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Please help raise money to send Ellyn Maybe & Her Band to perform at the Glastonbury Festival in Europe.

Music is the stars glistening while a firefly tangoed with the moon.

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved the arts.

I remember going to musicals at Melody Top in Milwaukee.

Van Gogh's museum in Amsterdam is a sacred site.

Words where they come from I don't know but they are levitating to the beat of their own timpani.

Out of the blue I came to record an album.

Rodeo for the Sheepish.

Amazing collaborators on the record and in live performance and enthusiastic support has created a really wondrous opportunity.

We have been accepted to perform at the amazing Glastonbury Festival in the UK this summer!!!

The largest music festival in the world!!!

This is truly an awesome honor!!!

I never thought I'd be in a band.

The thought never crossed my mind.

I fell into it like I've fallen into other things that were essential.

What I have not fallen into is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...

Flights, lodging, etc. is quite honestly a small fortune. 

Any help including reposting and forwarding this link is most deeply appreciated.

Please take a look at my website ellynmaybe.com for more info about what we do.

There are rewards for your generosity and support! :)

Thanks sooo much! :)

Lots of love,

Ellyn Maybe

P.S. Please read what some amazing people have said about me and my band:

I have started to write something about you for your site several times, and each time I am struck by my inability to describe what you do in terms beautiful enough, original enough to do you justice. But it’s always been this way. Who has ever been able to say in other words what a song says? Maybe it’s why I like your poems so much, they say what can only be said in exactly the way you say it. The best way of turning someone on to you is to play you for them. - Jackson Browne

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Ellyn Maybe CD: Rodeo for the Sheepish (Hen House Studios). I heard half of the long, quietly mesmerizing “City Streets” on the radio—what was this? A woman with a poem, with music and a sung chorus not behind her but circling her, and the poem neither exactly recited nor sung, but spoken with such a lilt, in a voice so full of miserabilist pride—at forty, a woman is still getting high-school insults tossed at her (“Hey Mars girl,” a man shouts on the street, “get off the Earth”)—that it’s music in and of itself.

There is no bottom to Maybe’s inventiveness, to her adoption of Nirvana’s Oh well whatever never mind as an artistic tool, to a confidence that allows her to toss off a bedrock statement on the American character (“There are people / who know the cuckoo is the state bird / of most states of mind”) in a throwaway voice so that its humor hits you not as a joke but as an echo. There is nothing like this album except for the real life it maps. - Greil Marcus

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Ellyn Maybe is an irresistible force. To read or listen to her poetry is to be gently and completely crushed while simultaneously inspired and charmed. The honesty with which she so exquisitely reveals her vulnerabilities, desires and pain is beautiful and rare.

Rodeo for the Sheepish has so many great moments. The first time I listened to it, I was reminded of when I first met her many years ago and how much I liked her and her poetry. One of the stand out tracks on the album, There Were Two Girls Who Looked A Lot The Same, is a perfect example of why one becomes a fan of Ellyn’s immediately. I can’t understand how anyone could not find an aspect of themselves in that piece. This is what Ellyn does so well and so often in her work and on this album.

Reading Ellyn’s poems from the page is one thing but hearing her read them just the way she meant them to be heard is something else altogether. Ellyn has a great sense of humor and reads wonderfully. The musical accompaniment on the album is not mere background filler but a true collaborative effort between Ellyn and the musicians that really works. Ellyn is a very gifted writer and a true gem. - Henry Rollins

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    Ellyn's Latest CD "Rodeo for the Sheepish" electronically delivered (Mp3s) -
    I have started to write something about you for your site several times, and each time I am struck by my inability to describe what you do in terms beautiful enough, original enough to do you justice. But it’s always been this way. Who has ever been able to say in other words what a song says? Maybe it’s why I like your poems so much, they say what can only be said in exactly the way you say it. The best way of turning someone on to you is to play you for them. – Jackson Browne

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    The book "The Cowardice of Amnesia" - Ellyn’s sparkling debut that dazzles her readers with streams of un/sub/consciousness, drowns them in murky-beautiful word rivers, yells “catch!” as she throws out the darts of her sub/urban imaginings and lovingly lunges at all manner of hypocrisy and cant. Published by Henry Rollins, edited by Exene Cervenka and cover by Viggo Mortensen. Signed by the author.

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    A 30 minute solo reading by Ellyn. The reading must occur within the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

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    Record a poem at Hen House Studios, the studio where Ellyn's CD "Rodeo for the Sheepish" was made. Studio located in Southern California.

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