K-Mag article about our EAT PIEROGI song and video Google Translation of article for English speakers! Songs can be singing about everything. The creators are limited only by their own imagination, and yet most often (though not always) they circulate around topics referring to love, separation, departure, meeting ... etc. However, a British music group decided to go against the schemes and created a song about something that is sometimes called the Polish national treasure. The band "Mee & The Band" wrote a song that cherishes our old, good ... dumplings. And many say it is a hit material. The song was created on the occasion of the Polish Lebara Days festival held in London, and its title is "Eat Pierogi". It did not happen by accident, because team members along with their families - a total of over 30 people! - every year they meet on Christmas Eve and celebrate holidays in accordance with Polish traditions (the mother of the vocalist is Polish). There are 13 dishes on the table and although not everyone tastes to everyone, the dumplings have won the hearts of everyone without exception. In the music video, the singer without a punishment deals with anyone who tries to get even closer to her treasure: the rollers are going to move, the pans and the little finesse kicks. There is no denying that when it comes to culinary topics, the British are rather less sophisticated. Fish & chips, sausages, bacon, and at every step we come across Chinese and Turkish restaurants. It is not surprising that our most popular export commodity quickly became a hit. When we ask the Englishman for some Polish dish, 99% will shout "Pierogi!". Maybe it's time to promote our next domestic dish in the Islands? A song about bigosie or pork chop sounds appetizing.
Any Polish child can tell you that the cure to everything is Pierogi!
World Peace = PierogiFamine = PierogiDepression = Pierogi
You name a malady and Pierogi are the remedy!
So it’s no wonder that Mee And The Band have written a passionate song about getting ‘Keep Your Hands Off My Pierogi!” These homemade little dumplings are created with great love and a lot of skill, every family fights over the last one, just in case it really is the last one ever!Which is ludicrous, because a world with no Pierogi is like the atmosphere without air, non of us could exist on this planet without Pierogi.We might as well have called it Planet Pierog not Earth!
Any way, this song was written as a a christmas time joke gift for ‘Mee And The Band’s’ family, where 32 of them convene under one roof to celebrate christmas Polish style. Traditions include, waiting for the 1st star to appear in the sky before beginning a meal that consists of, 13 courses! And although not all of the courses are to everyone’s taste, all family members agree on one thing and that is that the highlight of the evening is…..you guessed it PIEROGI.
Mee And The Band, a dual heritage Pop Star ,celebrates her ethnicity through the love of Pierogi and through her poetic license lyricism combining both the Polish and English language, a hybrid mix she dons as Ponglish! In the song, the character she portrays is a possessive obsessive wife prepared to beat her own husband to protect the Pierogi “Mama sent for Mee.” The cast of the video are all trying to steel them from her – it’s all a little bit, well, ‘bonkers’!
This is the 1st of many catchy songs to be released by Mee And The Band. She is releasing her album MIND MATTERS, where the collection of songs lyrically ‘address the stress’ that fast paced modern day life can bring and songs lyrically explore inspired solutions, that are rooted in Mindfulness, The Law of Attraction and Self Love.
Artists like Mee And The Band are truly a unique breed, in that they steer away from vanity and self importance, so that they can better deliver us serious messages in a light hearted way, through tongue and cheek / slap stick humour. God only knows the world needs to laugh and smile more! May EAT PIEROGI be the first of many catalysts!
You can follow this unique and comedic musical artist on YouTube, FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, you can also buy her songs on itunes, amazon, google play, spotify to name a few outlets and if you love Mee And The Band’s world and want to support this artist financially to continue uplifting the cosmos with her Kooky world, then you can become a Patron on www.Patreon.com/MeeAndTheBand
TRANSLATED TO POLISH
Każde polskie dziecko może ci powiedzieć, że lekarstwem na wszystko jest Pierogi! Światowy Pokój = Pierogi / Famine = Pierogi / Depresja = Pierogi Wymieniasz chorobę, a Pierogi są lekarstwem! Nic więc dziwnego, że Mee And The Band napisała namiętną piosenkę o "Keep Your Hands Off My Pierogi!" Te domowe małe kluski są tworzone z wielką miłością i dużą ilością umiejętności, każda rodzina walczy o ostatnią, właśnie w Jeśli świat bez Pierogi jest jak atmosfera bez powietrza, nikt z nas nie mógłby istnieć na tej planecie bez Pierogi. Równie dobrze moglibyśmy nazwać to Planet Pierog, a nie Ziemią! W każdym razie ta piosenka została napisana jako prezent w stylu bożonarodzeniowego dowcipu dla rodziny "Mee And The Band", gdzie 32 z nich zebrało się pod jednym dachem, aby świętować świąteczny polski styl. Zawierają się w nim postacie, czekające, aż pierwsza gwiazda pojawi się na niebie przed początek posiłku składającego się z 13 dań! I choć nie wszystkie kursy są do gustu wszystkich, wszyscy członkowie rodziny zgadzają się co do jednej rzeczy i że najważniejszym wydarzeniem wieczoru jest ... .. odgadliście to PIEROGI. Mee And The Band, dwukrotne dziedzictwo Pop Star, celebruje swoją pochodzenie etniczne poprzez miłość do Pierogi i poprzez jej poetycki liryzm licencyjny łączący zarówno język polski, jak i angielski, mieszankę hybrydową, którą nazywa Ponglish! W utworze postać, którą portretuje dzierżawcza obsesyjna żona przygotowała się do pobicia własnego męża, aby chronić Pierogi "Mama wysłana do Mee". Aktorka tego filmu próbuje je od niej odkurzyć - to wszystko trochę, no cóż, "wariactwo"! #eatpierogi
To pierwsza z wielu chwytliwych piosenek, które zostaną wydane przez Mee And The Band. Wydaje album MIND MATTERS, w którym kolekcja piosenek lirycznie "radzi sobie ze stresem", który może przyśpieszyć współczesne życie, a piosenki lirycznie eksplorują inspirowane rozwiązania, które są zakorzenione w Mindfulness, The Law of Attraction i Self Love. Artyści tacy jak Mee And The Band są naprawdę wyjątkową rasą, ponieważ odwracają się od próżności i poczucia własnej ważności, dzięki czemu mogą lepiej przekazać nam poważne wiadomości w lekki sposób, poprzez język i policzek / kij packa. Bóg jeden wie, że świat musi się śmiać i uśmiechać więcej! Niech EAT PIEROGI będzie pierwszym z wielu katalizatorów! #iLoveMee Możesz śledzić tego wyjątkowego i komediowego artystę muzycznego na YouTubie, FaceBooku, Instagramie, Twitterze, możesz także kupić jej piosenki na iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, spotify, żeby wymienić kilka sklepów i jeśli kochasz świat Mee And The Band i chcesz wesprzyj finansowo tego artystę, aby nadal podnosił kosmos ze swoim światem Kooky, a następnie możesz zostać Patronem na www.Patreon.com/MeeAndTheBand
CAREERING INTO 40!
MY MUM’S A POP STAR.
This title is actually intended to become a novel, for the time being, let me start with the first transparent blog of my Pop Star career. It’s not recommended or advised to promote being a mother / career woman until you are financially successful enough, but being a mum has been part of my journey and highlighted my childhood, my dreams and my gratitude it has given me the gumption to live life on my own terms and lead by example to my children whom I preach to all the time, you can do and be anything you want to and change your mind at any time, no rules! Just follow your heart is what I tell them.
As a parent, I witness schools leading children to believe academia is a launching pad for our careers and I guess school did that for me indirectly with reverse psychology, because even though I hated education and any academic system as a child, I was also a naturally happy person and worked hard at being so in my adult life, especially in the tough times and it is tough when school labels you an under achiever and assumes you will amount to nothing, even though you are working and trying your butt off! This naturally develops a low self esteem, depression and isolation, that most adults find it hard to shake! Therefore, I believe that a combination of my miserable school years, being told I can’t and my innate ability to return to my natural happy state and prove that I can, allowed me to follow my passions, and do what brings me joy, this is what delivered my career, rather than me delivering it.
Being a mum of 3, my eldest 2 have been asked what they want to do for a career already at the age of 13! 13 people! 13 years on the planet and you are expected to make massive choices about your future, which is daunting enough, with out the narrow career choices we are presented with at school. In her TED talks Emilie Wapnick, beautifully expresses that the reason why we might not be able to choose just one goal is that many of us are “multipotentials” meaning that we might don many hats and master them or indeed invent new ones along the way.
Emilie certainly describes my childhood school days to a T, but more than that, most schools including mine and my children’s only celebrate the A star achievers and only focus your education at school. If like me you you were blessed to have a rich and lusciously creative home life, provided by your parents, it could make you feel, as it did me, that the majority of my learning of life, through observing and being taught by my parents and joining them in their passions and learning their skills, was ignored by school. So much so, that I clearly remember my music teacher’s school report, stating – “Alexandra, can ‘barely’ clap along to a rhythm in keeping with the tempo and she just about manages to sing along to a melody with the rest of the class!” (Little did she know that I was grade 7 in piano and had passed grade 5 theory, sung and performed in choral harmonies with my mother’s Polish folk dance groups and in my father’s choirs since I had been born.
This sort of negative and blinded attention gave me a grave dislike of school, it seemed false and full of BS. I made A level choices to try to find “one career path” and continue with further education, but I was so disillusioned with the academic world and felt I had so much more to explore of life before I committed to any choices, that I dropped out in my second year. I moved out of home, found work, went travelling, made my own money while I travelled, allowed my creative impulses to take charge. This meant that I designed and created costumes. I made connections with people that had creative skills and could help make my visions a reality and through this I effortlessly became a project manager.
When, my social circle who had similar experiences all declared that they would return back to college and uni to complete their education, I was mortified! Mainly because, I was afraid of being abandoned and couldn’t remotely fathom returning with them! I had this sense that they all felt the calling to, ‘Grow up’ and I just didn’t want to. My soul searching also acknowledged the fear of losing my creative play friends. I decided that the only thing left for me to do that would enable me to ‘grow up’ was to have children of my own. After all, I had had the best training I could ever have by observing my own mother and as I was her play friend, my children could be mine.
So, one by one the children arrived and I was and am a very doting, applied and if I say so myself amazing mother! Now society might not consider mothering to be a career, which to me is outrageous, because ‘career women’ who are also mothers, employ other women to be live in nannies and house keepers. Combined, these 2 job titles pull in an average salary of £75,000! Which is nowhere close to what I as a ‘stay at home’ mother got from child maintenance. Which only magnifies the miracles I have achieved in raising 3 up standing citizens. However, with all this magnificent achievement, I still didn’t feel the sense of having ‘grown up’.
I hadn’t ever managed to pick just one career to specialise in and my pet hate was to be asked at parties, “So, what do you do?” I’ve had so many jobs, built and sold my own successful business, studied to be a teaching assistant, permaculture specialist, I’ve created and led a choir, I am a Director and secretary of a film industry firm and I perform all these duties while still managing to write, record, perform and grow my own business. So how do I answer the “what do I do” question?
I suddenly realised that my 40th was rapidly approaching and I asked myself in the manner of a school headmistress, “what have you achieved, Alexandra.” This is a summary of what I came up with:
- I have proven 16 years of commitment to my career as a mother and passed with honours!
- I have always been and still am a committed and loving daughter and sister.
- I have committed to always learning and growing from all relationships.
- I am a devoted and loving wife.
- I have explored my interest in permaculture and know i will pick it up in retirement.
- I have always followed my passion of writing and singing songs.
- I have indulged my visions of costume making and project managed their creations.
- I have explored making different genres of music with a variety of people.
- I have pursued my learning about the vastly transforming music industry, legally, and creatively.
- I have not allowed my fear of getting older stop me from living my dream.
- I am a self made pop star.
- I have always and still do work very hard at loving me. #iLoveMee
And as I career through my 40’s and live the dream life of a modern day pop star, I encourage other people to follow their passions and work hard at loving the self, especially on the days when you’ve burned the dinner, you wake up wishing you had a different life, you’re bored of the sound of your own voice, “you know where you’re going but don’t know the way” (Mee And The Band – BreadCrumbs lyrics) …
Keep exploring life, because that is the real education that fulfils and inspires us with enthusiasm, that’s what made teachers wanna teach in the first place before they lost the will to love teaching. Being an adult has got nothing to do with age, but it has everything to do with acknowledging your fear and “hearing your heart sing, do not fear the joy I bring!” (Mee And The Band – I know I am Worth it)– then doing what excites you even if it terrifies you. Don’t judge yourself by your financial success, rather measure yourself by looking at what you’ve learned and adoring the courage it took to learn it.
Let’s make sure that at the end of our lives we all have some good stories to show and tell.
Mee And The Band
Meena Kaye – “Keep It Simple” Featuring Mee And The Band – Single Review
This new single from Meena Kaye…has…SO MUCH working in its favor it’s tough to envision a path she’d end up on from this point forward that wouldn’t lead her to the success she’s looking for in music. “Keep It Simple” is a multi-layered example of a giant melting-pot of ideas that keep everything we hear full of hooks from moment to moment – though I’d be the first to admit…they’re the kind of hooks that add such a fresh perspective you’ll latch onto one firmly before discovering the next. Let me explain…
What might catch your attention first on your initial playing of “Keep It Simple” could certainly be the playful electro-vibe and the immediate attachment you form to the inviting, well-mixed and smartly produced sound of the smoothness in the music as it flows. Expertly assembled, played & performed – “Keep It Simple” is a track that contains zero flaws; the energy in the music moves perfectly, allowing this collaboration between Meena Kaye and Mee And The Band to flourish not just in the music-department, but in all areas. Like a reliable friend at the end of a rough Friday night – the music of “Keep It Simple” is ready to drive and keep the wheel steady to take this one home safely.
And for myself personally, that’s how it went…I noticed the vibrant sound and depth in the mix of the music immediately…but in those first moments you also have audible competition of equal caliber and quality that begins right away with the vocals as well. As I’d mentioned earlier on, each moment of this song really does pack-in its own set of dynamics and hooks – the vocals are certainly included in that assessment. The verse immediately kicks-in a seriously cool attitude and cadence to the tone that has an interesting mix of what I’d almost call more classic pop/rock style infused into the modern-day electro-style. Something about this song has a real distinct influence in the writing that sounds like it contains real respect for where music has already come from – but more importantly, where it’s going next. Through the inspired and insightful performance on the vocals in the chorus – you get that additional push straight into the modern-day entirely with an immaculately sung hook that wraps right around your mind with its incredibly memorable sound. Nailed 100% – those vocals…are SO GOOD, brilliantly unique in their sound…and truly they are throughout the entire song whether it’s verse, chorus or in between; bottom-line is Meena Kaye along with Mee And The Band have established multiple access points for the masses with what they’ve put into their music and vocals on “Keep It Simple.” The beautiful tones, the stylistic delivery, the confident & controlled performance that incorporates clever choices and bold courage to go where the music will take them – not a complaint to be made about the vocals on this tune, they’re gorgeous and wonderfully unique to listen to; background or lead – I love what I’m hearing on “Keep It Simple.”
As IF you needed another major reason to check this song out – Meena Kaye & Mee And The Band have ensured victory here by keeping the focus sharp in every possible way…and that means lyrically as well. I’d be the first to admit that as a music-reviewer, over the years I’ve certainly noticed that lyrics are generally the part of music in all-genres that require that additional strength to really hear the message, theme, or even just the amazing lines written by artists out there that fly-by as quickly as they do when you’re listening to music all the time like I end up doing. Obviously clarity helps…the words of “Keep It Simple” are boldly put right out front in the mix, just enough to be a complete complement to the music and vice-versa…but that clarity allows us to absorb every beautifully sung word. So while you might tune-in for the music, or for the vocals at first…believe me, eventually by that third or fourth listen you’ll also realize that every word is not just crystal-clear in delivery, style and mix – but also in its message. Honestly some of the best words and most focused writing I’ve heard from point-A to point-B in a song throughout the past couple years for certain. The opening hook that begins the song is absolutely brilliantly written…the subtle change in the wordplay there makes such a MASSIVE difference once you’ve gone on to absorb the entirety of the song and all the words have to offer. “Keep It Simple” follows its own model and theme both in its words and music, but in all the right ways; you could examine the clarity of the expression here as ‘keeping it simple’ and straightforward so that it can’t possibly be missed…you could look at it as that they haven’t overcomplicated or stuffed this one too-full in any way, shape or form to misunderstand what this song is all about. The social commentary that runs through the lyrics of “Keep It Simple” is truly astounding and stunning, all while keeping it coming from a personally-introspective perspective that I’ve no doubt, many people will relate to. Not only are the words of “Keep It Simple” brilliantly focused and expressed – they’re important…in my opinion, there’s just about half of what you need to know in LIFE here in the lyrics of this song, if not more than half. An anthem for the new generation…or at the very least, I’d hope so.
With a versatile rhythm somewhere in the midst of the sounds of artists like Lorde, Lily Allen, M.I.A. and Poe all blended together to create something atmospheric, hypnotic and amazingly satisfying – “Keep It Simple” absolutely works from the first moments to its very end…easily one of the most impressive, focused and entirely complete songs I’ve heard so far this year, without question.
Starting 2017 off with a blast of creativity,
making not just 1 but 4 music videos!
Be prepared venues and promoters…
by end of February we’ll have 2 live performance videos
for us to nail all our bookings with!
We are also creating super exciting visuals
for the track BreadCrumbs off of our EP Mind Matters.
Expect, tricycles, unicorns and flowers and nothing less!
Super Power is the other track,
we will be pulling out all the special effects from our box of tricks,
to make this video the funnest revolution music video ever!
Keep a look out on our social media, instagram and FB
for behind the scenes shots and vids as we go!
Thanks to Laura at The Detail
Mee Music was asked to provide a soundtrack to a fashion film that was used for a press day to show case the jewellry designer Lily Gabriella’s new collection ‘Damali’.
Not only was it an honour to be asked, we were also very grateful to be able to use one of David Ward’s productions off of the track called ‘Magnificence’ which we collaborated on. A work which was created in 2014 and archived to be used at a later date…
This track is part of a new album being worked on for release in 2017 called ‘LOVE & LUST’
If you would like to view Lily Gabriella’s amazing new collection for yourself, click on this link…
To watch the 60 second fashion clip featuring some of the images from Lily’s trip that inspired the collection and to listen to our track, click here Instagram Lily Gabriella
Once again thank you to Laura of The Detail, Phoebe at Facets PR and Lily Gabriella, Mee Music was proud to contribute to such deluxe artistry.
Ryan Omamori and I spent the first 6 months of this year completely inspired and working hard at our vision to create an EP to give people a taster of the album that’s to come!
It’s easy to forget how awesome we are you know and that goes for you too reader! Among holding down full time jobs, raising 5 children between us!!! nurturing our beloved’s and honouring our family time, we did it, we made a 5 track EP!
I am proud to show it off and proud to start to share it with the public, our hearts and souls have woven the sounds and lyrics. If you take the time to listen you’ll hear exactly what we sound like live!
Hope to see you at our next gig…if you have time to fashion your very own #CloudsOnSticks please do bring them along.
check out our neighbouring page for the new EP http://www.meemusic.co.uk/music/
You can also check out the tracks to some cool new music videos on the video page!
Have fun and we hope you enjoy listening as much as we did making them.
Alexandra and Ryan
aka Mee And The Band