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

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This has been running through my head a lot this week: 



America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing.  
America two dollars and twentyseven cents January 17, 1956.    
I can’t stand my own mind.  
America when will we end the human war?  
Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb.  
I don’t feel good don’t bother me.  
I won’t write my poem till I’m in my right mind.  
America when will you be angelic?  
When will you take off your clothes?  
When will you look at yourself through the grave?  
When will you be worthy of your million Trotskyites?  
America why are your libraries full of tears?  
America when will you send your eggs to India?  
I’m sick of your insane demands.  
When can I go into the supermarket and buy what I need with my good looks?  
America after all it is you and I who are perfect not the next world.    
Your machinery is too much for me.  
You made me want to be a saint.  
There must be some other way to settle this argument.    
Burroughs is in Tangiers I don’t think he’ll come back it’s sinister.    
Are you being sinister or is this some form of practical joke?    
I’m trying to come to the point.  
I refuse to give up my obsession.  
America stop pushing I know what I’m doing.  
America the plum blossoms are falling.  
I haven’t read the newspapers for months, everyday somebody goes on trial for murder.  
America I feel sentimental about the Wobblies.  
America I used to be a communist when I was a kid I’m not sorry.    
I smoke marijuana every chance I get.  
I sit in my house for days on end and stare at the roses in the closet.    
When I go to Chinatown I get drunk and never get laid.    
My mind is made up there’s going to be trouble.  
You should have seen me reading Marx.  
My psychoanalyst thinks I’m perfectly right.  
I won’t say the Lord’s Prayer.  
I have mystical visions and cosmic vibrations.  
America I still haven’t told you what you did to Uncle Max after he came over from Russia.  
I’m addressing you.  
Are you going to let your emotional life be run by Time Magazine?    
I’m obsessed by Time Magazine.  
I read it every week.  
Its cover stares at me every time I slink past the corner candystore.    
I read it in the basement of the Berkeley Public Library.  
It’s always telling me about responsibility. Businessmen are serious. Movie producers are serious. Everybody’s serious but me.    
It occurs to me that I am America.  
I am talking to myself again.  

Asia is rising against me.  
I haven’t got a chinaman’s chance.  
I’d better consider my national resources.  
My national resources consist of two joints of marijuana millions of genitals an unpublishable private literature that jetplanes 1400 miles an hour and twentyfive-thousand mental institutions.  
I say nothing about my prisons nor the millions of underprivileged who live in my flowerpots under the light of five hundred suns.  
I have abolished the whorehouses of France, Tangiers is the next to go.  
My ambition is to be President despite the fact that I’m a Catholic.  

America how can I write a holy litany in your silly mood?  
I will continue like Henry Ford my strophes are as individual as his automobiles more so they’re all different sexes.  
America I will sell you strophes $2500 apiece $500 down on your old strophe  
America free Tom Mooney  
America save the Spanish Loyalists  
America Sacco & Vanzetti must not die  
America I am the Scottsboro boys.  
America when I was seven momma took me to Communist Cell meetings they sold us garbanzos a handful per ticket a ticket costs a nickel and the speeches were free everybody was angelic and sentimental about the workers it was all so sincere you have no idea what a good thing the party was in 1835 Scott Nearing was a grand old man a real mensch Mother Bloor the Silk-strikers’ Ewig-Weibliche made me cry I once saw the Yiddish orator Israel Amter plain. Everybody must have been a spy.  
America you don’t really want to go to war.  
America its them bad Russians.  
Them Russians them Russians and them Chinamen. And them Russians.    
The Russia wants to eat us alive. The Russia’s power mad. She wants to take our cars from out our garages.  
Her wants to grab Chicago. Her needs a Red Reader’s Digest. Her wants our auto plants in Siberia. Him big bureaucracy running our filling stations.  
That no good. Ugh. Him make Indians learn read. Him need big black niggers. Hah. Her make us all work sixteen hours a day. Help.    
America this is quite serious.  
America this is the impression I get from looking in the television set.    
America is this correct?  
I’d better get right down to the job.  
It’s true I don’t want to join the Army or turn lathes in precision parts factories, I’m nearsighted and psychopathic anyway.  
America I’m putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.  

Berkeley, January 17, 1956

52 Covers Project Ep. 31: "Lonely Girls"  

I spent the past hour writing a long thoughtful post about loneliness and disconnection and juuusssst as I was posting it the hotel wifi disconnected. Go figure. 

I'll save the deep thoughts for another day. Here's a video from the Santiago de Compostela bus station: 

It's been running through my head all week. It was a bumpy one! Jet-lag and homesick and sick sick and missing my boo and too tired to write/play/think straight. But then just as the lows were getting low the shows started to flow and Galicia got me up and rolling...  



Tour time & summer sale! 

A big box of Let It Breathes just arrived in Europe. And another journey begins :)



Aug 08 / A CORUÑA, ES // Festival Noroeste Estrella Galicia 
Aug 10 / LUGO, ES // Ho! Graf 
Aug 11 / FERROL, ES // Malo Será - San Jorge
Aug 12 / SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, ES // Festival Feito a Man
Aug 15 / TALLINN, EE // Texas Honky Tonk & Cantina
Aug 16 / MÄRJAMAA, EE // Vana Bussikas
Aug 17 / KURESSAARE, EE // Kuressaare Kultuurikeskus
Aug 18 / ANIJA, EE // Vana-Tõlla Peomaja
Aug 19 / PÄRNU, EE // Villa Ammende
Aug 20 / HAAPSALU, EE // Viieristi Kultuuriklubi
Aug 22 / RAPLA, EE // Rebaseurg
Aug 23 / TALLINN, EE // Hell Hunt
Aug 24 / VALGA, LV // Hotel Metsis
Aug 25 / OANDU, EE // Oanduaia
Aug 26 / NEEME, EE // Ruhe 
Aug 27 / ALTJA, EE // Toomarahva turismitalu 
Aug 28 / VILIJANDI, EE // Pubi Suur Vend
Aug 30 / RIGA, LV // Kino Bize

Sep 01 / WARSAW, PL // BARdzo bardzo
Sep 03 / TYCHY, PL // Dzika Plaża Paprocany
Sep 06 / PIŁA, PL // Rockopolis
Sep 07 / WSCHOWA, PL // TBA
Sep 09 / ZAKOPANE, PL // STRH Cafe & Gallery
Sep 10 / KRAKÓW, PL // 2Okna
Sep 11 / KRAKÓW, PL // Cafecinemaparadiso
Sep 12 / GDYNIA, PL // Carnivale Bar
Sep 13 / GDAŃSK, PL // Bruderschaft
Sep 14 / BERLIN, DE // Artliners w/ Dan & Laurel
Sep 16 / KIEL, DE // Prinz Willy
Sep 19 / HAMBURG, DE // Freundlich+Kompetent 
Sep 20 / KÖLN, DE // Kulturcafe Lichtung
Sep 22 / MANNHEIM, DE // Altes Volksbad
Sep 24 / LEIPZIG, DE // Kulturfabrik 
Sep 25 / BONISWIL, CH // TBA w/ Reto Burrell 
Sep 26 / BERN, CH // FabrikBistro
Sep 28 / BADEN, CH // TBA w/ Reto Burrell 
Sep 29 / BERN, CH // Matte Brennerei
Sep 30 / ALTDORF, CH // House Concert


Oct 01 / BASEL, CH // Offene Bühne
Oct 03 / BERN, CH // H27
Oct 04 / BASEL, CH // Autumn Sessions @ Markthalle Basel 
Oct 05 / SOLOTHURN, CH // Red John Irish Pub
Oct 06 / MONTREUX, CH // Ancienne Poste des Planches
Oct 07 / BIEL, CH // Literaturcafé Biel
Oct 09 / PARIS, FR // Le Pop In w/ Oh Pilot
Oct 12 / BARCELONA, ES // El Col-leccionista

More to be announced! Please join me on Instagram and Facebook for photos, videos, and updates.


Now through the weekend everything in the store is 20% off! This includes all t-shirts, tanks, and CDs! The store will close August 1st so grab yourself a Christmas-in-July present. And no, I don't know what's happening in the above photo but humans are weird.


Did you know I'm covering a song every week in 2017? This month I made it over the halfway hump!

If you'd like to support the project consider joining us on Patreon.


Also exciting - the new album is now on iTunesSpotify, Google Play, & a bunch of other platforms!Here's an interesting perspective on streaming music from David Byrne of the Talking Heads. Whenever possible it's best to purchase music directly from artists through official sites or bandcamp. Thank you!

WEST COASTThe past few weeks I've had a chance to unwind and wind-up with loved ones in Santa Cruz.Mama Cygne visited for the first time since I moved out here and we had a ball hiking and biking and feasting along the coast. I also had a great tour to Oregon and Washington, logging a couple thousand miles while listening to Bruce Springsteen read Born to Run

His stories of growing up on the Jersey shore sparked homesickness... but pretty soon he moved on to California and Europe and I remembered that home is everywhere. Especially for those born to run :)Glancing ahead to fall - I'm looking forward to returning to Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona in November and December. If you'd like to help set up a show or shelter a swan please get in touch. Thank you to those who already have!

And now I should probably tend to this suitcase I'm using as a desk right now. Have a great day and hope to see you soon! 


52 Covers Project Ep. 27 & 28: "What I Am" & "What's Up" 

Hello! Happy weekend! :D  

Here are a couple new covers. First is "What I Am" by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, a song I sang countless times as a child. 

As an older child I fell asleep listening to Volcano every night so when I hear Edie's voice I feel like I'm snuggled up under a comforter. Here's the 
original for you to admire the beautiful guitar solo and all the denim and hair that was 1988:


#28 is "What's Up" which you probably know and love-hate as it's a total ear worm:

If you watch this one please sing along... loudly ;)  

Had a great tour up to Washington and Oregon and now Mama Cygne is visiting from the East Coast so I'm going to rally for a hike. Have a great day and thanks for supporting the music!! 


Lyrics as Poetry 

Driving to the post office listening to the news I thought "war is the stupidest thing imaginable" which made me think of "Beans" and when I arrived at the post office "Beans" was waiting for me. Not sure what the moral of the story is, but maybe it's that war is the stupidest thing imaginable, law of attraction is legit, and creativity will save us. <3 

So honored to be included with these fine songwriters in the first volume of Lyrics as Poetry. Order your copy here.

Back in California with summer songs, deep thoughts, a zillion photos 

Happy Solstice!

Today is the semi-anniversary of Let It Breathe, born with a mouse click on the cold, dark winter solstice of 2016. In celebration of summer and the balance of all that has changed and remains unchanged today I'm releasing Let It Breathe (Softly)a breezier, stripped-down, almost-acoustic version of the album.

When I arrived in Santa Cruz a couple nights ago I walked around the neighborhood listening to the mixes under a star-filled, jasmine-scented sky, marveling at how different I feel from six months ago.

I don't know what last year's funk was about. Maybe it was planetary, or seasonal affective disorder that hung on for a few extra seasons. Maybe it was "creative illness." Maybe it was Prince. Certain events definitely impacted my capacity to breathe... but for whatever reason after a long dark period I'm seeing the world in color again. Nothing has changed and yet everything has. Life is mysterious.

It's likely there will be more gray periods and that's okay... that's life. I'll ride it out. We go back and forth, back and forth, little sailboats tacking towards the light. Over time we realize we're getting there. Or better yet, we are here. It's hard to remember progress isn't a direct line towards what we (think we) want (from our current, changing perspective). 

Traveling is so good for letting go. These past weeks of missed trains, hanger, sleep-deprivation, and beautiful chaos have been filled with opportunities to remember I can't control every outcome and alas, things tend to work out much better than if I could. Because I can only see what I can see. And there's a heck of a lot more out there to see. 

On the internet my life often looks like this:

And it does... sometimes. But much more often it looks like this: 

I generally only share the "positive" aspects of touring, not to brag or build up a false image but because inspiration likes being shared. And I love what I do. 

And I have rose-colored eyeballs. 

And I travel at such a rapid pace, with so much joy along the way, that the unsavory aspects of the road are fleeting. 

YET it can also be really challenging... and the challenges, oddly enough, make me love this journey even more. It's as if each day another slice of whatever I'm holding onto is scooped out and each night when I stand before you on stage I'm filled with love to a greater degree. 

The greatest reward of doing what we love is more love. 

Every step ----> deeper in love.

I had anxiety about this trip to Europe because I always have anxiety about hurtling through space, and thanks to the news the mind doesn't have to work very hard to concoct reasons to fear travel/people/anything/everything. But love is always stronger than fear. Proof? Humans. 

We fear and we love. We fear and we love. On two feet, back and forth, we move forward. This is progress. Not a direct line, but an ebb and flow. A leap of faith (taken with many steps). Darkness and light. 

Sometimes we feel like nothing is changing or that everything is changing in the wrong direction.

But nature reminds us that opposites balance. We inhale and we exhale. Right when we feel we're about to fall a reflex kicks in. 
In the US I meet a lot of people who are afraid of traveling abroad. While abroad I meet a lot of people who are afraid of traveling to the US. Again, thanks to the news we can list many reasons to fear each other. And yet we desire to see, explore, learn, discover uncover recover more of whatever keeps us spinning in this magical universe. 

Whether you're in a period of darkness or one of light something continues to support you. 

We support each other, without even realizing it. 

Last night in Palo Alto I walked by a mural of children cartwheeling beneath apple trees, some upright, some upside down, some in between. Above read "Play, Learn & Grow Together." I think that says it all.

Thank you for playing, learning, and growing with me. I'm so sleep-deprived and jet-lagged (is that a verb?) I'm rambling here but these past few weeks have been the happiest of my life. My heart feels as full as the sun today. And... I get to do it again! Here are summer tour dates :D


Jun 21 / SANTA CRUZ, CA // Discretion Brewing, 6pm
Jun 23 / MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA // Computer History Museum, 6:30pm
Jun 24 / MENLO PARK, CA // Cafe Zoë, 7pm
Jun 25 / REDWOOD CITY, CA // Center for Spiritual Living, 10am
Jun 25 / LOS GATOS, CA // Byington, 2pm
Jun 26 / HAYWARD, CA // Off the Grid, 6:30pm
Jun 28 / FOSTER CITY, CA // Off the Grid, 6:30pm
Jul 01 / MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA // Red Rock, 8pm
Jul 04 / DAVENPORT, CA // Davenport Roadhouse, 6pm
Jul 06 / HAYWARD, CA // The Bistro, 5pm
Jul 07 / SALEM, OR // Taproot, 8pm
Jul 08 / BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA // Eleven, 1pm
Jul 09 / TACOMA, WA // Unity of South Sound, 10am
Jul 09 / SEATTLE, WA // C & P Coffee, 3pm
Jul 13 / SNOQUALMIE, WA // The Black Dog, 7:30pm
Jul 15 / SNOQUALMIE, WA // Sigillo, 6:30pm
Jul 16 / SEATTLE, WA // Center for Spiritual Living, 9am


Aug 04 / PORTO, PT // Casa da Horta 
Aug 08 / A CORUÑA, ES // Festival Noroeste Estrella Galicia 
Aug 10 / LUGO, ES // Ho! Graf
Aug 11 / FERROL, ES // Malo Será - San Jorge
Aug 12 / SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, ES // Festival Feito a Man
Aug 15 / TALLINN, EE // Texas Honky Tonk & Cantina
Aug 16 / MÄRJAMAA, EE // Vana Bussikas
Aug 17 / KURESSAARE, EE // Kuressaare Kultuurikeskus
Aug 18 / ANIJA, EE // Vana-Tõlla Peomaja
Aug 19 / PÄRNU, EE // Villa Ammende
Aug 20 / HAAPSALU, EE // Viieristi Kultuuriklubi
Aug 23 / TALLINN, EE // Hell Hunt
Aug 24 / VALGA, LV // Hotel Metsis
Aug 25 / OANDU, EE // Oanduaia
Aug 26 / NEEME, EE // Open Air 
Aug 27 / ALTJA, EE // Toomarahva turismitalu 
Aug 29 / TŪJA, LV // Savvaļa
Aug 30 / RIGA, LV // Kino Bize
Sep 01 / WARSAW, PL // TBA
Sep 03 / TYCHY, PL // Dzika Plaża Paprocany
Sep 09 / ZAKOPANE, PL // STRH Cafe & Gallery
Sep 13 / GDAŃSK, PL // Bruderschaft
Sep 16 / KIEL, DE // Prinz Willy
Sep 19 / HAMBURG, DE // Freundlich+Kompetent 
Sep 20 / KÖLN, DE // Kulturcafe Lichtung
Sep 22 / MANNHEIM, DE // Altes Volksbad
Sep 24 / LEIPZIG, DE // Kulturfabrik 
Sep 25 / BONISWIL, CH // with Reto Burrell (TBA)
Sep 26 / BERN, CH // FabrikBistro
Sep 28 / BADEN, CH // with Reto Burrell (TBA)
Sep 30 / ALTDORF, CH // House Concert
Oct 01 / BASEL, CH // Offene Bühne
Oct 04 / BASEL, CH // Autumn Sessions @ Markthalle Basel 
Oct 05 / SOLOTHURN, CH // Red John Irish Pub
Oct 06 / MONTREUX, CH // Ancienne Poste des Planches
Oct 07 / BIEL, CH // Literaturcafé Biel

photo courtesy of LanaLive

Please let me know if you'd like to host a concert (or a swan), or if you can connect me with someone who would. I'm also hoping to make it back to other regions of the US in late 2017/early 2018... but I'm having a hard time keeping on top of emails/scheduling. :-O 

I owe a bunch of you replies... limited wifi + smashed phone + tired swan = extra slow response time. I love hearing from you!! Thank you for writing!!!

I have some days off on the horizon so I look forward to catching up with you soon. In the meantime thank you for keeping in touch on instagram and Facebook. There are new covers on patreon, too. Also - t-shirts and tanks are back in stock! and endorsed by Swiss rockstars :D

Thank you for reading and have a great summer! Let it breathe... softly:)


52 Covers Project Ep. 23: "Long Way Home" 

Greetings from Zürich! Recognize the balcony? Not only did my fabulous host Kristijan Lozić inspire this week's song, he's also the photographer of the Let It Breathe album cover. And my favorite human. <3 

While making art and tackling existential problems this weekend he turned me onto this Tom Waits song and it perfectly captures my pre-flight mood... just a few more shows in Europe and I'm back to California! So bizarre. All travel is time travel. I'm going to go to sleep now. Have a great week!

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