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A lot of folks claim to have seen evidence of my fragile mental state on the Piers Morgan Show. I won’t deny that (why bother?), but it was a very short amount of hair-raising time in which to make some very important points, and at least indicate some of the back-story for those who didn’t attend the show at Yoshi’s. So for anyone still interested, I provide a full transcript of the interview, with the most salient points highlighted:
 
Once again, thanks for listening, sorry for causing any offence or anxiety, and see y’all soon….
 
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Transcript:
 
MORGAN: Michelle Shocked is the indie folksinger who’s made a habit of shocking her fans recently. Clubs around the country have canceled her concerts ever since she made some very controversial remarks about homosexuality and same-sex marriage. She’s here now to tell her side of the story for the first time. Joining me exclusively in her first national interview since the incident is Michelle Shocked. 

Welcome to you. 

MICHELLE SHOCKED: Thanks, Piers. 

MORGAN: I need to explain what happened. We need to just play a bit of audio from this gig you did in San Francisco on March 17th. And this was an exchange you had with the audience. Went on for quite some time, but the one that got all the attention was this. 

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SHOCKED: I was in a prayer meeting yesterday, and you’ve got to appreciate how scared, how scared folks on that side of the equation are. I mean, from their vantage point – and I really shouldn’t say their, because it’s mine, too – we are at nearly the end of time. And from our vantage point, we are going to be — I think maybe Chinese water torture is going to be the means, the method once Prop 8 gets instated and once preachers are held at gun point and forced to marry the ho-mo-sexuals, I’m pretty sure that that will be the signal for Jesus to come on back. You said you wanted reality. 

(END VIDEO CLIP)

MORGAN: Now I’ve listened to about 20 minutes of what went on on the Internet. And what was clear, was although some of the audience were laughing then, that mood changed, and they became pretty angry with what you were saying, as you elaborated. You went on to say “If any of you want to go out and tweet that Michelle Shocked said God hates” – and you used a derogatory word for gays – “please do so.” And the mystifying question for many of your fans – and indeed everyone who’s read about this story – is, Why would you say these things? 

SHOCKED: I admit I made a mistake, Piers. If I had the chance to go back and do it again, I don’t think I would have taken the audience up on their choice. I had presented an entire performance, and I’d framed it as “Truth.” And then I came back out for an encore, and they requested “Reality.” And what has consequently taken place ever since then is my manifestation of how little I think of reality. I know that it’s stock-in-trade for a lot of the media to just present things like ‘That’s how it really is.’ But I don’t think the audience was ready for the consequences of that, and I surely have not been happy with it. 

MORGAN: Right. I mean, it’s been devastating to you and your career. You’ve had concerts cancelled all over the place. And I would imagine a very turbulent time for you. What many of your fans are saying is they you don’t really understand why you would want to put any kind of comments like that in the public domain, not least of which, because you once came out as bisexual yourself. So they’ve no comprehension that you would be remotely homophobic. Have you become homophobic? 

SHOCKED: Over I’d say the last 10-12 years, I’ve enjoyed such a degree of independence and freedom, I can basically do whatever I want. I don’t have minders or managers telling me what to do. And I have adopted a course that’s not the orthodox one where, I say that there’s only two things you don’t discuss in polite company. One is politics, and the other is religion. And I make a point of talking about both. And the clip that we just listened to – it sounds quite serious-minded – but it was at the start as I said of the encore and — 

MORGAN: But you lost the audience. That’s why I said I listened to the whole thing. 

SHOCKED: Not then but later on, yes. 

MORGAN: And most of them began to walk out and were very unhappy about it and wanted their money back and so on. But I repeat the question. I mean, are you basically, when you said what you said, it sounds on the face of it to be pretty obvious and clear homophobia. Are you homophobic? 

SHOCKED: Yes, on the — on the surface it sounds really bad. It’s not really a point worth making, but the show is supposed to be live, not recorded. And — 

MORGAN: What difference would that make? 

SHOCKED: To me it’s an important difference, but I don’t think we have time to go into it right now. When you read it in the transcript, which I’d gone back and created, I can do a couple of things to show you and highlight — 

(CROSSTALK)

MORGAN: Wait a minute. Let’s try and keep it simple for the audience. 

SHOCKED: All right. 

MORGAN: Because, you were born a Mormon, you converted to — to become a born again Christian. And many Christians have views about gays, and about gay marriage and other issues. Are you somebody that objects to a gay lifestyle, and to gay marriage? 

SHOCKED: If the question is asked to make things simple for the audience – and I believe you that it is – I’d like to make it even simpler. I am, for the last 10 years, so deeply in love with a man, that the idea of living my life without him is impossible. 

MORGAN: Right. 

SHOCKED: I know how much I love him, and knowing that passion that I have for him, would I ever want to deny that to anyone else? Absolutely not. 

MORGAN: So you’re not homophobic? 

SHOCKED: The truth, I don’t think, lies in the simplicity. I think it’s in the nuance. And that’s been completely lost in this unfortunate -
 
MORGAN: What were you — I mean, let me play along with what you are saying which is you didn’t mean it to come over the way it did, even though it seems pretty clear to me – 

SHOCKED: Yes. Yes. 

MORGAN: what I was listening to. Where was the ambiguity? What was the point you were trying to make? 

SHOCKED: Like, I think, knowing your dedication to focusing on gun control issues, for example, right? And the line is, “Once preachers are held at gunpoint.” What could I have possibly meant by the idea — and Prop 8 I said is instated, well, I’m sorry, but Prop 8 already stands. I didn’t know what I was talking about. Clearly I was — 

MORGAN: But you’re not a stupid person. Why didn’t you know what you were talking about? 

SHOCKED: Because the nature of spontaneous improvisation, I had done a complete show as truth, and the audience requested reality. And so I was giving them the whole macabre distortion of truth that I consider reality to be. And that’s where all these confusions and misunderstandings — 

MORGAN: Are you — with all the members of the gay community who are outraged by what you said, are you — are you sorry? 

SHOCKED: Yes, I am very much so, because what’s being questioned is my support for that community. And they have been a predominant component of my audience over the years. It may seem very calculated and simple on my part that I would disavow them at this stage, but I need to tell them sincerely and directly: In no way do I disavow the LGBT community, in the same way that I don’t disavow my faith community. 

MORGAN: And do you have any problem with gay marriage? 

SHOCKED: No, I don’t. 

MORGAN: Do you support it? 

SHOCKED: I do. 

MORGAN: So you support full gay rights? 

SHOCKED: Absolutely. 

MORGAN: Well, Michelle, thank you for clarifying it. Looks like you’re sorry you said what you said. And people, your fans I’m sure will be relieved to hear that. 

SHOCKED: If I may, the point is worth making that there is an empathy that’s unique to what I hold my position. I was identified as a lesbian, as bisexual, early in my career. But the way that came about was such that I held my peace. I didn’t, I didn’t try to defend — because I didn’t feel like it was anything to defend: I’m not “a gay” — But to say that the manager that first presented me to the world…made a pass at me. And when I spurned his approach, that was all the — that was all the encouragement that he needed to then market me as a lesbian and then — 

MORGAN: Well, he made, he obviously – if that is it true, he made a mistake then, and you made a mistake on the 17th of March in San Francisco. I think we probably agree on that. And I wish you well in making a recovery. 

SHOCKED: Now you offered that my efforts, my current efforts, aren’t going to be swept under the carpet. So I’d like to take you up on that offer, if you don’t mind. 

MORGAN: What do you mean? 

SHOCKED: I mean that I have been diligently working for the last five years on a project that is — if I have not managed to convince you that I have very much at stake in putting this question to rest: is Michelle Shocked homophobic? Does Michelle Shocked support the gay community? — 

MORGAN: Well, you’ve answered those questions.

SHOCKED: To your satisfaction? 

MORGAN: Well, you’ve answered them very clearly, and people can make their own minds up if you mean it. That’s not for me to say that. 

SHOCKED: Well, as I say, in the court of public opinion, putting a poet — 

MORGAN: OK. 

SHOCKED: — on a tribunal like this, I just want to say — 

MORGAN: Michelle, I put the questions to you. You’ve answered them emphatically, and I will take you at your word. Thank you for joining me. 

SHOCKED: “The apple tree has got some strange fruit / that even Adam wouldn’t try / but human nature is living proof that – ” 

MORGAN: The world is full of strange trees and strange truth. 

SHOCKED: “Beauty is in the beholder’s eye.” 

MORGAN: I agree with you. Michelle Shocked, nice to see you.


Yoshi’s Truth vs Reality March 17 bootleg Transcript

As certain of my remarks have, I believe, been taken out of context, I am providing, to anyone still interested, as complete a transcript as I can of what actually happened during my encore at Yoshi’s, based on the bootleg first posted by the San Francisco Bay Guardian on March 18. Nothing has been edited out, and any further corrections are welcome. The only liberty I’ve taken is to highlight those words, in bold, pointing to intentions which were misinterpreted at the time, and have since remained obscure.
 
 
Of course the fault for that is completely my own, and I can not and do not blame anyone for defending the gay community.
 
 
*****
Stage Set
Three portraits: Georgia, Michelle, Frida (appx 6’ x 4’ each)
Stage Left – Georgia’s image is framed backwards, her portrait is visible behind the frame. Invisible to the audience, the word TRUTH is on the front of the frame
 
 
Center Stage – Michelle’s portrait; the image is visible and the frame is invisible. Above her face is a word balloon ‘@mshocked’ and below her face is a word balloon ‘join the discussion.’ Invisible to the audience, the word VS. on the back of her image. To the right of her portrait, a stool is placed.
 
 
Stage Right – Frida’s image is framed backwards, her portrait is visible behind the frame. Invisible to the audience, the word REALITY is on the front of the frame.
 
 
Foreshadow
Onstage, Michelle confesses she is terrified. Audience is encouraging. Michelle inquires if she is the only one there who believes an Invisible Man is in the room. A timid woman in the back raises her hand and Michelle invites her onstage. After a few gentle urgings to her and further solicitation to the audience, @TheGuapo volunteers. He steps onstage to operate her Twitter handle, @mshocked from her iPhone as her ‘avatar.’ After revealing the words “TRUTH”  “VS.” “REALITY” by turning the portraits opposite, Michelle offers the choice to her audience. Per @TheGuapo, the audience chooses TRUTH. Thus, Michelle plays 10 songs sequentially from Short Sharp Shocked with little comment. She bows and leaves the stage. Audience applauds.
 
 
Encore – (content is from the bootleg recording)
Yoshi: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Michelle Shocked.
 
 
Michelle: Hey, y’all wanna hear what some of y’all just said? Alright. Let’s see, where do I start? (reading tweets) Umm..
 
Tweet: “Awesome” (laughter).
 
Michelle: I don’t know where it’s starting, so I’m just gonna start here.
 
Tweet: “Oh, my other big favorite, along with Jump Jim Crow”…
 
Michelle: Where are you, Elise?
 
Tweet: “That’s OK. I’m Anchored Down in Anchorage, even with commercial breaks.” (laughter)
 
Tweet: “Thanks for the shout-out for ‘Strike Debt’ #lifeordebt.”
 
Michelle: That’s from Lisa, and Lisa was the only person who joined the conversation before the show. Remember where it said….(indicating the word balloons, no longer visible, on the portrait)
 
Audience: (laughter) Yeahhh. Now we remember. Right there right there right there right there…. 
 
Audience: (in a German accent) Hello. It’s so good to see you again.
 
Michelle: (responding to the tweet sent to Lisa prior to the show) I said ‘the Calvary has finally arrived,’ and I think I meant ‘cavalry,’ but I’m not sure I did. (laughter)
 
Tweet: “Every time you sing Anchorage, I think of my six-year-old skateboard punk rocker Stella.” (audience members hoot)
 
Tweet: “Hey ‘Chelle, how’s that jack rabbit running?”
 
Michelle: I think that’s a request for a song that I have called “Jump Little Rabbit” ‘cause Easter’s comin’, y’know?
 
Tweet: “Some things only get better with age. That song was clearly one of them.”
 
Michelle: Thank you, Christine!
 
Tweet: “Reality” could include some Gospel.” (audience laughter)
 
Michelle: Any other lovers of Invisible Man in here? This is sincere – the two things that I’m passionate about, y’all…I love me some Jesus, and I love liberation. And I did not know how I was gonna come to San Francisco, and…authentically represent the….(leaves thought hanging, reads further)
 
Tweet: “We came to see you. Don’t need no other guitar-player no how. Great first set.”
 
Tweet: “Rocked my baby to sleep to ‘Anchorage’ 13 years ago,”
 
 
Michelle: (acknowledging the tweet is from the wife of the avatar, @TheGuapo, who is now seated in the audience) ..and thank you for the loan thereof, of your husband. Truth be damned, let’s go with reality, just for a while. And I know I talk a lot, and apparently at some point it’s gonna either put me in a coma, or cause me to have cancer and a premature death, but I really can’t help it now. I’ve dedicated 25 years to becoming more and more authentic, and I’m told that has value in the current culture but I’m not 100% convinced (laughter). But there’s no turning back. I’ve been practicing for quite a while.
 
 
But I’ve got some pretty wonderful role models to draw on. Georgia O’Keefe (applause). For those of you who don’t believe there’s an Invisible Guy here in the room with us now, you may be inspired by her example. There was this one mountain she painted over and over and over again. It was very near her house in Santa Fe, the mountain was called Pedernal. And finally someone asked her, “Why, Georgia?” – I don’t think she had Twitter, but somebody got to her –  “Why do you paint this mountain so many times?” And her answer was quite confounding for someone who confessed to NOT believe in God. She said, “Because God told me, if I painted it enough, He would give it to me.” I’m just telling you the facts (laughter). And so, sure enough, when Georgia died – anybody want to hazard a guess as to where they scattered her ashes? Unh-hunh. So, it’s not too late. You can jump into this Jesus game anytime you want.
 
 
But I was in a prayer meeting yesterday, and you gotta appreciate how scared, how scared, folks on that side of the equation are. I mean, from their vantage point – and I really shouldn’t say ‘their,’ because it’s mine, too – we are nearly at the end of time, and from our vantage point, we’re gonna be, uh – I think maybe Chinese water torture is gonna be the means, the method – once Prop 8 gets instated, and once preachers are held at gunpoint, and forced to marry the homosexuals. I’m pretty sure that will be the signal for Jesus to come on back.
 
 
Audience: (laughter) Whaaat?
 
 
Michelle: You just said you wanted reaiity (laughs). If someone would be so gracious as to please tweet out, “Michelle Shocked just said, from stage, ‘God hates faggots’” (laughter). Would you do it now? (laughter)
 
 
Audience: You can have your [muffled], Michelle! I think some people got it [undetermined]
 
 
Michelle: (adjusting strap) Just adjusting my bra strap. Nothing worth getting in a froth about.
 
 
Audience: What?
 
 
Michelle: You’re confounded! Matt, you might need to get back up here.
 
 
Matt (@TheGuapo): There’s gonna be aloooot of talkin’ about that.
 
 
Michelle: I ain’t scared. I ain’t scared. This is not a tribunal. This is one woman’s opinion. And…it’s fun. It’s a lotta fun. I am so committed to loving each and every soul in this room tonight, that I could not come here and ignore you. I could not come here and pretend that I was above the conversation, and I couldn’t pretend that I was beneath it either. I had to join it. Thank you for that one handclap – I do that all the time.  Matter of fact, I was in church a couple of…you know it’s come to a bad point when the white girl is sitting in a Black church, I’m clappin’ (claps) and the man in front of me turns around and goes, ‘That’s irritatin’.’ (audience laughter) Hallelujah. I’d like to play you some songs, but –
 
 
Woman: I hope you get wise, Michelle, and realize that there’s nothing to fear. There’s nothing to fear. Everybody is deserving of your, whoever your God is, His love.   
 
 
Michelle: Can I respond to that, off the microphone?
 
 
Woman: You can respond to that ON the microphone.
 
 
Michelle: (angry, shouting) I AM SICK OF CHRISTIANS, FILLED WITH HYPOCRISY, HIDING BEHIND THE SYMBOL OF A CROSS!
 
 
Woman: C’mon, show it. Show your true self. C’mon!
 
 
Audience: Could you clarify? C’mon Michelle! Say what you mean!  What are you so afraid of?
 
 
Michelle: I believe that the word of God is just what it says it is: the truth.
 
 
Audience: (getting restive) Oh dear God. The who? Let’s not forget, in the Bible….Frightening, frightening, etc.
 
 
Michelle: I’m just saying one thing. Just one thing. Just one thing. Porque de tal manera amo Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigenito, para que todo aquel que en El cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna.
 
 
Audience: We don’t speak Spanish!
 
 
Michelle: You don’t speak Spanish?
 
 
Audience: Oh no, we do! I don’t! Say it in English!
 
 
Michelle: (starts to play guitar, then singing)
Leaving town while I still can
Going down to the Yucatan
To become a wanted man
It happens that fast
Saying my goodbyes,
Now, mama, don’t you go and cry
I gotta try to live without a past
 
 
Shined my shoes, dressed the soles, only cost me five pesos
At this rate the money goes twice as far
Atencion, Señor, mas cerveza por favor
A rolling stone gathers his thoughts in a Mexican bar
 
 
(spoken, with guitar accompaniment)
I was heading down to Guatemala, during a very brief ceasefire in the hostilities. But I’d made the mistake of booking my flight on AeroMexico
 
 
Audience: Are you being homophobic, or….[muffled] That’s the most homophobic thing I ever heard…[muffled]…Yeah, but she’s in my town [muffled]….
 
 
Michelle: AeroMexico is owned by the Mexican government, so they arrange things so you can’t fly through Mexico without stopping for a night in Cancun  – which, I don’t know
 
 
Man near microphone, to waitress: Excuse me
 
 
Waitress: Are you ready for the check?
 
 
Man: Just one second. Where is the management of this place, to get this moron out of this place?
 
 
Michelle: Cancun is some people’s idea of paradise, a lot of fat, happy gringos saying, ‘Pépé, bring me another cerveza.’ So when the plane landed at the airport in Cancun, I told the taxi-driver, ‘Just take me into town, I’m gonna stay at a pension, avoid those fancy resorts.’ And to my surprise, another gringo asked, could he get a ride. I said sure. We got to the hotel, checked into our separate rooms – this story’s not going where you think it is – but about five minutes later, he comes knockin’ on my door, wanting to know, do I got change for a hundred dollar bill? I said “Man, this here is Mexico, they don’t use dollars here, they use pesos. But this was back when I was still drinking, so I said, “You wanna come around the corner with me to a bar for a beer? Maybe they’ll have change for your $100 there.” So we did. And they did.
 
 
(audience restive)
 
 
And after a beer, maybe two, OK three, he started explaining to me that he was supposed to be in Memphis the next morning, for a court hearing. This man was on the lam. But that’s alright, that’s alright, because he had bought a book. And that book was called “How to be a Fugitive.” Of course you realize, he’d just broken the first rule of the book: if you’re gonna be a fugitive, don’t tell nobody. After another beer, he told me how he was gonna get by in Mexico. He was gonna continue doin’ what he’d been doin’, which was makin’ guitars. Right there in his bag, he had a sample of his wares – did I wanna see ‘em? “Sure,” I told him. “Show me what you got.” And he pulled out the neck, the headstock of the guitar that he’d been working on. And right there on the end, like they all do, was the name of the luthier: Newman. New…Man. 
 
 
I ain’t gonna pass that up. So I wished him well – especially as he’d just broken the second rule of the book: if you’re gonna be a fugitive, don’t tell anybody your real name. I admit all I really know, is the little that he’d told me, but between you and me
 
 
(singing)
It’s best between the lines
Although I swear I’d heard him say there’d been a fiancée
Convicted of his love, but not his crime
Listen, y’all –
We are condemned by our own hand
A fugitive will understand
So forget everything you can  
What’s in a name?
 
 
But sure as the word made flesh the soul will confess
And this cup passes before us all the same
 
 
Oh, don’t bother to applaud – it’s not needed (faint applause continues). No, no, seriously. I don’t think I can handle all the adulation right now.
 
 
Woman: You don’t deserve it. Everyone should get up and leave! That was rotten! That was a horrible thing to say, if that’s what you believe.
 
 
Audience: Somebody over there believes she means something different. Maybe you’ve been confusing -
 
 
Michelle: I got a question for y’all. It’s a sincere question. How are you enjoying reality so far?
 
 
Audience: Not your reality
 
 
Michelle: Sucks pretty much, doesn’t it?
 
 
Audience: Oh yeah – (other woman continues yelling)
 
 
Michelle: You can’t have both.
 
 
Audience: Don’t come to San Francisco saying that shit.
 
 
Michelle: Don’t come to San Francisco saying that shit? Let’s take that note. I just got a tweet, they said, “Don’t come to San Francisco saying that shit.” Where do I go to say that shit?
 
 
Audience: Wow! Arkansas! That’s so weird, you’re so weird…
 
 
Michelle: It IS weird. (laughs) Yeah, it is weird…
 
 
Audience member: Your reality is tweets? Your reality is tweets?
 
 
Michelle: This is not my choice –
 
 
Audience: According to this show, we spent like 20% of this show on tweets. 80% was a show, and 40% was homophobia
 
 
Audience: Get her out of here –
 
 
Yoshi: Yeah, we’re…I’m sorry, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you very much for joining us tonight at Yoshi’s.  
 
 
Michelle: You’re pulling the plug? They’re giving me the hook, y’all.
 
 
Audience: Hell no! No! Hell no!
 
 
Michelle: I still got game. I still got game.
 
 
Audience: You don’t need no amplifier -
 
 
Michelle: Shall we lose the mic?
 
 
Yoshi: Yeah…
 
 
Audience: Continue!
 
 
Michelle: Alright. I will (scattered applause, stage sounds) Let’s move closer When they take away the microphone, you wanna stay close….
 
 
(sound of audience leaving)
 
 
(singing)
Although I know my love for you is true
I seem to bring out the very worst in you
Perhaps you though my love could be bought
Perhaps you think we’re happy, but we’re not –
 
 
(under Yoshi announcement:)
I tried to talk it out
But you just take it out on me
 
 
Yoshi: Ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of Yoshi’s, we appreciate your patronage, and your servers will be with you shortly with your tabs. Thank you so much for joining us, and we do hope to see you again back here very soon. Thank you.
 
 
(Michelle, still singing)
Shout at me to shut up
Turn the volume up on the TV
And when the neighbors all began to complain
You yell at me, and tell me it’s my treachery’s to blame
I gave you my trust
 
 
Audience: Michelle, we love you -
 
 
(still singing)
But I’m taking back the same
For the things you are doing in our name
listen, y’all -
All I ever needed you to show me was your soul
But I see that all you ever really wanted was control
And now I know this wasn’t part of your plan
But I’m singing this – citizen to country – not woman to man
I’m sayin’ that we should see other people
We should see other people
Oh I believe with all my heart
That we should start to see other people
 
 
(glasses being collected, crowd noise)
 
 
All I ever needed you to show me was your soul
But I see that all you ever really wanted was control
And now I know this wasn’t part of your plan
But I’m singing this – citizen to country – not woman to man
I’m sayin’ that we should see other people
We should see other people
Oh I believe with all my heart
That we should start to see other people
 
 
I just want y’all to know that I didn’t ask for a deposit for this performance, and I have pretty good reason to believe that when I leave here tonight, I’m gonna be told that I did not give anyone their money’s worth. And so now I’d like to pass the hat, and ask if you wouldn’t mind putting a dollar in for the folksinger, for the busker, for the street performer. And if that’s too kind, maybe you’ll support my initiative – a songbook with sheet music in it. You can read the words, you can see for yourself, between the lines. All I’m trying to say is, God bless us, every one. Thank you for coming.
 
 
(applause)


Guitar SHero Episode 2 featuring Hello Hopeville

View the episode here. Celebrating 25 yEARs of #ShortSharpShocked, with a lot of help along the way from my friends at Taylor Guitars. Janet Robin is this month’s guitarista, you can check out her website at janetrobin.com. To keep up with all my coming and going be sure to leave your email address here. To support the effort by pre-ordering a copy of the limited-edition sheet music for I Will Be Loved, the song inspired by David Willardson’s beautiful portrait of Marilyn Monroe, click here. Next month’s episode of Guitar SHero features Memories of East Texas and Pickles Cohen, my new guitarista SHero pal, and on down the tracks for all the songs from the album…Stay tuned!


Michelle Shocked News – 2013

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Guitar SHero Episode 1 featuring When I Grow Up

View the episode here. Celebrating 25 Years of #ShortSharpShocked, with a special presentation by Noteflight. It goes by pretty fast, you might blink and miss it, but if you pay special attention you will discover how to soon hear my as-yet-unrecorded Indelible Women project as well…and support the effort by pre-ordering a copy of the limited-edition sheet music for I Will Be Loved, the song inspired by David Willardson’s beautiful portrait of Marilyn Monroe. Next month’s episode of Guitar SHero features Hello Hopeville and on down the tracks for all the songs from the album…Stay tuned!


Webstore direct link to order the $5.00 copy of Marilyn Monroe-inspired sheet music

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Michelle Shocked Launches Marilyn Monroe Sheet Music Campaign with Valentine’s Day Gift

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2013

“I Will be Loved” by Shocked inspired by Monroe Portrait Gives Fans Rare Treat for Romantic Holiday
 
LOS ANGELES — Singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked publishes an original new score, “I Will be Loved” – as sheet music— just in time for Valentine’s Day on Thursday, February 14th.

The composition – inspired by a striking portrait of Marilyn Monroe created by painter David Willardson—from Shocked’s as-yet-unrecorded songs comes out as part of a 10-part series, titled Indelible Women, and is now available only through Shocked’s website.

The publication of the Marilyn-inspired score jumpstarts both Shocked’s work-in-progress Indelible Women and the 25-Year Anniversary tour of her studio debut album, Short Sharp Shocked.  [See itinerary below].

Fans know the acclaimed picker-poet, Michelle Shocked, best for her song “Anchorage” from the critically acclaimed album, Short Sharp Shocked, released in 1988. Fans know David Willardson best for illustrating a “new look” for Disney’s animated movie posters and for his version of Disney characters.

Fans know Marilyn Monroe best as an iconic blonde bombshell.

For their collaboration, Shocked and Willardson created a mixed-media art project, Indelible Women, which includes 10 striking portraits and songs of perhaps the most iconic females from the previous century, including Marilyn MonroeAudrey HepburnElla FitzgeraldFrida Kahlo, Virginia Woolf, Georgia O’Keefe,Billie HolidayAmelia EarhartAnne Frank, and Michelle Shocked, herself.

I always knew I would be beautiful if I were loved”, sings Shocked from the Marilyn-inspired song.

So far, the folk-rock-Americana pioneer, Michelle Shocked has only played these Indelible Women songs live during her Roadworks concerts in recent years and in brief segments of her Tubeletters (video newsletters). Few have heard these songs performed in their entirety, until now.

The travelling troubadour, Michelle Shocked intends to publish only 500 hand-numbered limited-edition copies of one score of sheet music per month, beginning with the composition for Marilyn’s portrait, “I Will be Loved” in February and ending with a complete songbook in December.

“Marilyn’s song is one of the most romantic in the Indelible Women series,” states Shocked, “so we’re publishing it for the most romantic holiday of the year.”

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Michelle Shocked will offer the “I Will Be Loved” sheet music for $5.00  along with a free Valentine’s Day gift to her fans – Marilyn’s lips, illustrated by Willardson for the sheet music project.

I am publishing this sheet music so that music lovers all around the world can share the joy of creativity,” states Michelle Shocked, “Especially if they can read sheet music.”

Shocked, herself, does not read sheet music but that has not stopped her from creating compelling compositions.

Those interested in learning more can watch Michelle Shocked’s short video. Those interested in getting a copy of the sheet music and free Valentine’s Day gift can email michelle@michelleshocked.com.

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“I Will Be Loved” a 500-copy limited edition sheet music score only available here

Pre-order score for Marilyn’s song, “I Will Be Loved”. A hand-numbered 500-copy limited-edition of sheet music, $5.00 per copy. Shipping will commence immediately upon completion of pre-sales for the entire edition. Order via email request michelle@michelleshocked.com or follow this link


‘American Idle’ (Roadworks v.1)

Roadworks 2010: ‘American Idle’ was an incredible experience. I’ve rallied my favorite “Idlists”; fellow songwriters doing a brilliant job of putting a face and giving voice to folks caught in the cogs of the ever-grinding engine of global capital. They graciously allowed me to post their songs on my website. An all-star American Idle cast including Johanna Divine, Ron Bankley, Jon Shain, Marc Haney, Dianne Karelovich, John Clark, John Lynch, Paul Kenny, Zach Peterson and Joe Renner. Their work speaks for itself, so please take the time to listen to:

1. Johanna Divine – The Big Grab – Visit Johanna’s website
2. Ron Bankley – Break Even – Visit Ron’s website
3. Jon Shain – Dyehouse Blues – Visit Jon’s website
4. Marc Haney – Franklin Co. Kansas
5. Dianne Karelovich – There Goes the Neighborhood
6. John Clark – Hope in Hard Times Visit John’s website
7. John Lynch – What About Mainstreet
8. Paul Kenny – Better Days – Visit Paul’s website
9. Zach Peterson – S.N.A.F.U – Visit Zach’s website
10. Joe Renner – Mobsters, Gangsters & Banksters


Michelle Shocked News – September 2011

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