Mary Alice Wood | Daisies In My Hand

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Daisies In My Hand

by Mary Alice Wood

Wood blends the lyric subtlety of Lucinda Williams with the rock energy of Bruce Springsteen.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Crazy For You
3:41 $0.99
2. Can't You See
2:21 $0.99
3. Daisies in My Hand
4:44 $0.99
4. If I Told You
3:47 $0.99
5. Mornin' Girl
2:02 $0.99
6. Souvenir
4:14 $0.99
7. Angel
5:38 $0.99
8. Cowboy in a Curl
2:15 $0.99
9. Two Feet
3:22 $0.99
10. Divorce Myself
3:34 $0.99
11. Every Line
3:37 $0.99
12. Hey Diddle Diddle
3:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Mary Alice has extraordinary promise. Find this and fall in love."
Robert K. Oermann, Music Row Magazine

"4 stars...Flawless"
Toronto Sun

"As heartwarming as it is heartbreaking."
Harp magazine

"Twang's newest sweetheart"
R.S. Field, Nashville producer

"There is a wonderful magic in the simplicity of the music of Mary Alice Wood. Maybe because she makes it look so easy when she is performing, so natural. She was definitely born to sing this music, and we are all the luckier for that fact."
Benny Smith, The Americana Cafe
WOKI 100.3, Knoxville, TN

"How refreshing...someone who can actually, really SING!"
Webb Wilder, 'electrifying artist'

Daises in My Hand shows Wood really can't do much wrong, as long as she stays as true and strong as this album proves she's capable of being.
Ink19 magazine

"If there's any justice in this world, this demo will earn her a major label deal."
Country Standard Time

"To borrow the phrase from Hemingway-this is the true gem."
Playback STL

"A plain, pretty calico dress of an alto that sometimes breaks into a woozy falsetto - is surprisingly affecting, the perfect vehicle for these deceptively simple story-songs"
The Riverfront Times

"If the latest efforts of Lucinda Williams and Kasey Chambers got you on the edge of your chair, you should do yourself a big favor and blindly buy a copy of Mary Alice Wood's second CD 'Daisies in my Hand'. The beauty of the songs goes way beyond words. Without any doubt on our year's end list! Brilliant!" ezine (Belgium)

The First Daisy of the Season
The term daisy (which conjures for most folks the American or oxeye daisy, Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) comes from a phrase meaning "the day's eye" in Old English. "It is said that whoever picks the first daisy of the season," Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs moreover advises, "will be possessed of 'a spirit of coquetry' beyond any control."

Those two tidbits seem tantalizingly apt vis-à-vis Daisies in My Hand, Mary Alice Wood's second solo CD. That aptness derives from the disc's verve: sonically it approximates a burst of vernal sunshine, knifing through clouds of wintry woe and inspiring even the most heavy-hearted listener to suspect that life might well be worth its constant flirtation with strife.

That the CD release festivities should unfold within just two days of the equinox likewise seems fitting because Daisies in My Hand radiates the improbable sense of possibility, of fecund joy, common to early spring.

Wood, who previously performed with such St. Louis based bands as the Belinda Chaire and sugarstickygirl, also previously released (in 1993) a self-titled ten-song solo recording, reissued on compact disc two years ago and sold at various venues locally . That disc, Mary Alice Wood, features felicities-perhaps most notably the elegiac "Sylvan Springs Waltz" - but it scarcely suggests the loosey-goosey aural bliss of its successor, a brief paean to which appears in this month's print edition of Playback St. Louis. Wood self-evidently designed Daisies in My Hand to display her range, and in that effort she quite succeeded.

The 12 tracks on the new disc total almost 45 minutes of music and vary in length from the mirthful "Mornin' Girl," at an even 2:00, to the mournful "Angel," at 5:37. Similarly, they vary in tone from the understated but scathing title track to the closer, "Hey Diddle Diddle," which gleefully fricassees Mother Goose.

Otherwise, lyrically, the songs on Daisies in My Hand testify why Wood's won accolades from sources from the Riverfront Times to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. By way of example, the searing candor of "Two Feet" should discomfort anyone muddling through a relationship-as one such fool, I confess it so affected me-and the aforementioned "Angel" includes a line of truly powerful economy: "you're always right, I left."

Also, Daisies in My Hand more than satisfies instrumentally. Abetting Wood (who herself contributes acoustic guitar here) are a number of local musical luminaries, including Brian Reed, who ably drums on all but one of the disc's dozen tracks; furthermore, playing bass, electric guitar, or both on all tracks is the talented John Horton of the Bottle Rockets.

Wood herself had this to say about Daisies in My Hand: "It's definitely diverse, melodic, and confessional. The songs are stories about life in south St. Louis. They're general enough that listeners are forced to complete the picture themselves. They bring their history to each new situation-I simply provide the atmosphere and props."

That said, let's all now quit this virtual world for the nonce and head into what promises to be an early spring, shall we? The first daisy of the season awaits some lucky soul.



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Southern MO

Current disc in my CD player!
A friend told me about this CD and it is my new favorite! The songs vary from country to pretty ballads to catchy pop tunes, but they work great together as a whole on this CD!

S. J. Tucker -

Songs to sit and talk with
This little folkie was fortunate enough to meet Mary Alice (aka Lucinda Springsteen) in Nashville recently. Her sweet spirit and willingness to trade stories had me certain I would enjoy her CD when I finally slowed down enough to listen to it. 'Daisies' is truly a reward you can give yourself for slowing down in this wild world of ours. Mary Alice will slow you down just enough and give you an album as comfy as an ancient leather recliner to sit and laugh in. She makes me wish I'd had sisters to sing harmony with while washing dishes in my ornery days. 'Divorce Myself' is a favorite. My love to Mary Alice--Southern Girls don't quit.


This CD makes me want to dance!
I play this CD constantly. My favorite song is Cowboy In A Curl, it makes me want to dance! The songs are very well written, I find myself singing them all day. I hope to see Mary Alice perform in person soon.

Lisa Mattingly

My new favorite cd
I have been a fan for years and I definitely think this is her best work yet. My favorite songs are Can't You See and Two Feet. The lyrics are so meaningful and are sung with such emotion. Hey Diddle Diddle is my daughter's favorite. She loves to dance and sing along and begs me to play it over and over. This is my new favorite cd.

new nashville fan

honkey tonkin' grooves
Heard this CD recently and really liked Cowboy in a Curl. I recommend this CD for some groovin' tunes!

Dani - St. Louis

Take an emotional musical journey with daisies in my hand!
Mary Alice Wood takes you on a musical journey with daisies in my hand. The lyrics are as rich as the music - you can tell Mary Alice has lead a remarkable life and she takes you with her for the ride. She deals with issues that we can all relate to and there's a song on this CD for any mood you might be in at any given moment. It takes a pretty gifted songwriter to write music that you can listen to on so many different levels and that crosses so many musical genres (i.e., the title track is musical irony at its best!). Buy this CD, sit back, take time to smell the daisies and enjoy the ride!

St. Louis Listener

Haunting Lyrics Stuck in My Mind
The song "Every Line" is so beautiful and haunting. Mary Alice has such a memorable voice, that her songs stick in my mind like memories of my own.

SouthSide Boy

Mary Alice Rocks!!!
This CD showcases Mary Alice's voice even more than her Belinda Chair day's. If you are looking for a CD with excellent musicianship and wonderfully written songs, Daisy's in my Hand is my top pick!

St. Louis

Crazy about this CD!
"Crazy for You" is one of my favorite songs on this CD. Mary Alice is a talented songwriter and it is evident in her catchy tunes!