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True Blue

from Slow Burn by Mamie Minch

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I write this song after reading a New Yorker article about the color blue. It’s special, not really like other colors. The word for blue seems to develop much later in recorded histories than red, black, yellow. If you ask a little child who hasn’t been told, they won’t pick out the sky as being blue; it simply is sky colored. It is also the color of atmosphere; as mountains in a range get farther away, they are lower contrast, and more hazy blue. Yves Klein was obsessed with it, painted everything around him with his signature shade; he made an ancient thing feel very modern. I think it’s the most poetic of colors.


They say that white light is made up of all other
colors of light and I believe its true
it shines on me and what I reflect back
Is always deep enduring blue

It’s older than any virgin’s vestment
Bluer than my pretty baby’s eye
It’s deeper than all the lonely ocean
It’s never near, it’s always nigh

Sometimes I forget I’m Wednesday’s daughter
But never for long and never alone
I feel like blue, made up of color
That’s can’t be seen, it must be known

And one little life, one life like mine
One life like mine, ordinary and true
Can go on forever in this lonely world
Can be painted deep, enduring blue


from Slow Burn, released August 18, 2020
words/music: Mamie Minch
guitar/vocals: Mamie Minch
percussion: Dean Sharenow
french horn: CJ Camerieri


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MAMIE MINCH is a longtime staple of New York’s acoustic blues scene. Listening to her sing and play is like unpacking a time capsule of American music that’s been stored in her 1930’s National steel guitar for decades and filtered through a modern femme sensitivity. ... more

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