They Made Me Play a Polka - a memoir

They Made Me Play a Polka - a memoir
  • They Made Me Play a Polka - a memoir
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A heartbreaking and hilarious cautionary tale about how to fail in the music business, this memoir from Connecticut singer-songwriter Sue Menhart is a laugh out loud inside look at 30 years of trying to “make it,” with tales of nightmare gigs, shady club owners, and extremely large uvulas (that’s the thing at the back of your throat!). The book is jam-packed with useful tips, tricks, pitfalls, and atrocities associated with trying to succeed in the biz with plenty of pop culture references from the boom boxes of the 1980s to the digital complexities of the 2000s. Influenced by the early days of MTV, and after opening for REO Speedwagon on the back of a flatbed truck in 1981, she ponders, "How can I possibly not be super famous by now?" She chronicles the craft of music-making, interviews other musicians from around the world, and imparts suggested business knowledge to those seeking stardom, including how to go about attempting to win a Grammy. The memoir describes how musicians feel on and off stage, without ever getting to be a Bruce Springsteen or a Taylor Swift. Why do they do it? How do they do it? What must they endure? The book is enlightening and entertaining and lastly, inspiring.

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Digital Downloads of Love Ain't Hard Album

Love Ain't Hard

Sue Menhart Band

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Love Ain’t Hard is the Sue Menhart Band’s second full-length album. It’s a collection of roots rock, blues, jazz, soul and pop tunes plus a fun, fun, fun tribute to Brian Wilson. Because who doesn’t love Brian Wilson. Cover photo by Chris Getman, design by Dave Foret. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dennis Walley, Stone Wall Studios, North Stonington, CT. Produced by Sue Menhart.

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  1. 1 All of You 04:04 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Here You Are 03:31 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Moving On 04:34 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Love Ain't Hard 05:24 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Can't Feel The Rain 04:00 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Bet You'll Be Back 04:15 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Party on the Beach (The Brian Wilson Song) 04:43 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Tell Me 05:25 Lyrics
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Digital Downloads of Forever EP

Forever

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  1. 1 Die a Hundred Times 04:11 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Where'd You Come From 03:37 Lyrics
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  3. 3 You Can't Tame Me 04:02 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Just a Lie 05:03 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Forever 03:54 Lyrics
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Digital Downloads of Gypsy Soul EP

Digital Downloads of Torn Album

Torn

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  1. 1 Working Girl 03:27 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Somebody Better Than Me 03:26 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Just Another Man 04:42 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Trust Me 04:14 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Torn 05:52 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Child of the Blues 04:53 Lyrics
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  7. 7 If Only 03:16 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Dark Haired Man 03:36 Lyrics
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  9. 9 St. Louis Blues 05:24 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Corporate City 06:47 Lyrics
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 GYPSY SOUL EP

Sue Menhart Band: Gypsy Soul

   FOREVER EP

    

Sue Menhart: Forever

 LOVE AIN'T HARD ALBUM

    

Sue Menhart Band: Love Ain't Hard

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Forever
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Released in June 2011, this 5-song EP is a loosely knit conceptual record that follows the course of a single romantic relationship from ‘love at first sight’ to its eventual demise. What arises is a deeper, soul–drenched record that sounds at once fresh and familiar: Fusing together Etta James, Susan Tedeschi and Alicia Keys and the songwriting stylings of Brian McKnight and Babyface. Produced by Ron Zabrocki. Music & Lyrics by Sue Menhart.

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Gypsy Soul
  • Gypsy Soul
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Released in 2009, this 4-song EP contains the song "Why You Love Me" - an Indie-Music.com Top 25 of 2010 pick, and the song "The Choice," a 2011 Whalie Award nominee for Best Video.  Music & Lyrics by Sue Menhart.

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Torn
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Released in 2008, this 10-song album was our first.  Hard Copy replication by request only.  MP3s available below. Music & Lyrics by Sue Menhart.

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