Morgan Grace | The Rules of Dating

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The Rules of Dating

by Morgan Grace

The poster child for bi-polar disorder.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Flowers in my Garden
2:48 album only
2. Mean Drunk
2:30 album only
3. Drive Past Your House
3:25 album only
4. It's Only You
4:01 album only
5. Hard to Tell
3:39 album only
6. Defeatist
2:19 album only
7. Baby
2:53 album only
8. The Rules of Dating
3:22 album only
9. S.A.
2:08 album only
10. Spider Song
2:38 album only
11. Hello Daddy
2:57 album only
12. Cool Hand Morgan
2:34 album only
13. Tomorrow's Kiss
4:15 album only


Album Notes
I was raised in a small town by two crazy alcoholics who one day took a break from beating the crap out of each other just long enough to buy me a nylon stringed acoustic guitar. I was 12 and all about the rock (especially Def Leppard) but I got bored playing riffs on an acoustic so I started teaching myself to play classical guitar out of a book. A year or so later I convinced my mom to pay for classical lessons and eventually I got an electric guitar too. I played a lot with my brother who had just gotten a drum kit and when I was 14 we played in a band with two other kids in front of our entire high school. When I was 15 I started trying out my super twisted songwriting on friends. I remember grabbing my acoustic saying "hey listen to this!" and I'd sing a song about killing my date on prom night for fresh blood. Pretty much all of the songs I wrote as a teenager were meant to be funny and to entertain. Over the years I think I've gradually become more comfortable with expressing my (ahem) feelings, but lyrics even now that are supposed to be funny are still pretty dark, a theme that just suites me I suppose.

When I was 18 I moved to Portland and took music classes at Mt Hood Community College delving way deep into classical guitar and music theory. (I could dork out all day talking about music theory.) I hooked up with a girl from class who played drums. We played my funny little songs together at house parties, on the street, for friends and pretty much anyone who would listen since we were too young to play in clubs. I banged away on my nylon strings and she played a snare drum with brushes. We recorded a handful of songs with Chad Crouch for a Hush Records compilation calling ourselves simply "Morgan & Jolie". It got written up in the Portland Rocket saying that we added "unexpected sparkle to the singer-songwriter vibe" of the comp and it was pretty exciting to see our name in the paper. Finally we both turned 21 and had our first real show at NXNW 1998. I went crazy booking shows and I remember having a pretty fun year before we split in 1999.

Since those days I've traded off alot between playing solo and having a band. I've always really enjoyed watching a song morph from group to group. In May 2004, shortly after my last band split, I opened for Gothic Outhouse and met Sam Henry. We started working together on a recording project out of which emerged this new and amazing band I'm playing with now. Sam and I are hard at work on my second album and I've decided to take a break from playing shows until its finished...

But for now this album The Rules of Dating was released on my own label Lady Lush Records in April of 2003. Most of it was recorded live at Rocket Science by Sean Flora, some tracked by my old band and the rest in front of an in-studio audience as part of an open house we hosted for Last Thursday. (Rocket Science is on ALberta and 20th) I hope you enjoy it. My new record should be out by early 2005.

Thanks for stopping by!

Morgan Grace
Nov 2004



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Amazing songwriting and playing - buy this CD!
After seeing Morgan in a Portland bar, I immediately bought this CD and it's been in my A list ever since. The songs are haunting, frightening, lurid, witty, and even fun mixed in. You won't believe the depth of her songwriting.

Jeremy Serwer

Live and personal is something to feel!!
Morgan is a firecracker, I've expereinced a couple of her performances and have walked away shaking my head, saying "Why Cant I Write Songs Like That?"
Morgan is a truly gifted songwriter and performer she delivers with sincerity, explosiveness and seduction. Morgan uses creepy chords and interesting progressions and she lets you feel every ounce of angst she's brewing. Highly Recommend this CD and a Live performance is a must see.

Billy Sheppard

Morgan Grace delivers the goods!
What I dig about The Rules of Dating and morgan's music in general, is the simplicity and absolute genuineness of it all, from start to finish. The emotional rollercoster she delivers shows through cords and verses. My favorite is Baby, followed closely be title track..The music stands on its own...yup

Rachel Rotten

Inspiring one of a kind music.
What I love about the Rules of Dating, and Morgan's songwriting in general, is her boldness and ability to describe all kinds of heartache with bittersweet twists wrapped with pretty harmoinoius vocals. That's what grabbed me in the first place when I saw her live, I thought "Here's a girl that is pouring her heart out without seeming vulnerable or cheesy." I thought about how powerful that was. I definately reccomend all of Morgan's CD's, but this one especially if you're looking for great expressions of those creepy, dark, emotions.

Rebecca Deter

Hard Enough to Cook on but Poppy Enough to Sing Along To.
It's sad to see that there is not a follow up album to this one Yet. Sometimes you listen to an album, and the next thing you know, you find yourself singing along to the honest and straight to the matter of fact lyrics. Even though some of the lyrics do not fit every circumstance in every relationship, there are definitly those lyrics that we can all relate to, and have always wanted to express. The Rules of Dating is definitly a song that boy and girl can relate to. We have all been there and made the fool out of ourselves. This song is definitly one that I wish I would have known about 10 years ago. The greatest experience of the album is going to a Morgan Grace rock show, and seeing even the toughest of rockers Singing along to "I will never be the same, if you went away..." We are all looking forward to see what this young singer-song writer will put out next.


love love lovely
New to Portland, I wanted to check out some local female artists. I listened to a snippet from "Rules of Dating" and bought it. i love the entire CD! I hope I can see Morgan play somewhere soon.

Dungeon Replication

Wow...a Siren for sure!
I happened upon Morgan Grace, thinking she was a band I had heard years previous. I sat down kind of disappointed when I saw her on stage because she was not who I was expecting to see. Since I had driven pretty far to see the wrong band, I decided to at least give her a brief listen. Morgan Grace strummed the guitar and opened her mouth and I was instantly hypnotized by the combination of sound, lyrics, and magic she creates. If you listen to her CD once, you will listen to it over and over and over.... Whether you like the hardest of rock or the sweetest of pop, her music will fill up a hole you didn't know was missing. Buy it and you won't regret it!

Sam McCanna

Consistently great, but a whirlwind of feeling
This album still leaves me feeling haggard after a year or so of listening. All songs are beautifully crafted by a singer/songwriter much too talented for her age. The songs seem to go back and forth between making you want to cry and making you laugh hysterically at her sharp dark wit. I've been following her music for quite some time now, and while I thought she was talented in the beginning, she's only gotten better over time. I very much look forward to her next album, and recommend not only that you buy this one, but that you go and see her live next time you have a chance. I find it very difficult not to smile throughout the entirety of her shows, and I've noticed the same in every audience I've seen her play for.