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"Prelude" the accidental single

Released early in 2021, a song from the archives recorded just for kicks in an open room in Fall of 2019. With the pandemic, we all looked for ways to make the most of what we had. Prelude was barely a demo when recorded, but with the magic provided by Sam Wagner at The Koop Studio, he cobbled together a unique eclectic mix with the random tracks we had. 

Prelude is a collage of images and imagery of things that make an imprint on us but perhaps does not make immediate sense to us. 

The video itself is a collage of pictures taken from my phone that Simon O'Keefe of Tonapac Pictures wove together that perfectly captured the elusiveness of it all. 

Vocal/acoustic guitar: Monica Uhm
Electric guitar: Joe Colgan
Percussion/mix/master: Sammy Wags

Video images: Monica Uhm
Video editing: Simon O'Keefe

"Anthem" the single

-- "Monica Uhm ... knows how to make genre-bending music that is thought-provoking, infectious, and quirky" 

---"Anthem is an astonishing tune that celebrates the beauty of life, love, and self-awareness."

--- "Gorgeous, reflective and restrained. Heartfelt and relevant. An anthem for our times indeed."

---- "...a poignant and powerful song..."

---- "Anthem’ is an amazing single which shows Monica Uhm’s amazing skills in storytelling." 

Full reviews here."

New Singles 2020

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oh, hello 2021... almost didn't see you ... 

It's been a new year for almost 5 months now and I think I'm getting the hang of this. Let's go carpe some diem, shall we??? Around here we're >50% vaxxed. Spring is already looking forward to becoming Summer so that means al fresco living is in full swing. Everyone is jonesin' for live music ... the musicians are, the people are.. the towns are... the businesses are... 

So that's what's goin' on. I don't have any new music to share but playing out again brings a new shine to my current repertoire and what's old is new again.

No grand master plan at the moment, I'm making randuhm last minute appearances here and there and breathing in every second of it with glee. Come join me! Stay tuned as I try to shed these training wheels. 

Kinda feels like starting over, which is kinda exciting.

In Peace & Pancakes--


alternative 2020 

Plan Bs - locked, loaded and deployed!!!  

2020 had so much potential for everyone.  I was definitely not the only one on the path of making this the most epic milestone  year ever - full of bold goals and commemorations and making the most of every sacred moment.  And I wasn't even getting tired of the 20/20 vision analogies.  In fact, my studio album was going to be titled Hindsight 2020 (along with half the other budding musical artists looking to release music).  

But alas, my 20th anniversary remake of my 2000 demo album "Six Years to Zanzibar" came to a screeching halt.  Instead, I am releasing singles like a faucet drip throughout the year.

And all those live shows I had planned/hoped for... instead, I had to get over myself and get hip to the digital platforms and learn how to livestream.  I am embarking on a virtual tour of all my releases - the 2018 debut album Cowboys&Aliens and the songs that were slated for this ill-fated 2020 full length release.  

Come along on my virtual tour - check out my social media pages for the latest appearances.


what's my point anyway 

So why am I even doing this... what am I doing here... why bother....?  

As sure as the sun will rise and fall, the same old questions float through my mind every single day regarding my musical journey.  The music "industry" is such a tough beast.  The music "arena" is so nebulous.  What am I really trying to achieve?  Who am I speaking to?  What's the point - who cares if I do this music thing or not?

I always come back to the same answers ...

1. I can't NOT write songs and create music.  

I just can't.  It may be futile but that's my wiring.  I see/hear/feel things and then some words or melodies start wafting about and I have to chase the shadows until I find what has cast this.  So irrespective of whether there is an audience, I will just continue to do.

2. I believe someone out there feels what I feel.  And what I feel is - the little things in life ARE the big things.  And I want people to lose themselves in the lull of my lyrics and words and be transported to everywhere all at once.  

The universe opens up when I am fully present in the smallest moments.  There is infinity in the minutia.  The things that are imprinted the strongest in our memories and hearts and souls are the details in a moment or a sight that seems to have been overlooked by everyone else.  These things that catch our eye are the keyhole into who we are and what we believe and what we desire.  That the universe - your universe - opens up from being fully present in the small inert moments.  That there is grand wisdom in the mundane.  We live, we breathe, we ache, we celebrate.  That is all, and yet that is everything.  Wherever we are, there we are, and we will get through it, we will embrace it, we will grow by it, we will evolve through it.  



all things 2020 ... take two 

Here we are... in the second half of the most unimaginable year for the vast majority of us.  So much has shifted - and continues to shift - under our feet, above our heads, around our reach (or out of...), in our hearts/minds/dreams, our plans, our foibles, our "normal".  

My brilliant musical start to 2020, though diverted, has certainly not derailed.  We took some of the fine lemons from the studio process that was halfway in the works, and turned out some pretty fine lemonade, with the enthusiasm and ingenuity of Sam Wagner, of The Koop Studio.

In lieu of my big 20th anniversary full-length album splash, I've been releasing singles.  And perhaps its better this way.  The songs dictated when they would be ready.  In my book, spontaneity and timing is everything.  So, 2020, we're in this together.  And we are going to keep on keeping on. 

Out already for digital distribution is "Anthem" and "Song For My Cowboy"; songs I had never planned for release as singles.  Already in the wings is "Heart On A Sling", hoping for an August release.  And once things start opening up, we have a few more than need just a bit more ingredients and we'll be serving them up, right on time for when it will be their time. 

Stay safe.  Stay hopeful.  Keep going.  Keep doing.  


all things 2020 

2019 was a blur -- ran all around NY playing music - solo, duo, full band, half-band, electric, unplugged, downtown, uptown, rivertown, hometown, other towns...  and now I begin 2020 with hunkering down back in the studio working on the follow up album to the 2018 "Cowboys&Aliens".  It's been an amazing and serendipitous experience so far and before I jinx anything, I shall say no more... other than -  April 2020.  Coming to a some music outlet near you.  New music, new twists on old music.  

In peace&pancakes


musings and ramblings 

It snowed on November 15th.  With first snowfall comes the urge to curl under a blanket with a good read... how about this fresh-pressed interview with Vents Magazine Street Team Page...??? Huge thanks to VENTS for the opportunity and the generous word count!!! (Wonder who holds their record for most verbose; or abuse of parenthesis; or non-sequiturs; or semi-colons; or disjointed pop culture references. Asking for a friend) 

For those that often wonder what the heck goes on in this head of mine, well, this interview might give you a clue. This is the first time (and perhaps last time) going more into the concepts and creative precursors into my music and artistic journey (where apparently I am more of an off-roader or off-the-railer or off-topic - oh look, an espresso...!) and less so the heavy-lifting production process of the album itself which we've shared in bits and bites ever since the album release.

Full interview here:


The thrill of the first time on the radio had legs... the tickle in hearing the song "More and More" over live streaming on Sunday evening at 7:17pm on WEQX 102.7 Real Alternative, and like a good story or a funny joke that makes you chuckle days later, I still grin from heart to soul.  As they say with the ages of kids, each age is special and it gets better.  With this album, each milestone is special, and indeed it does seem to get better.  The album has been on digital platforms and streaming-only services since end of April.  But there is something special about good ol' fashioned radio with a live DJ announcing the song and taking the time to spell the band name correctly.  Super cool of you, DJ Dan Maddalone at WEQX!!   

i just showed up to miami 

... and within 10 hours of landing, I busked outside of an amazing coffee shop Shepherd Artisan Coffee, busked in front of the quirky murals inside Peter Tunney's Experience studio at Wynwood Walls and opened for Greg Diamond at the wondrously rustic Lagniappe.  All made possible when #justshowup meets #whynot.  The latter courtesy of Niv & Ernest at Shepherd, the one and only PT at Wynwood Walls, and Mark Small of Lagniappe.  I am one spoiled and lucky troubadour. 

tales from the studio - tambourines are hard. really really hard.  

Trying to wrap up tracking in the studio so I am pitching in whenever and wherever I can.  We need a few tambourine tracks and with some extra time on our hands yesterday, I figured I'd go for it.  Hey, I've got a decent sense of rhythm and, psshaw, tambourines, right?  Weeeellllllll.... 30 seconds into a 4 minute song my arms started to feel the burn.  My palms started to feel the sting.  Halfway through the song I knew I was going to fall over and I would not be able to do another take.   So I forced all my willpower and puny-shoulder-strength to just get this one over with the best I could. Just... need.. one...last....god... help... me...must...keep...going... air.... and a salt bath... I made it to the last hit and stumbled out of the booth with heart racing and beads of sweat on my forehead.  And my right arm swinging like the dead weight it was.  To all the tambourin-ists out there, I am sorry for underrating you.  You are my new heroes.  Because clearly you have the strength of a superhuman to do that for any song, then redo takes, and then perform a whole set. 

is this thing on...? 

To the etherworld of beta-testing of websites... !!!  Long overdue on the website front, but with procrastination comes the heightened sense of urgency and excitement that something is finally going to happen.  Watch this space as I share updates and thoughts that won't have any predictable frequency, or of any predictable topic, or of any predictable cohesion to each other.  #justshowup