school. Mary has found many avenues to pursue her love and passion for music. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a degree in psychology, all the while composing, performing and recording.
Mary had graced all of the local venues numerous times in those days. Upon graduation, she moved to Rhode Island and worked numerous jobs ranging from barista to clinical researcher in a women's prison. She toured the East Coast, adding valuable experiences along the way.
In fact, she has played in 38 states and counting.
Her latest collection of music, "Apple in the Ocean," brings together all of her life journeys. In the lyrics you can hear her perspectives on life and death.
This work is true evidence of the maturing of a woman, her work, music and poetry.
The music comes to the listener with velvet vocals and harmonies, all of which belong to Mary. She almost disguises her piano work, as she does a masterful job of drawing you in with soulful melodies, and quietly builds many of the songs to a crescendo with a spirited piano.
The effect is amplified with the bass guitar work of Matt Mobley and percussion by Dave Frankenfeld.
Lyrically, Mary brings poetry to life. The feel of the collection is very soothing, and it's easy to get lost in all of the lavish sound, but take the time to listen. You really need to listen carefully and thoughtfully to hear the stories and her message. At that moment, this entire collection comes to life. You can feel all of the places she wants to bring you.
"Apple In The Ocean" is a work of art and deserves to be enjoyed, loved and listened to.
You can see Mary perform at Beaner's Central in Duluth on Nov. 3. This is a "don't miss it" performance. You can learn more about Mary at www.marybue.com .
Scott Johnson is the owner of Northwoods Music, producer of the Northwoods Music Festival and radio show host of Home Town Sounds on WWJC 850 AM.