WELCOME

I'm Laura Meyer AKA Cygne (looks intimidating, but it's pronounced seen). I'm a musician-writer from all over - lately (and originally) the New York City area. I recently completed a fifteen-country tour in support of my latest album, Let It Breathe. Right now I'm taking a pause to do just that... check out the music and if you feel moved to, say hello

Let it breathe... out today! 

Today's the day!

You can now listen to Let It Breathe on bandcampiTunesSpotify, and other digital platforms*, plus on brand new shiny compact discs!

Big world on a little ball

Amidst the turmoil in the US and abroad releasing an album feels a bit like humming beside an erupting volcano. However making these songs has been my salvation the past year and I release them with the intention and hope that they will bring you joy and comfort as well. Some of those who pre-ordered have shared the following responses: 

"your best yet!"
"badass!"
"LOVE IT"
"looooooooovvvvve"
"righteous"
"more hopeful and optimistic than I expected... positively refreshing"
"fantastic!"

... but in the famous words of Levar Burton, you don't have to take my word for it. ;)

10 year anniversary bonus album

Today also marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Four Corners, the first album I recorded with Steve Rossiter back when I was a senior in college and a pre-schooler in life. To celebrate a decade of collaboration (and growth!) every purchase of Let It Breathe through my website or bandcamp comes with a free bonus download of Four Corners!

Let It Breathe Winter Tour

Please join me for the following west coast concerts!

Feb 10 / OLYMPIA, WA // Cascadia Homebrew
Feb 11 / REDMOND, WA // SoulFood
Feb 12 / TACOMA, WA // Unity of South Sound
Feb 14 / TACOMA, WA // University of Puget Sound
Feb 16 / SEATTLE, WA // Conor Byrne
Feb 18 / SEATTLE, WA // C & P
Feb 25 / BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA // Eleven
Mar 01 / PORTLAND, OR // Alberta Street Pub
Mar 03 / PORT TOWNSEND, WA // Disco Bay Detour
Mar 04 / CHIMACUM, WA // Finnriver
Mar 07 / DAVENPORT, CA // Davenport Roadhouse
Mar 08 / MENLO PARK, CA // Off the Grid
Mar 10 / MENLO PARK, CA // Cafe Zoé
Mar 11 / WINTERS, CA // Berryessa
Mar 12 / EUGENE, OR // Unity of the Valley
Mar 13 / SISTERS, OR // Open Door
Mar 16 / EUGENE, OR // Black Forest
Mar 18 / SALEM, OR // Tap Root
Mar 19 / EUGENE, OR // Hop Valley
Mar 22 / PORTLAND, OR // White Eagle
Mar 23 / LA CONNER, WA // Anelia's
Mar 24 / OLGA, WA // Doe Bay

More California & Europe tour dates will be announced soon. In the meantime, here's a taste of the road: 

Rearview 

It's been a fun, fast month touring from Santa Fe to Seattle. I've spent more time indoors than I'm used to (it's sleeting on the skylight as I type) but here are a couple photos from the trip up the coast:
Had a lovely visit with lovely Johnny Houx in lovely Ferndale, CA. In case you missed it, here's our (lovely?) cover of PJ Harvey's "We Float." 
And lovely cows. Oregon's dramatic coastline...The past couple weeks I've been in Portland, writing and phoning and doing other stuff. 
I admit I often feel like: 
But I too am more hopeful and optimistic than expected. 

With love, 

Cygne



People often ask what's the best way to acquire music in a way that will support the musician. In case you're wondering (thank you): 
1. It's always best to buy directly from the artist.
2. Bandcamp is also a wonderful option because they charge just small percentage and the rest of the money goes directly to the artist. Plus - today only bandcamp is donating 100% of their profits to the ACLU!
3. iTunes is also a good place to purchase music, and regardless of whether or not you purchase the album via iTunes it'd be a huge help if you would write a positive review for Let It Breathe
4. As for streaming, Spotify compensates me approximately $0.001 per song. This is far from a living wage however creating playlists and sharing the music with your friends is still a great way to show support. Especially if you leave it playing 24-7 ;)

52 Covers Ep. 4: "I Asked For Water" 



Howlin' Wolf has kept me company for many thousands of miles and this song is one of my favorites. And so relevant. 

Still haven't any words on this week in the USA so I'm going to let the music do the talking. Here are some useful links!

http://thesixtyfive.org/home 
http://standingrock.org 
http://blacklivesmatter.com 
https://ourrevolution.com 
https://www.womensmarch.com 
https://berniesanders.com 
https://www.plannedparenthood.org 
https://www.beforetheflood.com 
http://www.sierraclub.org 
http://www.nodapl.life
https://refugeerights.org 
http://aclu.org

Thank you. You can join the 52 Covers project and submit your requests at https://www.patreon.com/cygnemusic  

<3

Surrender 

Thought the world could use a love song today. 

Surrender ain't the same as giving up.  

​<3


 

52 Covers Ep. 3: "We Float" 

Week three! So soon! Here's a full moon fresh air video from the Ferndale cemetery featuring the one and only Johnny Houx:

Johnny and I met over ten years ago at the Sidewalk Cafe open mic in NYC. He immediately stood out as a writer who made me want to write and a singer who made me want to sing. He is an Artist. Next time I'll ask him to sing one of his originals!

A few years ago I was surprised and delighted to run into Johnny some 3500 miles west of the East Village and Ferndale has been a favorite tour stop ever since. This April I'll be playing a couple special shows in Ferndale, one with another gifted John Craigie. We'll be at The Old Steeple 4/20, and the night before a friend and I will be covering Tom Petty's Wildflowers in its entirety! Am I taking this covers project too far? Maybe. But who could choose only one song from Wildflowers?

Hope you enjoy this song as much as I enjoyed playing an ebow in the sunshine. PJ Harvey is one of my favorite artists and Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea was the album that made me fall in love with her. 

If you'd like to support this project/my music you can now become a patron at Patreon! Thanks for watching and see you next week :)

Desert Daze 

Here are photos from the January newsletter. Subscribe here to receive updates from the road, tour announcements, music, and more.  

New Year's Resolution: The 52 Covers Project 

Happy New Year! Congratulations!! You made it!!

I spent NYE getting high on chocolate, plotting a global adventure, and working on my resolution. ARE YOU READY?

This year... I vow... to learn... a COVER song... (gasp!) EVERY WEEK... (what?!) AND... (there's more?!) I WILL POST IT ON THE INTERNET FOR ALL TO SEE AND HEAR!!! 

I know what you're thinking. I won't last to Valentine's Day. But I'm determined! While I was staying with my friend Victoria Vox a few weeks ago she gave me the idea. A couple years ago she accomplished this unbelievable feat while on a world tour and she lived to tell the tale! 

If you're wondering what the big deal is - in ten years of touring I've performed a grand total of zero covers. ZERO! (That's embarrassing.) That all changes today! 2017 is the year of building bridges, getting out of one's head, learning, growing, listening, evolving - so please submit your requests! It's free to subscribe!

I was trying to think of an inspirational "new beginnings" song to kick off the year... but I came across a sweet Fender Princeton Chorus and as I was dusting it off "All Apologies" came tumbling out. So here you go:



Fitting, as I'm touring up to the Pacific NW next week. Despite the weather reports I'm really looking forward to it! Flea loaned me his hat!! #ilovethe90s

Here are January tour dates: 

Fri, Jan 06 Boulder Dam Brewing, Boulder City, NV 
Tues, Jan 10 Off the Grid, Cupertino, CA 
Wed, Jan 11 Off the Grid, El Cerrito, CA 
Thurs, Jan 12 Mad River Brewing, Blue Lake, CA 
Fri, Jan 13 7 Devils, Coos Bay, OR 
Sat, Jan 14 Victory Club, Salem, OR 
Wed, Jan 18 Stoneway Cafe, Seattle, WA 
Fri, Jan 20 Sigillo Cellars, Snoqualmie, WA 
Sun, Jan 22 Unity of Portland, Portland, OR 
Fri, Jan 27 LET IT BREATHE WORLDWIDE RELEASE! 

In a couple days I'll send a newsletter with pictures and more newsy bits. You can subscribe here. Thanks for making December's tour of the SW so special!! Tune in next week for the second installment of the 52 Cover Project! 

Love and blessings for 2017,

Cygne

Miracles 

Here's my letter to Santa/The Universe/God/Creator/Great Spirit/All-One/Whom It May Concern: 



I wrote "Miracles" last New Years' Eve when I returned from Europe. Between the refugee crisis and the attacks in Paris I was desperate for meaning and purpose. My friend Stephi urged me to make a list of my desires so that I might reignite my imagination and find joy again. At first it felt ridiculously indulgent to want for anything while safe, warm, and well-fed. But soon the words started flowing and I found myself laughing. The original version of this song (basically a list of what I want) was over forty-five minutes!

This summer I brought the lyrics to Steve Rossiter at Axis Sound and over the past several months we've (he's) transformed it into the opus you now hear. You can pre-order the album now on bandcamp and in the webstore. If you can, please help support the refugees by donating and voicing your concern to your representatives

I hope you enjoy it, and that "Miracles" inspires your own. Here's to a miraculous 2017! 

Cygne 

Happy Solstice! 

Yesterday I shared Let It Breathe with the Kickstarter backers! It's officially breathing!! I'm ecstatic/incredulous/grateful/amazed!!! 

Can't believe it. Everything sounds so good. I went for a run in thirty-degree weather today and I was smiling so hard listening to it my gums froze! AGH! Steve (mystery-man-muscle-shoals-dream-team-joy-machine) outdid himself turning my lil acoustic demos into an album I love more and more and more and more with every listen. For six months we've been talking nearly daily, going back and forth and sculpting these songs out of the ether. And now an album is born!

Insanely grateful. What a year. It's been challenging for all of us and I hope these songs are good friends to you, as they have been to me.

The public release will be in early 2017 (you can order limited edition signed copies now) and in the meantime here's some loving music that's keeping me mellow through album-release-holiday-baking-mania.


Happy New Year! So much love!!

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