Mardi Garcia | My Waking Eyes

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My Waking Eyes

by Mardi Garcia

Creative folk rock, intuitive, opinionated and organic, rhythmically driven and peaceful.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Forgiveness
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2. Try Alright
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3. High Times For Me
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4. Top of My Rope
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5. Over and Done
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6. My Waking Eyes
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7. Let Me Sing
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8. Closer to You
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9. Don't Pass Guns
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Album Notes
Mardi Garcia – “My Waking Eyes”
January 2, 2007
We’re all too familiar with many of our favorite
music stars and their auspicious beginnings. Elvis
famously walked into Memphis’ Sun Studios to
record a simple demo for his mom and walked out
into rock & roll infamy. Brian Epstein descended
into a dank, dark, cellar nightclub and happened
upon four lads from Liverpool who would literally
change our world.
And what of New England born singer-songwriter
Mardi Garcia? Well, I think I’ll let her tell the tale:
“Standing on stage at about six years old and I was
supposed to sing ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ and I
passed out. My memory is somebody carrying me
to the nurse’s office... I think it was stage fright, I’m
not sure.” Ahh, auspicious beginnings indeed!
Luckily for us, Mardi not only got over her stage
fright, but has parlayed her penetratingly
constructed songwriting prowess onto the stages of
not only her indigenous Worcester area, but even as
far away as Europe.
Mardi Garcia’s sound is subtly and yet all the while
directly correlated to her territorial locale. Whether
recording in her adoptive home of Tucson, AZ,
touring throughout Spain during a six-month jaunt,
or performing back home, Garcia’s varied
songwriting fodder is made up of nothing short of a
geographical potpourri. "I tried to figure out where I
was going personally and musically. And when I
started writing 'My Waking Eyes' I actually left New
England again and went to Tucson for one week
and recorded (the CD). I insisted on Tucson
because that's where my musical roots are... So
there was the Arizona-influence obviously, but the
songs that I was recording were all written in New
England, and were all a wake-up call. When I came
back to New England I began to see what was really
going on in the planet."
Her 6th CD, “My Waking Eyes”, is as personal a
journal entry as any local songwriter has committed
to disc in quite some time. Each track recounts her
life in song, with some breathtakingly honest
standout examples. “High Times For Me”
synopsizes her dubious days working as musical
director for a Christian radio station, directly
dealing with the prelacies of Pat Robertson,
Kenneth Copeland, and the infamous Jimmy
Swaggert Ministry (pre-sex-scandal days). “I left
just before all that happened because I saw how
hypocritical it was. And I write about it in some of
the songs on this new CD.” Indeed, Garcia painfully
recounts her flirt with fundamentalist religion with
an exacting honesty: “I’m baptized in the fire, I’ve
turned a new leaf, I’ve rid myself of this guilt and
this grief – You hang out in bars, unless you have
wings and hide in your shell, and you wait for the
rest of us to go to Hell.”
Another standout track “Over And Done” is
brilliant in its sparseness. “After I came to New
England everything was over that I had done in the
past and I was starting new. That’s how ‘Over and
Done’ came about. I started to listen to more folk. I
started to really get in touch with the folk scene. I
went to a regional folk alliance, I joined the Rhode
Island Songwriter’s Association, I started playing
solo acoustic again. .. I’ll play everywhere and
anywhere I possibly can. That’s my mission”
With such purpose-driven projects as “My Waking
Eyes” Mardi Garcia’s lofty musical mission is
without doubt distinctively accomplished.



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NJ Turnpike

Some of the best songs of her career. Period. A pure musical Experience.
I have seen these songs performed live and they really come to life. The album sonds great, and it was recorded in!