Melinda Stanford | Tread on My Dreams

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Tread on My Dreams

by Melinda Stanford

Melinda Stanford's soaring vocals and inspired piano set the tone for debut CD "Tread on My Dreams," which sets traditional poems to music in a range of styles, from folk to pop to gospel to blues.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town
3:07 $0.99
2. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
3:05 $0.99
3. Reluctance
4:00 $0.99
4. Somewhere I Have Never Travelled
3:40 $0.99
5. The Soul Selects Her Own Society
3:33 $0.99
6. Funeral Blues
3:31 $0.99
7. Nimium Fortunatus
2:44 $0.99
8. Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?
3:47 $0.99
9. Amazing Grace
3:33 $0.99
10. The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee
4:46 $0.99
11. How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways
4:16 $0.99
12. The Lake Isle of Innisfree
3:35 $0.99
13. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
5:34 $0.99
14. Jewish Prayer
2:12 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

"There are many albums released to the market each year that appeal to the commercial or to a certain genre or fan base. It is the select handful that can most accurately be described as 'art.' Melinda Stanford's 'Tread on My Dreams' is that album.

"Taking texts both known and unfamiliar, Stanford achieves an alchemy of words and music that is simply a new level of songwriting. One actually hears the most studied texts of Shakespeare, Cummings, Browning and Yeats for the first time anew to great emotion and revelation. Others become immediate classics, such as the stop-your-heart 'Funeral Blues' with text by Auden.

"Yet contained within is humor, soaring-of-the-soul, and the simplest truths, all achieved with a purity of voice, an economy of music-writing and accessibility that is a lesson.

"In this way, it is an album that can and will be enjoyed by an entire family, from the youngest child to grandparent, to the point of obsession -- and rightly so!"

Joel Flatow
Senior Vice President, Artist & Industry Relations
Recording Industry Association of America

"If you've always loved the music of poetry, this is your CD! The essence of poetry, and the essence of music -- Melinda Stanford gets it all. She makes you hear the poems anew through her music. Just listen to 'Amazing Grace' or a Shakespeare sonnet, and you'll feel you are rediscovering the classics. I loved it!"

Linda Gottlieb, Producer of "Dirty Dancing"

"Move over Norah Jones! Everything about Tread on My Dreams is winning: the title, choice of poetry, design, song order, composition notes, and above all, the wonderful songs and arrangements. My favorites: 'anyone lived in a pretty how town' - a perfect lead song, so upbeat and catchy; 'Funeral Blues'; 'The Soul Selects,' with its insightful and sexy take on Emily Dickinson. But there're all so good... a priceless gift."

Maureen McCarthy Draper, Author of "The Nature of Music"


"Stanford unveils remarkable cabaret skills...Displaying an impressive range in both vocal style and interpretive skills, Stanford was at her best here, often bringing out nuances in the songs that others might have missed... [a] singer to watch out for!"

John Amodeo, Bay Windows

"If you missed Stanford...don't despair. She'll be back... Melinda Stanford writes in every vein from blues to ballads. She's even set poetry like Robert Frost's "Reluctance" to music. Once you hear her gorgeous, bittersweet setting you'll be convinced his words and this music belong together...In addition to her skills as a songwriter, Stanford can deliver songs we associate exclusively with someone else and make them her own...She is a winning performer with a way of inhabiting a lyric. Her sweet demeanor gives her an easy rapport with the audience - so it comes as a bit of a shock when she launches into her darker material. She seems to have a direct line to intense heartache, something completely at odds with her fresh-faced exterior. Her exquisite delivery of Kander & Ebb's "Coloring Book" ("Color him gone...") had everyone searching their pockets for tissues. The plaintive ballad "Waitress Shoes", about dreams delayed, should soon become a standard on the cabaret circuit, and her ode on a friend's suicide-attempt captures desperation so acutely that you feel the pain in your own bones. What makes Stanford the performer a force to be reckoned with is her ability to infuse each song with a characterization - something which can lift cabaret from an evening of songs to an evening of theater."

Beverly Creasey, Theatre Mirror


Melinda Stanford, a native of California, has been working professionally as a singer, songwriter, and pianist for over 15 years since she graduated from Yale University.

Melinda has performed in a broad range of venues in New York, from the Rainbow Room to downtown clubs such as the Knitting Factory, the Duplex, and Cafe Sin-é. She has performed at the O'Neill Theatre Cabaret Symposium, where she studied with Margaret Whiting. She also wrote, produced, and performed in a one-woman show called "Where Do the Mermaids Stand?" at Eighty-Eight's. As a writer of both theater and pop music, she was one of a small number of composers selected to write for the BMI Theater Workshop in New York City.

Melinda has won audiences throughout the East Coast, from John and Peter's in New Hope to the Wintertide on Martha's Vineyard, where she was featured in the New Artists Showcase and performed at Christine Lavin's Annual Singer/Songwriter Retreat. In addition, Melinda has performed in Japan, where she toured in Tokyo as well as Osaka, performing in many formats - pop, jazz, country, classical - and working with some of the top musicians in Tokyo. Two of her songs were featured on a popular radio program broadcast on one of Japan's major radio stations (FM Yokohama). She was also hired by Yamaha Publishing to coach one of Japan's top recording stars, Miho Morikawa.

Melinda has been in the Boston area for the past ten years, where she performs individually and with bands, writes and acts, and is a vocal coach. She was a finalist for Cyndi Lauper's 1999 US tour, and has been nominated for an Outer Critics award for her cabaret performance in Boston. Melinda was also featured in the film A Wake In Providence as a soloist, and was a guest artist with Boston's comedy troupe, Little City Co. She has also performed in the cabaret series Boston Sings Boston since its inception and recorded a CD for the series. She is currently working on developing a one-woman show as well as several new CD projects. She lives near Boston with her husband and two children.



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Chris Jeffries

Sets the bar very high for work of this kind - bravo.
"Tread on My Dreams" is so beautiful, I still haven't recovered nearly two months later. The choice of texts, the breadth, the economy, the totally natural way the words scan - not to mention the performances (great cello too) - just magically done. She really knocked this one out of the park - I hope there's more to come!

Gail Brown

So impressed, we ordered 7 more copies!
We were so impressed, we ordered 7 more! My art teacher daughter in Chicago asked for 5 more (as a teaching tool) for her fellow art, music, and English teachers. My hairdresser will play hers (my salon-opening gift) for her customers. Well done, Melinda!

Eric Hanson

great voice and variety
Very cool stuff. Nice variety of music, and her voice sounds great. The whole thing is a very impressive package (visually, aurally, etc.) "Do Not Go Gentle" is my choice for the "single" off the album (!) Great job!

Hello Kitty

Absolutely fantastic! Thanks Melinda!
10 stars for Melinda's CD. When I listened to the Funeral Blues, I cried. I love this poem and Melinda did such a great job in making this into a lovely music. I also love the opening intro. The sound keeps ringing in my ears and it makes me happy all day. Melinda's music is like angels singing to you. If you want to be happy, you must listen to her music!!! I love her CD and I hope she will produce a whole lot more in the very near future. Melinda, I love ya!

Virginia Wofford

Emily Dickenson must be smiling. Melinda's musci combined with her words.
The combination of favorite, well-known poems with original,lively and haunting music works well. I thoroughly enjoyed all cuts, particularly Emily Dickenson's The Soul Selects Her Own Society, and Amazing Grace.

M. Dennis

captivating, warm-hearted and energizing music -just beautiful
Tread on My Dreams has such a powerful range of vocals, it's amazing that it's all from one singer. I can't help but picture myself running up hills, leaping up on a church pew, or singing on stage when I hear her songs. My all-time-favorite and a quintessential Melinda song is Funeral Blues. It's warm-hearted, awesome music!

Linda Gottlieb, Producer "Dirty Dancing"

If you've always loved the music of poetry, this is your CD!
The essence of poetry, and the essence of music -- Melinda Stanford gets it all. She makes you hear the poems anew through her music. Just listen to "Amazing Grace" or a Shakespeare sonnet, and you'll feel you are rediscovering the classics.

Sally Burks Schmalz

An ethereal voice that carries love, heartache and wisdom
Poetry comes to life in a genre more applicable to today's society. You can listen and more clearly understand what lies beneath each poet's words. Tread on My Dreams makes you think; it is a wonderful CD.

Molly Kretchmar

Melinda Stanford's musical compositions are original, diverse, and compelling. Her stunning and soaring vocals bring life to the wide-range of poetry used. I found the CD to be incredibly moving -- what an experience.

Macall Newman

This is a fantastic piece of work. The magic behind the poety put to music is breath taking. I listen to this CD in my car, my bedroom, in the shower. I literally carry it around with me because it caters to my every mood. It's sweet and soothing when I need it to be, but I find the soul and power in every song as well. I strongly recommend this CD to anyone and everyone who simply enjoys good music. The vocals are unbelievably strong and perfect for every track. I hope that you all enjoy Trend on My Dreams as much as I do! BUY IT!!
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