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Man Overboard Chapter #3 Why We’re Over

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"Why We're Over" words and music by Maddy Rodriguez

 

I wrote Why We're Over about how heartbreaking it feels when you don't understand why that person broke your heart. When you can't figure out why it ended all of a sudden. When you're going over everything trying to find the point at which it went from being amazing, to being over. That's what I went through when I wrote this song. I had fallen for a guy that I knew had fallen for me too, but he was backing out and running away and I had no idea why. And that was what hurt the most - the not knowing. 

xox

Maddy

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Man Overboard. Chapter # 2. Man Overboard EP.

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I wrote Man Overboard about a guy I dated a few years ago, who I was starting to fall in love with. I knew he was falling for me too. He told me he wanted me to be his girlfriend. I was hesitant to commit at first...

But then when I said "yes I want to be with you too", he started getting cold feet!! All of a sudden, he was afraid to get into a serious relationship, even though it was HIS IDEA! ... He kept coming up with a million different excuses why he shouldn't commit. I think it was because he was afraid of falling in love. He was afraid that if he loved me, that the other things in his life would suffer - his schoolwork, his business, his friends. ...He changed his mind a few times and tried to get me back, but then when we'd talk about it, he'd get scared and give up again. He kept jumping ship, and leaving me behind, confused, and angry, and sad. And that's how I got the idea for "Man Overbaord."

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Man Overboard

Words and music by Maddy (Madison) Rodriguez

 

The wind is heavy

The clouds grow dark

Another tsunami

Ripping us apart and baby

 

You know I love you

I don’t give up, when the storm gets bad

But you’re afraid of injuries

So you won’t love me back

 

You never stick it out long enough

For the storm to pass

All you know how to do

Is give up and pack your bags

 

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

You jump into the water, swim to the shore

Just when I am needing you the most to stay

In the middle of the storm you always run away

Shame on me for thinking that you’d stick around

You fooled me like you’ve done so many times before

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

 

You race back to me

When you figure out that you’re alone

And usually I let you

Come back onto the boat

 

But eventually you abandon me

You always bail when you get scared

So I won’t take you in again

You can drown for all I care

 

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

You jump into the water, swim to the shore

Just when I am needing you the most to stay

In the middle of the storm you always run away

Shame on me for thinking that you’d stick around

You fooled me like you’ve done so many times before

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

 

You’re so predictable

And yet I always fall for you

But I can’t do this anymore with you

We’ve just been here too many times before

 

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

You jump into the water, swim to the shore

Just when I am needing you the most to stay

In the middle of the storm you always run away

Shame on me for thinking that you’d stick around

You fooled me like you’ve done so many times before

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

 

© 2016 Maddy (Madison) Rodriguez

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Man Overboard, my New EP coming soon! Thank you to my pledgers and Pledge Music

I haven't had time to post a blog lately. As you may or may not know, I have been very busy working on new recordings and my "day job" has been scheduling me on extra shifts. In addition, I also have been spending time managing the crowdfunding campaign for the New EP. All of this work has a specific purpose though: To record new songs for me to show to my contacts in Nashville and have enough money to spend a month there pursuing my goal. Here's an excerpt from the last update to my Pledge Music campaign pledgers. If you pledged or Pre-ordered my new EP you would have gotten the full letter already.

Having some tea at the studio :)

Having some tea at the studio :)

"Since I last updated, the campaign has reached 109% of funding goal! This is awesome! After PledgeMusic fees (they need to charge something for this great crowdfunding platform), 20% of all proceeds will go to the Sick Kids Hospital Foundation in Toronto. The remaining, I will use to continue to support the music (staying in Nashville for a month is not free, of course). This Saturday, February 20, I’m flying down to Nashville for probably the 7th time. On this trip, I will have 6 new songs to show people, which YOU helped me record. These new tracks wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for your support!! I have set up meetings with some important music industry contacts (at ASCAP, NSAI, Ole, BigDeal Music and more…) and I can’t wait to show them these songs!! Even though the tracks aren’t finished yet (they’re being mixed by my producer as we speak), I think they’ll be my best recordings yet. I hope they blow people away and open new doors for me! Because I really believe I’m ready to make this making-music-thing a full time gig and a career!! And quit my waitressing job! Hahah! Making a living writing songs is my dream. But as you may know music as a business has been hurt a lot by the digital revolution. It is now harder than ever to make it in the music business. Financially it’s a real struggle to stay afloat and keep going. But I’m not giving up. Especially after all your support during this campaign…. I just want to ask you one more favor. Please send me good vibes. Whether it’s a little prayer or positive thoughts, think of me while I’m in Nashville, and wish me good luck. I think knowing that I have people in my life (family, friends, and fans) cheering me on, will give me the faith and strength to really give it my all! I wanna make you guys PROUD!!!"

If you'd like to get the New EP - any order helps - visit my Pledge Music page here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/maddyrodriguez

Waiting for the next session in Da Booth!

Waiting for the next session in Da Booth!

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My Pledge Music campaign at 78% of goal, but need to reach 100 %

Maddy Rodriguez in Campeche, Mexico

Hi There,

I hope you had an awesome Holiday Season and a fantastic New Years!!! I sure did :) I spent Christmas at home in Toronto with my parents, and my boyfriend and his fam too! And then I got to visit my Dad's side of the family in Campeche, Mexico. It was so nice seeing my cousins and aunts and uncles who all live there. I hadn't seen them in 2 years!

But now I'm back in music mode thinking about my recording coming up. I'm hoping to finish 6 songs before Feb 20th, which is when I'm going back to Nashville. 3 or 4 of the songs will be on my New EP coming out in the Spring (if all goes well and we raise 100% of the money we need to record)... The other couple of songs I will use to present to my publishing contacts in Nashville when I meet with them in Feb/March! It's gonna be a lot of work getting these new songs done, but it's my favourite kind of work! I love it!!!

As I've mentioned before, we won't actually be able to complete my New EP and the new demos, if we don't get my PledgeMusic campaign to 100% of the goal! This is because PledgeMusic won't give us ANY of the money we raised unless we reach 100%! And I cannot afford the cost to finish these recordings by myself.

...We hit 78% of the goal a few days ago, which is awesome!!! Thank you so much if you donated. But we have 2 weeks left and we still need to get to 100%. So if you haven't already, please consider pledging and pre-ordering the new EP (which is only $10 !!). It'll mean the world to me!!! There's still some great exclusives left too, which you can receive in return for you donation - such as a signed CD, or a Skype session with me, or your name in the liner notes, or if you live in the Toronto areal - a house concert!!!

I'm very excited about my new songs and I can't wait to share them with you. But I need your help to raise the rest of the money to record them! We're at 78% guys - SO CLOSE!!  Please pledge here if you can: http://www.pledgemusic.com/maddyrodriguez

Btw: All pledgers get behind the scenes access to the recording process and get to hear the songs before anyone else!

All the best to you this 2016! I hope it's the year that your dreams come true!

Love,

Maddy Xox

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Thank you!!! What winning a Grand Prize and Lennon Award in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest means to me.

Hey Fanily!

Just want to thank you all so much for voting for "Fascinated" in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. It won a Lennon Award!! Wahoo!!! When I won the Grand Prize for the country category in Session II, I was very very honoured! But winning a Lennon Award is extra special because it was YOU who helped me win. 

This is a huge blessing, because now "Fascinated" is in the last stage of the contest: Song of The Year! One song will be chosen and the winner will get a $20,000 cash prize.... That would help me out a TON cause I'm kind of sort of broke... Pursuing music as a career can be really expensive. I'm constantly scraping for money to record new songs and travel back and forth to Nashville. It's tough! Most artists don't make enough money. It takes a lot of work (and money) and luck to break through.

You might not know this about me, but I took a break from school this past year, to just work and save money so that I could make this big trip to Nashville (I'm in Nashville right now for 5 months). You see... money can't buy happiness but it can buy plane tickets to Nashville and recording sessions and guitars... And all of those things make me happy!! The longer I can financially sustain this journey to the top, the longer I can put out great music for you to listen to! So cross your fingers that "Fascinated" wins Song of The Year!!

As always, your support means the world to me. I'm so glad I have a little community to share my music and my experiences with. Hope to make you all very proud one day! 

Hugs and besos,

Maddy

 

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My “Amistad” teaser video on Facebook! 166,000 views :)

 

!Cuando te corta y quiere ser tu amigo! "No soy tu niña estúpida..." Amistad en iTunes ♥ http://smarturl.it/Amistad !Cómprala! (Spotify: http://bit.ly/MaddyonSpotify :)

Posted by Maddy Rodríguez on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I write and record in English for the most part, but I do love to make Spanish versions of some of my songs. Amistad is the Spanish version of my song Friends. Thank you to all of you who liked and shared the clip on Facebook! You rock! Gracias a todas las que les ha gustado mi canción Amistad. Gracias por compartirla, escucharla en Spotify. Y muchas gracias por comprarla en iTunes! xoxo 

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Thank you CJQC and CICR in NS, CJDL in ON and CHMM in BC – first stations to add Fascinated!

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Saying hello to Mr. Guitar :)

I'm so excited that many people will get to hear Fascinated on country radio in Canada!!! Thank you to CJQC and CICR in Liverpool and Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, CJDL in Tilsonburg, Ontario, and CHMM in Mackenzie, BC for being the first stations to add the song. I cannot it tell you how much it means to me that you guys believe in the song and had a space for it so soon. 

Thank you to CKYC in Owen Sound, Ontario for featuring Fascinated in your "What's New This Week" show. That's awesome!

Thank you Cal Gratton of CIXM in Whitecourt, AB and CJVR in Melfort, SK for featuring the song and for interviewing me. I had a blast!!!

To all the stations in Canada who are considering featuring or playing the song, thank you so much. I am very driven to succeed in the music business and I need all the support I can get. Having said that, I understand it's a tough business (mediabase numbers, etc) and I want you to judge my songs on their merits. Everyone, I've shown Fascinated in Nashville has really liked it!  And it's out just in time for Valentine's Day!!!

Fascinated

words and music by Maddy (Madison) Rodriguez 

You don’t know how long I’ve waited

To be fascinated

By someone like you

This is more than just a crush now

More than just in love now

This is something new

 

You don’t know how long I’ve waited

To be fascinated

By someone like you

This is more than just a crush now

More than just in love now

This is something new

 

Words cannot describe

Just how much I’m

Fascinated by… You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuu

You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu

You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu

 

People say you only fall in love once

But I’m not in agreement

Don’t believe it because

Every single time I’m in your presence

I fall in love again and

All over again

 

Oh and I can’t get enough

I wanna study you baby

Oh and I just want some more

 

Can’t get enough of you

Just want some more of you

 

You don’t know how long I’ve waited

To be fascinated

By someone like you

This is more than just a crush now

More than just in love now

This is something new

 

Words cannot describe

Just how much I’m

Fascinated by… You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuu

You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu

You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu

 

You’re already standing right beside me

But come a little closer

I wanna feel the way you breathe

 

Oh and I can’t get enough

Can’t get enough of you

I wanna study you baby

Oh and I just want some more

Just want some more of you

 

Cuz You don’t know how long I’ve waited

To be fascinated

By someone like you

This is more than just a crush now

More than just in love now

This is something new

Words cannot describe

Just how much I’m

Fascinated by…

 

You don’t know how long I’ve waited

To be fascinated

By someone like you

This is more than just a crush now

More than just in love now

This is something new

 

You don’t know how long I’ve waited

To be fascinated

By someone like you

This is more than just a crush now

More than just in love now

This is something new

 

Words cannot describe

Just how much I’m

Fascinated by… You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuu

You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu

You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu 

You don’t know how long I’ve waited! 

© Maddy (Madison) Rodriguez

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Who fascinates you? Fascinated (country) goes to Canadian Country Radio

Who Fascinates you?Fascinated (Country)

I'm very excited that Fascinated is going to radio. I'm too young to have children, but I think it feels a little like when your kid goes to school and it's her first day. I hope the kids at radio treat her well.  So far so good. According to the Canada Country Aircheck newsletter, Fascinated has been in the Top 5 DMDS downloads this week. For those of you who don't know, DMDS is the system that labels and indies use to send their songs to radio.  Keep your ears open for Fascinated on your local country station while your driving or wherever you listen. If you hear the song, let me know so I can thank that station. If your station has request hours, please request the song (if you like it, of course - I know my music is not for everyone, but hopefully you like ti). Hit me up on Facebook or tweet me @maddyrodriguez  I would love to hear from you. Also, if you want, you can play the song on Spotify or get it on iTunes

AND REMEMBER VALENTINE"S DAY is COMING. You can gift/send/share Fascinated different versions when my Fascinated EP comes out February 1st!!! xoxo I dare you to send it to that secret (or not so secret) crush. You know you have one. Lol.

xoxo Maddy

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Fascinated, my new project

Pre-Order http://smarturl.it/FascinatedEP Learn about my #Fascinatedby Challenge at the end of this post!

I had the idea for "Fascinated" when I was visiting family in Mexico 2 summers ago. I had just started dating my current boyfriend, and we were so in love, and it was really difficult being away from each other for those 3 weeks that I was in Mexico. Our “4-month” anniversary came while I was there (I know it sounds silly – 4 months! Huge deal right?! haha)… And at 12am in Toronto (it wasn’t 12am in Mexico yet), when we had officially been together for 4 months, I received a text from Johnny. He said a bunch of beautiful things about how much he loved me but there was one part that really caught my attention… He said “You fascinate me.” I thought that was such a powerful thing to say to someone. You can like somebody, you can love them even, but to be fascinated by them is a whole other thing. It means you’re captivated by them in every way. I may not be famous or hugely successful, but I fascinate somebody. That somebody thinks I’m special. And that means a lot to me. …That’s when I got the idea for the SONG! 

I was trying to write something, and I was thinking about Johnny and that text he sent me, and I came up with the chorus for “Fascinated.” Instead of the song being about how Johnny was fascinated with me, I decided to make it about how I was fascinated by HIM! I thought it would be more relatable. And Johnny really does fascinate me! … He’s ridiculously smart and wonderful, and talented, and incredibly determined. He’s good at too many things. And he’s the most humble guy you’ll meet. And so I wrote the song for him. 

So “Fascinated” started as this catchy love song inspired by my boyfriend, but it was so catchy, and so fun that I decided to turn it into a musical experiment! I decided to make 4 versions of the same song, so that anyone and everyone could enjoy their favourite version. If you’re into country – there’s a country “Fascinated”. If you’re into Pop – there’s a Pop “Fascinated.” If you want something more stripped down and acoustic, there’s one of those too! Hope you love the song guys!

…Then, one day, talking with my producer and manager about the different versions, I had an idea… THE “FASCINATED” CHALLENGE!... I want to start a trend. I am going to “gift” my song to Johnny, and some of my best friends and fans - people who Fascinate me. I will be gifting them “Fascinated” on iTunes. And I am going to challenge them to “gift” the song to someone THEY are fascinated by! And they will challenge those people to “gift” the song to someone THEY are fascinated by, and challenge those people to do the same. And so on and so forth…  Look out for the Fascinated Project EP which will include all 4 versions of Fascinated, and their instrumental tracks. The Pre-Order is ready on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/FascinatedEP The EP drops February 1, 2015, just in time for Valentine's!!!

xox

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